Friday, December 10, 2010

My Review of Keen Newport Backpack

Originally submitted at Sierra Trading Post

Closeouts . From hiking the hills to surviving a long commute, Keen’s Newport backpack is designed to haul what your day demands, whether it’s a laptop in its designated sleeve or a 3L water bladder. Top compartment has a zip pocket with a key fob Main compartment has organizer pockets and a ...

Good Hybrid Backpack

By Granola Alex from Portland, OR on 12/10/2010


4out of 5

Pros: Easy To Load, Good padding, Large capacity, Lightweight, Comfortable, Highly Adjustable

Best Uses: Hiking, Cycling, Office, School, Day trip, Car Camping, Commuting

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven

Was this a gift?: Yes

A good hybrid backpack is an important purchase for it can be an item that has a lot of versatility. I am a college student and avid outdoor enthusiast so a hybrid school/hiking backpack was something I was looking for to fit my needs. The Keen Newport is a backpack that has become a great fit for me. It has a sleeve for a water reservoir and a top loading compartment. The external webbing on the pack appears to be designed for holding wet or dirty shoes; there are a couple of drainage holes at the bottom of the sleeve. The webbing is not designed to hold a snowboard or snowshoes like those see on some winter backpacks for the bottom webbing on the Newport is sown to the backpack itself. One thing that I was looking for in a hybrid backpack was some side pockets to hold a water bottle for easy access but the Keen Newport doesn't have any. I have been using the external webbing to hold a water bottle and it seems to be doing a good job. The main compartment zipper seems to be strong and holds up even if you cram a bunch of books into the pack. Another nice touch to the backpack is it's made of 100% recycled materials including the aluminum frame which is kind of a theme for Keen products.


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