22 October 2016

REVIEW: Case Logic Ibira Backpack

It's in the bag.

Backpack review time again, with another look through the catalogue of Case Logic. Really expanding their range over the past couple of years, Case Logic have a backpack, shoulder bag, laptop sleeve and case for pretty much any gadget and every situation, but we were keen to try out the new Ibira Backpack.

Very much a go-to bag for gadget carriers, the Ibira can stow laptops of up to 15.6 inches, and also 10.1 inch or smaller tablets. As with other Case Logic bags we've reviewed recently, the main material is polyester and the whole thing feels very firmly made and securely stitched together. We were sent the petrol green version, but there are also blue, black, and grey options, each with contrasting details.

Instead of possessing a bog-standard main hold with built-in laptop sleeve, the Ibira actually has two main compartments, each with their own zipper. The one closest to your back as you wear the bag is designed for your computer, and features a thin internal sleeve on both sides of the opening (the smaller one for a tablet or eReader), and padding all around. Even with a large laptop in there (we tested it with a fairly chunky 15 incher) there is plenty of space in the main part of the pocket for the likes of notebooks, folders, and other work type stuff.

Moving forwards, the next pocket is the largest and considered the main hold. Having a separate laptop section does decrease the internal space in here, but with your tech catered for in the other bit of the bag, that leaves this area to be crammed with whatever else you need on a commute. We stuffed it with a jumper, headphones, power cord for the laptop, and other bits and bobs. There are also smaller pockets in there, good for your phone, wallet, or a even a power bank. There are also a couple of elasticated loops which you could attach your keys to, or even small tech like flash droves and mp3 players. Whatevs.

Finally there are four small external pockets on the Ibira. One is zip-closed on the very front of the bag, good for easy grab stuff like keys, cards, and change, while you also get a mesh pocket on either side for water bottles, umbrellas, tripods, and other stuff. And the fourth? Well, that is a secret little pocket on the inside back, hidden under an inconspicuous bit of black elastic. This micro pocket is good for hiding cash, passports, and whatever you don't want stolen from the bag, should it ever get rifled through by a cheeky crim. Damn them!

Other than that, you get the usual Case Logic comfort, with a padded back panel and adjustable shoulder straps. The Ibira isn't necessarily a travelling backpack, nor is it something you'll be taking up a mountain, but for a sturdy commuting and everyday pack, it's awesome.


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