Checkpoint Friendly Backpack

I’m not good at one night stands. I’m a monogamous relationship kind of gal. The same can be said for some of my relationships with travel gear. I actually felt like I was cheating on someone when I traded Tom Bihn for Hercules, the checkpoint friendly backpack from ECBC.

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Hercules laptop computer bag. Photo © 2015 Nancy D. Brown

Tom Bihn created my Checkpoint Flyer Bag. This checkpoint-friendly messenger bag has carried several laptop computers through airport security to different parts of the globe and been a faithful travel companion; never lost, never broken. So why the break up? Like all relationships that eventually end in one party getting dumped; I found something better. That something is the ECBC Hercules Laptop Backpack.

Test drive

I brought the laptop backpack with me to Las Vegas recently for a light duty test drive. Like a new car, I’m still learning the many features of the backpack, but so far, I like what I see.

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Checkpoint friendly backpack looks good, feels good on the road.

Backpack features

The laptop holds up to a 17″ computer with thick padding in the main pack to protect the computer. There’s a deep pocket with velcro closure inside the backpack to hold my power cords in place. This backpack reminds me of a Scottevest in that it has a pocket for everything. With two side zip exterior pockets, you can stash a water bottle on one side and store a smart phone in the other. These pockets also work well for holding glasses.

The front exterior pocket holds my video camera and Moleskin notebook. On the top of the backpack there is another zip pocket for my power cords, pens and there’s an interior snap for holding my car keys in yet another (mesh) pocket for easy viewing of contents.

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Foldout Fastpass is TSA-friendly. Photo © 2015 Nancy D. Brown

For the frequent flyer, the best part about this backpack is that is TSA approved. With the FastPass system, you simply zip down the main flap, laptop firmly secure, and slide the backpack on the conveyor belt. No need to remove the laptop computer.

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Why move from messenger bag to backpack? I like the convenience of a backpack instead of a purse for active adventure travel. On a subway or on the back of a horse, I feel secure with this sturdy Kodra nylon Hercules Laptop Backpack. The backpack comes in a variety of colors, black, blue, berry, green and linen.

Portable power pack

For an additional fee of $42.99 the ECBC Portable Power Pack recharges your phone, tablet or additional tech gear while it’s in the bag!

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter @Nancydbrown and follow @ecbctravel on Twitter. ECBC Hercules Laptop Backpack sells for a suggested retail price of $139.99. Check the website for current pricing.

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ECBC Hercules laptop backpack. Photo © 2015 Nancy D. Brown

Where to Buy:
ECBC Hercules Laptop

Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. ECBC supplied me with this laptop backpack for a travel gear review, however, all opinions are my own.