I was recently sent the Exos-Gear Commuter Series backpack to test out and give a review. TheExos Commuter pack is geared towards the average student, business man, or someone looking for a simple EDC pack. The Commuter comes in at 29L which is just right for all of the above, it also comes in a variety of colors to satisfy everyone. The best part of this backpack is the insanely reasonable price of $35. At this price point the pack is a great buy and will definitely give you your moneys worth.
On the very front of the pack you have the Exos-Gear logo. Right above this logo you have the “stash pocket” as I like to call it. This smaller pocket is great for quick access items like your keys, wallet, phone, sunglasses, and is even lined with a soft liner for peace of mind.
On the front-most of the Commuter, you have the admin pocket. Upon opening this ocket you are greeted with plenty of pockets and slots to organize your gear to your liking. When I was carrying this pack I normally kept my laptop charger, external hard drive, portable charger, and phone charger in this pocket as well as any business cards or pens. This pocket does a great job at extending outwards making sure to not take away any space from the other internal compartments on the pack. On the outside of this pocket hangs a small plastic caribeaner and daisy chain to clip on anything you want.
Directly behind the admin pocket there is a small compartment that was the perfect size for my EDC/FA Kit. This pocket could also be used as a Concealed Carry pocket as there are no internal pockets or slots that could get in the way.
The next pocket on the pack is almost as large as the main compartment, however, not quite. This pocket was perfect for my rain jacket or a towel. Again there are no internal pockets so stuffing in a rain jacket is a breeze, and can be yanked out at a moments notice. This pocket also has polyester siding by the zippers to make sure nothing slips out un-noticed.
Finally, on to the main compartment. In this pocket there is a padded laptop sleeve that was able to fit my 13inch Macbook pro, and is stated to hold a 17 inch laptop. In front of the sleeve there is another sleeve that can hold and documents or folders you have. Down below there was still plenty of room for my Goruck GR1 Field pouch and my Greenroom136 Journal. The last zipper on the pack is towards the back and can be unzipped to allow quick access to the stored laptop or documents.
On either side of the Commuter, you have stretch mesh water bottle slots. These were large enough to hold my 18oz FiftyFifty bottle with ease. A key feature to a good EDC or school bag is the ability to carry water or any other beverage externally. So “check” for the Commuter. Right above either water bottle slot there is a small compression strap to help hold your load down. This is also great to see on a pack like this with so many different compartments. When you are only carrying a few items and do not need the extra space you can synch up the straps tight and keep the pack close to your back.
The back of Commuter is lightly padded with mesh. The same goes for the shoulder straps. The pack carries comfortably enough for the base price being $35. I would like to see the shoulder straps somewhat more padded especially for the 29L compacity of the pack. There is also no sternum strap which helps when carrying weight on a school or EDC pack.
Overall, the Commuter series pack by Exos-Gear is a budget-friendly pack with enough features and compartments to compete with the best of them. For the money, this pack really can't be beaten and proves to be very consumer friendly. I am a firm believer in investing in a pack for a bit more $ and watching it last over the years, however, many people cannot justify spending $300 on a backpack. This is where the Commuter will come in.
- Amazing price
- Many different compartments and pockets
- External water bottle slots
- Padded laptop sleeve
- Various different color options
- Fleece-lined stash pocket
- No sternum strap
- Shoulder straps could be more padded
- No YKK zippers