Half a year ago I was looking for a pack that had a dedicated padded sleeve for my 17” laptop and, after not too long a search, the Urban Operator backpack from Tactical Tailor stood out at me.
It was exactly what I needed for use in the city, and after using it for a while I am very happy with what I got and there are many things that I like about it.
Here are my pros:
- it’s a well built pack, made of 1000D Cordura nylon, a very thick material
- feels and is very sturdy
- its straps are very comfortable
- the stitching is also sturdy; all the stitches are heavily reinforced
- it's got 1836 cubic inches and I really think it’s built like a tank
- there are 2 loops on each side of the pack that may be used for DIY compression
- this backpack is reasonably water resistant (better use a cover when it pours, though)
- the padded laptop sleeve bends at the bottom, providing protective coverage
- you can slip in some small items in the middle pocket that has an organizer
- the middle pocket also features Velcro pockets and a zip pocket to keep the small items secure
- the outer compartment is large enough to fit an Ipad mini
- this is a subtle pack, you don’t stand out from the crowd wearing it
When it comes to the downsides of this backpack, my cons are not that many (I think):
- there are no compression straps for this pack (but, on the other hand, this pack is shallow enough and doesn’t need the straps)
- the shoulder strap webbing is just too long for my taste
- the pack doesn’t have many little pockets
- I found the material from the panel that rests on your back to be rather abrasive
- there is no Molle system on the front of the pack, only on the sides
- the bungee cords are quite thin
- there is no sternum strap and no waist strap so I wouldn’t take this pack on a hike
- the pack has no plastic or aluminum frame whatsoever
- there is a lack of storage for this pack when it comes to pens, maps or other small items.
To be honest, I don't mind all the things that this backpack is lacking for outdoor ventures. I found the best use for it is civilian, and also for travel. And it was indeed meant to be used as such, proof being the waist belt that's missing. You would want a waist belt in the field, but it's one of those things you're trying to tuck away when you're EDC'ing or traveling.
All in all, this is a very sturdy EDC pack that fits your laptop and is worth every penny if it's being used for its purpose.