Customer reviews for Columbia Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack

Columbia Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack

From Belize to Brooklyn, and whether the phrase “It’s a jungle out there” be literal or figurative, this sleek, water-resistant and technology-packed daypack takes it in stride.
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4.444 / 5
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16 out of 18(89%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
Review 1 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Very nice

PostedOctober 25, 2013
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UniversalMan
Location: RTP, NC
Outdoor Experience: Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee: No
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Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
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Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I use it 2~3 days a week to take my work laptop home from the office. I also use it when I visit suppliers. Any design that works well for students, works well for those in casual professional environments (non-suit-types, like mfg engineering). I carry it on the plane during my flights, and find it handier than a laptop or briefcase.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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4 / 5
4 / 5

This is a great product

PostedSeptember 20, 2013
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frank2
Location: PA
User Rated Sizing: 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Great for daily routine
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great bag

PostedJuly 8, 2013
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Kevin22
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Outdoor Experience: Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee: No
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love this bag and you can fit so much in all the different pockets!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

great

PostedJune 22, 2013
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knossar
Location: Uruguay
Outdoor Experience: Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
It´s better than I expected and very comfortable.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great day pack

PostedJune 9, 2013
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Paul61
Location: Chicago, IL
Outdoor Experience: Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Used on a trip to Israel recently. Has plenty of pockets to carry everything. Great lumbar support.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Fantastic Bag

PostedMay 17, 2013
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Bluto77
Location: Hartford, CT
Outdoor Experience: Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Very well designed bag with lots of functionality. Lightweight and comfortable. Versatile for hikes or work carry bag. Used this as a daypack on european vacation and had enough pockets to organize my camera gear and necessities. Highly recommend. I researched a lot of brands and this bag hit the sweet spot for features and price.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Love it!

PostedApril 22, 2013
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Shanej9
Location: Macomb, IL
Outdoor Experience: Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Very comfortable no matter how much weight is in it. Fits perfectly and I love the whistle.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 8 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Backpack review

PostedApril 19, 2013
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whyohwhy
Location: PGH PA
Outdoor Experience: Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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Runs Very Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
This looks and functions well, and it delvieres what its says
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Compact Pack

PostedFebruary 11, 2013
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RTPGuy
Location: Redwood City, CA
Outdoor Experience: Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
Great backpack, very robust. I've been using it heavily for at least three months now. In terms of outdoor usage, it performs well. Big enough to hold everything you need for a one day outing and then some. Holds up to weather very well. In terms of use for school, it's a little lacking. My 17.3" laptop can hardly make it into the 'dedicated laptop pocket.' The main compartment can hold about 2 1.5 inch binders. Anything more and its squished. Depending on how much you need to take to class you might find it hard to fit everything. Otherwise its a
Cons:
-The arm bands. They're made of some rubber polymer that has a very high build quality but a MASSIVE amount of friction. They grip onto your apparel like duct tape. This means it fits nice and close, but can be somewhat uncomfortable.
-general size. It's a little small for my taste, compact though. I'm a broad shouldered guy so it's pretty uncomfortable to clip the front strap and generally fits a little tight. Personal preference really.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Very Pleased

PostedNovember 28, 2012
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bob21122
Location: Livermore, CA
Outdoor Experience: Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I found this bag to be the perfect carry on when traveling, versatile enough to use if your walking through the city to day packing in the Sierra Nevada's.
Yet, I use mine almost every day for my commute to work! The price was excellent and I am very pleased with the storage, the organization and the versatility.
I would strongly recommend this product, two thumbs up!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent Bag

PostedNovember 25, 2012
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JodiMark
Location: Chicago, IL
Outdoor Experience: Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I love this Circuit Breaker, it has all I need for a daily pack. I highly recommend this bag!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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2 / 5
2 / 5

Bulky, heavy, and has too many pockets

PostedNovember 24, 2012
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Kenzi
Outdoor Experience: Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
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Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
Quality
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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2 / 5
2 / 5
It is functional, but not technical...
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Multiple functions

PostedNovember 13, 2012
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Anda
Location: Hanover, NH
Outdoor Experience: Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
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Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
A very nice, powerful bag.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great Travel Companion

PostedNovember 9, 2012
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Skicat
Location: Portland, OR
Outdoor Experience: Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Only had a chace to put this backpack to the test on two trips thus far, but it is perfect! I love it's versatility. Slip the laptop into its separate easy-to-extract-at-airport padded compartment, load camera gear & jacket & snacks & reading/notetaking material & travel documents into separate, organized compartments - everything handy. Easy to resize this spacious in-transit pack to a slimmer daytripper dimension. The ventilated back panel is definately the answer to years of clammy backs, and the straps adjust to a perfect fit. Could not recommend this backpack with more enthusiam!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great Product

PostedSeptember 26, 2012
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gumby1313
Location: Paris, Ontario
Outdoor Experience: Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee: No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
This pack is exactly the high quality I expected from Columbia. Very durable construction and solid zippers.
There are a tonne of pockets and sleeves for just about anything you want to carry. The size is perfect for my use, however I can see it being a bit tight if you were expecting a full service day pack.
As for the laptop pocket, the description identifies it as being able to hold up to 17". I would have to disagree as I have a 17" laptop and it will not fit in the pocket. Up to 15" would be no problem and the soft material is very protective. If I had one that fit, I would feel safe carrying a laptop in the pocket.
Overall I am happy with this pack and would recommend it to anyone. It definitely meets the Columbia standards for quality.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Fantastic!

PostedSeptember 13, 2012
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adenise2011
Location: Arlington, WA
Outdoor Experience: Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee: Yes
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User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
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Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought this for school. I love the front pouch that opens up with tons of pockets for everything! Mine is green and grey, and I love the colors! The laptop sleeve is perfect for my macbook, and I love that it's water resistant! Not to mention the hip straps are detachable! I was so excited they were so easy to remove!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Too many pockets for too little room

PostedSeptember 17, 2011
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lawclass14
Location: Fort Lauderdale
The main zippered pocket is too small (height, width, and depth), especially if you slip your laptop into the laptop sleeve stitched in behind it. Laptop stays well protected but protection causes an uneven bottom, which forces the pack to fall forward every time you set it down. Ridiculous! It won't sit flat, which is very annoying. There is a lot of wasted space at the top of the pack because, of course, everything you carry falls right to the bottom. Got this pack because I enjoyed my previous Columbia pack. I tried to trick myself into liking it after I started to have some doubts…after all, it did cost over $100. Regrettably, I have to say I am very disappointed with this product. I guess it's just too "technical" of a pack for my needs as a student. It has only two pen/pencil pockets and not nearly enough room for my books and binders together. Caveat emptor!
I do not recommend this product.
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Posted August 20, 2012
Thanks for describing your comment so well. Attractive, yet expensive backpacks that have more of what you don't need, and not enough of what you do, while not sitting upright with items inside, is very annoying!
I almost ordered this backpack, until I read your review. I'd have the same reaction as you, if I had purchased this item.
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Review 18 for Circuit Breaker™ II Backpack
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3 / 5
3 / 5

50/50

PostedSeptember 2, 2011
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zuniyesi
Location: Indiana
I got this product for my laptop, it is 17" in height, and 12.5" in width. It did not fit in the laptop pocket, i have to put it in the middle one but even then is a tight close. If you are wanting to get it for your laptop, see if you could find a bigger one.
I got the yellow one and love the way it looks, but like i said i only got it for my laptop since i don't like the shoulder bags.
I would recommend this product.
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