Like many of my fellow RunJunkEes, when I heard Dan was partnering with Orange Mud to make a bag, I was excited. Orange Mud has a reputation for quality, and that always gets me looking forward to the UPS truck.
OK. It's another laptop bag. Big deal. Except, this one is a bit different. First, the internal material is orange. I cannot explain how many hours of my life I have spent digging through laptop bags with black interiors looking for small black items. The orange eliminates that 100%.
I gave the bag a very close look inspecting the quality. I don't remember the last time I saw stitching of this nature. There wasn't a single lose thread out of the box.
So what fits in it? Lots of stuff. I live off one of two laptops - the one for my day job, and the one for all the fun stuff. I started with the laptop for fun stuff. This is an HP Pavilion E115NR. It's a bit on the smaller side with only an 11.6" display - and a few stickers. :-) This thing fit in the sleeve as if it were designed to go there. And there was still room for all sorts of stuff. I was able to fit in my iPad, a folder of papers, the latest copy of Ultrarunning Magazine... This bag seems to follow the old adage "A place for everything and everything in its place." There was a pocket for the power supply, a few spots for pens, and the top pouch on the shoulder is the perfect size for a couple cell phones; even some of the bigger ones, but probably not the biggest.
The other laptop I use is a larger HP model. It did not fit in the sleeve. But it did still fit in the bag and the rest of the pockets and features still worked. No sweat.
The fit of the bag on my body took some getting used to. But that's because I have become accustomed to this older, somewhat floppy laptop bag. And the design is just completely different than this Orange Mud bag. Once I got the strap the length I liked, the bag just sits on my body. There's some movement, but no swinging like a traditional laptop bag. And the wide straps and messenger design do a great job of spreading out the load across enough of your body to be comfortable.
On the front of the pack there are a few "tacti-cool" loops, and one plastic D ring. The plastic ring is the perfect size for a small carabiner holding a water bottle. I'm not sure what I would use the other loops for, but I'm sure when the time comes I'm going to be glad they are there.
I look forward to seeing how this bag performs long term.
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