Received my new Maxpedition Spatha Laptop Bag last week and I wanted to share my experience with the new bag so far.
The main reason for the purchase of this bag was to reduce the need to carry a backpack into meetings or the office every day. I was originally using a Rush 24 as my EDC/Laptop bag and it was becoming inconvenient to carry this bag everywhere I went, especially when you consider how much gear I have packed into it. To resolve this problem I made the decision to convert the Rush 24 into a hybrid BOB/GHB that I can leave in my vehicle. This allows me to carry a more compact bag for business meetings and trips to the office, while still having the ability to carry my essential EDC items.
My initial impression of the Spatha, like most Maxpedition gear, is how damn tough and robust the construction is. The bag is made from 1000-Denier that is infused with Teflon fabric protector. YKK zippers, paracord zipper pulls and high strength nylon webbing is used throughout. This thing is built to take a beating and should last for many years.
The Spatha features a straight forward pocket layout. There are two large zippered pockets on the front of the bag. Both pockets feature large hook & loop fields for patches or name tags. The internal configuration for each pocket is different, but they both offer lots of storage space. You can easily fit a Maxpedition EDC Pouch into each one with room left over. There are elastic loops inside the left pocket for quick access to pens, knives, multi-tools etc. The left pocket features two sleeves with a hook & loop strap for flashlights, cameras, cell phones etc. I'm still playing around with configurations.
The main compartment features two padded sleeves/pockets large enough for a 15" laptop and an iPad. There are also smaller sleeves for additional gear, such as small paper notebooks, headphones, business cards etc. One nice feature is the ability to secure both of the large padded sleeves via a 1" nylon strap with side release buckles. This is a great idea, because the internal material is somewhat slippery on my MacBook and I could see accidentally having it slide out when not paying attention.
The main compartment is also designed so the bag can be opened flat for TSA security checkpoints. It's not super easy to do this, because it requires you to undo the nylon retaining straps on both sides. I plan on adding a small carabiner to each side to make the transition quicker and easier.
There is a "hidden" CCW pocket that contains a large hook & loop field. This pocket is secured with very strong
hook & loop, so it's not the easiest, fastest or quietest way to access your concealed firearm. But at least it gives you another option for concealed carry.
The rear of the bag features a wide zippered pocket that contains a large hook & loop field, however it doesn't expand very much. A thick writing pad, binder or a small stack of folders is about all you're going to fit into it. I currently use it to carry the shoulder strap.
Maxpedition integrated a rear luggage strap on the back of the bag so you can attach it to your rolling luggage. This will come in handy for business trips.
Overall I'm very happy with this laptop bag. I like the durability, storage options and the semi-tactical look it provides. It's also allowed me to free up space in my Rush 24 Backpack and convert it into a dedicated BOB/GHB.
Let me know if you have any questions or would like to see additional pictures.