Deuter Cross City
This is nearly the perfect day/combo pack. Perfect…
Design: Front Loading Day Pack
Size: 1700 cubes
Number of Pockets: 10 pockets or so including helmet/jacket stuffer
Max. Load Carried: alot of books and beach gear - heavy for daypack, no problem whatsoever
Height of Owner: 6ft
Price Paid: $35 Ebay
This is nearly the perfect day/combo pack. Perfect would have been a bit more bombproof fabric but DO NOT reject for quality - excellent.
My goal was a high quality, extremely versatile pack I could use for meetings, bicycle commuting/meetings, travel and to dump all the work stuff out and pack for the trail, boat or beach. My pack had to be super adaptable esp for cycling to tighten down for lowest profile and security for riding trails. OR to adjust for long hikes.
This pack does all that and more. The front stuff spot easily accommodates a bike helmet or a beach towel and jacket as advertised. Instant stuff. The stuff area has clips on both sides to open wide if necessary or function as compression straps, a major advantage. I also wanted a laptop sleeve which this pack has that doubles for files and would work fine w/ Mac Book Pro.
Water bottle mesh is perfect and large enough to stuff wet shorts or socks for trip back. Chest strap works and should straps have adjusters, like big packs, so you can lower the load for hikes or tighten it up for cycling. Compartments work and pack handles more than it appears it can. Access is a bit time consuming - keep zippers at 12 o'clock position and you get in faster. You generally have to unclip the stuff area thing to access the compartments. Interior details not as sweet at Patagonia or Arc'terx, has key clip and pencil pouch with enough secret compartments.
The outside of the stuff mesh helmet thing has two instantly accessible compartments one is an excellent small compartment w/ vertical zip which is perfect for passport and maybe tickets. This pack is an excellent airplane bag and fits under the seat or in overhead no problem. There are enough loops, handles and spots to strap other stuff onboard if necessary.
A few more straps hanging off than I prefer but NOT a problem.
Improvements? I would like to see a bit higher quality fabric since I am used to Pata and Arc'terx but so what? Really. There is no padded waist belt but I think that is overkill for day packs. Maybe something for cell phone on shoulder straps but screw the cell phones and GPS on hikes. Don't need that crap really. Maybe for commuting - okay, sorry! I think a whistle integrated into chest strap buckle would be way cool - I use whistles.
Pretty dang close to perfect - not quite as bomb or weather proof as Patagonia stuff, rides great, the Airstrips feature looks like it would vent great - need to test in hot weather more.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Whether you're racing across campus to avoid missing yet another chem lab, heading to the hills for a jaunt in the woods, or biking downtown for work, the Deuter Cross City Backpack is the ideal means to carry the day's essential accoutrements. Made from rugged 600D polyester and 420D ballistic nylon, this backpack with endure the occasional incident involving brick walls or concrete sidewalks. The Airstripes back system won't leave you looking like a skunk but will leave your back less sweaty and moist. Anatomically-shaped shoulder straps are padded and lined with mesh to maximize your carrying comfort. The Cross City is hydration compatible, but you have to supply the beverage bladder. If you're rather use the laptop sleeve to protect your tech while filling the main compartment with very important papers, two stretchy side pouches hold water bottles (or soda cans) so you need not choose between hydration and homework. An internal office pocket organizes your writing utensils, sticks of gum, and flash drives. A blend between a pouch and a pocket serves to hold your bike helmet once you arrive at your destination du jour.
The bike pack among book and laptop packs, Deuter's Cross City makes your commute to class or the office organized and comfortable. An external sleeve secures your helmet upon arrival.This product will be shipped directly from Deuter and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.
From high school and college to business and travel, the Cross City Pack has you covered.
- Rocky Mountain Trail
On Sale. Free Shipping. Deuter Cross City Backpack (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Cross City Backpack by Deuter Front Organizer Pocket Helmet Holder/Pocket Padded Laptop Compartment (Fits 17in. Laptop) Interior Valuables Pocket Side Mesh Pockets 2 External Pockets Airstripes back system Anatomically shaped shoulder straps Detachable hip belt Helmet flap 3M reflectors Large folder-sized main compartment Compression straps Comfortable grab handle Two zipped front pockets Load adjustment straps SPECIFICATIONS: Volume: 1700 cubic inches Weight: 2 lbs. 3 oz Dimensions (HxWxD): 19 x 12 x 9 inches System: Airstripes Materials: Ballistic / Super-Polytex OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean.
Both active and creative students gravitate toward these daypacks which double as bike packs. Their durability and functionality carryover for everyday load hauling for anyone on the go. Even longer journeys on a bicycle are comfortable and your helmet is easily attached to the pack afterwards.
- Altrec Outdoors