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Case Logic Griffith Park backpack, QuickFlip for iPad Mini, and SnapView for iPad Air
As a daily train commuter, I carry my gear in a backpack. There are a ton of options available and over the past week I have been carrying a red Griffith Park backpack from Case Logic while my iPad Mini with Retina display was mounted in their QuickFlip case.
Case Logic Griffith Park
The Griffith Park is designed to carry both a laptop and tablet, up to 15.6 inches on the laptop and 10.1 inch on the tablet, with two dedicated storage areas in the larger main compartment. I comfortably carried my Dell work ultrabook and iPad Mini a few days with my Surface Pro 3 and iPad Mini the rest of the week. There is ample space available in the Griffith Park for these pieces of gear, along with three phones and more.
The red Griffith Park is very attractive with black highlights. It is also available in black with green highlights and gray with orange highlights. The backpack is made in Vietnam and comes with a 25-year quality guarantee. The Griffith Park is available now for $79.99.
A 25-year quality guarantee is quite a claim by the manufacturer, but as you take a look at the backpack you will find high quality zippers, durable material, and rugged straps. I like that the three main compartments have two layers of material, red on the outside and gray on the inside. There are areas of ripstop fabric along the front that give the backpack a rather slick look and added durability.
There are two side pockets for carrying water and other accessories, a smaller front pocket that is great for items you use frequently (such as a wallet or phone), a medium size open pocket behind the stash pocket for slipping in things while a single strap secures the top, a large zippered compartment that has three open top areas and one zippered area, the tablet and laptop compartments in one other zippered area with extra padding for protection, and a very handy top zippered plush-lined pocket. I like to put my headphones and phone in that top zippered compartment that is accessible right next to the top vertical carrying handle. There is one other pocket I haven't seen on a backpack before, located along the entire bottom of the backpack. A zipper keeps it closed and it is great for placing power bricks or other large things you don't want resting against your other gear. A carbiner attachment is located down on this bottom pocket too.
There are side straps that you can adjust if you are carrying a larger load to help keep everything together. The two shoulder straps are quite comfortable with great padding and a chest strap to provide comfort for heavy loads carried over long periods. There is ample padding along the back of the backpack with gaps for air circulation too. The center padding is that techy contoured foam that looks and feels great.
The backpack weighs in at just under two pounds, but has a ton of storage capacity for all of your gear. The main compartments are tall and larger items can be placed at the bottom without impacting the thickness of your loaded gear placed on your back. I also really like the strap management system they incorporated that keeps the straps looking neat and well organized. I hate backpacks where straps are flying all over the place and scratching up car seats and more.
Case Logic did a fantastic job with this Griffith Park backpack and it is definitely one you should consider. You can rest at ease with the 25-year quality guarantee and 30-day return policy if you are not completely happy with it.
After checking out my Griffith Park images in the gallery, make sure to read about the QuickFlip case for the iPad Mini.
Griffith Park backpack