Pros Tons of space--built to last
Cons can't find it in stores like Best Buy
Summary I'm not a bag aficionado, but I do know what I like and what fits my needs. I think this bag is a great departure from the hum-drum, typical boring backpacks out there. The rubber outer pattern is cool looking and distinctive and I get loads of compliments on the looks of this bag. Very roomy..excellent quality and it fits my 17" Dell (it's a beast). I think this bag is great. I also really like the hand pad that cushions the bag against my back.
Pros space, quality, ability to protect laptop
Cons could use more inner pockets for small gadgets
Summary I have to disagree with Scott's impression of the bag. I've had this bag for nearly a year and I love it. I was using a targus bag prior to this slappa bag, but it didn't have enough padding for my liking. I then went to a swiss army bag but that bag was a bit too clumsy with regards to all the internal sections. I really like this bag because it has open space that gives me the flexibility to store books for school, or sneakers and a change of clothes. And I definitely disagree with his statement about the rear cooler section. I regularly use it for bottled water or my beloved redbull and never feel the contents against my back thanks to the very thick and comfortable slappa hand pad on the back of the bag. I usually agree with cnet reviews, but this time I have to say you guys missed the mark. this is an excellent bag--a bit expensive--but definitely worth the money