This side of the pack is the garment carrier. It completely closes within pack using a stretchy, breathable fabric surrounded on three sides with a zipper. In addition, there is a zippered pouch in the center of the material that provides additional storage space for small to medium-sized items.
Included inside the garment carrier section is a clothes folder card, which you can use to fold your clothing so that it fits inside the pack. I typically use this to fold my shirt, and then leave the folder card inside my shirt when stored, to help keep its shape throughout the run.
On this side, the same stretchy material is used to create four additional storage areas. The small front pocket fits an iPhone 8 perfectly. I use the other pockets for small items like keys, sunglasses, and the rain cover for the pack. More notably, however, this side holds up to a 15” laptop. The laptop slides in behind, and is held in place by, the set of pockets. Since a 15” laptop fits this area just right, and the pack contents are held tightly together once closed, the laptop does not bounce or move around while running.
The back panel is lightly padded and has four raised areas to keep the backpack from fully touching your back while wearing it. It provides adequate ventilation on hot days, and keeps large amounts of sweat from soaking into the entire back of the pack.
The shoulder straps are lightly padded and can be tightened both at the bottom and at the top of the pack. Adjusting the top strap changes the shape at the shoulder, as well as shortens the location of the end of the strap. MOLLE straps adorn the front of each strap and allow for the attachment of multiple different items, including IAMRUNBOX’s water bottle holder.
The pack has one narrow sternum strap, that is adjustable both horizontally and vertically and its bright orange buckle contains a whistle (perfect for announcing your morning arrival to the office).
This is a running backpack waist band done right. It is comfortable, it carries large-sized phones and lots of additional gear, and everything is easily accessible on the run. On top of that, it has a very simple feature that I have yet to see on any other packs – a way to secure the waist straps together when you are not using them to keep them out of the way.
Finally, the waist straps are held together by a medium-sized buckle and any excess strap leftover after tightening can be tucked back into the waist pouch pockets.
The waist straps can be secured when not in use by a small elastic strap
The IAMRUNBOX Backpack Pro 2.0 is one of the most well-thought out running packs I’ve ever seen. It’s comfortable on the run, stylish, lightweight, durable, and has every feature a run commuting backpack should have. This is the only pack you will ever need for running to work.
Disclaimer: IAMRUNBOX provided us with a free backpack to review.