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Review: First Tactical’s Summit Side Satchel
Chris Hernandez

Years ago I swore I’d never do two things: wear a reflective belt or carry a “man purse.” Thanks to the Army, I had to break my promise not to wear a stupid reflective belt. Last week, thanks to First Tactical, I broke my promise not to carry a man purse. And I feel guilty, because I kinda liked it.

FT’s man purse is the Summit Side Satchel, a modestly-priced yet highly versatile laptop/GP bag. Despite being sort of a knuckle dragger who only carried a backpack as a carry-on, I decided to try out a Summit during a recent work trip. I wound up being impressed as hell by its many features and obviously high quality.

The Summit Side Satchel is a messenger-type bag with five external and ten internal pockets. The tablet compartment is foam padded and can fit smaller laptops (I was out of luck with my 13” Mac, but it did fit in the main compartment). It also has two small admin compartments, one fixed and one removable key hook, a felt-lined sunglass compartment, a sturdy and comfortable shoulder strap, and numerous open-top “dump” pockets.

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