Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2001, 00:52
This bag is made by K2 the ski, surf and skateboard company. I was skeptical at first but this backpack rocks!
There are three zippers at the top of the backpack. One opens a padded compartment that fits a Ti:G4 perfectly. The pocket actually suspends into the main compartment which is accessed by zipper number two. This compartment is a large open cavernous area to store a lot of anything. The third zipper opens a small pocket that can hold a CD player. This pocket is positioned at the top of the bag so that ear phones can be connected to the CD player without removing the player from the pocket. This area is actually part of the padded flap that covers and protects the laptop from zipper number one.
On the front there are pockets that can hold various items. All of the hardware I carry in my WaterField Cargo Bag, I can carry in the K2 Jiver. See the previous review for my list of hardware. On the sides of the backpack is a mesh pocket for a drink bottle and a pocket for a cell phone or I carry my Apple Pro Mouse in it.
One really unique feature of this backpack is the hard case CD/CD-ROM holder on the front. This hard case is attached to the backpack and has plastic sleeves for 20 CD/DVDs. This is really convenient since I don’t have to open the backpack up to get to my music/DVD/CD-ROMs. It closes withy a snap buckle.
The back is padded and the straps are the most comfortable straps I have ever encountered. My one gripe is that it does not come with a cell phone pouch that attaches to the shoulder strap like other high-end backpacks do.
If you are a business professional and will be going into meetings where a certain level of professionalism is required go with the WaterField. It looks just cool enough but not like you just left a fraternity party. If you are a high school or college student go for the K2 Jiver. It holds all that you will need for the laptop, and can double as a standard backpack if need be. Plus on a college/high school campus this backpack will look awesome.
I use them both depending on my needs, where I am going to be, and my mode of transportation. If I travel I use the Jiver. If I am at home or drive a short distance I use the WaterField. You can?t go wrong with either of these. If you would like to comment, please send me an email.