Published on October 3rd, 2016 | by Greg0
Incase ICON Backpack: Laptop (And Back) Friendly
Laptop computers have become indispensable parts of everyday life, no matter what your career or whether you prefer Mac, PC, or Linux. You’ll want yours on hand whenever you commute to the office or travel on vacation, and that means you’ll also need a way to carry it around. There’s no perfect solution- some jobs and trips will be better with carry-on wheeled bags, while bike messengers might prefer an over-the-shoulder option.
But for many people, a backpack is the most natural way to pack your laptop- like the Incase ICON Backpack, which can fit up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro. It’s more professional than ‘back to school’, more mature than your average rucksack, and more durable than most others on the market. The somewhat-unusual design separates the space into two compartments, and keeps the bottom fairly flat so you can set it down without it flopping over like so many backpacks do.
The shoulder straps are well-padded, with a sternum strap to help keep them tight and snug, and their placement means the bag sits well on your back. That, in turn, leads to a much better overall experience wearing the ICON than the competition- it’s simply more comfortable over longer days, with a more pleasant weight distribution. The rear is well-padded too, with channels for ventilation so your back stays dry. Like most decent packs, this one includes organizer pockets to hold tech accessories and other small items, and they’re both conveniently placed and sufficient for just about everything you might need.
Incase also produces a slim version that shaves off an inch in a couple of dimensions if you are looking for something a little thinner. This one is already fairly tight, though, for those who are used to packing for a weekend or have a bunch of classes and need to lug around stacks of books. It lacks a water bottle pocket but does have some storage on the sides, and there is a cable port for easy listening while your phone or music player stays safe. And the ICON comes in a pretty wide range of five colors- we tested out the black, but green, grey, red, and navy options are also available. Expect to spend around up to $199 for the Incase ICON, online and in stores.