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A black backpack is part of my daily life and needless to say I have very specific requirements—after a few weeks testing, the Timbuk2 Q has become my new standard.

Constructed from durable ballistic nylon, the pack is designed to offer "swing around" access to its padded laptop sleeve, but also offers easy reach for its other compartments. The main pocket is roomy enough for day use, the outer flap has multiple sections and a handy organizer for accessories, and the bottom pocket fits my water bottle perfectly (though I think it's meant for power cables and such). There's even a secret zippered pocket in the back panel that I find handy for keys because it's easy to get in to without taking off either shoulder strap. The straps are very comfortable, as is the padded back panel and there are handles on both the top and sides.

The Q won me over for its overall comfort and easy of use but I also appreciate the styling of the outer flap that pays clear respect to Timbuk2's heritage as a messenger bag company.

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