Although the card attached to the Lewis N Clark backpack sent me to review clearly states: “Great for a light jacket, book, magazine, water bottle and other small essentials” I gave it the ultimate test.
As you can see in the picture, I have been using this for my normal daily needs when out and about exploring Toronto. Inside is my camera, an extra lens, sunglasses, an extra shopping bag, lip gloss, tissues, and a small amount of cash. At first, I though this would be cumbersome to just have hanging on one shoulder. I don’t put backpacks completely on my back, because I am continually taking my camera in and out, so it is more convenient having it slung over one shoulder.
The shoulder strap has a wide nylon strip that fits nicely over the shoulder and is light enough not to be noticed. What I can honestly say is that several times during the day, I had a sudden attack of panic, thinking I left the bag behind somewhere, when it was actually still hanging over my back. Even filled beyond suggested capacity, it is so light I kept forgetting it was was part of me.
Some of the features I really appreciate is the inner pocket with the Velcro tab. This allows me to keep things separate and easily found when needed. The backpack storage pouch is great to keep small items like tissues and lip gloss. There is no need to root around the bag for them. I also have to mention how much I appreciate a well constructed zipper. The zipper glides effortlessly, making it a breeze to get in the bag and closing it again. Some bags I have had in the past required some wrestling. With this bag, I can manage the zipper while the bag is still on my shoulder and not have a concern about finding a sanitary space to set it down before opening it.