I have a thing for bags. Briefcases, backpacks, stuff sacks, rucksacks, satchels…to be honest, I have too many. Part of the reason I have too many, aside from my infatuation, is because I am constantly looking for a better bag. Well, I think I have finally found the bag for me. Featuring a three way carry system, with a shoulder seatbelt strap, traditional dual briefcase nylon straps, and stowaway backpack straps, the Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase can go anywhere. I have had the bag for about three weeks now, and it is just about perfect. I have used it as a backpack while cycling to my local brewery, tossed it in the back of my pickup, and carried it to work every day. It is a great bag.
I have just one small complaint about this bag. The front compartment, while quite roomy, has no organization. It is one large pocket. It is somewhat difficult to organize and locate items in this compartment, but the capacity and organization in the main compartment mostly makes up for it. Small matter, really.
I plan to see my bag accumulation halt, for quite awhile. The Mountain Briefcase is American made, features 1000d Cordura, and YKK zippers. It feels indestructible, and I am counting on it.