Evergoods has quickly become one of my favorite bag manufactures. Their products are extremely well thought out, durable and comfortable. The Evergoods flagship pack, the CPL24, has proven to be a killer everyday bag. The CPL24 is geared toward use in an urban environment but can also sneak out for an adventure. I purchased the grey version shortly after it came out and the pack has been my main EDC bag for the past 8 months.
Look and Feel
The look of the CPL24 is understated and clean. There is one vertical quick access pocket for exterior organization. The external pocket isn’t particularly useful to me as all of my items tend to fall to the bottom unless they are in a pouch. However, the advantage of this minimal design is a clean silhouette and simple appearance. I don’t feel like I stand out in this bag and the low profile makes it easy to maneuver in a crowd.
As a woman who loves EDC, I find the simple design combined with the light grey color to be versatile and technical with out jumping out as too tactical. The CPL24 works well for both men and women in this regard.
The material on the 2019 version CPL24 is a 500d HT nylon 6,6 with PU coating. The fabric is slightly rough to the touch but feels extremely durable and good in the hand. One of the top complaints about the black CPL24 has been dust and hair attraction. I have not found the grey version to attract much dirt or pet hair, but the lighter color generally helps to camouflage any dirt or debris.
Another touch on this bag are the zippers and zipper pulls. While some folks dislike the tied zipper pulls, I find them useful and in keeping with the style of the bag. Further, all zippers on the bag are smooth and easy to open.
The CPL24 features a reinforced yet low profile top and side grab handles. The side handle, in particular, is a welcome addition as I often pull the bag up from the side when sitting next to it. I even find myself trying to grab the side of other bags that lack this feature and miss it.
The bag offers a clamshell opening which is great for packing and viewing the internal contents.
This is, hands down, one of the most comfortable backpacks I have ever used. The harness system is designed with a slight curve to “hug” the wearer’s shoulders and back. In addition, the straps are nicely curved which enhances the overall fit. Wearing the CPL24 for long distances was a pleasure with little to no fatigue.
One minor nit, if the bag is packed to the brim, the lower edge of the bottom seems to press into my back ever so slightly. While this pressure isn’t painful, it is a bit annoying. At a certain weight, the bag seems to get out of balance. However, it is possible that this is related to how I packed the bag.
There is very little organization on this pack. In addition to the one external quick access pocket, there are two internal pockets, one smaller horizontal pocket for storing quick access items and a large vertical mesh zippered pocket.
The inner horizontal pocket is weighted so that it is easy to partially open the bag and access smaller items. I found the inner vertical mesh pocket to be less useful for my carry as it takes volume from both the inner compartment and the outer quick access pocket. I only use it for small or flat items.
The lack of organization could be a weak point or a feature, depending on how folks like to organize their daily carry. I enjoy bags such as the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 that have many organizational pockets but I am also starting to use pouches to easily move between bags. The CPL24 almost demands the use of pouch based carry. It isn’t a problem for me, but I could see it being a potential issue for others.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that this pack doesn’t feel like a 24-liter space. I’d put it more in the 20-liter range. All manufactures measure slightly differently and some space is taken up by the laptop compartment but it’s something to keep in mind.
The laptop compartment is padded on the front and back but isn’t suspended or padded at the bottom. I believe I read a note from the Evergoods team that the lack of padding is by design but I find it to be a flaw in the everyday use of this bag. I have to remember to set the bag down carefully if I have my MacBook Pro in the compartment.
The side-loading design has also proven to be a bit of a challenge. I’d prefer to see top loading or full clamshell access. On more than one occasion I have forgotten to close the side access compartment and my computer has gone flying to the ground. Granted this is as much my absent-minded nature as it is the bag. I have since learned to check the compartment every time.
Despite a few nitpicks, I LOVE this bag. I’d even dare to say it might be my favorite EDC bag in my current rotation. The CPL24 is durable, stylish, so very comfortable and fits with my overall EDC flow. The attention to detail in the design of the harness system and fit and finish are noticeable and appreciated.
I have no doubt I will be using this pack for years to come.