Review: ECBC Javelin Daypack has pockets for everything
At a Glance
When the ECBC Javelin Daypack arrived at my desk, I opened the box and thought “Well, that’s a backpack.” And while the Javelin may have initially appeared plain and unassuming, what it actually is, is one of the best organized backpacks I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. With an exterior made from durable, water-repelling ballistic nylon, a padded mesh back and shoulder straps, and double diamond rip-stop lining inside, it’s also built to be extremely durable.
The Javelin Daypack measures 18.5 inches by 12.1 inches by 7.8 inches and will fit laptops up to 17 inches. In addition to two zippered mesh side pockets intended to hold water bottles, the Javelin Daypack has ten other small pouches and pockets distributed between its three compartments. The laptop compartment has a sleeve made from high density foam, as well as a removable foam spacer that can be adjusted to hold smaller laptops. The laptop compartment is also TSA FastPass approved, which means you can simply unzip the compartment and lay the whole bag flat during airport security checks (instead of having to remove your laptop entirely).
Between the laptop compartment and the middle compartment is a fleece-lined top pocket for sunglasses, MP3 players, or other more fragile items. The middle compartment meanwhile, boasts a large mesh zippered pocket as well as a sleeve pocket located below it that secures with a Velcro strip. The front compartment, and smallest of the three, holds a similar mesh pocket and sleeve pocket on the front side, with an additional zippered pocket, two Velcro pockets (one half sized, one running the length of the compartment), and several slots for pens. There’s also a large front zippered pocket on the front of the bag.
All in all, I literally ran out of stuff to put into all the pockets—which left several free for unexpected items I picked up throughout my day. It admittedly took me a few days to remember what I had left where, but once I had it down, I could find anything I was looking for in a mere second or two. Whether I was reaching for a pen, a bus pass, my wallet, or a flash drive, all my items were neatly and nicely tucked into an appropriate pocket. As someone who prides herself on being extremely organized, it was a dream come true to be able to find anything I needed without having to search for it.
The bag is so well planned out that it rarely bulged or protruded in awkward or uncomfortable ways, but kept its streamlined slim shape—no matter how much I packed into it. It also never became weighty or cumbersome to carry, but distributed weight comfortably—another added bonus. Honestly, everything about this bag was a breath of fresh air; I can’t think of a single problem I had with it during the several weeks I tested it.
Granted, at $130, this is not a budget backpack but it very well might be the only backpack you’ll ever need again. With a wide variety of pockets, a streamlined and comfortable design, and durability built into every corner, the Javelin is a stellar bag inside and out. It’s also the first to receive 5 stars from me, as I was legitimately sad to have to stop using it in order to test other bags. Highly impressive, and highly recommended.