Far From Perfect
Vera keeps coming up with new backpacks, but they just can't quite get it right for the traveler who doesn't want to manhandle something like a Weekender or Grand Cargo Bag through an airport and onto a plane. I have had a Laptop Backpack for about four years. I love it and it has traveled with me for more than 200,000 air miles internationally and domestically plus all my land travels. When the Tech Backpack came out with the new computer compartment zipper realigned, I was hopeful that it would be a newer replacement to my old workhorse Laptop Backpack and be a little larger for more room as a carry-on. But for me it is worthless without the trolley sleeve.
Vera, are you listening? Here is what I would really like in a travel backpack:
**Backpack the size of the Lighten Up
**WIDE Trolley sleeve mandatory like the Laptop Backpack
**Laptop compartment with easy access like Tech Backpack
**Large main compartment for my airplane necessities - noise cancelling headphones, books, power cords for my computer and iPhone, snacks, some clothing/swimsuit in case my baggage gets lost, guide books, etc.
** Side pockets like Laptop Backpack for my phone and water
**Usable front zipper compartment like Laptop Backpack for pens, business cards, Tech Case, wallet, gum, passport, highlighters, etc.
Each Vera backpack has something to recommend it, but not one has everything right. To do so would mean taking the best of the backpacks out there now and creating another "AMAZING TRAVEL BACKPACK." Laptop Backpack is just a bit too small and needs more room and a better zipper alignment for the computer compartment. It has a trolley sleeve for easy travel through the airport on a rolling carry on, and when it's not and is on my back, I have maximum hands free capability for getting into my wallet or maneuvering jetways with the roll-on. The Tech Backpack is a loser for me because it is without a trolley sleeve (why on earth did you take it away?) and is not roomier than the Laptop Backpack. The Lighten Up Backpack is just perfect for size, but needs a laptop compartment and a trolley sleeve. It would be nice if it was the same Vera patterns, but I would rather have a backpack that works as a great travel tool and is sturdy. As it is, I'm stuck with a Laptop Backpack just because of the trolley sleeve and my desire to have hands-free capability since I travel by air often, not to mention that the weight is easily distributed on my shoulders rather than to be pulled one side or another as would be with a Grand Cargo, Grand Traveler, or Weekender.
Anyway, please give those of us who want to travel abroad with a backpack as a carry-on a model that includes features as noted. I have more than 20 Vera pieces plus I buy Vera as gifts, and it's almost an addiction with me; at least it's an attractive addiction! I can't stop, and frankly, don't want to. Vera is just so much fun.
July 17, 2014
Great Backpack for Eveything!!!
This is just a TOTALLY great Backpack!! The dimensions are just perfect for every use...even the color choices rock!! How can you pass this one up...Can't wait for some sales on this one!!! First day of school is coming--time to stock up!!!!
July 14, 2014