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Herschel Barlow Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019

4.36
based on 14 reviews


We have checked a few reviews and found 13 reasons to buy the Barlow - and 3 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


80% of the reviewers give the Herschel Barlow a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (80%)
Good (0%)
Average (19%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)





Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Herschel Barlow:

Reviewers like these things about the Herschel Barlow

  • Most users said that this bag is sturdy and practical, and it looks nice.
  • Many reviewers said that it is a perfect pack for commuting, hiking, taking the dog places.
  • Many users said that the back and straps are rigid and padded with mesh over foam. They make it comfortable to carry heavy things.
  • There are a few tiny reflective elements, tiny loops on the bottom and top.
  • Most reviewers agreed that it's slim and expands upwards instead of outwards so it doesn't knock into things when getting onto the bus, etc.
  • Many users said that the top loading style allows them to over-stuff it if needed while still protecting its contents.
  • One great feature mentioned by many users is that there is a sternum strap that adjusts lengthwise and slides up and down the shoulder straps.
  • Reviewers said that the shoulder straps and sternum strap all have an elastic sleeve to hold coiled extra strap after everything is tightened down.
  • Many users said that the laptop sleeve can fit a 15' Mac book, charger, and a folder of papers in the laptop sleeve without trouble.
  • Another great feature mentioned by many users is that the laptop sleeve has a smaller pocket on the outside to hold a slim phone.
  • Another fantastic feature mentioned by the users is that it has a hook for keys Above the laptop sleeve.
  • Many users said that there is a a mini daisy chain to hook a hydration pack or whatever else.
  • Users said that there is one large compartment with laptop sleeve, one small compartment in top flap for small easy access items and one tiny bottom compartment for rain-fly in it.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • One user complained that the strong mesh laptop sleeve is not padded.
  • Another user said that it does not have lots of pockets.
  • Another user complained that the draw string cap broke early.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Herschel Barlow models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity20 l (1220 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.3-1.5 oz (0.6-0.7 kg)
Length iconLength11 in (28 cm)
Width10 in (25 cm)
Height18-19.5 in (46-50 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 13 inches





Popular Models


Herschel Barlow Large

100% choose the Herschel Barlow Large

100 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
White


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity20 l (1220 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.5 oz (0.7 kg)
Length iconLength11 in (28 cm)
Width10 in (25 cm)
Height19.5 in (50 cm)




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Herschel Barlow features:
  • Laptop compartment
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Water resistant
  • Carry-on size
  • Organizer panel
  • Raincover included
  • Sternum strap

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Packing Guide


See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Herschel Barlow models (the most popular choice is the Barlow large).




Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
large20 l1.5 oz0.08 oz/L



Rankings


vs Herschel Bags

The Herschel Barlow ranks #2 compared with the other Herschel bags.

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vs All Bags

The Herschel Barlow ranks #286 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Selected Reviews


Rush Faster

The Herschel Barlow is a solid choice. It’s great if you are a cyclist who needs a trusty pack for traversing the city, or you are just looking for a discrete pack for uni or work.

Posted 4 August 2017 - Read full review

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Last updated on May 12, 2019