CODi Apex Backpack Long Term Review

I was given an opportunity to review the CODi Apex Backpack Review a while back, 11 months ago to be exact. I had been using the backpack in various ways such as carrying my clothes to and from work, laptop backpack, audio video equipment for Sea Otter and Interbike as well as the occasional grocery store trip.


Here’s the specs and description:

Hit the pavement with the ultimate commuter backpack. Designed as a cyclist pack, the slim body-hugging design is ideal for urban commutes. Features like adjustable sternum and waist straps keep the backpack secure while navigating busy streets. The top-load center laptop compartment keeps the laptop weight directly against the back for proper weight distribution. A host of internal and external pockets keep accessories in close reach.

* Adjustable, removable sternum strap
* Side strap pockets conceal a waist strap
* Four easily accessible pockets of varying sizes on the case exterior
* Breathable padded back and shoulder straps
* Triple compartment interior with padded laptop sleeve and zippered accessory compartment
* Comfortably fits most 17” models

MSRP: $134

The key words used to describe the Apex Backpack is “Urban Commutes.” With this in mind, I decided to see how much of my commuting gear/clothing can the bag carry.

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What you see below is how I normally pack my bags when bike commuting to and from work. Pair of pants, shirt, toiletries, my lunch, wallet, phone, keys and a few tools. The current configuration works. But if I needed to put a pair of shoes or even my laptop, then the bag would be too small.

The Apex has many pockets to store your goods.

One of the things I didn’t like about the Apex was its back padding. It lacks air channels to help keep you cool while wearing it. But the shoulder straps are very comfortable if that’s any consolation. The shoulder straps also offer plastic D-rings to clip your keys on to as well as a sternum and waist strap to help keep the bag from moving around when you’re sprinting on your bike.

A feature that I actually liked about the Apex was it’s shape. It almost has a tear drop form to it. This is helpful when you’re riding against some headwind, it keeps the wind drag down. Other backpacks I’ve tested or owned are large on the back, so when riding into the wind, it acts like a sail. Overall, I thought the backpack worked great, never had any craftsmanship issues with the straps, clips or materials. Everything seems to be built well. As good as those things sound, I just couldn’t get over the price of the bag, CODi sell it for $134, granted it’s really more of a laptop bag, but still, its a bit over priced for me.

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  1. no1mad May 5, 2011 3:07 pm 

    For something that is marketed to commuters, this pack appears to lack a few of the key features most want/need. It doesn’t look like it waterproof nor does it appear to have a rain fly- granted, not a must for everyone. Don’t see any reflective piping or a place to mount a blinky, either. I’ll pass.

  2. Jesus Christ May 5, 2011 3:10 pm 

    Yeah this one seems to be more of a “marketing” ploy than anything. The brand wanted to hit “commuters” just by adding that in their description, but ultimately its just a laptop backpack.

  3. Mike Myers May 6, 2011 9:13 am 

    That’s a lot of money for a backpack which isn’t even waterproof. I think JC is right. The “commuting” tag is just marketing. I think if I was spending that much on a backpack I could find a more commuter-specific option.

  4. Thomas Kohn May 18, 2011 4:10 pm 

    Yes, I wonder whether it’s waterproof also. My trusty leather backpack does well, even with its flappy openings.

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