Seems like a great bag, I have been eyeballing this bag since Kline came out with them a couple years ago and I just got this one as a birthday present (YAY!). For all those looking for a little more info, here are some pics.
I will be using this bag for work travel. I keep my Toughbook, power adapter, spare batteries, usb chargers, whatever texts I am reading for fun or work, and a hand full of doodads and widgits depending on my mood with me at all times in my bag (this bag, now).
It seems well built, and the stitching seems strong. The boot that is the bottom of the bag keeps it upright and is a bit harder than I imagined. The back has decent feeling padding and the whole bag balances well on your shoulders. The chest strap feels a bit high, but it has to be there in order to keep the bag balanced as intended (you don't have to use it, but it helps for extended wear)
All the pockets seem decently made and I could maybe fit 4 of those glasses cases in the the hard bubble pocket at the top.
The laptop "pocket" is the back zipper portion. You can easily fit just about any run of the mill laptop or tablet in the pocket and still have room in the rest of that zippered section for several notebooks and/or manuals.
I have a CF30 Toughbook (2.5" or 6.5cm thick) which does not fit in the laptop pocket but it does fit in the zippered section, nicely. Then I have room for a notebook and/or even a copy of IRC2012 or equivalent in the "laptop pocket". It's a snug fit though. I read another review where someone said it would fit a toughbook, but I guess they didn't realize there are several models varying greatly in size.
For $100, this bag seems worth it and I will definitely report back if that is not the case for at least 12 months.
Well, there it is. Not a stellar review, but I hope it was helpful.
There are a variety of reasons why a tradesman would want to put a toolkit in a backpack versus a handheld toolbag, but the overwhelming one is that he might need to climb a ladder or a telephone pole while carrying it. With that in mind, this is a necessary kind of toolbag for some and a not-so-necessary one for others.
I got it to see if it could be useful as an inspection kit toolbag for renovation property buys, which is part of what I do as the main operator of a small property investment business. Unfortunately, this is not a particularly useful computer/tool backpack for that sort of thing.
I’ve attached a number of labeled photographs to this review and will be referring to them throughout.
In Figure 1, we can see that the outside of this backpack has two main compartments. At the top (Figure 2) is a rigid two-part compartment for holding protective eyewear. That is a wise idea and I wish every bag like this had it. The bottom compartment (Figure 3) has two heavy rubberized-fabric compartments, three lightweight compartments, and a light zippered compartment. The neoprene pouches can hold light tools like small cutters and pliers, but the rest of the pouches are light-duty.
In Figure 4, I’ve shown the main compartment. This is almost all heavier nylon and rubberized fabric. There is a light mesh pocket on top, of the flap, and a large zippered compartment on the bottom part of the flap. In the main pocket itself, there are three screwdriver holders (these slots can’t really be used for anything else due to their shape and open-bottom design) and four nylon pockets that could hold various smallish tools. The rubberized-fabric pockets at the bottom are large enough to hold a more diverse group of tools, but they are unfortunately clearly not as heavily reinforced as they might have been. Beyond the pockets, the main compartment is large enough to hold a large variety of materials necessary for different jobs.
And that’s where we get to the main design flaws in this bag. In Figure 5, I’ve stuck my hand down the main compartment and, pulled up what I’ve found there. The main compartment is only separated by a simple stiffened divider from the back compartment, creating only the illusion of two separate compartments. So any kind of crud that ends up in the main compartment (dirt, dust, leaves, any sort of debris) has a way to easily travel to the back compartment, where the tradesman’s paperwork and laptop will presumably be stored.
Figure 6 is a picture of the back compartment. As you can see, the laptop goes into a sleeve inside the compartment, so it should be OK, right? Nope. Please look where my thick fingers slide into the sleeve...from the bottom.
It’s difficult to photograph very clearly , but there are good-sized gaps in the padded notebook computer pocket on the bottom, at the sides, which would allow the debris I’ve been talking about straightforward access to any exposed ports or vents of your computer, or even inside the sandwich between the screen and the keyboard. At the risk of repeating myself, the sleeve has not been entirely sewn shut in this design, and is open in places on the bottom. This is common in many designs to put a computer in a bag, but seems completely inappropriate here. The only way to make sure that your computer is safe from jobsite crud is to put it in its own dedicated zippered sleeve (defeating the entire purpose of the bag).
But there’s a nice mesh pocket to stow cables and computer accessories in! The back compartment looks functional. Ultimately, it’s insulting that the whole bag certainly looks functional, and perfect for a tradesman using it to make their livelihood and take care of their family, just as long as that supposed tradesman doesn’t bring an actual tradesman’s touch to the bag, or to put it more plainly, as long as you don’t stick your hand into the bag and feel out the problem waiting at the bottom.
The back is padded nicely, the straps seem sturdy enough, the main handle is comfortably padded, the bottom is reinforced on the outside with rock-solid thick plastic and can easily stand up to heavy use. There a long zippered side compartment that looks like it can hold a satellite phone or a secure radio transceiver nicely. Finally the side pockets can fit 500 ml water bottles or 12 oz beverage cans (if you drink 20 oz bottles of whatever you drink or bring an insulated bottle of any size to a job, you're out of luck).
But all that’s not critically important, as I see the bag’s chief function. It’s just really hard to get past the fact that somebody at Klein Tools designed a combination computer bag and toolbag with open access for jobsite nastiness to get from the tools and materials compartment to the computer and paperwork compartment, and then actually put in a sleeve for the computer with convenient openings down at the bottom for the nastiness to get full access to the computer.
I can’t recommend this bag. It may work out for you if you work in a trade that offers little chance that your bag will get crud floating around in it, but as a renovator, that's never going to happen for me and people like me.
Let me start by saying that this is a great looking backpack, it appears to be very well built and should withstand any abuse that you can throw at it. I really like that the tool section and "tech" section are separate, that way you don't risk your laptop/tablet getting marred up by your tools. There are a lot of pockets for putting stuff all over the place and the cushioning on the back by the straps is a very nice touch to make wearing it a lot easier and more comfortable. I also really like the rubber base/bottom, this should hold up well over time and provides a nice solid platform that should also protect against the elements.
Now for the negatives, there aren't many, but they are important, first and foremost, the pockets for the tools are on the small side, so you have to be very aware of this when loading it up. I think a reasonable solution would be to put elastic on all of the pockets to make them a little more forgiving. The other downside, and it's probably to be expected, but the bag is a bit on the heavy side, even when empty, so needless to say, when loaded with all your tools and laptop, it's very heavy, but it is a heavy duty backpack, so you have to learn to live with it.
All in all, I'm impressed by the quality, and would definitely recommend it to anyone in the tech field, it beats a lot of the other bags out there.
Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Easy to Move, Stylish, Nice Design