I work in IT and use a backpack to keep my critical gear in, I take it with me just about everywhere I go. It is not uncommon for me to have 2 laptops, books, tools, and a variety of cables in my pack at any given time. As you can imagine, I need a high quality and professional grade pack to keep up with my needs.
For the last couple of years I have been using (and have been mostly pleased with) a pack from a well known outdoor company, but when I had an opportunity to try out the Pelican ProGear Urban U105 Backpack I jumped at it. I have to say I LOVE Pelican products and have been a fan for years. Would the ProGear meet my expectations?
Yes it very much did!
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As seen in our Holiday Gift Guide For Men, the ProGear U104 is a multi compartment backpack made for gear nuts like myself. This is no mere book bag. The construction has the ultra high quality I expected from Pelican. This particular model has 360 degree rigid protection around the laptop compartment for the ultimate safe keeping of your electronics. Not only does the ProGear have all around protection from external damage, there is a decent amount of padding between internal compartments, which is very important to me as I keep some tools in my bag.
There are plenty of pockets and compartments to divide your gear. Inside the 15" laptop section there is a movable zippered bag for your laptop accessories. You can customize the compartment to suite your needs. There is also a beefy Velcro strap to hold your hardware firmly in place. In addition to the laptop compartment, there is ample padded space for a full sized tablet or iPad in the front pocket. It would not be a problem to carry both at the same time.
Outside of the pack are a few handy loops and pockets for additional gear. On top of the case is a rigid (and totally industrial) hinged handle. No flimsy nylon loop on this case! The ProGear U105 is handsome and looks at home either at work or a weekend trip. The pack is two tone black and gray and nicely accented with red zipper pulls.
I really do not have any complaints about this backpack, it met all of my expectations and even exceeded a few. I can see myself using this Pelican ProGear pack for a long time.
To learn more about the Pelican ProGear Urban U105 Backpack, visit www.pelicanprogear.com, where you can receive Free Ground Shipping on orders totalling $100 or more.
Thank you to Pelican ProGear for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.