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DaKine Duel

rated 4.0 of 5 stars

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photo: DaKine Duel daypack (under 35l)

I love this backpack. It is my college throw and I sometimes use it to carry stuff with me for visits.

Decent weight
Many, many details like padded music pockets and skateboard straps (I usually hold groceries I cannot fit with the straps)
Laptop sleeve

Fabric absorbs water fairly quickly - I'd like to see heavier duty nylon
Poor angle of water bottle holders make reaching them difficult and there is no alternative hydration compatibility

I suppose this dual-purpose bag serves many useful functions but despite its let-downs, I find it very comfortable and pleasurable to use. I don't have a laptop yet but the included option is quite thought through with the padding and all.

Design: Basic backpack with contoured shoulder straps and a chest buckle
Number of Pockets: One main compartment, two water bottle mesh sides, padded laptop sleeve, padded music player pocket with a rubber headphone outlet and a pocket organizer
Max. Load Carried: 30+
Height of Owner: 1.78m
Price Paid: $29

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Price MSRP: $70.00
Historic Range: $29.98-$79.75
Reviewers Paid: $29.00

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