Keen Morrison (green) review: Keen Morrison (green)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
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The Good Compact, stylish design; lightweight; comfortable.

The Bad A little light on protective padding; feels top-heavy.

The Bottom Line The Keen Morrison Pack is a great urban backpack that is light to carry and sneaks in a padded laptop pocket to boot.

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Keen, best known as a footwear manufacturer, also makes a series of backpacks and messenger bags. Its $100 Morrison Pack is a backpack with a rear laptop sleeve, for laptops up to 15 inches. Weighing only 1.2 pounds, the Morrison feels pretty light on the shoulders. Its curvature hugs the back, and a combination of dimpled mesh and rear hip pads provide nice ergonomic support. Measuring 18 inches wide by 13.5 inches tall by 7.5 inches thick, it also feels nicely compact while still offering considerable storage space.

The interior is divided into two main compartments: the rear laptop-sleeve-holding pocket suspends the Velcro-lipped sleeve securely, and is lined with soft woven material. Other than a tiny zippered pocket, the rest of this sleeve is empty, and it's large enough to tuck magazines, a spare shirt or two, or loose gadgets and cables. With a laptop in the sleeve, the backpack feels slightly top-heavy, with weight collecting near the shoulders, but the well-padded shoulder straps give good support.

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Keen Morrison (green)

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About The Author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.