This week I got the chance to test out the EMS MoJo backpack. I tried it out in a few different scenarios, and while some were more of a fit than others, I kinda like this zippy little back pack.
(Photos by the incredible Peter W. Carey)
The MoJo is a women's specific day pack, weighing just a little under a pound. For that weight, you get some supportive straps, a nice organization pocket, and a big main compartment. As you can see from the photos, I took it out on a day trip to climb in Boulder Canyon. My helmet loved the bungee straps on the front, but my back didn't really enjoy the lack of sternum or waist straps. The bag has two side compression straps, though, an odd thing to include when excluding something essential like a waist strap.
After a day around town I became more of a fan. It's just the right size for a netbook and water, without any of the bulk that comes with a more technical bag. The back panel and straps were enough to make carrying it around all day a breeze.
- Light weight
- Small torso good for short (or young) women
- Organization pocket
- Sturdy straps
Things I don't like:
- No sternum strap
- No waist belt
- Only one interrior pocket
Summary: Good pack, but would I pay $40 for it? Prolly not. The missing waist strap is really hard to get around. Now if I were a doting aunt buying a back to school bag for her neice... I'd wait for it to be on sale, then I'd get it for sure.
*4 out of 5 stars.