We love stuff here at The Test Pit, and so therefore we're a bit concerned about said stuff when we have to lug it around. Fortunately we also love bags and are fortunate to test some truly awesome ones... today being no exception. Loading up on all the essentials it takes to keep this website going (a laptop and a Costa Coffee card with at least enough points on it for a double espresso) we take the Case Logic LoDo Medium Backpack for a spin.
We've tested Case Logic cases and accessories in the past and also loved their kit, so it was nice to try out a larger item from them. The Case Logic LoDo Medium Backpack is so called because it is the smaller of two backpacks from the LoDo range. However, both bags are very different with the larger version possessing a draw-string closure instead of the Medium's zip. We liked the look of the Medium better – hence the review – but check out the larger bag if you fancy it.
The Medium LoDo is a backpack designed to accommodate laptops of up to 15” in the padded rear internal compartment, as well as tablets up to 10” in a separate pocket. The inside area has a volume of 21 litres, and there are also four additional pockets on the front, as well as two elastically-tightening bottle holders on either side of the pack.
The shoulder straps and back panel are very well padded which makes the Case Logic LoDo Medium Backpack a comfy thing to wear, while the main material is tough cotton canvas with real leather details on the zip pulls. Uniquely, the main compartment opening has a rigid construction which, once unzipped, opens like the yawning jaws of a hippo... in a cool and really handy way. This means its super easy to get in there and see all your stuff without flaps getting in the way.
Naturally we took it with us to our office – the local coffee shop. The Case Logic LoDo Medium Backpack is perfect for commuters as you'll know your laptop and tablet are secure and safe, as well as being easily able to access things like your phone, wallet, keys, and bits from the front pockets (two decent sized zipped compartments, and two smaller magnetic-stud closing pockets under the flap). We also really like the side pockets that are great at gripping a water bottle (or gin bottle, if you've had a tough day) or indeed a bike lock if you're jumping on your bike.
The Case Logic LoDo Medium Backpack is a good-looking, versatile backpack with lots of room for pretty much anything you'll need for a busy trip out.