What do students look for in a backpack? Do students even use backpacks anymore? Aren’t they so 90’s? Truth be told, when I started my degree I went to a cheap high street shop and got something that fit the bill. It ticked the boxes.
1) It went on my back.
2) It was a bag.
3) Things went into it.
So I wasn’t expecting much when I had the opportunity to review Case Logic’s Huxton Daypack. It seemed that I was going to check whether or not it fit the criteria mentioned above. Which it did. Job done again?
The Huxton Daypack is not only designed to contain things that students cram into their ordinary bag, this is designed to help cart technology from one place to the next. I wouldn’t have dreamed about packing a laptop or a tablet into a rucksack of any description. You know how they are, things bouncing around, and before you know it that bar of chocolate you had forgotten about at the bottom is lacquered all over the front. But I was given this bag designed for laptops and tablets to test drive. So I test drove the crap out of it.
The first thing to mention, is that an average sized laptop will find itself snug and safe within this backpack. The sides are cushioned, and the strong material holds it secure. There is very little bounce as I traipsed to and from university. Where I would have been worried about the laptop sliding and colliding around in my old bag, the laptop was static and safe upon my back. But at this point, there was only my laptop in it.
You see, the Huxton Daypack holds more things than Hermione Granger’s handbag in the Deathly Hallows. There seem to be enough pockets and compartments on this Case Logic spectacle to make Mundungus Fletcher jealous. Yes there were was enough space for me to store all my hackneyed Harry Potter references. And indeed one of the books themselves.
In this bag, in the various compartments I managed to snugly fit:
My Laptop Cables
My Folder (full of genius lines and poetic images)
Another folder (Full of academic smartarsery)
Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Art & Lies’
A pencil case
A spare pencil case
A bottle of water
My baseball cap
And so off I ran (or more loped at a brisk pace). The straps are strong, and after two weeks of tearing about, there were no real signs of wear and tear. Now, for the first time in my thirty four years, I am actually quite excited about a bag. So I tried some more items.
Instead of using as a student bag, I put my work uniform and heavy duty non slip boots in it, and treacled off to work. I used it to carry my kids clothes and various toys on a weekend away. I used this bag to base jumping in New York. Ok the last one may have been a work of fiction, but the point is, this bag is not just useful for students to carry their equipment from one place to the next.
After test driving this bag, I went to pack my old ruck sack, the one fraying at the ends, having less use but a lot more character. I felt that I wanted to keep using the Huxton Daypack. It is reliable, sturdy, and looks elegant in black. Although that would have been one of the two points that I found disappointing.
The first being, it is only available in monochrome. There are no options for cool designs, no quirky emblems, just uninterrupted black or blue. This isn’t a functional issue though, and still the bag is probably more practical than the next one adorned with pink skulls and a squirrel. The second thing I found slightly strange was the packaging that it came in.
It took me a good ten minutes to get through the bubble wrap, tape and cardboard, that was at least twice the size of the bag itself. The bag is unlikely to be damaged, there is nothing fragile about it, it didn’t need quite so much secure packaging. Especially the amount of protective, non-biodegradable, bubble wrap which is unnecessary for a bag of this ilk. It is hardly likely to shatter. Saying that…I had fun popping it all afterwards.
But these are paltry issues really, when you have a backpack that carts the studious essentials to and from university or college. So who would buy this? Who would use this?
If you are looking to get a student something stylish and practical for Christmas, then buy them this. If you find that you turn up with armfuls of bags to get everything in one place, then get this bag. In fact, if you want a comfortable, easy to adjust, pragmatic accessory, then this is the one for you. Buy it. Now.
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