The Knack Pack Review

"Solid. Suit-able. Will travel."

A surprisingly solid backpack for both daily carry and travel. Organization, professional looks and an expand/collapse feature for travel conversion.

  • lots of external access pockets on the front and sides of the bag
  • solid straps and back padding for comfort
  • expandability works great — no need to change bags for travel!
  • clean look for business folks
  • available in some fun colors and multiple sizes

The Knack Pack Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

The medium size is the one I prefer. On larger body sizes the Large will look more natural (and have more capacity).

It’s possible to wear this bag with a suit or something nicer for lots of people.

I like the black, personally. But they’ve got some other colors you should check out.

The Knack Pack Lots of organization and details.

Lots of organization and details.

  1. Top quick access pocket,
  2. front dual zipper pocket,
  3. side hidden water bottle pocket,
  4. bottom “dopp kit” sized pocket,
  5. back laptop pocket,
  6. main compartment,
  7. expandable compartment.
The Knack Pack Expands for travel.

Expands for travel.

The expansion feature does work well, opening up an entirely new capacity for a large packing cube and dopp kit.

It’s not always easy to find a bag that can perform in both casual *and* professional situations. Especially not one that can cover both travel trips and daily carry needs.

The Knack Pack Comfortable straps and back panel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.

Big air channels on the back to help you regulate temperatures.

Stowable contoured straps with an adjustable sternum strap.

The Knack Pack Top quick access pocket.

Top quick access pocket.

Has a nice little separator inside here. Also some nice soft lining for sunglasses.

The Knack Pack Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Some will have a hard time with the pattern and color of the inner liner material. I found the organization did everything I needed it to.

The Knack Pack Bottom-front pocket.

Bottom-front pocket.

Perfect size for a minimal dopp kit, or some daily tech essentials.

The Knack Pack Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Decent false bottom on the laptop compartment here for protection from drops. Lots of padding all around.

The Knack Pack Organization in the main compartment.

Organization in the main compartment.

Decent capacity in these bags for everyday carry… not too big, not too small.

The Knack Pack Expandable compartment.

Expandable compartment.

Lots of room to add a large packing cube and dopp kit in here.


Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Hiding the water bottle pocket behind a zip is nice (though it does cut into the capacity of the bag).

Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Capacity:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

The expansion thing does work well on this bag. Can feel bulky when expanded, but you only need one bag!

Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Doesn't Look Weird:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Some won't like the looks of this bag. I personally find the all black medium to look fine enough for all the functionality it enables in my life.