- Well constructed
- Looks professional
- Some garish decorative elements
- Could use a quick-access pouch
The ECBC Lance Exectuive Daypack looks professional, with its strong build and thoughtful design. Its combo chest and waste straps, as well as its amply padded shoulder straps, make it one of the more comfortable large laptop bags we’ve tested.
Frequent flyers will tell you that nothing beats a good laptop bag for convenience and utility. Being able to securely and safely pack a laptop, tablet, smartphone, travel necessities, and a change of clothes (just in case!) in a carry-on takes a slight edge off traveling. Daily business commuters will say the same, whether it’s with a work laptop and gym clothes, or just a pair of walking shoes and a tablet.
A good laptop bag should look professional, with a sturdy build (especially the straps and zippers) and plenty of pockets and pouches. It needs to fit wearers comfortably, and offer plenty of device protection.
The folks at ECBC must think their Lance Executive Daypack fits this bill, given its moniker and $150 price. They tout it as “the perfect bag for the executive on the move.” That’s a bold claim, considering there’s no shortage of competitors in the space, like Ogio, SwissGear, and Timbuk2, to name a few. Let’s find out how it holds up.
Build & Design
The ECBC Lance Executive Daypack doesn’t deviate from the standard backpack design. It consists of three main, dual-zipper, compartments: an accessory compartment in the front, main compartment behind that, and the rear laptop section.
The front-two compartments have various pockets and sections for smaller items, including a felt-lined tablet pouch in the main compartment. The rear-most laptop section sports ECBC’s Foldout FastPass feature, with zippers that loop around to the bottom of the bag, enabling the pouch to open 180 degrees.
The utility here is questionable, as taking a laptop out of the bag is hardly an arduous task. But the fact that it can open so wide makes it easier to overstuff, which is a good thing.
The backpack also includes a sizeable zipper pocket on the very front, a felt-lined pouch on the top for glasses, and two zipper-expandable water-bottle pockets on either side.
The rigid backing helps protect any laptop in the rear compartment, as does the removable foam inset. The Daypack can hold up to 17-inch notebooks, but those lugging around a beast that size will have to remove the inset and sacrifice some protection.
This all adds up to a useful collection of pockets and compartments. If it fits in a backpack, you’ll find a place for it in the Lance Executive Daypack. If we’re being nitpicky, and we are because this is a $150 bag, we’d like to have a pocket or pouch on the strap for a smartphone or wallet so we could access it without taking the bag off.
Each external zipper is adorned with a rubberized knob to aid in gripping and pulling. They move easy and zip well, even around an overstuffed compartment, and seem sturdy enough to last as long as $150 bag should last. ECBC claims they are both “self-repairing” and “water-sealing.”
Overall, it measures 19.4 x 12.13 x 9.23 inches, and weighs 3.4 pounds empty. That’s about standard for a laptop bag in this class.
The bag is built from 840d HD ballistic nylon, while the base features 1680d HD ballistic nylon, and the lining 210d double diamond ripstop. These are common materials for many similarly-priced consumer backpacks and luggage, and it suggests a durable exterior that is both puncture and abrasion resistant. It won’t stop bullets though, but similar laptop bags we’ve reviewed with the same build materials have shown only limited wear after years of use and abuse.
Overall, the bag is moderately water proof because the material is good at keeping contents dry. We walked approximately two miles around New York City in a moderate rain storm, and had no issues. A few more miles in a downpour would likely cause some seeping, however.
The stitching also looks strong at a glance, and we have confidence it will hold up. Typically, bags will show stretching around the shoulder straps as they’re broken in. This has yet to happen to the ECBC Daypack after a few weeks’ worth of heavy abuse.
The ECBC Lance Executive Daypack is available in either black or gray. Both have limited red accents in the form of stitching and some branding, but no contrasting patterns. The plastic ECBC branding bolt on the front is a bit obnoxious, but the bag otherwise looks clean and plenty professional.
No complaints here, the ECBC Lance Executive Daypack feels great. The adjustable backpack straps are thick and well-padded. The ECBC Lance Executive Daypack also sports a sternum strap that is adjustable on the y axis, as well as a waist belt. Those two make a huge difference in terms of support and comfort, especially for cyclists and walkers.
The rigid back also lends support and aids comfort, though it could use some breathability. It does have channels for airflow, but they don’t do much to alleviate any potential back sweat stains. To be fair, this is a problem common for most backpacks.