Poler Stuff’s Roamers Pack 15″ Laptop Backpack is constructed from Poler’s 1000D Campdura material and lined with 420D nylon for additional strength. Suitable for everyday trekking, The Roamer Pack serves as a great style for someone who finds one or two pockets too few, not to mention, it’s a pretty handsome companion too.
Poler Stuff are best known for creating impeccably designed outdoor products that assist and benefit the everyday adventurer and explorer, while keeping a heavy eye on their detail and aesthetic.
Loyal Rushfaster customer, Kristian Hollis recently sent in this great review, outlining his most recent experience with the The Poler Roamers Pack.
Thanks for the awesome review, Kristian. Your Roamers Pack is looking pretty damn good! – The Rushfaster Team.
Let me get this out straight off the bat: I like a bag with pockets. The more, the better. Big ones, little ones, deep ones. Pockets that let me organise my portables just so. And I especially love pockets when my bag has my laptop in it, giving me extra space for those easy-to-lose items that you can never find when you need them and don’t want to go hand-diving for.
So straight out of the box, Poler’s The Roamer laptop backpack appealed. On the outside, The Roamer has three decently-sized zip pockets for storing items like a laptop charger or a “George Costanza”-type wallet. The bag also includes a small, personal-media type pocket in the flap, but more on this later.
Maybe it’s just me, but if I spend my hard earned cash on a laptop, I want the bag I use to have some kind of padding to protect it. I’m pleased to say, The Roamer does have enough padding to ease the mind. The laptop pocket had adequate space for my Macbook as well as the random wads of paper I usually throw in for safekeeping.
For wearing, the bag is, well, a bag. But there isn’t a need to reinvent the wheel and the general idea of portable storage ain’t broke, so there seems like nothing to fix. It sits nice and high off the waist for our fixed-gear riding friends.
On the inside however, The Roamer seems to be lacking in one important feature—general storage space. Without a laptop, The roamer has plenty of room, a regular Mary Poppins bag. Adding my Macbook to the mix seems to reduce the space an inordinate amount, turning this sweet little backpack into more of a rucksack.
That said, the 24L capacity provided enough space for my laptop, iPad, a notebook and, with a little creative packing (Thank God I spent all those years playing Tetris), my lunch container. What’s more, The Roamer did all this in a much more stylish fashion than the hessian sack I normally use to fit all my stuff.
Onto the flap-pocket. What’s with that flap-pocket? Having already professed my love of pockets, let me say I’m not a fan of flap pockets. More than useless, I find them to be destructive to the overall feel of a bag, and they make it difficult to use the flap. Put anything heavy in there and opening/closing the flap becomes a game of Russian Roulette for whacked fingers. The Roamer’s flap-pocket is no different, but this was a problem easily solved by using it only sparingly and usually for smaller items.
Aesthetically, The Roamer is pleasingly uncomplicated, but not too ground-breaking, following the tried-and-tested heritage-style college simplicity made famous by Herschel.
Unlike its contemporaries though, The Roamer benefits from a dual metal clip and flap closure system, something I am a big fan of. Magnets are too insecure for my tastes and buckles take too long and make me hangry when I’m in a rush to get my lunch out of my bag. The clips even have the working-parts facing inwards making arbitrary theft less of a concern, or at least harder for a thief to pull off. The clips feel solid and the spring mechanism reliable.
The material itself, 1000D Campdura (I’d never heard of it before either), was ever-so slightly stiff straight out of the box, but broke in significantly over the week of constant use.
But getting to the rub though, any bag, regardless of aesthetics, materials or capacity, is only as good as its straps. Your hard-won D&D Bag of Holding ain’t worth shit if the straps are -2 to Dexterity, if you know what I mean.
The Roamer’s straps are refreshingly comfortable. They are a little on the thin and narrow side to be overly comfortable when the bag is loaded up, but this will likely not be something you notice if you only carry less than a few days supply of food, unlike me. (We’ll see who’s crazy when the zombie apocalypse starts, sucker.)
Like many things though, the devil is in the detail, and Portland outfit, Poler have obviously put some time into details beyond horn-rimmed glasses, waxed moustaches, fixed-gear bikes and ironically non-conformist conformity. The embossed logo on the metal clips and pressed leather zip-pulls made the bag feel more bespoke than something off a production line, and while The Roamer isn’t something I’ll be handing down my bloodline, it’s nice to feel that Poler cares about the small things.
General Storage: 6/10
External pockets: 11/10
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