Space and Access
The Logan Day Pack features a top flap secured with a stainless steel buckle. Underneath this you’ll find a drawstring closure providing access to the main compartment. The pack offers a capacity of around 20 to 22 liters, adjustable courtesy of the drawstring closure.
The drawstring closure opens wide enough for easy access to gear in the main compartment and the pack depth is sufficient enough to hold a range of items without becoming cumbersome to reach the bottom.
For smaller loads I found the drawstring stayed securely in place without having to tie it and opened with a straightforward tug when required. The top flap buckle is also easy to use, sliding in and out without hassle and remaining securely in place while on the go.
The main compartment is essentially a stuff sack and holds a good amount of items, making it more than sufficient for a daily commute or outdoor day trip with essentials, lunch, and an outer layer. You’ll also have more than enough space for overnight trips or even longer if you’re a fairly minimalist packer.
One thing to note, this pack doesn’t have a lot of internal structure on the front. So if you set it down when it’s not full (or carry it relatively empty) it will sag a little. This is just an aesthetic observation and isn’t an issue functionally. With its relatively flat base, if you balance it just right the pack will stand up by itself. However, this will depend on the content layout.
Pockets and Organizing
The main compartment is a sack with no interior organization. If you like using pouches, this setup should suit you just fine. However, that’s not to say the little things aren’t taken care of.
A quick-access pocket on the side of the pack offers handy storage for frequently used and smaller items like a phone, wallet, passport, and notebook. The pocket has its own interior pockets, as well as a large storage space running across the width of the back panel, so you can store a variety of items here.
You’ll also find an external-access laptop sleeve with a padded bottom. I’m glad to see this on the Logan Day Pack as I just find external tech access much easier without having to get into the main compartment of a bag. The laptop sleeve is designed to fit up to 17″ devices. However, I had to be precise in lining it up when putting my 15″ HP laptop inside. It did fit but there was no room to spare on either side of the zipper when sliding the laptop inside. A little extra width at the entrance would make it faster and easier to store my tech without having to be so precise in lining it up. This might not be the case with other tech devices. That being said, there was a suitable amount of space on either side of the laptop once it was inside the compartment; it’s just the actual zipper section that gives no wiggle room.
Further organization options include dual side pockets for a water bottle, small umbrella or other items you want within easy reach. These pockets sit flush with the sides of the pack when not in use, so you maintain a fairly clean silhouette. However, there’s no stretch in the material so when the main compartment is full it can be tricky to use these pockets. If you have a lot of bulky items without any give in them but also want to carry a bottle or other hard-sided items in the side pockets, you might have to plan your packing rather than relying on the chuck-in-and-go approach.
Apart from the pockets, the pack offers additional options for carrying gear. Compression straps on both sides of the pack provide external carry options for securing an outer layer or items like a tripod. And for added quick-access carry, the shoulder strap webbing is stitched at intervals so you can secure items like a carabiner or small pouch onto the straps.
Personally, I found the amount of organization well suited to my needs. There’s enough that smaller and quick-access items are catered for, but without feeling cluttered. I’m someone who favors a middle ground in terms of organization; not too much but just enough that I don’t have to rummage around for items or open a bag every time I need something small. And I think the pack does a really good job of hitting this sweet spot for my needs.
The Logan Day Pack offers a padded back panel and thick padding on the shoulder straps for cushioning the load on the go. Additionally, the pack includes a non-removable sternum strap. If you’re carrying lighter loads you might not need the sternum strap but I found it very useful to have for heavier loads and keeping the pack stable and secure. There isn’t a waist strap but I don’t think you need one for a pack of this size.
One thing to note is the lack of ventilation on the back panel. You won’t find air mesh or ventilation channels here; just waxed canvas. I’ve been using this pack in late autumn/early winter weather, so this lack of ventilation hasn’t been an issue so far. If you plan on active use with the pack in very hot or humid conditions, don’t expect great breathability because you likely won’t get it.
The waxed canvas does a solid job of keeping the elements at bay if you’re caught in the rain or snow. I’m not saying this pack will embrace monsoons or white water rafting with no water ingress, but your gear will be fine while you seek out shelter from unexpected showers.
One thing to point out is that the zippers, while very nice to use, are not water-resistant. This isn’t an issue with the quick-access pocket as it has a storm flap over the zipper to help keep the elements out. However, there isn’t a storm flap over the laptop compartment zipper. As an experiment, I left the pack out in heavy rain for an hour to see how it would fare. While the waxed canvas was fairly drenched on the exterior, the inside of the pack was still dry, as were the contents. So no concerns on that front. However, some water had seeped through the laptop compartment zipper and soaked into the lining at the top of the compartment. I stored some paper in here as part of the experiment and the paper was still dry, as there’s a bit of space between the zipper and where the top of the laptop (or in this case paper) would sit, so your tech should still be okay. As I mentioned, I intentionally left the bag for an hour in heavy rain (which you obviously wouldn’t normally do), and while some water had gotten into the laptop zipper, it wasn’t dripping.
That being said, I’m not sure why the quick-access pocket would have a storm flap when the tech compartment doesn’t. So it would be nice to see a future iteration with either a storm flap or a water-resistant zipper for the laptop compartment.