Mountain Hardwear Enterprise
Number of Pockets: 4 zippered pockets, two nets
Max. Load Carried: probably fifteen- twenty pounds in books
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $89.99
I've only been running this pack for a couple months, after my Targus pack gave out in the zipper. Nonetheless, with my summer job this pack will give me almost everything I could ever need as far as duplicity goes. I use it as a pack to school and work, as well as a weekend daypack on the trails. The side nets are roomy and best of all don't interfere with the internal compartment space, I can carry two Nalgenes and don't worry about them falling out at all.
Downsides for this design is it doesn't have a bladder pouch, but the side nets make this a minor setback. The only other complaint is that when using the front compartment, the pack gets a bit top heavy and will tip if set down, this is just an annoyance for me really, and the stuff inside stays put so it doesn't matter. Innovative vertical pouch zippers to the front hold all sorts of things from a small book to small binoculars so I'm set anywhere I go. I'd say the only other thing I could wish for is a larger main compartment for more of my school junk, but no pack can give me the load distribution this does, with the ridiculous capacity I would use if I had it. The final big seller on this pack is its padded laptop compartment, which I was surprised to stuff my fifteen inch laptop into, but it fits perfectly.
Overall this design is going to last me awhile, and I forgot to mention the first thing that sold me on this pack: the beefy zippers for all compartments.
Design: Top loading commuter pack
Number of Pockets: About 6 compartments with pockets inside
Max. Load Carried: 10 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'1"
Price Paid: $89
I purchased and use this pack for commuting to and from work by bicycle. It's replacing my Timbuk2 courier bag, which was giving me back problems and couldn't easily hold a change of clothing along with my laptop.
The Enterprise is performing beautifully! Lots of room for the computer, a change of cloths and shoes, and paperwork. Many pockets, each with a very clear purpose (as opposed to the random-pocket packs we've all seen too often).
My only complaint, and a trivial one at that, is that the area that holds a PDA and/or cell phone tends to flop forward when a PDA or cell phone is in the pocket. I keep having to fish for the flap. They would have done better to put the cell phone pocket on a more rigid part of the interior.
Highly recommended for folks like me who want a lightweight pack to commute with large, light volumes.