Incase Campus Pack Review – a MacBook Pro Backpack

Incase has just released their new Nylon Collection which includes the Campus Pack backpack. This backpack is designed for the MacBook Pro 15″ and other similarly sized, or smaller laptops. Its design is minimalist and clean. But despite its clean design, the backpack is available in a choice of 9 colors. The color choices include everything from solid black, gray, red, green, and even pink. Many of these colors, like the red, pink and green that we tested out, really pop. Some of the colors also come with a different color zipper on the front main compartment which helps provide a nice but subtle accent.

The Campus Pack is made of a durable nylon construction. We love this material because it helps keep the bag very lightweight, yet at the same time, it’s pretty tough. The backpack also sports a slim profile which we can appreciate. Inside the backpack, there is a plush faux-fur lined notebook compartment for your MacBook. This way you don’t have to worry about lugging around a case for your laptop too. This fur-lined compartment should adequately protect your laptop from bumps and shakes, while also keeping it nice and cozy.

The back of the bag is padded, which we find great for back support. The shoulder pads are also padded . Both the back panel and shoulder pads are made of a breathable mess and integrated airflow channel which should help when you’re in hot environments. A top-loading handle is also part of the bag’s design for grab-and-go convenience.

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Inside the bag there are plenty of compartments. Besides the fur-lined compartment for a laptop, there is also an interior slip pocket for the iPad. Many of us travel with both our laptop and iPad. With the extra compartment for the iPad, you have a special space for your laptop in your backpack. That said, the material covering the iPad is a bit on the thin side, but it should do an adequate job of protecting your iPad while traveling. In addition, the inside of the bag also has two smartphone-sized slip pockets, along with two pen-sized compartments for slipping gadgets and goodies into.

On the exterior front-side of the Campus Pack, there is also a “quick-access pocket”, which is perfect for stowing away a Passport or credit card.  Below that lies a larger compartment which is big enough to hold cables and other accessories.

Overall, Incase’s new Campus Pack is a very well-rounded backpack. It packs in some of the most important qualities we expect from a good backpack – and that is that it’s lightweight, ergonomic, stylish, and has plenty of room for our gadgets. We also appreciate the assortment of color choices that they have available for it. That said, we would love to see them come out with a smaller version of the backpack made specifically for 13″ laptops. The Incase Campus Pack retails for a very reasonable $59.99 on Amazon.

The Good: Clean minimalist design, bold color choices, lightweight and ergonomic design, dedicated iPad compartment, plenty of pockets / compartments.

The Bad: iPad compartment is a tad flimsy

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