of vertical pockets on either side of the Smart Alec are accessible with
one-hand-behind-the- back convenience, and are the perfect size for storing a CD-player, a
1L drink, or a couple bundles of CAT-5 cable... You know, because we all like to carry around Ethernet cable
"just in case."
There are no other
external pockets, and the clean design of the Smart Alec also lends itself to a
refreshing lack of snaps, adjustable clips or any of the typical backpack
The shoulder straps are
1/4" thick pads, and are what I'm assuming to be neoprene by the feel
of it. The underside of each shoulder strap is protected with a breathable
high-friction fabric, and apart from a few adjustment straps on the outside, are
equally plain as the rest of the bag.
Getting the sternum straps adjusted properly will make a big difference if the Smart Alec feels a little
odd at first...
The strap adjusts to the breadth of you chest, and up or down
6" vertically as well.
The vertical adjustment should make certain
the bag fits comfortably on women.
Five pockets on the inside of the Smart Alec; two for pens, two for cellphone/PDA, and one about right for a CD-player.
If you don't intend on using the tiny waste strap
it can be remove altogether, or simply clipped out of the way which is what we
ended up doing.
of us tend to carry way too much stuff around, and that can make carrying
a knapsack by the handle very uncomfortable for extended periods of time. Tom Bihn
have added a 1/2" tube to the inside of the strap in an effort to
provide a more comfortable grip.
It works well and makes lugging a heavy load
through rush hour on mass-transit all that much easier.
On the inside of the 24 liter
Smart Alec are an assortment of small pockets; good perhaps for a cellphone,
PDA, CD-player, and a couple pens. There really isn't all that much pocket space
provided for internally, but it should be adequate for the basics.