Meridian V2.0 Leather BagPack w/TSA Laptop Pocket
The Meridian is Hillside’s signature bag. A complete and extraordinary carrying solution with ample storage for day use, the Meridian boasts unbridled versatility for your everyday adventures. Its patented one strap system allows you to transition from backpack to messenger bag instantly on the body. Seamless, on-the-go transitions allow you maximum comfort and access to gear at any point throughout your day. This dramatically helps to save time, increase comfort and reduce stress. The Meridian is life changing.
If you are wearing your bag on one shoulder, you are doing it wrong! Plain and simple. If you’ve worn a heavy bag on one shoulder you will never get back the damage and pain that has caused. The Meridian is not a compromise, it is a revolution!
With every last piece of hardware being made of metal, 2-inch seatbelt straps and thick vegetable tanned leather, this bag is built to last. Coming in rich brown or black, the bag is trimmed and finished to perfection. Suitable for any boardroom and perfect for first class travel, the Meridian's versatility in both fashion and function is unmatched and second to none.
• Vegetable tanned Full Grain Leather
• Metal Hardware
• YKK zippers
• Water resistant liner
• Ballistic Nylon 2-inch seatbelt strap
• Non-slip shoulder pads
• Oversized Clips and Rings Specs:
• Dimensions: 16” x 12” x 3.5”
• Total Capacity: 11 Liters
• Dedicated Padded TSA Laptop Pocket on back panel: Up to 15.5-inch Laptop
• Internal padded main compartment sleeve for tablet or personal Laptop
• Zippered and leather trimmed privacy pocket in main compartment.
• 5 internal pockets for storage of pens and accessories
• Outer Zippered convenience pocket
• Shoulder Strap with removable shoulder pad.
• Anti-slip shoulder pads
• Water resistant liner to catch spills
• 2-way zippers on main compartment
• Instant transitions from Messenger Bag to Backpack
• Safety technology: Lockable main compartment, on the body transitions, Ballistic nylon strap
• Gravity assisted weight balancing
• Bio-Mechanical design
• 3D shoulder contouring
• All in one design: Backpack, Messenger, Cross-body and Briefcase
• Boardroom ready
• TSA Ready
• Tactical readiness
• Dynamic stabilization: Bag moves with the body without jerking
• Double laptop storage
First off, the product that Hillside has produced here is superlative. Even if it wasn't for the backpack functionality, I would buy this just because it's an excellent messenger bag/briefcase that uses the best quality materials. The leather is beautiful and is sure to develop a lovely patina over time. The pockets are of a suitable size and made with quality stitching. The zippers and other metal fastenings are great, the zippers open smoothly and look great with the leather. No plastic to be seen anywhere on this bag, which is a very nice aesthetic.
On top of all this, there's the backpack functionality. It's a smooth transition from messenger bag to backpack, and all your stuff stays safe in your bag. I was a bit worried about my laptop shifting around in there, but it was completely fine. Using it as a backpack is especially great for me since I use a bicycle to commute to work.
And finally, the amazing customer service from Hillside. I wanted to see if I could get a black strap with a brown bag, and they were more than happy to accommodate me. They were extremely responsive over email and were very helpful.
The excellent customer service and the quality of their product led me to buy a second bag, this time in black leather. All in all, great product, great company, looking forward to seeing more from them in the future.
This is my favorite bag. Beautiful leather, amazing one-of-a-kind conversion to backpack, fits what I need it to. As advertised, it's not for a 17" laptop and perfect for my 12" tablet and 8.5*11 documents, plus plenty of room to spare and organize. Do watch the videos and practice the transition. Once you do it will work 100% flawlessly. The real trick is to grasp the front ring as you're transitioning and lift the bag while grabbing the strap underneath - only then will the adjustment loop on the strap slide cleanly through the free-moving shoulder pad. 2 other things that would have made it even more perfect than 100% are more ways to lock things down inside so they don't shift as much during transition, and some kind of foot solution on the bottom of the bag so that it can be put on the floor without worrying about scratching the leather of the bag or of the sewn-in shoulder pad when it rests underneath in messenger mode. Thanks for developing this!!
I've long preferred to carry backpacks, and was delighted to find this interesting hybrid. I was particularly impressed by the quality of workmanship and materials, as well as the smart organization. And the look of this bag is so much more polished than the typical backpack. You do have to practice making the transition from messenger to backpack until it feels natural, but the motions soon become smooth and automatic.
This bag is awesome!
I don't have to choose anymore between style and comfort. At work it is a messenger and when running to my next appointment it is a backpack. Transitioning happens in a second, you need some practice but it gets easier while using.
I can wear the professional look without the backaches.
Of course there are always little details that may or may not be appreciated, but overall the bag is well designed and offers an advantage that hasn't been solved better with any other bag that I know.
Meridian is comfortable and super convenient. Switching from backpack to messenger bag is incredibly easy and offers great flexibility when you're on the go or just getting in and out of your car. Definitely worth the price because of the value and exceptional workmanship you receive. Adjusting the length of the strap and getting it to stay is a bit of a challenge but no product is 100% perfect. I'd stand behind this bag 100% though;)