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We cover a lot of very Android-specific gear here at AP, narrowing certain things all the way down to the device-specific level. For this review, though, we're going broad. Really broad. Instead of a way to carry your phone, your tablet, or just an Android device in general, we're taking a look at a backpack for all your gadgets, gear, and other stuff.

When I first laid eyes on the Klasden Levanaus backpack that SPIGEN SGP sent us to review, one thing was clear to me: I was looking at a quality product. Of course, I expected nothing less, because every SPIGEN product I've ever touched has been nothing short of awesome - in both form and function. Seriously, these guys know how to make some of the best products on the market, and I love them. In a purely platonic way.

The Levanaus backpack is no different, either - it's versatile, practical, and well made. With that, let's dive into a closer look.

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  • What is it? It's an awesome backpack.
  • Colors Available: Charcoal Black, Red, Navy Blue, Violet/Yellow, Gray/Teal (pictured)
  • How much does it cost? $90
  • Where can I buy it? Directly from SPIGEN or on Amazon.
  • Do I want it? Do you need a new backpack? If so, then yes, you want this one.

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The Good

  • This backpack holds a lot of stuff - including up to a 15.6" laptop - but manages to stay a reasonable size. See below for the full list of crap I managed to stuff into mine.
  • Tons of pockets. And dear God, do I love pockets.
  • Awesome faux fur lining in the laptop compartment and the cell phone/MP3 player pocket on the front.
  • The padded shoulder straps/back make it very comfortable to carry.
  • Elastic bands on the shoulder straps to keep earbud wiring neatly tucked away.
  • Very well made (isn't everything form SPIGEN?)

The Bad

  • The main compartment doesn't open quite as wide as I would like, so packing/unpacking it can be a bit difficult (definitely not a deal breaker, though).
  • I wish the tablet compartment had the same faux fur lining as the laptop and cell phone compartments.
  • I have the gray backpack, and I have to admit - it's a bit feminine looking because of the light blue color. If you're a girl, that 's a good thing, but I'm not, so it goes in the cons. I should've gone for the violet one.
  • No water bottle holder.

Inside the bag

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I was honestly amazed at the sheer amount of stuff I could fit inside this bag and still have room left over. Take a look:

  • Samsung Series 7 laptop (15.6" model)
  • Acer Iconia Tab A510
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus  
  • ZAGGkeys Flex Bluetooth keyboard
  • Logitech Z515 Bluetooth speaker
  • Logitech M305 wireless mouse
  • SGP kuel f60Q 6000mAh portable charger
  • Canon Powershot Elph 500HS with two batteries
  • Arkon travel stand for tablets
  • Small Targus tripod
  • Canon charger
  • Samsung Series 7 laptop charger
  • Acer A510 charger
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus charger
  • Targus stylus, 1 pen (in pen slots)
  • Moleskin notebook
  • ...and there's still room left. I just don't have anything else dire to put in it.

Of course, you could forgo certain things (like the tripod, camera, Bluetooth speaker, etc.) and have plenty of room for books and the like for school.

Even with a full load of stuff in it, the Klasden backpack is still quite comfortable to carry thanks to the incredibly padded shoulder straps and back, and comfort is always a plus.

Klasden Levanous Pouch and Neumann Shoulder Bag

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If you prefer a messenger-style bag or have a smaller (13" or less) laptop, then you may want to check out the Neumann Shoulder Bag ($63). It's in the same Klasden line that the Levanous backpack is from, and features the same construction, colors, faux-fur lining, and design elements.

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Similarly, SPIGEN also offers a Klasden themed cell phone/MP3 player/point & shoot camera case that can easily attach to the shoulder straps of either the Levanaus backpack or Neumann shoulder bag ($15).

Conclusion

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I have no less than seven different gadget bags, and the Klasden backpack is up at the top of the list (alongside my Powerbag messenger) for my favorite. Which bag I carry varies - sometimes I'm in the mood to carry a messenger style, so I grab my Powerbag (our review); when I want to carry a backpack (which is most of the time), though, I'm going straight for the Klasden backpack every single time.

This bag is well made, holds a metric ton of stuff, protects your laptop, smartphone, and tablet; and is comfortable to carry - what more could you ask for?

Buy

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Klasden Lenavaus Backpack: SPIGEN | Amazon

Klasden Neumann Shoulder Bag: SPIGEN | Amazon

Klasden Levanaus Pouch: SPIGEN | Amazon

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Palmer Nyako

    Love the diversity in what you guys review.
    nice.

