Regular readers of this blog will know that I have written a lot about how I used to be a hip-hop head and how the culture influenced me. I’m not a head anymore but some things have continued to follow me even though they aren’t much of an influence. I really thought that my backpacker days were over until I laid my eyes on this gem on the EastDane website last year. It’s been in storage all along because I just couldn’t find a way to use it as yet but when I was preparing for BNL 2015, I knew I had found the perfect opportunity to use it.
During the Four Nations tournament, that was held in March, I broke it out and I was pleasantly surprised by this product. The backpack is by a company called Herschel and from what I’ve seen elsewhere on the internet, Herschel is a quality driven company that makes innovative and functional luggage. I was very impressed with the other products I saw on EastDane and their website. I’ve had backpacks before but nothing quite like this one.
I finally decided on purchasing because I couldn't make up my mind as to what to buy with the voucher I had received from EastDane, however, I was sold on this backpack when I observed its colours. Its kaleidoscope really drew me and I actually pictured myself wearing it. Some people would be averse to a backpack with light colours because it'll probably dirty and soil easily, however, I've taken a cautious approach and will not be careless in the way that I handle it. One thing about its design is that it was built for comfort. The exterior might be tough but once you sling it over your shoulder, you can feel just how comfortable and soft it is on the body. The shoulder straps are fully padded but they are light and they do not add any heft to the it.
This is what I mean by comfort. At the back of the bag there is some padding with a mesh design that adds to its unique aesthetic; the comfort levels on the shoulder blades and lower back are great. It appears that the Herschel company had ergonomics in mind when this backpack was desgined.
It also features a drawstring top as a closure. I will admit however, that it isnt a spacious bag, which is why I only used it for notebooks, school books and stationery. It also has two small inside pockets on both sides for things such as writing instruments.
Signature coated poly fabric
The strap closures have a metal pin clip and magnetic snap buttons and this ust adds a touch of uniqueness to a great product. I admire how this backpack really stands out with its many design and signature features as well as nuances that are particular to the Herschel company.
There are two big compartments on the inside which are fully lined with fleece. It feels smooth to the touch and very lush. And it is big enough to fit a 15 inch laptop. It's not an everyday bag for me but it supplants my briefcase as part of my carry-on luggage whenever I go on my basketball assignments. I'm not going back to my hip-hop backpacker days but I'm sure you'll agree this is a stylish way to keep moving forward.
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