The NITECORE BP18 Commuter Backpack transforms easily from a daypack to a crossbody bag, has two gear access points, and has a stylish design.
- Two access points for gear, depending on what you’re grabbing
- Materials are durable and fairly lightweight for deiner
- Can transition into a crossbody bag
- Shoulder straps can be uncomfortable when fully packed
- Not much internal organization for those who desire it
- Materials pick up pet hair and dust easily
- Weight (lb)1.6 lb (0.7 kg)
- Dimensions18.5 in x 9.4 in x 6.3 in (47 x 23.9 x 16 cm)
- Notable MaterialsNylon, Polyester, DWR Coating, YKK Zippers, Duraflex Hardware
- Manufacturing CountryChina
- Laptop Compartment Size14″
- Warranty Information
- NITECORE Warranty Service
The 500D nylon that makes up the NITECORE BP18 Commuter Backpack is durable. It feels sturdy without being unduly weighty, which is a wonderful compromise. The outside includes a covering that effectively repels water and grime. Even if you’re getting dunked on like a kindergartener in the NBA, your gear should be secure as long as you can get to cover reasonably quickly because it can survive in light rain for long enough for you to reach your destination.
Pet hair and dust can be picked up on the materials quite easily, however they can be removed quickly with a lint roller or piece of tape. It won’t be as visible if your pet has black hair. However, white hair is difficult to ignore.
As we hinted at when we mentioned pet fur, this item is available in black. Almost all of it is black, with a few yellow splotches here and there. These are just on one side of the carton, but they provide a great contrast. It’s a nice touch that the zipper pull on that side is yellow rather than black. You can connect items using the hook and loop receivers on the pack’s top and in each water bottle pocket.
The shoulder straps on the pack are a straight line—there is no curve or shape. As mentioned above, they’re completely removable. Some users note that the top buckle is noticeable on their shoulders. It isn’t uncomfortable, but it’s not ideal.
The BP18 can be used as a cross-body bag if you take off just one shoulder strap, move the bottom buckle from the other, and shift it across the pack. It’s convenient and offers a distinctive means of transporting your equipment when minimally packed. When you load it up, the strap pinches into your shoulder and you can feel the weight on your lower back, despite the fact that it looks very cool. It’s a great addition, especially if you enjoy occasionally changing things up. It has a sling and a backpack!
Inside The Pack
Only one more compartment—a quick-access pocket on the pack’s top—needs to be discussed. For a few snacks, your wallet, or a phone, it is the ideal size. A typical iPhone fits inside without a problem, however certain larger phones or those with bulky cases can struggle. It is more difficult to access when objects are fully loaded because it shares space with the main compartment. The top of the pack’s pocket makes it simple to grab a snack, take a call, or grab some cash while visiting a new place.
The front of the pack has a clamshell opening that leads to the second access point. The top is fastened with a hook and loop tongue and two zippers, one on each side. By doing this, you can easily organize or locate equipment because you can view the entire main compartment. Additionally, as we already explained, you may move the pack using the two handles when it is open.
There is hardly much organization in the main compartment. With only 18 liters, it is barely noticed. The laptop sleeve can accommodate a MacBook Pro up to 15 inches. If your computer is broader than that, you might only be able to accommodate the 14-inch that is advertised.
Overall, this pack has a great look and feel. It’s small enough to be inconspicuous but has enough space and is modular enough to do the job for you regarding everyday carry and short trips around the city. The real question is, what patch should you put on when you get it?
- Design is sleek and yellow accents offer a pop of color
- Nylon feels thick and durable
- The harness system is unique, but we’re curious how comfortable it is
2 Weeks of Use
- No issues with the main pack material in terms of durability
- Hardware is holding up well—both the YKK zippers and Duraflex hardware
- Materials can pick up pet hair and other dust but are easy to clean