This unique edition of the OAKLEY ICON™ BACKPACK honors the heroes of our time, the soldiers who protect our freedom. It carries a patch with the emblem of INFINITE HERO, a foundation that examines the issues heroes and their families face in their daily lives and invests in innovative programs that meet their needs. The emblem incorporates the color purple to honor those who have been wounded in battle, the Greek cross to signify aid, and the infinity symbol to represent the conviction that the sacrifices of heroes should always be remembered.
A coveted design, the OAKLEY ICON™ BACKPACK has been copied but never duplicated. To match its cunning efficiency and long-haul comfort, Oakley added features that bring version 3.0 into the digital age. They include a holster for your mobile phone, a pocket for your mobile music player, an internal organizer for your PDA/GPS-size device, and more protection for your laptop. The 3.0 edition offers every possible convenience Oakley could add to this time-honored invention.
Just what I was looking for
Reviewer: Big D
I use this backpack daily, lots of storage, easy handling, looks the best. Had a lot of very good comments about it as well. Great Job Infinite Hero!!!
Good, huge bag, few minor drawbacks
i was looking for as big of a bag as i could get, that also had a laptop sleeve (for school purposes). i used the north face jester for >5 years as a school backpack, but on too many field trips the bottom ripped out and it didnt have a laptop sleeve. at 52 liters, the icon 3.0 is definitely spacious enough. however, i feel like 3 things could be improved. 1) the front pocket is a bit exposed to the elements, having just a velcro closure. its also a tad annoying to have to unbuckle the 3 straps to get to the front pocket (in my opinion, front pockets should be easily accessible). however, the 2 roomy side zipper pockets more or less make up for this defect. these 2 side pockets are great for your wallet, keys, gum, phone, but not really big enough for pens and a notepad. 2) the lumbar straps are a bit long and are a little uncomfortable when not in use, but this could be more an issue of my body size/frame (im pretty small, 53, 95 pounds, and htis is a huge bag). so that shouldnt be an issue for bigger and taller people. 3) the holes in the bottom of the main compartment are a good idea if you intend to use this bag for surfing or water sports and have a lot of wet things, but for books (especially books with dust jackets), the holes can do a little damage if youre not careful. however, the fabric is really strong and i think will hold up for many geologic field trips involving carrying sharp rocks, etc. a few pros: the digital device compartment sleeve on the top is really nice, its like chamois lined and i can just stick my ipod in it without worrying about it getting totally scratched up. the 2 side zip pockets are great. the 2 water bottle pockets are OK, but you probably couldnt fit a 1 liter nalgene if the pack is filled to the brim (well, maybe, but i use siggs and those fit fine). the laptop sleeve is PERFECT if you have the smaller macbooks (12 inch). i can easily fit my 12 inch macbook in its incase neoprene sleeve in the laptop pocket, and the sidezip access is a bit tight, but works fine enough through security (a big plus so you dont have to open up your whole bag to extract your laptop). all in all, this bag is a big plus over the north face jester because it accommodates a laptop and it has a lot more space, but there are just a few minor things that dont make it the most ideal school backpack. however, i think it will be GREAT in the field, and i still use it everyday for school.
Reviewer: Shadow Doc
I am active duty military and have used this backpack for nearly 100% of my travels for the past 2 years. I routinely carry heavy gear in this bag, more so than most people. Its seen every type of terrain imaginable, its been thrown around in aircraft and heavy duty vehicles and its been carried by several different types of stinky hairy mammals and its still going strongKeep in mind this is a 50L backpack, yes it will hold more than other packs made for backpacking.The right shoulder strap padding is beginning to wear down but everything else still functions as newI have been issued other backpacks since getting this one but the Icon 3.0 is still my go-to bag.
Great bag, no complaints
The only thing that REALLY bugs me is that my HP 15 doesnt fit through the side pocket. Otherwise, I could probably fit every single one of my books plus laptop and still have room..I recently had an Alienware laptop back that was bulky and heavy and couldnt store nearly as much stuff. When this bag is empty you can barely feel anything let alone full, it distributes the weight very effectively.Hope this bag lasts as long as everyone says it does.
A far cry from the Icon 1.0
The Icon 3.0 is of far inferior quality compared to the Icon 1.0. I received the Oakley Icon 1.0 backpack my freshman year of collge. It lasted me 4 solid years of rain on hikes, storing way too many clothes as a cary-on, and being packed with 50 pounds of migrane inducing texbooks. It finally started to break, but then gorilla tape patched it up and it kept on chucking.I traded it in for its grandson, the Icon 3.0 thinking that the two couldnt be too far apart in quality. Boy was I wrong, within 3 months the thing started falling apart, rips here, rips there, the shoulder straps twisting.I recently traded it in for a North Face Hotshot which appears to be sturdier.