Comments about the Clark Pack
Nice idea, but the poor quality material used on the back panels is a fatal flaw. This backpack is starting to look old and worn after just a few months. It does not offer the promised "rugged protection". Someone else's review mentioned the material on the back pockets being sensitive. That is an understatement! The material scratches from paper towels. I was wiping my backpack after a spill, and ended up with light colored scratches and white dots. The coating is literally coming off from a wet paper towel! Rugged should at the minimum mean I can wipe this backpack with a paper towel without the material breaking down. This thing won't last long. It's hyper sensitive! I wouldn't have much room to complain if this backpack was $20, but it's over $200! I paid a premium price for premium quality, and I feel deceived as this item does not provide the promised "rugged performance". How am I supposed to know that Timbuk2 have chosen to use inferior materials? "coated Cordura Nylon" could mean coated and durable, or as I discovered, it could mean coated with a glaze that is just waiting to be scratched off. Very disappointing. I had such high hopes for this backpack, but one poor choice of material ruins it. I could do a more in depth review, but this is the only part that I wished I knew before buying - this backpack will not look good for long. Maybe it's intentional so I have to buy a new backpack every year, or maybe it's a poor design, or maybe poor execution of a good design. I really don't care, the end result is the same - this is an inferior product. My old Timbuk2 backpack is over 5 years old but it looks newer than my couple months old Clark backpack!