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* Sitka (15L) - I could not comfortably fit a standard 13" laptop inside this and immediately returned it (and the side water holder add on). This pack, in terms of storage and organization, would have been the equivalent of simply doubling the size of my Noatak, so I really really wanted it to work. Tablet would very likely fit. * Monsoon (16L) - I stayed away from this initially because the teardrop shape seemed odd, I was wrong
I am in the process of ordering a few external pouches to fine-tune the storage. I checked out a few "military-surplus" store knock off bags, but the quality wasn't there, from cheap zippers to no-name-brand clips and snaps, to poor stitching, so I decided on the real deal, and I'm glad I did. If you're on the fence or considering a cheap knock-off, I say go with the real deal. You won't regret it
Internally I use a small number of zipper pouches. The Sitka would have supplied some of that with it's more numerous compartments. + The closest-to-your-back zippered slot is intended for a water bladder, which is great if you need it, however that is a PERFECT place for a 13" laptop ! ! ! + Water bottle pocket on one side, Collapsible umbrella pocket on the other. I've been watching Buy One Get One sales on the Maxpedition site for months, while that is theoretically a great deal they never have anything in stock so I'm glad Amazon was stocking this
It is comfortable enough for my purpose but I would not want to carry it with anymore than 20-25 lbs. It is also comfortable enough to wear while I am on my motorcycle. KA, TacticalGear.com June 1, 2011 After extensive research I finally pulled the trigger on this bag
Lacks in smaller compartments for better organization. The front pockets behind the front-most flap are terrible. I wish the mesh pocket actually closed, or you had the option of the a real closure or the little velcro strap. I have a large hand which will barely reach all the way into the pocket behind the mesh pouch, which is the only secure pocket that is immediately available to you when slung around to the front of your body, without having to open the bag itself
As for outdoor use, the Monsoon was ideal for a day trip to summit a mountain. Also hiking, mountain biking and just trekking around. The waist strap is invaluable for these activities. My camelback fit right inside, saving me hauling a Nalgene around