Post written by Rogin Farrer.
Sometime ago I reviewed a backpack from Everlane’s first line. While there was a lot to like about the bag, I ultimately decided the style wasn’t for me, and returned it. This past spring I found myself in want for a backpack, and Everlane obviously came to mind. I’m still not a fan of the snap bag, but I really liked the look of the zip version.
After using the bag for several weeks this past semester and through the summer, I can’t deny that I like this bag a lot.
This bag is just my style. The design is simple, with pleasant lines and texture. The ‘military’ color isn’t an overpowering green; more of an olive drab with some gray thrown in. In certain lights it actually looks dark gray. I love the white canvas accents that make up the strap extenders and surround the zippers.
If you read my review of the snap bag, you might remember that I found the style a little too hipster and trendy. The zip backpack does not have this problem. It’s design is classic, and will never go out of style.
Fabric and Construction
The fabric is solid. The quality of the canvas is clearly inferior to the canvas on my bag from Duluth Pack, but I paid more than twice the price for that bag than I paid for this. The zippers are smooth and pleasant, and show no signs of wear.
I’m disappointed with the stitching. As you can see in the picture, one of the straps is starting to tear from the top. Granted, I sometimes carry a heavy bag, but for this to happen within 6 months of owning the bag, I’m surprised. I also noticed the thread going through the leather handle beginning to unravel.
This bag features two small pockets on the front, one a pouch, the other a slip pocket. The main compartment is quite big and has a laptop sleeve, which is a huge plus. There are two small, vertical pouches on either side of the bag, too.
The pouch in the front is perfect for holding my keys and sunglasses. The slip pocket is just big enough to fit a cell phone, a small notebook, some pens, receipts, etc.
The main compartment is quite large. If you’re someone that must carry every school book with you, then this bag might not be for you. But to carry your laptop plus a few books and notebooks, you’ll be all set.
The straps are comfortable, even when the bag is heavy. I rarely have a problem with it becoming burdensome.
This bag isn’t without some faults. The laptop sleeve is just barely cushioned. It’s more of a divider than a case for the computer. Still, I feel okay slipping in my exposed laptop.
The outside pouches, while seemingly intended for water bottles, leave a lot to be desired. The walls are just a bit short. I always tote around my 25 fl. oz. Camelbak (it was 95° today!), and that thing falls out daily. If you stay completely vertical, you don’t have to worry too much. Any dips forward, or any quick jerks, and that bottle is flying.
I’m quite happy with this bag. The quality issues are a drag, but since I only paid $65, I suppose I can’t expect the same as I would of a more expensive product. As for the loose water bottle pouch, it’s actually become a bit of a game to see how many dents and scratches my bottle can endure.
The style of this bag is just what I like, and I’ve gotten a few compliments to boot. It’s comfortable to wear, and it holds everything I need to take to class. For a student in need of a good looking bag, Everlane is a solid option.
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