Carefully crafted, with attention paid to the details, the Ally Capellino Fin Waxed Cotton Backpack completely outclasses other fashion-forward bags that have no substance. Let’s first talk about the thing that I thought would bother me the most: the straps. This pack has these webbing straps that, I must say, are way more comfortable than I thought they’d be. This is also with me carrying a 16″ laptop, a tablet, books for university, and other daily essentials, so I don’t have a particularly light load. The straps are reinforced with stitching and rivets, so I have peace of mind that they will last.
Moving to the back panel, it has the perfect amount of padding so that I don’t feel my laptop on my back. Speaking of, I think the laptop compartment leaves a little to be desired. Sure, my laptop feels protected from my back, but the sleeve is just a mesh that, although feeling durable, doesn’t make me feel comfortable about scratches and overall drop protection. That being said, my 16″ MacBook Pro fits comfortably.
The straps on the top allow you to carry the bag tote-style, which may be great if you don’t want to mess up your outfit or in my case when I need to move short distances.
Due to the nature of the materials, the bag has worn in beautifully, and will only get better with time. This is the type of bag that develops character the more you use it.
The details are on point. The stitching is phenomenal with the exception of a loose thread on the zipper pull if I had to really nitpick. There are leather tabs you can hold so you can easily zip and unzip the main compartment.
There is no shortage of pockets on the Ally Capellino Fin Waxed Cotton Backpack either. This bag has two pockets in the main compartment as well as the laptop section. The front flap has a zippered pocket, two mesh pockets, and a place for your keys. There are also two exterior pockets that I use for a water bottle and umbrella.
I’m a huge fan of the pockets on the side. They fit my Hydro Flask and my umbrella with a tad bit of room to spare. On the topic of pockets, I’ve got to say that this has one of my favorite pocket layouts on a more stylish bag. The two interior pockets in the main compartment, the exterior side pockets, the zippered section in the front pocket, all of it works together perfectly for someone like me who organizes with pouches. If you have a lot of small items or tech, consider investing in an organizer if you’re eyeing this pack.
I love the nylon lining. On the pack that I got, it’s this light brown/beige color which is easy to see inside of. The lining feels durable too. As a snob when it comes to the lining in bags, I can say I really like this.
The 24L capacity feels well utilized and spacious. I would think that this is in part due to the more square shape of the bag. It carries a lot while looking good. I was able to fit a lot of stuff in here comfortably. Also because of the shape, the bag is easier to access than some narrower packs in my opinion.