WJ Tested – High Sierra Garrett Computer Daypack Review

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High Sierra Garrett Computer Daypack

High Sierra Garrett Computer Daypack

WJ Tested – High Sierra Garrett Computer Daypack Review
WAVEJourney Tests the High Sierra Garrett Computer Daypack


High Sierra Description:
Garrett Computer Daypack

  • Multi-compartment design.
  • CUSHION ZONE padded computer sleeve holds most 17″ (screen size) notebook computers. (max. size 16″ x 11″ x 1.625″)
  • Large gusseted front pocket holds accessories.
  • Zippered accessory pocket with customized, zipper-stop headphone port, holds a media player, sunglasses, or other necessities.
  • Two, large gusseted side mesh pockets hold a beverage or gear.
  • Deluxe organizer mesh pocket, pen pockets and key fob.
  • Yoke-style, S-shaped, VAPEL™ mesh AIRFLOW™ padded shoulder straps with Suspension System and integrated media/cell phone pocket.
  • Comfortable padded Core back panel.
  • Contoured daisy chain and triangle clip for attaching extra gear.

Size: 19.0″ x 13.75″ x 9.25″
Capacity: 2530.0 cubic inches
Weight: 1.93 lbs
Materials: Mini-Hexagon Ripstop, Shiny Waffle Weave
Color: Flint, Pomodoro
MSRP: US$80.00


Viv’s Review:
With plenty of useful features, I was initially very pleased with the High Sierra Garrett Computer Daypack I was testing on a recent  10-day trip to Quebec, Canada. I needed a relatively compact daypack that had plenty of pockets to keep me organized, and that was sturdy enough to be able to carry both my computer (14″ Acer weighing around 4.5 lbs) and camera gear (weighing approx. 5 lbs).

I found the daypack itself to be pretty lightweight, and able to hold a large amount of gear. The computer sleeve had more than ample space to hold my laptop, keep it cushioned (I was also able to keep paperwork in the same compartment) and secure from the gadgets I was carrying around with me. The total weight I transported in the Garrett was approximately 18 lbs once I filled my water bottles.

With my 5′ 4″ frame, the Garrett was not as comfortable as I would have liked in a daypack. Yes, when I had it loaded I was carrying a fair amount of weight in it, but the issue I had came from the pack riding too low on my back – due to the carry handle that protrudes, forcing the bag to be carried loosely and lower on the shoulders and back than necessary. This design feature became more of a problem for me when I was visiting a museum and they insisted I wear the pack on the front. Even though I didn’t have a full pack, I was being choked by the handle.

Personally, I would prefer to forego the **carry handle so that I can adjust the pack to fit better and more snuggly, therefore, riding on my back where I want/need it to.

Bottom Line:
The Garrett computer daypack is a really great pack that holds lots of stuff, and is made of very sturdy materials. If you are of shorter stature (like me) you may also find that the carry handle gets in the way of a comfortable fit. If you like a pack that sits lower on your back and you just want to use for carrying lightweight items, you’re really going to enjoy it!


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View more details about the Garrett Computer Daypack.

This review is by Viv Chapleo, co-founder of WAVEJourney.com

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