We have some neat commuter and student type packs from Osprey. I was pleasantly surprised today when I checked out the new "Cyber Port". There's a whole slew of features aimed at the tech crowd while still keeping in mind all the lessons learned building packs for 40 years. The result is a nicely streamlined pack with serious visual appeal. The pack is padded front, back, and inside for electronics protection no matter what compartment you use.
The main feature of this pack is the tablet sleeve. The clear plastic is touch screen compatible, so you can keep your tablet safe in the pack and still use your device. The screen is protected (besides the clear plastic) by a padded zip-open flap that can completely unzip for unfettered access. I'm sure some of you don't feel comfortable leaving your tablet glass side out in a pack that will be tossed and jostled about. Osprey was thinking of you when they included a second tablet sleeve tucked away in the main compartment. The second sleeve has a nice, soft, electronics friendly lining for your precious slab of glass and metal. From the looks of it you could also fit a small netbook in that space...maybe the 11 inch MacBook Air. On either side of the internal tablet sleeve is the laptop sleeve and the internal organizer. Pretty standard fare here. I'm glad they put the key clip on the main compartment instead of the sunglasses/phone pouch. Now I don't have to decide one or the other...who puts their keys in the same small pouch as their phone? There is a generously sized pocket next to the grab handle on the top of the pack. Certainly enough room for sunglasses or a phone, and again it's made from soft electronics-friendly material. Considering this pack will be loaded with electronics most of the time I think it would be a perfect match with the Goal Zero "Rock Out Portable Speaker"! We're down to just the fiddly bits now, but the sum of these little features is what makes the pack worth it's price. Point in case: zipper garage on the inside to protect your electronics from scratching. The back panel padding and mesh allow airflow but still have full contact with your body for a comfortable, sweaty-back-resistant fit. Even the handle has a thoughtful design. Bonus: it's actually comfortable in the hand! In case you forget what it's called: To be honest, I've been a big fan of Osprey's urban minded packs ever since the Metron 25 won me over a while back. There's something to be said for a company that makes just one sort of thing--really well. Osprey just makes packs. So, I guess you could say I'm a little biased towards their sweet product lineup. They rock!