  • aaron Parish

    Could you show pics of being packed with your stuff? I know it may not fully translate in a pic so well but it would give me a better idea of what it can tote.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      There's one under the "In the Bag" section that shows the entire inside, but here are a couple more just below the laptop sleeve:

  • http://profiles.google.com/holtcg Chris Holt

    Nice, but I am a huge fan of this: 
    http://www.amazon.com/SwissGear-SA1923-ScanSmart-Backpack-Black/dp/B002SXMRO4/
    Best I have ever owned, holds everything and has bulletproof construction.
    Does have water bottle pocket and is a very manly black.  :)

    • Freak4Dell

      I absolutely love my SwissGear backpack. Mine's a different model than yours, but I'm pretty sure all their stuff is excellent. I've had mine for a year and a half, and I use it almost every day. When I go on international flights, it's one of my carry on pieces. Since they won't let me carry a 3rd item on the plane, I end up putting my DSLR bag inside my SwissGear one, along with a ton of other stuff that wouldn't fit in my checked luggage. It still looks like I bought it a week ago, though. I don't know when I'll need a new one, because this thing seems indestructible, but I will definitely be buying another SwissGear when that day comes.

  • Mll4eveR

    I prefer incase.

  • Mll4eveR

    I prefer incase.

  • fixxmyhead

    hell no. a cheap regular backpack is good enough for me.

  • fixxmyhead

    hell no. a cheap regular backpack is good enough for me.

  • Richard

    I want full disclosure on these reviews that comes across more like an ad: Did the reviewer get a free item to keep or not?

    Please answer.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Regardless of whether or not the item is ours to keep, all of our reviews are 100% objective. If a product sucks, we have no problem admitting that. 

      • Richard

        Haha, that meant you got to keep it - sorry but that does NOT make this review objective. I would like for you to SAY so in the future..or even better...stop using the site to get your free stuff in return of a positive review. 
        Sorry but this is really a low point and you guys just lost a LOT of credibility. 

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Our reviews are always objective, Richard. It's very common for reviewers (on any site) to get review samples from companies, but that doesn't affect the final outcome here.

          • Richard

            I very strongly disagree and this review may have just taken it over the top. 

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          You can demand "full disclosure" all you want. Fact is, we can't do any reviews without someone claiming some form of bias. I gave the Galaxy Tab 2 a glowing review and the Galaxy Player a horrible review. I didn't get to keep either. You could just as easily argue, though, that I'm giving Samsung positive reviews so they'll send me more stuff to play with. It's equally exciting to play with stuff we don't get to keep as stuff we do. Which, by the way, is not much. These reviews are fairly routine. See how many reviews Cameron does. This is his job. This isn't play time. Writing hundreds or thousands of words about an accessory or a bag isn't easy.

          Unless you have a legitimate problem with the article, though, it's entirely unfair and insulting to call "shill". Sometimes products are just awesome. It happens. Saying good things about good products is the whole point of reviews and if you can't accept that, at least either keep quiet or bring up legitimate complaints about the product.

          • Richard

            I think it's quite the difference in people saying that there is a biased tone in a review vs reviewing items that you get to keep.

            That is an absolute NO at most places that does any type of consumer/prosumer reviews. CNET for instance once disciplined a reviewer for not returning a reviewed item.

            I'm also curious to see if this particular review was a push or pull. Did Cameron reach OUT to the manufacturer, got a free item and then did a positive review and got to keep it?

            I must say, you are NOT scoring very high on credibility and you can 'excuse' that as much as you want my saying that people will always claim certain reviews are not biased - THIS is completely different.

            Also explain why it would not be a good idea to CLEARLY state in a review if the item was kept as a gift from the company or not?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

            Richard, regardless of what you think, a review unit does not constitute a payment in exchange for a good review. We don't do promoted or sponsored reviews - that's just not our style. And by no means is a manufacturer providing us with a review unit considered a "gift" in anyone's eyes aside from yours.

            I'm honestly not sure what your quarrel is with my coverage of this backpack - it's not like I gave it the best possible review. Do I like it? Yep. Did I find some shortcomings? Yes, I did. I've covered many review items, some of which I've kept, and others I've had to send back. Regardless of whether or not the unit is mine has absolutely no bearing on how my review is written, because I don't write reviews to "get free stuff." I write reviews so people who are considering the product in question will have a better idea if it's how they want to spend their money or not. 

            The bottom line is this: we do reviews for the benefit of our readers, not our own personal gain. I honestly don't care if you believe that or not, because I, and thousands of other readers, know that it's true. 

        • Steve

          You're a prick. Get a life, loser.

        • Richard-aka-DICK

          So Richard... 
          If you came out with a product, lets just say Galaxy Nexus case. And you wanted people to know about it, and you currently check up on Android Police everyday for Android news and product reviews. You wouldn't want to send them a free case, and ask them if they like it can you do an honest review to let people know whether your product is worth getting or not??  I highly doubt they're backing products they think suck just for a free one and ruin there reputation when customers get mad for referring it.   Really, why do you care in the first place, this is a Android & Tech website, they write news and reviews of products related to Android. This is an accessory to an Android Tablet & Phone,  Not luggageSo get over it cry baby.

