Kensington Contour™ Overnight Backpack is the latest addition to Kensington’s Contour line of laptop bags. It is designed to hold all you need for a couple of nights away so that you don’t need to check additional luggage. It was designed with the frequent flyer in mind, to make taking a laptop and liquids through airport security as painless as possible.
I tested out the backpack on a recent trip to Ireland – travelling with 3 children and a families worth of technical equipment we put it through it paces and through multiple airport security checks.
On the outside this looks like a very standard, high quality black backpack, but what is inside is what makes it stand out from the crowd. The Contour is made out of 1680 denier ballistic nylon which is pretty tough and protects against abrasions, punctures and tears. The backpack has comfortable, wide padded shoulder straps (no chest or waist straps) and a strong handle to lift it or attach it to a rolling luggage cart. The back panel is very contoured and padded with a mesh nylon cover to let your skin breathe, so it is pretty comfortable to carry.
It has 3 main compartments, plus a front pocket and two side pockets.
The compartment nearest the back contains the laptop compartment and the liquids pouch. The laptop compartment fits a laptop up to 15.6″, and my 15″ MacBook Pro fits comfortably. It is well padded and is closed by a wide velcro strap allowing easy access. If you aren’t carrying a laptop you can easily fit multiple iPads in here ( two iPads in protective cases and an iPad Mini fit with room to spare). There’s a zippered built-in liquids pouch too – made of tough mesh nylon so you can easily see into it. This compartment has a really tough double zipper that allows you to totally unzip it, so the bag can lie flat with the laptop compartment and liquids pouch separate making it easy to put through the x-ray machine at airport security without removing the laptop. This made airport security much easier. The only airport I had any issues with was London Heathrow – here all laptops and iPads have to be totally out of bags (even neoprene sleeves have to be removed), but even then the design of the bag made it easier to access the laptop than in my husband’s regular laptop backback.
This is a roomy compartment suitable for carrying a couple of changes of clothes (or books, snacks and toys!)
This is probably my favorite compartment of the whole bag. it is tall enough to carry documents or reading material, but also has 4 mesh pockets of various sizes built-in. These are perfect for organizing all your leads and accessories. Mine carried an assortment of charging leads, back up batteries, travel charger (for topping up during layovers), phone, iPod Touch, screen cloth and in-ear earphones. The mesh pockets kept everything organized, easy to see and easy to find. If you keep your MPS player in one of the mesh pockets there is also a headphone port in this section.
This is nicely organized too – with pen slots, credit card holders, key hanger, a large pocket where I kept my checkbook and passport and a mesh zippered pouch that I found perfect for carrying bandaids, headache pills, tissues etc
The bag also has two triangular zippered side pockets and one of them has an expandable water bottle pocket on the outside.
I brought this bag along on my trip thinking it would make life easier at the airport, and it did, but it also was so well organized that I found myself using almost every day of the trip for carrying all the essentials for a day out with 3 kids!
Overall, a very well designed overnight laptop bag. It is comfortable to carry, ruggedly made, has lots of cargo space, is very well organized and well designed for simplifying airport security. I love this backpack and highly recommend it. Perfect for the business traveller on an overnight trip, but also great for busy mums who want a bag that will keep all their electronics and other essentials organized and accessible when travelling.
Available from many retailers including Amazon.com Kensington Contour Backpack and Laptop Case for Laptops up to 15.6 Inches (K62594AM)
Fits laptop: Up to 15.6″
Outer dimensions: 16.5″ W x 18″ H x 10.5″ D
Laptop compartment dimensions: 11″ W x 1.4″ H x 12.2″ D
Material: Body material: 1680D polyester; Lining: 150D polyester
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).