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This bag's name is a bit confusing. The name (and Camelbak's marketing) implies some sort of "tactical" bag for LEO/military types. However, you won't find many of the features of a tactical backpack here--no hefty drag handles, no MOLLE or PALS webbing, and no concealed carry pocket. What you DO get, however, is a very tough, well-designed backpack that is perfect for commuting, work, day hikes, and even overnight/weekend travel. You get the toughness of a "tactical" pack with the look and features of a high-end commuter backpack.
This bag runs on the bigger side, with a total volume of 32 liters. Not a multiday-camping-backpack by any means, but most daypacks, like the venerable North Face Recon, weigh in at under 30 liters. I happen to prefer this, as it provides more versatility for the bag, allowing it to go beyond a work/day bag and second as a 2-3 day travel bag. As a bigger guy (6 feet, 230 pounds) the bag doesn't look overly large on me, but for smaller-framed individuals it may appear a bit bulky.
The pocket layout is wonderful. The laptop compartment is separate (for ease during security screening), well-padded, and stops short of the bag's full length for added protection. The main compartment is very roomy. The admin pocket is huge for its type. Lots of little pockets here and there for organization.
However, the best pockets in my opinion are the "dove-tail" stuff pouch and the zippered side pockets. The design of this stuff pouch is much stronger and more versatile than the stretchy mesh found in most other bags. The side pockets are padded, a bit insulated, and great for the Camelbak bottle (included) or any other water bottle you may use. They're also the perfect fit for a compact umbrella.
While the bag doesn't have an internal frame or aluminum stay, the plastic back panel is quite stiff and supportive enough for any conceivable load at this size. The back padding is very thick and provides support in just the right places, while still providing channels for air circulation. The shoulder padding is a bit less so--while it's not uncomfortable, the stiff foam in the shoulder harness doesn't seem to conform to me as naturally as the Osprey daypack I also use. That said, I'm always a little reluctant to review the fit of backpacks--people are so varied it's impossible to meet everyone's comfort levels. Just know that this bag is well-built, with abundant padding for your back.
There are a few other things to look out for. All this super-tough nylon, padding, insulation, and layers of pockets adds up in weight. The bag weighs over 3 pounds empty, almost twice the weight of my similarly-sized Osprey daypack. An extra pound or so may not sound like much, but it can add up if you're planning to use this bag for extended walks or hikes. Also, the grab handle at the top of the bag is quite thin. Not fragile, but a little padding would've helped. Furthermore, the included waist strap is for stabilization ONLY (like when on a bike). It has no padding or weight-bearing properties.
Lastly, it seems awfully weird that a Camelbak backpack should be so awkwardly designed for using a hydration bladder. While both the laptop compartment and the sleeve in the main compartment could hold a bladder, neither has the hooks or attachment points needed to keep the bladder upright. Even worse, there is no traditional access point for the tube, you need to snake it through a zippered opening. I know it's primarily for urban use, but come on! This is Camelbak! Hydration compatibility should be considered standard.
And would it hurt Camelbak to provide some alternate colors?
TL:DR = Solidly built. Subdued, non-tactical look. Great pocket layout. Versatile (work commute, bike commute, travel, day hiking). Uncomfortable grab handle. Not really hydration compatible.