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The Arc'Teryx Blade 20 Backpack is a laptop backpack for work and travel. The pack loads from the side, like a messenger bag, with a padded compartment against the backpanel for your laptop and an additional sleeve for a tablet or e-reader. The second zippered compartment has plenty of empty space, whether you're throwing in extra books or an extra long sleeve. The front pocket has internal organization, with an additional zippered pocket for keeping track of tiny items. A stash pocket for your phone at the front and a discreet backpanel pocket hides your passport. Durable fabric with a clean look and comfortable dual density shoulder straps to make it from point to point.
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FEATURES of the Arcteryx Blade 20 Backpack
Side loading access with dual handles top and side
Dedicated padded compartment holds and protects laptops up to 15 inches, has additional sleeve for a tablet
Internal organizer pocket includes a secure zippered pocket and a quick-stash pocket with a cable pass through for charging on the go
Thermoformed padded back panel adds comfort
Dual density shoulder straps conform to the body and disperse heavy loads
External stash pocket with key clip
Discreet pocket in the back panel ideal for stashing passports and travel documents
Work and School, Backpacking, Travel, Commuter Cycling, Trekking
20 Liters / 1220 Cubic inches
Holds Laptop Size:
27 - 32"
32 - 37"
37 - 42"
25 - 30"
27 - 32"
30 - 35"
ARC'TERYX MEASUREMENT GUIDE
How to Find Your Foot Measurements
Arc'teryx packs are sized either in 3-length options: Short (S), Regular (R) and Tall (T), or in 2-length options: Short/Regular (SR), and Regular/Tall (RT).
Sizing refers to YOUR OWN BACK LENGTH
Measure your Back:
• Measure along the spine between the 7th cervical vertebra and the level of the hip iliac crest
• Compare this measurement to the Sizing Charts
• It is possible to interchange different size shoulder strap and hipbelt components on many Arc'teryx Packs, but this will not change or affect the back-length of the pack.
Rated 5 out of
Top qualityAs you'd expect from arcteryx, this is a top quality item. I use it to stow my 15" laptop, an iPad, and a GoPro camera, along with their cables and chargers. The materials and workmanship are great. There is a small pocket for keys/cellphone, etc. with its own external zipper, allowing you access to these items without having to open the backpack.
It would be nice if it were waterproof, and if there was a way that allowed one to remove the backpack straps completely/convert to a messenger style bag. With the backpack straps stowed, it makes for a handsome briefcase for business use.
Arcteryx is the gold standard
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 2 out of
Good Idea, Poor ExecutionFor the sake of full disclosure, the only ‘real world’ experience I have with this pack is receiving it in the post, putting all my gear in it, trying it on, and boxing it back up for a return. If you’re looking for a review from someone who has actually used the pack, day to day for any period of time, look elsewhere. That said, my job requires that I spend a lot of time on the road, carrying a workstation grade laptop and lots of cables and accessories, so I’ve had my fair share of laptop bags over the years. I’m anything but occasional user in that regard.
The pack is fairly well made, and the material quality seems nice. There’s a few wandering/misaligned stitching here and there, nothing too objectionable. It has reverse coil zippers, but they do not appear water resistant beyond that. The laptop compartment is quite generously sized for a bag with a smallish overall capacity. My sizeable 15.6” HP mobile workstation does fit, which is not something you can count on with all ’15 inch’ laptop bags. There appears to be quite a lot of storage space, given the 20L capacity rating, but accessing that space can be a bit of a challenge. The laptop compartment can be difficult to access because the lip of the outer perimeter zipper runs immediately next to the mouth of the sleeve, forcing you to hold down the edge(s) of the outer zipper while you remove/insert your laptop (an operation that requires at least two hands, preferably three). Conversely, the laptop sleeve has no means of holding its contents in place, save for its proximity to the exterior binding. Same goes for the dedicated tablet sleeve, there’s no closure of any sort on it either, and both pockets are ‘on their side’ when the pack is on your back, so you can’t count on gravity to make up the difference. I suspect that a more normally sized laptop would mean easier access to the sleeve, but would also mean the lack of any dedicated closure for the sleeve would be an even greater issue. The tablet sleeve is smaller and in the middle of the bag, so it’s not able to use the outer zipper as a means of holding its contents in place, and is essentially useless.
The overall footprint/back panel size seems rather large for such a small bag. Again, even with a large laptop that completely fills the sleeve, the rigid back panel protrudes a good 1.5 inches in every direction. I assume this is in place to provide some additional drop protection. The bag lacks a sternum strap. I knew this going in, was a bit uneasy about this decision, and am now quite sure omitting it was very real mistake. Add up the size of the back panel, the fact that is rather ridged and not at all well-padded, and the missing sternum strap and the result is notably uncomfortable carry. It sits oddly and unevenly on my back (poor padding, big panel), and the straps pull back on my shoulders instead of resting on top of them (can't help but think a sternum strap would be a nice assist here).
There are also a couple issues that I believe are unique to the bag I received. First off, the carry handle in all the pictures is shown as a loop that arcs away from the bag (makes sense, you need room for your hand between the handle and the bag), however the handle on my bag is strung like a guitar string against the body of the pack. You need to wedge your hand between the handle and the bag to get a grip on it. I don’t think this is what the designer intended, nor what the images show. Second, the bag was stuffed into a box that was not as big as the semi-rigid back panel, so the folks at Moosejaw had to fold the bag to fit it in the box. Several days later, the back panel is still more taco than pancake. Honestly, once you load the pack up the panel is forced back to flat, but I wouldn't accept a bent $170 backpack, and neither should you.
The bottom line as far as I’m concerned is that this is an attractive, nicely sized bag that’s fairly well constructed and fairly poorly designed. Not recommended.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of
Well balanced for nyc trekkingI bought this recently after 2 bags just shredded from use. I live in NYC and run between high tech offices, parties, outdoor hiking and martial arts schools. I store laptop equipment, clothes, hand made Grado labs headphones, and more with ease. It's easy to load up, put on, take off in a busy subway. It's slick, comfortable, smooth, flexible, no snags. Awesome material, two handles which I love. Carry it like a briefcase or sling it over your back with extreme comfort. I chose this bag over 100+ of other options. It hits the mark.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of
Blade 20I bought this bag to replace a tattered Osprey Daylight as my work bag. The bag has a sleek look and is very functional in terms of its internal compartments. Even when loaded with a laptop, papers, water bottle, lunch, and a light coat, the bag retains its low profile. It's probably not the best choice if you want to also use the bag for hiking - it's a bit refined and lacks robust shoulder/waist/sternal straps. But for daily urban use, it's a winner.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of
Ray CZ from
Great bagI own a Blade 30 and wanted something smaller for quick trips and commuting. This bag is perfect and has plenty of room. I usually carry an iPad, moleskine notebook, pens, glasses, documents, and other smaller items and still have plenty of room for other stuff. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2015-11-15
Rated 5 out of
Excellent backpack - streamlined designBought this product a few weeks ago and impressed by the quality and design. A streamlined look, holds a standard size laptop plus room for notebooks, folders, etc. Fits on the shoulders well, and I like the additional option to carry it like a briefcase. Another well made product from Arcteryx.
Date published: 2015-12-07
Rated 5 out of
Awesome urban packBeen dragging around the black leather Tumi briefcase over the shoulder which was great but time to get something less heavy and dramatic. This pack is perfect for work and very light travel, plus makes riding motorcycle to appt possible.
Well made and thought out!
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 5 out of
Well thought outI bought this 3 months ago and was skeptical at first but a total believer now. I wish the straps packed a littler better if you want to carry it like a brief. But, it works very well as a computer backpack.