The Cilo Gear City Pack is a large (30 Liter), fully featured, and highly versatile laptop backpack capable of everything from grueling commutes and long bicycle rides to trips to the grocery store and day hikes. The pack has a large central compartment that engulfs objects of all shapes and sizes. Three strategic zippered pockets provide ideal storage for small items and a side access laptop compartment allows you to whip out a computer super fast. The City Pack falls short, however, when it comes to sleek laptop protection. The laptop sleeve is in need of better padding on the sides. The bag's larger size also makes it better for people who carry lots of stuff than those who waltz into the office with nothing but a smartphone and wallet. Despite its shabby laptop compartment, the City Pack is the most versatile laptop backpack tested here; it's a dream for a bicycle commuter.
Cilo Gear packs are only sold online directly from Cilo Gear at cilorgear.com.
If you want a more refined laptop compartment, or are on a tighter budget, the Timbuk2 Swig ($90) could be for you. The Swig, however, is made with lower quality materials, and consequently, is neither as durable nor as waterproof as the City Pack but it is available many online retailers.