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The simplest way to expand the size is to adjust the Shell’s top flap; by loosening the two buckle straps, you instantly gain a lot of volume. The top flap has a lot of slack to it, making the main compartment a very flexible space that can be bigger or smaller depending on your needs.
Laptop SleeveThe Shell Backpack’s laptop sleeve can hold up to a 17” laptop, and closes with a velcro flap. I tend to travel with a small Chromebook so it doesn't take up as much room (or weight) as it would with a larger laptop. There are also a couple of pockets on the front of the sleeve where you can put your laptop accessories or even your passport if you don’t want to put it in one of the outer hidden pockets. I would try not to overfill this section of the backpack or else you’ll have difficulty fitting in the Camera Cube and Wardrobe System
I’ve spent countless hours wearing it and it’s spent countless more in overhead lockers, coach storage bays and on train station floors. I’ve put the bag through its paces and here’s what I’ve learnt.
In a somewhat ironic twist, we found that the dopp kit can be a better tech pouch than the actual tech pouch, thanks to its superior amount of pockets and internal organization. One side of this clamshell-style pouch is an entire zipper pocket meant for your shampoo, liquid soap, generally stuff that can potentially spill, thus the water-resistant fabric. On the other side, you’ll find two liner pockets you can populate with items you need to grab easily during a shower. There’s another zipper pocket behind those two in case you needed it
Backpack Straps Something that I always look for in a backpack is that it has a sturdy back on it, because I usually end up walking everywhere with it on and back pain can really put a dampener on any trip. Tropicfeel Shell Backpack has one of the sturdiest backs I’ve seen on a backpack and is built with dual-channel airflow to reduce sweating. You’ll also find a number of straps on the Shell Backpack such as the offload mechanism that allows you to adjust how the backpack sits, a hidden hip belt and adjustable sternum straps to help transfer the weight from your shoulders, and the added bonus of having a strap holder for when you’re not using them. It may not be the most interesting part of Tropicfeel Shell Backpack, but one of my favourite features is the side handle