Alchemy Equipment Top Load 35L Backpack
A rugged, well-built pack for the urban landscape.
The concrete jungle can take its toll on gear, but the Alchemy Equipment 35 Liter Top Load Daypack is built to withstand the wear of life in the city with a coated fabric, anodized aluminum hardware, and a burly PU-coated 900D base material. Throw everything you might need for a full day in the city in through the top loader, then cinch the durable nylon webbing straps down tight to secure the load. Keep all of your daily essentials organized with the internal laptop/tablet sleeve and the two zippered side pockets located on the hip belts. You'll appreciate the Airflow molded EVA back panel when you're confronted with long walks through town thanks to a design that puts an emphasis on comfort, even when the backpack is packed full.
- Airflow molded EVA back panel
- Top-loading access
- Wax coated fabric
- PU coated 900-denier base
- Embossed lining
- Anodized aluminum hardware
- Internal 15in laptop/tablet sleeve
- Nylon webbing
- Q & A
Nearly great, but way too many problems
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bag has the makings of something great, but it has so many small annoying mistakes to it that it's ultimately not worth it. For example: while the waist straps are good and have nice little pockets on them, they are also bulky, not removable, and fold in naturally so that every time you put the bag on you have to get them out of the way (trying to wear the bag on one shoulder is impossible b/c the waist straps make it slide off your shoulder). In addition, once you have the waist straps out of the way and it's on your back, the loop handle on top is thick and naturally hangs downward, so it digs into your back and has to be pulled upward -- every time. So between the waist straps and the top loop handle, that's a lot of work to do every time you put your bag on your back. It's also worth adding that due to the canvas overhanging the zippers (which looks quite nice), all the zippers are awkward to get to and difficult to open and close (the ones on the waist straps most of all). Speaking of zippered pockets, the top zippered pocket looks nice and big but somehow turns out to be tiny inside.
For $279 (or even the current sale price of $167), this bag should not have so many little problems that make it constantly annoying to use. It's disappointing because it's so close to being a great bag, but they've only gone 80% of the way on nearly every feature. I'm going to send mine back, having tried it out. If the company actually does some R&D and fixes all these utility problems, I would consider trying it again.
How much does this backpack weigh empty? Thanks!