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    Smart Alec side pockets...

    Hi all! Quick question, do the exterior side pockets on the Smart Alec invade the main chamber when full? Are they gusseted in any way? Thanks all!!

    -kneemus

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneemus View Post
    Hi all! Quick question, do the exterior side pockets on the Smart Alec invade the main chamber when full? Are they gusseted in any way? Thanks all!!

    -kneemus
    Yes, the Smart Alec side pockets are designed so that if you fill them up, they expand into the main compartment. I'll quote from Sid O'Neill's Crate of Penguins review:

    The bag has the following discrete areas within it:

    • The main compartment
    • Left and right external pockets
    • Two pockets inside the lid of the bag which share a zip
    • A zipless pocket fairly deep inside the main compartment on the front wall


    The left pocket (that is, the pocket on your left when you’re wearing the bag) is the water bottle pocket. It expands — I was a little confused on what this actually did until I realized that it allowed you to leave the pocket open but stick a water bottle in it that wouldn’t fall out. This is potentially useful because both pockets expand into the bag, so the exterior profile of the bag doesn’t change. This is great for making the bag continue to balance and sit right on your shoulders no matter what you have in the pockets.

    The right pocket has some interior organizational pockets (meta, eh?) which are sized for pens and various other things. Both pockets are extremely deep and have eyelets at the bottom to allow fluid to drain.
    Unforttunately, the images don't show up now with the review web pages; you have to look through his Flickr album pages to view them.

    HTH

    moriond

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