Incase Halo Courier Backpack – Gear Review

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For years I have been traveling with a backpack. They are easy to keep close to you in busy airports, bus and train stations. No worrying about wheels getting stuck or accidentally tripping people.  The biggest hurdle has been making sure the backpack is big enough for all my carry on needs and fit under the seat. I had been using an old REI pack but it was not made with tech in mind and was just a normal daypack. Every time I needed to get my laptop out for security I had to open the main compartment and pull out the laptop and hope I did not dump the entire content of my pack onto the area around me.

I was contacted by Incase to choose a pack or bag that would help me organize and speed up my life. The pack I chose is the Incase Halo Courier Backpack. With its six pockets and padding for comfort this pack fully weighed down with twenty pounds of tech gear is perfect for any anyone looking to upgrade to professional traveler status.


Starting at the outside of the pack on the front there are two vertical pockets which I found handy for miscellaneous small stuff like my usb battery pack, wall charger, phone charger cable, and head phones. Things that I might want to have quick access to, while on the plane.


The pack lid has a pocket that can be easily accessed while being worn by reaching above and a little behind you. The zipper is easy to open and close one handed and rarely snags. I did find that if you have it packed full it can catch things in the zipper. You just have to push everything out of the way before zipping.


One one side of the pack is a zippered organizer pocket with three mesh organizers. I used these to keep things like my computer mouse, business cards, and other odds and ends I did not want to have to hunt down at the bottom of the main pocket if needing them.


On the other side of the pack is a faux-fur lined compartment that can carefully hold laptops and tablets up to 17 inches in size. This pocket makes it very easy to access from one shoulder and allows you to pull our the laptop out easily and quickly in line for airport security checks. No need to worry about dumping your pack out to get to my laptop anymore.


The main compartment is padded and can be closed by using a drawstring on top. Perfect for holding clothes, books, and anything you need for your travels.


The best pocket is the secret pocket that sits behind the top section of padding. I found this to be a very useful place to store my wallet, keys, and phone when not in my pockets.

Tech Specs

  • Dimensions21″” x 12″” x 7.5″”
  • Volume30LMy
  • CompatibilityUp to 17″ MacBook Pro, iPad
  • MaterialDurable 300D heathered weave Ecoya® eco-dyed poly
  • StrapAdjustable padded shoulder straps with leather trim
  • StorageLarge main compartment for extra storage. Dedicated side access faux-fur lined MacBook sleeve. Wide-mouth, drawstring top closure for easy access. Interior accessory pocket, adjustable strap for bike lock, zippered side compartment, comfort padded back panel with hidden stash pocket.

Cost: $249.95
Learn more: Incase Halo Courier Backpack. 

My overall thoughts on the pack

After traveling with this pack for two months nearly across the entire United States it has quickly become my go to travel pack. Durable, comfortable, and easy to keep things organized.  This would be a perfect pack for anyone looking to upgrade their old carry on bag.

Full Disclosure: The Incase Halo Courier Backpack used in the review and  was provided to me by Incase, at no cost to me. This did not influence my review in any way. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own and were not guided in any manor.

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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