SO... I am not sure where some of the other reviews are coming from. But this is my experience, and know that I am a dude who loves bags, and uses many and does research before I purchase things. This bag is a game changer for me, I work as an Executive Chef, which means I...
SO... I am not sure where some of the other reviews are coming from. But this is my experience, and know that I am a dude who loves bags, and uses many and does research before I purchase things. This bag is a game changer for me, I work as an Executive Chef, which means I cook my ass off, but also have to be able to go to meetings, tastings, and work on menus, orders, social media, etc. I have to keep a lot of stuff on hand, and most of it can not live in my truck This bag allows for ALL of that.
THE KNIFE CASE: Slides out, is decent quality, especially being it will mostly live inside the protection of the backpack. Also comes with a strap if you want to use just the knife case alone. I use some big knives (4), Small knives (4), Special Knives (2) and a bunch of small tools and there is still plenty of room for more in the case.
THE BAG: Plenty of pockets for all your work and personal needs, I carry normally on hand my phone (Note 3 which is huge), Macbook with charger, recipe book, notebook, water bottle, phone charger, usb drives, 5 sharpies, 4 pens, calculator, order clipboard, pocket knife, and other office needs. and still there is plenty of room.
OUTER POCKET/SLING: Attaches with clips, similar to Skateboard and Snowboard bags, its a pocket, but does not fully close, it attaches at the top with 2 clips. Holds for me, 2 Aprons, chef coat, jeans, shirt, boxers, socks. If needed, I have used the 2 water bottle slings (1 on each side) to slide my Clogs, or Street shoes, however, in the laptop section, if you slide shoes to the bottom, they will fit there as well.
TOP HANDLE: It works as needed, I purchased one of those gel velcro ergonomic handles to attach to this. ($4). But it works as needed. The other straps for the sling work well too, I would adjust carefully because they are plastic, DO NOT YANK on them. and you will be fine. Zippers are smooth and strong, again, i would not pull and yank on them, but if you use this and take care of it, it will last.
BOTTOM & BACK: Bottom of the bag is rubber/plastic lined to keep water out, I keep my bag away from danger as it has a ton of expensive stuff in it, plus the knife case comes out, so if needed you can just keep that close. BUT it is a nice feature. The back is padded, breathable mesh, with nice padded, embroidered and strong. Chest clip is nice to have, but I am a big dude, I do not use it.
OVERALL: I love it! it is well worth the price, especially considering that the knife case, and a decent quality backpack would amount to how much this bag costs. At least this one is made by Mercer, they know knives, chefs, and it just makes sense. I like it way better than the Wusthof backpack, and that costs nearly $30+ more than this bag. It is nice quality for the price, looks great, very comfortable, utilitarian, and ergonomic in the right places. If you need an all around bag for work in & out of the kitchen, commuting, etc. BUY IT NOW!
Product update: over a year later. 0 issues with this bag. Barely any wear and tear on it. No damage. Love it more and more as it breaks in.