When someone first looks at this backpack, they probably think “Mmm, it looks nice but I don’t see what’s so special about it”. And I agree, from a distance it looks... like a backpack. So, what is it that makes this backpack original?
What makes this backpack unique is the combination of all the following 9 practical characteristics in one single backpack:
- the quick-access key organizer
- the natural fiber material: hemp and cotton
- the size of the backpack (I find most backpacks too large for daily use)
- the nice top handle
- the wide adjustable straps
- the external water bottle holder
- the large smartphone pocket with zipper
- the comfortable feel
- the washability
Mainly, a device to organize my keys in a smart and convenient way and this is the main characteristic that makes this backpack different from others. This quick-access key organizer is now trademarked.
Some backpacks have a key fob on a very short leash. Usually it is buried inside the main compartment or you have to open a zipper to access it.
My own son came up with a special design that’s simple but works perfectly. Think of a kangaroo pouch for your keys.
The leashes are long and elastic and the carabiners rotate so that you don’t have to remove your house keys from the leashes when you are locking/unlocking your doors, all this while the bag remains on your shoulder. The result is you always know where your car and house keys are and you’ll never forget your keys ever again.
I use the key leash inside the main compartment to attach my wallet. When I need to use my wallet, I do not have to unhook it from the long leash. That’s a nice detail when you are standing at the ATM or at the cashier’s when abroad: your wallet cannot be snatched by a thief if it is tied to your bag. Check the blog post dedicated to the 3 key fobs here.
THE BACK POCKET WITH THE KEY ORGANIZER IS EFFICIENT ONLY IF YOU WEAR YOUR BACKPACK WELL ADJUSTED. IF YOU WEAR YOUR BACKPACK TOO LOOSE ON YOUR BACK THEN ANYBODY CAN SLIP A HAND INSIDE THIS POCKET AND TAKE YOUR STUFF WITHOUT YOU KNOWING.
Maybe the world is heading away from plastics in general, at least that’s what I hope. If such is the trend going to be, a backpack that’s not made from plastic (= polyester, nylon, microfiber, etc.) would be inherently different since natural fibers are not commonly used in backpacks. The blog post on hemp is here.
Another feature that is not easy to find in other backpacks is a good size. In my humble opinion, most backpacks are too large for what we do on a daily basis and we end up carrying too much weight and bulk on our backs, unnecessarily. So I really focused on the right size for daily use, day trips and short hikes so that we keep things to minimal and the load remains light.
My backpack is 9 litres, a perfect size for day use.
Another thing that has to be present is a nice top handle. I owned nice backpacks that did not have this feature and guess what, where the heck do you set your backpack in public bathrooms? On the floor? With a nice grab handle you can hang your backpack to the hook on the door. It’s a detail, but it matters when you travel.
In restaurants, I hang my backpack this way, in between my knees
so that nobody can snatch it.
Another feature that I do not like in some backpacks is that anybody can open the zippers in your back without you noticing it. Unless you have locks on your zippers, this is terrible. So I chose the flap-type design, which is more secure. Nevertheless, wearing your backpack in the front instead of on your back is a good idea in crowded areas.
Straps have to be wide and fully adjustable and there has to be a real water bottle carrier for hikes and walks.
I also wanted to never have to look for my smartphone. The phone pocket had to be easy to access but discrete, and large enough for all smartphone sizes and for my earbuds to also fit in it. Some people put their cellphone in the back slip pocket with the keys.
This backpack is so comfortable to wear that I forget I am wearing it.
And a backpack has to be washable, at least by hand.
All in all, many of the features of this backpack can be found in other backpacks commonly, but having all of them in one backpack together with the unique key leash device is what makes this backpack unique.
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