I will second other's opinions that this bag is on the bigger side- I wouldn't recommend it for anything below and average height/weight man (i.e. 5 foot 10 inches, 180 lbs. I don't have that issue- I'm 6 foot 5 inches tall and an athletic 235 lbs and the Kitchen Sink looks right at home on me.
It's also somewhat heavy because of all the metal hardware but- that's part of the charm. This isn't a lightweight hiking back, it's a Mad Science, Max Fearlight-ish, Purpose Beyond Reason, post-apocalyptic, looks like nothing else, urban warfare backpack. If the X-Metals are the edgy boundary pusher in the eyewear department, the Kitchen Sink is that in the backpack department.
Functionally, tons of room, expandable- the worlds only backpack pocket for eyewear that doesn't require you fold your earstems (great for me because I NEVER do), has a wet pocket that will hold even a pair of my Size 15 or 16 shoes- it's called the Kitchen Sink for a reason and lives up to it's name.
From a style perspective- always turns heads and I always get asked questions (mostly about those 3 hooks to the point I stuck carabiners on every single one so people would maybe "get" the idea).
At the end of the day, no other bag looks like this and it's truly and obviously something that came out of the 1997-2007 pre-Lux, Jim led Golden Era.
One of the few non-Oakley eyewear accessories I believe lives up to the standard the eyewear set. Expensive at $216 with tax, but recent sales have it dropped to $108 with tax- and at that price it's worth it. Grab one before Lux discontinues this legend too.
This bag would be perfect for school and travel if it were a little more square and not so round. The bag is a ridiculous headturner though. The flap is too rigid and gets to be a pain in the ass some times but it keeps the bags contents dry. The zipper enclosure on the main compartment needs to go down farther so you can open the bag easier and since there is no water bottle pocket the zippers needed to go bottom up not top down so you could half zip them and slide in a water bottle. For this you would need the compression straps to be on the main body around the pocket, not sewed onto the pocket itself. Opps. I still love it but I a perfectionist and it also should have had a place to put a camelback and hang it on the inside with the hole in the top for the hose. they will do better next time! Oakley always gets better, even if it takes a few trys.
I read a review from someone that this bag is huge. I will second that statement. It is huge. I am 155lbs 5.9" and this bag makes me look as if I am going on a trip. I got black because I was replacing a grey bag )similar color to the silver).
I use this bag everyday to work and to the gym. It holds my DayRunner, two sets of gym clothes, my 9" running shoes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, iPhone, cellphone, iPod, Shuffle, and even with my 17" laptop, I still have room to spare. It has plenty of room and pockets to store and stay organized. The only thing it is missing is a water bottle pocket. It's something I can live without so no biggie for me. The headrest looking pocket on top is very handy for iPods and wallets; easy access and I can even reach behind my head to unzip and grab.
The clasps are kind of difficult to get open. I'm also a big fan of TOUGH JEANS bags and their clasps are easier to work and release. If you are driving with one hand on the wheel and the other on the bag, forget trying to unclasp the bag....too dangerous. Open it before you start driving or at a red light. The clasps look kick ass but since their difficult to open; is the reason why I give it 4 stars.
The $160 I payed was well worth it and I'd buy the sheet metal bag too if I had the extra cash to spend. The design and metal on the bag make it look indestructible. I love it and would recommend to flashy bag lovers. Oakley kicks ass!!!
I use the Kitchen Sink Stealth backpack as a peace officer duty bag. Great design. The top pocket protectively secures my sun and safety glasses, the outer pockets organize all my tools, the laptop sleeve stores my files, the main compartment stores my duty and safety gear, and the bottom pocket (awesome feature) stores extra clothing. My only criticism is that I wish the bag had a few more internal pockets for organization. Overall, a top notch bag!
Bought the stealth version just because it looked really good. I've only used it once and was able to fit a weeks worth of clothes, an xbox360 with the power brick and shoes with no problem. I'm looking forward to my next trip so I can maybe find something to complain about