Kenneth Cole Reaction Women’s Chevron Quilted Laptop Backpack

Kenneth Cole started out as a company which sold high-end shoes, today they are a manufacturer and distributor of some of the finest clothes, jewelry, handbags, luggage, and even backpacks for school, business, and travel. In particular their most popular backpack design is their Reaction Women’s Collection backpack with its quilted design, and today we’re looking at this backpack in detail to figure out why it’s such a top seller.

Design: 80 out of 100
Storage: 90 out of 100
Weight: 90 out of 100
Durability: 95 out of 100


Made of stylish chevron quilted polyester, this backpack strikes a chic look you wouldn’t expect from almost any backpack. This unique fashionable style choice compares closely to fine fashion bags made of leather – like Kenneth Cole’s Reaction Columbian Leather Satchel – but with dual straps better suited for distributing the weight of your load. This design sense also gives the pack added padding and protection for your electronics – especially against any accidental drops. The interior even includes an extra padded insert specifically for your laptop. Other design features are the multiple pockets for added organization and packing potential, true stylish metal hardware, and a watertight polyester lining.


At 16 inches this backpack has a large central zippered interior ideal for your heavy school books or for extra packed clothing on you next flight. This roomy main compartment includes a padded laptop and tablet pocket along with two open accessory pockets for further organization. The rear padded pocket (separately zippered) also offers room for an additional laptop computer or papers and A4 sized folders. Exterior storage comes in the form of a large front zippered pocket, along with a zip-around pocket with an extensive organizer. Two side pockets are deep enough for a 20-ounce water bottle, umbrella, or even a tube makeup kit/glasses case. One great travel makeup case that we suggest is the compact Makeup Brush Holder.


This quilted 15.6” backpack features the stylish Kenneth Cole Reaction label, plated in the same gold coil as the zippers and zippered pockets. The stylish quilted chevron features a tear resistant interior along with a polyester water tight lining. All included zippers are designed to self-repair as used and they also come with long true metal pull tabs. Included pockets feature four interior pockets for laptop computer, iPad, and accessories; a separate far back zippered insert also allows you to carry a second laptop or secure folders; front pockets feature a zip-around organizer along with a main deep face pocket. The shoulder straps are both adjustable for maximum weight distribution and comfort throughout the day, while the top haul handle is secured into the frame of the backpack and can easily slip over the handle of wheeling suitcase while on the move.


At empty and made from highly dense materials this backpack actually has a very high weight at empty – 2.15 pounds – making it more likely to weigh heavier than most bookbags once fully packed. However, the weight and density of the materials better ensures the protection of your belongings no matter where you go or what you do.


Polyester is at the lowest end of the durability scale and is best know for its fantastic prints and lightweight nature, next in line is cotton canvas material along with blends of canvas and polyester, with finally nylon designed backpacks and soft sided suitcases at the top of the durability scale. Kenneth Cole’s Reaction Backpack is made of all chevron quilted polyester, giving it the stylishness of polyester along with a density and strength that’s similar to cotton canvas bags. Other durability features include the self-repairing zippers, tear-resistant designed interior, and polyester inner lining for better water prevention and absorption.


Style options for this backpack are limited to four basic colors including a more business-friendly black. What makes this backpack more fashion forward, however, are its quilted design and gold accented hardware, along with the stylish embossed Kenneth Cole Reaction plate tag.


Measuring in at 16 X 11 X 7.5 inches, this standard size backpack fits comfortably while offering a lot of packing space for all your needs throughout the day. This backpack also makes a great companion while traveling and can be carried onto any airline as your personal item along with a wheeled carry-on suitcase or duffel. There are even matching suitcases from the Kenneth Cole set that this backpack is part of! At its size this backpack also contains over 8 different pockets for accessories, devices, and even better organization.


Kenneth Cole offers a return and money-back guarantee on all their products based on thirty days after purchase, or after arrival of the product. So long as you have a receipt as proof and it’s before the thirty-day limit, you should see a return of your money or repair of the item in the event of any unlikely manufacturing errors or shipment damages. As for more specific warranties, most of these are for higher priced products like suitcases and other large travel accessories.

This item was ranked #5 in the list:

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7.5 Total Score
Very designer friendly and fashion-forward for any woman

Kenneth Cole’s Quilted 15.5” Reaction Backpack is more than your average back-to-school purchase; its actually very designer friendly and fashion-forward for any woman. In some business environments this backpack would even count as your purse or briefcase – it’ll definitely hold more than any purse or briefcase would. With two different laptop pockets along with six other separate spaces, this backpack has been crafted to maximize your space and offer a place for everything you might need throughout the day.

  • Space maximizing pockets!
  • Can fit up to two 15-inch laptop computers.
  • Very fashion-forward quilted polyester design.
  • Limited Style/Color Selection.
  • Offers a very limited Warranty/return period.
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