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Case Logic Griffith Park backpack carries all your mobile gear in style (hands-on)

I carried my iPad mini in the Case Logic QuickFlip case while commuting with the Griffith Park. Both are high quality products with cool design features.
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Topic: Mobility
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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.

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Griffith Park backpack

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Opening up the central compartment

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Zippered pockets on the Griffith Park backpack

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Side pockets where you can store water bottles

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Another view of the side pocket

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Bottom pocket for power bricks and large items

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Shoulder straps

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Contoured foam back padding

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Upper plush-lined pocket

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Case Logic QuickFlip case for iPad Mini and Mini with Retina display

Case Logic QuickFlip for iPad Mini

I primarily use my Apple iPad Mini with Retina display in landscape orientation for watching media, playing games, and writing. Thus, it lives in a carrying case so looking for one that props it up in landscape is essential to me. Case Logic sent along their QuickFlip case.

The QuickFlip case fits both the 1st and 2nd generation iPad Mini devices and is designed for you to view it in landscape while also quickly transitioning into portrait orientation if you want to use it in that manner for reading or other tasks. I was sent a black one to test out and it also comes in a purple color. Retail price is $34.99.

The QuickFlip opens up so that you can slide your iPad Mini into the back piece with a long flap that secures to the back so you don't have to worry about your iPad Mini falling out. There are openings for the camera and all buttons and ports.

This back piece is attached to the front shell piece with a stiff piece of material that is about 3 inches long. This piece serves as the hinge for when you flip the iPad Mini in or out of the front shell piece. When you flip it one way the back actually rests on this hinge so your iPad faces you while resting in the front hard shell piece. For landscape orientation the back rests in one of three notches made of contoured foam that are in the inside of the rugged shell piece.

The front shell piece is fairly hard with the four corners reinforced to offer even more protection from drops. Your iPad Mini can either rest face down or face up in the front shell, depending on whether you are using it or storing it. If you store it in the front shell, then you can also use the elastic piece to flip it over the back and hold it closed.

The case is a bit bulky when you rest your iPad in the shell face up and use your iPad in tablet mode, but as I said I use mine most of the time in landscape orientation and the QuickFlip offers great viewing angles and solid protection.

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Securing the iPad Mini in the QuickFlip

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Top hard shell of the QuickFlip

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Contoured foam with three notches in the top hard shell

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iPad Mini propped up in the QuickFlip

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iPad Mini flipped into the top hard shell

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Using the iPad in portrait orientation

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Back view of the QuickFlip angled for media viewing

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