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Just Porter Sable Rucksack Backpack

Just Porter Sable Rucksack Backpack Long Term Review

In May of 2015, I purchased the Just Porter Sable Rucksack from Amazon, just before my two-week trip to Colombia.

I needed a bag that would be able to withstand various climates and protect all of my gear.  This one fit the bill and looked great at the same time.

Not to mention, it is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Something special about this company is their background of philanthropy. For every bag sold, Just Porter will donate a backpack filled with school supplies.

As someone who has volunteered and worked with children for the past several years, I can stand with a company who takes the initiative to better the lives of underprivileged students.

The Sable’s features:

Just Porter Sable Features

1. Large Magnetic Closure System Buckles
2. Instant Pocket – Front Vertical White Zipper Pocket
3. Front Pocket Zipper Compartments
4. Compression Straps
5. Main Compartment With Roll Top.
6. Side Access Laptop Zipper Pocket & Padded Compartment

7. Magnetic Closure System Buckle (Chest Clip)
8. Heavy Duty Hanger Loop
9. Large Finger Loops On Adjustment Straps
– YKK Easy Glide Zippers (Standard On All Bags)
– Signature Orange Interior Lining
– Dimensions: H: 21” / W: 13” / D: 6” Expandable To H: 24

Features & Dimensions Continued

  • Clean design that is ready for daily or road-trip use
  • Weather-proof exterior & lined interior
  • Fast access magnetic buckles
  • Exterior padded laptop pocket / fits 15″ Macbook Pro
  • When you buy a bag, they give a backpack filled with school supplies to a child in need
  • H: 21” / W: 13” / D: 6” expandable to H: 24″H: 53 cm / W: 33 cm / D: 15 cm expandable to 61 cm

If black is not your color of choice, the Sable Rucksack also comes in olive and gray options.

In Use

The Sable has been my go-to bag for international travel and everyday usage.

It can replace a carry on luggage for a weekend to a week if you know how to pack efficiently.

The front pockets are easily accessible, although they are deep.  This may cause some organizational issues for some.

The laptop compartment keeps my Macbook Pro safe and sound from any impacts.

The mesh back panel provides enough cushion and airflow, although longer periods of carry will cause you to sweat. No surprise there!

For daily use, I can fit a change of clothes, my 40 oz Hydro Flask, 13″ Macbook Pro, iPad, 4.7 Cup Snapware Lunch Container, and a whole lot more with room to spare.

I wear it while riding my bike several miles each way to and from work.  It doesn’t bounce around much, but could definitely benefit from a waist belt to distribute the weight.

The Good


This bag holds a ton of stuff and each pocket is deep enough to fit almost any small item.

Magnetic Clips

Boy, are these fun to use and snap together.  They do a great job and make the process of latching/unlatching quicker.


I’ve cycled with this bag through hours and hours of rain and it’s kept my belongings dry.

The Not So Good

The deep pockets.

Things get lost in them pretty easily, which ends up being a bit of a chore to try and fish out what you’re looking for.

Lack of a waist belt.

It would have been nice if a waist belt was included, removable or not.  When carrying heavier loads, the bag starts to take a toll on my body.

Front Pull Down Straps Loosen Easily

The straps attached to the magnetic clips have a mind of their own.  They slowly loosen by themselves, causing the top flap to flail freely.  I find myself having to tighten down the straps periodically so that the flap doesn’t come loose.


This bag might be too big for shorter people.  This is a personal preference though.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m really happy with the Sable Rucksack as it’s held up remarkably well over the past year.

I’m planning to take it on my next trip to Peru, so it will definitely see some rough terrain.

If you are looking a backpack that can hold a lot of stuff and withstand all kinds of weather, then the Sable is a great option for you.

Mikael Tan

Books. Travel. Music. Weights. Cycling. Steaks.

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