Published on September 28th, 2013 | by Greg0
Osprey Cyber: A Commuter Daypack With Looks
For anyone who takes mass transit to work, or bikes to the office each day, it can be a major headache trying to find a bag that looks good and can hold everything, that is durable enough to handle the stresses of the city but also avoid indicating to co-workers that you’re using a backpack meant for middle schoolers.
The Osprey Cyber is built for on-the-go laptop warriors who need to haul their laptops with them everywhere, and don’t want a traditional laptop carrier weighing a single shoulder down. Messenger bags are great, but suffer from the same issues, and rarely come across as professional (they usually say “I’m a bike messenger”).
We usually think of Osprey as a technical travel gear company, making luggage and bags suitable for international trips that might include some hiking or serious wear. The Cyber bag, and the Portal line that it is part of, are more fashionable, everyday options. They still include some of the same technology from their other models, with nicely hidden zipper pulls and durable fabrics. They’ve included not only a laptop compartment that can fit 17-inch models, but also a separate additional fleeece-lined zippered tablet sleeve. Everything is easily accessible, from the smaller top compartment for sunglasses or you phone, to their “Powerhouse” slot for your cords, cables, and power bricks.
The Cyber has held up well, and everyone on staff liked the Grey Herringbone color- it’s stylish and suitable for either gender. Other options include a Chestnut Brown, Pinot Red, and Black Pepper. Available for around $129, you could also choose the Cyber Port model, smaller but with a cute tablet sleeve that allows you to see and use your iPad without removing it.