Rickshaw Waterproof X-Pac small commuter bag (red) review: Rickshaw Waterproof X-Pac small commuter bag (red)

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
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The Good Layers of thick waterproof protection; solid build; variety of colors/designs.

The Bad Bulky feel; expensive for a laptop bag.

The Bottom Line Rickshaw Bagworks' X-Pac waterproof bag offers weatherproof protection for laptops, but its bulky design and flaunty colors aren't for those who want something more everyday.

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When does a feature become a hassle? When referring to laptop safety versus portability, that's a very good and vexing question. Rickshaw Bagworks, a San Francisco-based company focusing on a high-end line of laptop-carrying messenger bags that use a fair amount of recycled materials, made us wonder about that when testing several of its products. Its Waterproof X-Pac commuter bag ($160) is a case that will withstand downpours or puddles, but it's not exactly the most svelte of computer bags.

A top flap made of waterproof technical sailcloth is, as Rickshaw itself proclaims, lightweight. The rest of the bag, however, feels heavy. Inner waterproof linings on all bag walls make the X-Pac feel very safe, but it also feels as if you're carrying a foldable raincoat over your shoulder. Two zippable outer pockets have a pleasant rubberized padding that's also lined, and inside all of this is an additional, thickly padded (and removable by Velcro) laptop sleeve. Yes, that's a lot of waterproof layering, but perhaps with valuable devices, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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Rickshaw Waterproof X-Pac small commuter bag (red)

Part Number: 182222402

This product is available directly from the manufacturer's Web site.