          • Richard

            I'm sorry but you're a moron. It's not what the MANUFACTURER want - OF COURSE they'd want to give away a product if it got a good review. I don't think your reading comprehension is at a level where i understands my point. 

            My point, to dumb it down for you, is that it's in the best interest of the READER not to be exposed to 'reviews' like this one where the REVIEWER got to KEEP the product and hence may have a biased opinion of it.

            Clear enough or want it in all caps?

    • Richard-aka-DICK

      Richard is mad just because he wants you to review a Mangina, because he's a Dick.. Him and Ben Dover are Trolls 

  • itched

     But I love my Chrome bag!

  • Auburngirl

    You could do a give away for the ladies. I love the color combo!

  • aatifsumar

    Why is Android Police reviewing bags? Diversifying?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      This isn't the first bag we've reviewed. David reviewed a Powerbag messenger not too long ago (I even linked to it in my review).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We review many different Android accessories.

  • Mnj22

    Lol you guys are now advertising for bags in an Android blog ? Lol its f***edup...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It's a review, not an ad. And I'm not sure whats so messed up about reviewing a completely relevant accessory.

    • Nick Klenchik

      Chill...I might want this thing

  • Gazoink

    Not impressed. I would rather continue to use my Timbuk2 or my Chrome bag.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      You just introduced me to Chrome bags, and they look great. Thinking about picking one up. Been shopping for a solid messenger bag. :D

  • Cydonian

    Try the Deuter Trans Alpine. I have mine since 2007 now, and it's the most awesome backpack i ever had. (it also contains a thermo-sitting-mat, took me a year to find it)

    :D

     http://www.bikepalast.com/product_info.php/info/p13785_Trinkrucksack-Deuter-Trans-Alpine-30L.html

    • OkkkkK

      Bro, that bag in the link is a little much unless you're planning on climbing the Alps

  • manlisten

    I've got the Belkin Slim Back Pack which is pretty comparable to this in terms of looks and features.

    http://www.belkin.com/uk/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=455956

  • Smilin Robin

    Android Police reviewing a bag..
    Feels like Engadget doing a potato.
    Cmoooooon guys get your game on. Ia there nothing happenning in the android world or you guys seeing nothing.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Again, we review Android accessories all the time. Potatoes have nothing to do with Engadget. A bag you use to carry around your gear, including phone and tablet, is relevant.

  • Bruno Pedro

    i like it, and its relevant, it's an accessory

  • Skillit

    You're complaining the the grey/blue is kind feminine (which it is) and want's to go to the violet/yellow one ?

    C'mon if you wanted something more manly you should have gone for the black.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Cameron likes to show his feminine side sometimes, and this is one of those times.

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    Kinda weird there is backlash for reviewing a gadget bag. I saw no backlash for reviewing a generic tablet stand.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Agreed.

  • http://twitter.com/MettaWorldTroll Ken

    Not a bad looking bag, but but my OGIO Mach 5 backpack is much much better in my opinion, but to each their own.

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braunworth

    Hey give them a break, I like knowing what new products come out to protect our laptops, tablets, etc..  if sites didn't review cases for your certain smartphone, you might not know which one to buy, and if it fits with your extended battery, etc.  I find it helpful knowing, since there is too many options out there.
    As for the bag. Its really nice, and I would get this if it didn't run almost $100 for a book-bag. I just cant see spending that much if my $20 one does just about the same..  Very Very nice though!

  • Paul Mircher

    I do not see a waist belt, is one or not? A backpack without a waist belt is useless.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Really? I always hated having it on my Booq backpack. Why is it useless, may I ask? Why do you need one?

      • Sootie

        I really like the second waist strap on my bag but I use it riding dirt bikes so  when you are jumping it doesnt come over the top of your head though and I find it makes it eaiser to carry big weight but I wouldnt consider it useless without one

  • http://twitter.com/Dr_MBambi Moaz B. Bambi

    Is this really a backpack.. like, JUST a backpack.. No high tech backpack.. Not powered by Android, nothing?
    JUST. A. BACKPACK?!

  • lasc

    Why bother to buy soft backpack if you can get hard backpack from AXIO range for a same price.

  • Karen Duhh

    Just ordered one before I read this review. Helpful to know what I'm getting into. Idk why some people think this is irrelevant. I own an iPad and a Samsung Galaxy Tab that I like to use for school and always worried about them getting scratched up or whatever in my old regular backpack. So I think it's smart to buy one that's designed to protect your technology! And yes, I was sad about the no water bottle holder too, but I guess that's a price to pay for style.

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