Backpack Verdict

Because one of the purposes of this blog is to provide info that I’ve looked for but could not find, here is my next installment of ‘The Search for the Perfect Backpack’.

Doug’s ‘backpack’ selection, the eBags Weekender, arrived today.  After deliberating for about an hour, he decided to send it back.  He asked me for my opinion, and of course I shared it with him–as I will with all of you.  First , I did actually consider returning my Kelty and getting one for myself.  I considered this for about two minutes, based only on the fact that yes, it did seem larger and thus could ‘fit more stuff’–see pictures below.  But then I tried it on, and my original assumption was correct–it felt exactly like carrying a suitcase on your back.  And this was trying it on totally empty.  But the real reason I decided against it–and the reason he decided against it as well–was the way the ‘convertible’ straps hooked on to the bag–see photo top left.  I tried to show perspective by including my hand in the picture, but the thing that holds the straps on to the bag (and thus, the bag on to your back) is a tiny little paper clip looking thing.  I just didn’t feel good about it, and neither did he.  So we will be sporting matching Kelty Redwing 2650s this summer.  But that’s ok, because we already know we are dorks–we might as well celebrate it.

Difference in thickness (or 'maybe they'll make a wallet?')

Kelty Redwing 2650 vs. eBags Weekender

How I will wear it in Spain. No, seriously.

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