When Nike Golf brought me to Fort Worth for The Colonial and a tour of their R&D facility The Oven, they gave me one of their Departure backpacks to test and review. I’ve been excited for a while now to share my findings with you, because as you’ll see this backpack is full of terrific features that make it a piece of luggage worth taking a look at.
First off, this backpack is very spacious and chock full of pockets and places to put your valuable gear. The double-zippered main compartment has ample room for several pieces of clothing, enough room that if you’re just taking a one or two day trip this may be the only bag you’ll need. At the top of the inside compartment are two mesh pockets where you can put your music player, phone, or other items. There is also a small zippered opening at the top where you can thread the headphone cord from the music player inside.
Above the main compartment there’s a velvet-lined valuables pocket for sunglasses, jewelry or other items. Behind the main compartment is a full-length laptop pocket that will fit a large laptop, with plenty of padding and a rigid back wall to protect the laptop. On the side there is a hidden zippered pocket that I use to put papers that I don’t want to be easily found.
On the back there are three pockets — the first is a zippered pocket that I use to hold my reading material. On top of this there is an open pocket in which you can put items, books, magazines or papers you want to be able to get at quickly and easily. Outside that there is a pocket with pockets for business cards, loops for pens and rigid molded housings for a phone, music player, PDA, laptop battery or other delicate electronics. Below these pockets, on the bottom of the back is a horizontal pocket that I use for my laptop cords and even a power strip. On both sides at the bottom are mesh pockets for a water bottle or other items you want handy.
The Departure backpack is made of durable, heavy-duty nylon that can withstand the rough treatment of frequent travel. The shoulder straps are comfortable and incorporate Nike’s Max Air technology (the same that is used in their SQ Tour Stand Bag, review coming soon), and incorporated between the tops of the two shoulder straps is a handy carrying handle. The back has padding down low at the hips and up top near the shoulder blades to make even heavy loads comfortable to carry.
The bottom line is this is one great backpack — I like it so much it has replaced my previous laptop briefcase as my new full-time carry on bag. If you’re in the market for a new or backpack carry on bag with tons of features, pockets and places to store your gear, the Nike Departure backpack is definitely worth checking out.
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.