Back to the Grind - Which Backpack?

It's the time of year everyone buys a bag because usually the kids have dragged there's across the gravel one too many times, people have decided to get themselves into debt in the faint hope that their dreams will come true by going to University before realising instead you'll just learn the value of drink along with everything else and there's those who are going into their first soulless jobs.

So we thought along with being a decent marketing exercise we'd give some advice and discuss the pro's and cons of a few of them because between the lot of us we've used a fair amount of them but one thing we won't be doing is shameless praising the product if it does have flaws.... because every product, especially bags come with compromises.

The North Face - Access Pack 

 

The North Face Access Pack

General

This came out this season and when we first saw it all the way back in January I was getting excited about it because I'm a bit of a bag geek. It sold out straight away so we bought the one with pink because it didn't bother us in the slightest. 

It's completely original in it's approach as far as we can tell, definite pulling technique when you whack it open as well. Can someone please make a hood like this? A step closer to wearing futuristic jump suits?

Storage

It's pretty exact. So if you don't fit within it's sphere you just shouldn't buy it. I use one myself and it holds my Laptop, Tablet, Phone, HDD, Camera, Glasses, Cables etc all extremely nearly with bits for nick nacks a water proof cover and there's enough room to get in a small notebook and cram in a jacket if you really need to but that is about your lot. 

If you're organised, it'll work great and also tick that little OCD box that everything is in it's place and not just a jumbled chaos.

Weight & Comfort

It's heavy but it is comfortable. It's very rigid due to the way it's made using a rigid back piece that everything else sits off. Breathability wise I've been quite impressed as well considering rigidity of it and the straps are great. 

Protection

It's a bit of a leaky condom we think, which is why I carry something to double bag it. The laptop compartment is fine but the main clip compartment isn't. 

Appearance

Who's never wanted to be a Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle? You might need somebody to tip you up if you fall on your back.

Conclusion

Over-all if you're a bag geek, it's not one to miss. Also if you have a set group of things you carry every day without much variance it fits the bill entirely. 

 

Eastpak - Padded Pak'r

Eastpak Padded Pak'r

General

We've put this in here because it's the staple bag that people start off with and it's something everyone will or has owned. Yes, it's a little young. Yes It's limited in terms of functionality but if you're wanting to do the Marty Mcfly thing there's only one bag for it. 

Storage

Two compartments. Most stuff gets lobbed in the big one like the your trainers and the schools books you forget every week. Probably stinks. The front is for the baccy tin and the wallet.

Weight & Comfort

Lightweight, just like the kids who wear it but the straps are good once it gets loaded in.

Protection

There isn't any. If you're going with anything valuable you'll have to put it in a case of it's own.

Appearance

I haven't check if it was used on Stranger Things. If it wasn't I can guarantee there was a Jansport... we sell them aswell if you didn't know... but if you're wanting Americana I'll meet you at McDonalds look you go for this. 

Conclusion

Solid bag. 30 years warranty and you can't go amiss when you're young with one. As much as I jest if you turned up at School with a Access Pack it'd be wrecked before the day was done. These things just take a pounding.

Dans Opinion: "I've had mine well over a year... I got it for free, i'd buy one though. Honest"

Cote + Ciel

Cote + Ciel

General

The French love to be different and we've got nothing but love for these backpacks because they try to think about the problem differently not just from the aesthetics but functionality. The finish is top, the materials are a cut above most and the functional zips are great.

Storage

Probably the best backpack here in terms of solving the problems you get from a backpack. You have a compartment for all you valuables that's padded and secure combined with a flexible large compartment you can can lob a whole lot of stuff in. A shoebox for example isn't an issue which is pretty awesome.

Weight & Comfort

Heavier than some but not mentally so they're about right but the straps are a little ropey in our experience but that may just be Vince using it wrong....

Protection

The laptop compartment is padded and flat against your back so there shouldn't be any issues there

Appearance

This is the major factor and we're split around here because the brand sits a little more on the fashion side than others so it brings with it a connotation of trying a bit hard or looking like a ball sack on your back a certain member of staff has said. Alternatively you could love it like Vince does. 

Conclusion

A little bit like marmite when it comes to the appearance but baring the straps it's a solid all round bag at a price that really should be 30% higher we feel when compared to bags at that price.

Fjallraven Kanken Outfit

Fjallraven Kanken

General

The Kanken is like Sweden's answer to the padded pak'r.... but a more environmentally friendly version that won't blow you up for trying to take away it's gun. 

Storage

These are pretty small. 13" laptop small. You can get larger versions if that's what you want but these are original. You've got two mainly lovely waxed canvas compartments for all your gubins. 

Weight and Comfort

Lightweight as there's not an awful lot too them but robust enough to take a hell of a lot of punishment. Comfort wise they're basic but you can buy some padded straps if thats what you're after.

Protection

These will be as waterproof as waxed canvas can be so I'd recommend re-waxing it every now and again, the zips are your standard affair. You can get them on steroids with laptop compartments and even camera additions but they're all extra £££.

Appearance

Is it a girls bag? It's a little cute I'll give you that but we don't think is but you've got to be careful with it.

Conclusion

Classic big from a brand who have an amazing history, mission and story. You can't go far wrong with it.

 

 

 

 

 



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