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Eagle Creek Wayfinder 30L Backpack

Eagle Creek Wayfinder 30L Backpack

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A couple questions: a) How is the water resistance in wet weather? b) Are the straps and pack slash-resistant? Thanks!
Ah darn, I just bought this for my girlfriend for Christmas for 5 bucks more. She likes it. I have opinions: The back is a nice high density foam and the straps feel really good. The zippers feel solid and there are lots of internal storage options. It sits close to the body and doesn't bounce around as you walk. Oooooh and the chest strap buckle has a built in whistle! I can't speak for the durability of this bag but I have two Eagle Creek bags from high school (let's just say it was sometime in the early 2000s...) that still look practically new. I think it'll last too.
This pack seems to suffer from recent "developments" in backpack design:
  1. No side compression straps. A not-full pack will eventually have everything in the main compartment drop to the bottom.
  2. Pocket with vertical zipper ... on one side only. Lefty? Sorry, you're second-class; you have to take your pack off to get at your gear, or awkwardly leave the pack on the "wrong" shoulder to access your stuff.
The Eagle Creek XTA backpack exhibits neither problem, but it's only 23-ish L in capacity. Still waiting for a durable, lightweight, water-resistant, lefty-friendly 30 L backpack with compression straps....
jmk451
You don't have to be a leftie to be a person who prefers to wear bags on the left side of their body. I'm right-handed, and when I slide my backpack off for one-strap carry, I carry it on my left shoulder. Thus the super-duper secret-agent stealthy compartment on the back will be facing _away_ from me precisely when I'm in public transportation where pickpockets happen to practice their craft. I totally agree that too many backpack manufacturers assume everyone wears their backpack/bag on the right side of the body. Has been my pet peeve for a while. Another stupid design decision is that the top line of the inside pockets is too high up, so basically all pens except for shorter pocket variants will be too high and create tiny bulges at the top of the pack when it is closed. This will push down on the pen and possibly cause the pen pockets to wear out over time and get holes in their bottom if one really puts middle-sized and longish pens in them. (I would not.) I don't have an issue with the orientation of the front pocket as I find this kind of front-oriented narrow pocket useless for anything that would really require on-body access. I'd really use it for something like an extra sweater, and to get that in and out I'd totally set down my backpack in a more deliberate fashion. That said, otherwise it seems to be a nice pack, and I am tempted. The lower two pockets on the inside is where I'd keep anything that is of moderate value like phones and passport. The "stealth" side pocket would be useless for anything but, I don't know, paper napkins? Definitely not getting it on this drop, as I need to further mull over my desired travel modalities, but I might go for it the next time around, as I really need to stop using a Jansport Big Student backpack for my one-and-a-half bag travel. This is a new model from 2018, so I guess this drop will return again.
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This reminds me of my trusty 12-year old Incase laptop bag (which is blowing seems everywhere by now.)