Icon Squad 3 Mil-Spec Backpack
Hi Vis and usability... I like the backpack as it really meets my needs.
December 2, 2013
Perfect except for one thing...
It seems they never test fit anyone with this backpack before going to production. The id holder/wallet is awesome, but ends up on top of your shoulder. Not unusable, but annoying if you use it to get access to military bases and have to show your ID.
Apart from that minor gripe, it's a great backpack... not big but just right for lunch and PT gear.
November 4, 2013
Right size, great look...
This pack is great for short trips. The icon 3 sits comfortably across the chest and shoulders, and effectively cuts down on shoulder fatigue. It looks a little goofy (like a life preserver), but it's still sleek and not-bulky. It fits a 13 inch laptop computer comfortably, and has room for a thin rain layer, a light sweater, some small electronics, and a bottle of water or a water bladder in the front pocket. I have enjoyed it on 6 hour or longer rides. This bag is not meant to be a day pack: it holds the essentials, and not much more.
October 14, 2013
Fraying at the seams.
Update. Used the bag constantly... the bag is great at night to from college classes or commutes. Visible and gets compliments.
Sad: the seams are fraying. Reason: if you need more storage space, this is not the bag for you. Your notebook (Mac/PC) will fit but placing books, etc. inside will start it to fray.
Sad: bottom of the bag, I inserted a cloth to protect the notebook, there is not enough cushion to protect the computer at the side or base of the bag. You need to gingerly place the bag down.
What happen: well I went back to my old timberlake 15yr oldback. And the iCon Squad bag has a new owner, which does not carry allot of stuff.
Overall: Beautiful bag, nice features, need to upgrade the notebook cushion and the strength of the seams, with more material. Recommend it to those whom carry less and lighter.
October 8, 2013
Great bag for communting
Overall this is an excellent bag. I use it daily for commuting to take my laptop and lunch to work. The bag donesn't hold a ton, but it holds plenty. The material seems high quality, but I can see how it might tear if the bag is overfilled. It is great for small trips/commuting, and possible an overnight bag.
The straps are MUCH easier to get on than a normal backpack
I can barely feel the bag when it's on, and buckled, even full loaded.
Holds my 15in laptop, lunch and dress shoes easily
The orange color is awesome and VERY visible. Definitely glad I went for orange instead of black. I ride to work in the dark most days and want to be as visible as possible.
As others have said, the buckles are kinda weird. They are nice and big, but they have to be lined up perfectly to clip in. It's not a huge deal, but I do have to look at the clip while buckling it to make sure it goes in correctly.
The badge holders do sit on your shoulders which is kinda inconvient. I do not use them though so it doesn't affect my review.
Buy this bag! Great vaule and I'm very happy with my purchase.
October 7, 2013
Considering the fact that I commute on my CBR600RR and am often on the road in the middle of the night, I'd been looking for a backpack that was truly HIGH visibility - not just the usual "all black with thin, reflective piping here and there" backpack that everyone seems to carry.
The older Squad from ICON seemed to fit my needs, but let's be honest - that thing was pretty ugly. The new Squad is high visibility from all angles, and is a great bag to have when you're concerned about idiot cagers seeing you on the road.
Its main pocket has a laptop/tablet pouch, as well as a mesh zippered pouch for small items. This main pocket has a flat/thin profile, so it's great for laptops, books, paperwork, etc.
The secondary pocket has a small zippered pouch on the inside of the flap, big enough to hold an iPod or phone. The pocket itself expands the deeper in you are, so it's big enough for me to carry a spare visor, a water bottle, and a bike cover inside. There are also some small pockets, on the back of the backpack as well as the chest area of the straps, that can hold something like your wallet or ID, paperwork (insurance, registration), etc. and is easily accessible with the zippers. These smaller pockets have the rubber gasketed holes to allow you to feed your headphones through, as well. All the zippers have tabs on them, too, so it's easy to access with gloves on.
Overall a great backpack. I wish I could be larger, but when packed properly you can still fit quite a bit inside.
September 24, 2013
great all around pack pack for the bike
use rhe backpack to work everyday well made plenty of pockets for work items,zippers are heavy duty they can take some abuse i pick the orange color which stands out day and night time, great product.
September 16, 2013
Great fit, and excellent make. Not the biggest bag out there, but it sits nicely and the reflective color is perfect.
September 9, 2013