How to Choose a Designer Backpack

Aside from handbags and purses, designers have also dipped their hands on creating high-quality backpacks. From Forzieri, Lacoste, and even Louis Vuitton, fine craftsmanship is also focused on the usually-looked-down-upon school backpacks.

Now, you can have a fashionable backpack you can conveniently bring to your school, gym, or on your travels. However, how should you choose a great designer backpack? Does the rule on buying leather handbags apply here as well? Here are some of the guidelines you need in buying the best designer backpacks.

Determine its usage – How do you plan on using your backpack? Is it for school books, gym clothes, or for a backpacking trip across Europe? What you put in your backpack determines the size, shape, and storage space you need for your ideal bag.

Check the size – Short hikes would only require an overnight bag, while a small backpack is suitable for your extra shirt and towels you bring to the gym. If you are bringing along heavy school books or planning to go on lengthy trips, a larger pack is ideal. Make sure to choose a backpack that can carry everything you need, but would not be too heavy for you.

Check the structure – Backpacks are made in two ways. The external framed bags allow more ventilation, easier access to your contents, and are usually lower in price. Meanwhile, internal framed backpacks have more padding, bigger carrying capacity, and transfer weight off your back to your hips.

Check its weight and fit – It is best to try the backpack on the store and feel if it is comfortable for you, as different backpacks cater to different body types. Once you bring it home, before removing the tags, fill the bag and try it on again and see if the weight is manageable.

Check the shape – Men and women have backpacks specifically shaped for them. Women should look for a short backpack with a slimmer design on top and a wider bottom. This is because women tend to transfer most of the weight to their hips. Meanwhile, men carry their weight of the backpack on their shoulders and back, so a wider top and a slim bottom is an ideal shape for their backpacks.

Look for durability – Inspect the quality of the zippers and fasteners, as well as the stitching, straps, and materials. Camping backpacks should also be weatherproof to keep your clothes and food dry.

Check the price – A quality backpack costs between $100 and $500 depending on the type and brand of backpack.

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