I was looking for a weather resistant, durable, reflective, stylish bike commuter back pack to carry the tools I need to for a day at the office. The bag needed to have a dedicated laptop sleeve, hopefully an iPad sleeve, at least one water bottle sleeve, organizing pockets for pens, business cards, pens, cables and a jacket and pants. A pretty tall order and one that had yet to be met. Until I found The North Face Kaban Charged Laptop Backpack. This thing is a game changer. I will elaborate on why.

(UPDATE – The newest version of the Kaban Charged is now the North Face Fuse Box Charged backpack.)

The North Face Kaban Charged Laptop Backpack

  • Very well made and constructed material (900 Denier Polyester with PVC coating)
  • Perfect sleeve for a laptop — providing major cushioning as well as securely holding the device
  • Dedicated tablet sleeve, in addition to the laptop sleeve
  • Amazing organizing pockets that are actually useful
  • Felt lined sunglasses pocket
  • Carries weight very well, especially when biking.
  • Reflective material impregnated in the pack on all sides
  • Straps are cushioned as well as the back panel
  • Usually stands up on its own, pretty cool

The North Face Kaban Charged Laptop Backpack

Basically, it’s the best dang bag I have tested for these needs. It does come with a removable charging device — intended to be used to charge cell phones and possibly tablets. Personally, I carry a much more effective device with me at all times that has much more current and can charge 2 iPads at once. I cannot fault North Face for this, they did not make the charging device (though they did select it). I took it out and made use of the pocket for other things.

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Check out our video review and see for yourself why I am so twitterpated with this bag: