Around 2003 or so I needed a 15 inch alptop pack, so I purchased this Targus pack. I don't remember its name, but I do remember that it had a really weird plastic frame that went in the biggest compartment designed to hold books. There were two or three sections, and they could fold flat against the plastic frame. The frame broke quickly. Targus sent me a replacement, but I never really liked it, and lost it. The pack has all the basic features it needs, and I picked it because it has a decent waist belt. The belt is a simple 1 1/2 inch wide nylon strap, which is all you really need to transfer the weight off of your shoulders. For some reason that baffles me, waist straps on alptop packs are somewhat rare.

Back View

targus back

This is a view of the back of the pack. Many features of the pack are visible. There are many compartments and inside some compartment are more sub-compartments for virtually anything you might imagine. There are two small compartments on the side of the pack where you could put a mouse or cell phone. The silver compartment is secured to the pack via two adjustable straps and you can store a jacket or something between the silver compartment and the main pack.

Pack Front

targus front

This is the front of the pack, i.e. the part which rests against your back. There are the two standard shoulder straps and a waist belt. There is no sternum strap, though one could be added. There is a D ring on each shoulder strap which could be used to attach small objects.

Waist Strap

waist strap

The pack has a waist strap which is a simple 1 1/2 inch nylon strap. Basic, but it gets the job dune.

Laptop Compartment


This is the compartment closest to the front of the pack. A laptop goes in the padded compartment and is secured with a velcro strap. There is a mash compartment for papers, or a tablet (though tablets were not around when this pack was designed).

Main Storage Compartment

  storage compartment

This is the main storage compartment. There are two velcro straps on the back which were used to secure the plastic book frame which I removed. There are also two velcro straps on the bottom for the same purpose. The compartment is pretty big and can hold a lot of stuff.

Second Compartment


This is the second compartment. There is a nylon fabric divider and a zippered mesh pocket.

Third compartment

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This is the third compartment. It is zippered and it contains two sub compartments with a velcro strap to secure them. There is also an external mesh pocket on the outside of the compartment (which is visible in the first picture). The compartment is secured to the pack with two 1 1/2 inch adjustable buckles. You can store a jacket or the like between the main pack and this compartment and use the buckles to secure it.

Side Pockets

targus side

The pack has a pocket on each side. There is a mesh outer pocket and a zippered compartment.


This is a simple, well made pack. Except for the curious plastic book frame, everything works. It could use a few more pockets, but it has a waist strap which is much more important to me. No idea if Targus makes anything like it today.

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