9 Tips To Buy A Quality Backpack for students in 2020
Today, I'm going to give you nine tips on how to purchase the perfect backpack for your needs. I know a lot of you guys are going back to school, maybe going back to get your MBA, going to be starting undergrad. You're entering your final year of high school. You want a backpack that's going to suit your needs. It's the right size that is value-priced.
I understand that. These nine tips, guys, I'm giving to you so that you can go through them like a checklist. And you can make sure you make a smart purchasing decision because I don't want you to go out there and buy something that's too small, something that falls apart on you. Yeah.
It's just a waste of money. Okay. Let's move towards our most awaited tips to buy a quality backpack.
So tips number one: guys, the backpack has to be comfortable. Take that backpack. I want you to try it on, throw some weight in it, and walk around. And if it's not comfortable, don't purchase it especially if you've got three or four Heavy books in your backpack.
Because if it doesn't feel good, if it's not comfortable it's never going to feel better. And the worst case is you actually could hurt yourself. So best-case scenario, you just don't wear the backpack. You buy it, okay. But worst case, you wear it and you bite your way through the pain and you end up hurting your back.
Guys, don't buy something that doesn't fit you properly. Make sure that you work with a company that's got a good return policy.
But guys, make sure you buy something that's comfortable. That way you wear it and you get your money's worth.
So I took this backpack and I ran it through the wringer. And when straps aren't coming off here, they aren't coming off there, you want to check that.
I had a backpack, I remember, as a kid. I was in a store and I tried that and the thing ripped right off. I didn't tell anybody.
I walked away, but yeah. You don't want to buy something that's going to fall apart that easy. Now, you don't want to abuse the backpack, but you want to make sure that it's built and it's got nice stitching on it.
So when I open up and I look at the bottom of the backpack, usually a backpack is going to fail up here on the strap or it's going to fail at the bottom.
I look for actually a lining which this backpack made by Kattee does. I also look at when the interior comes together and then it's double sewn with stitching, with a cover.
This one actually has that. To me, that's a sign of quality. If they pay attention to those details, they're probably going to pay attention to others.
Let's talk about the protection of what you actually have. For most of it, it's going to be a laptop. This laptop sleeve does not have much protection. And you want to be aware of that. There are good things. There are bad things.
Laptop sleeves or areas with not a lot of protection are going to be lighter weight and you can always go buy a sleeve.
A lot of us have them lying around. However, if you really want something that's going to protect your backpack, you want to make sure it's got all that cushioning in there.
If you are carrying around photography equipment, you want to make sure it's actually got an area for the photography equipment with a bit of air space.
So in case you do drop it, it's not going to fall and break. In any case, there's always going to be a bit of a tradeoff. So understand, if you've got really expensive equipment and you don't want to buy a sleeve for your laptop, then you're going to want to make sure it's got that protection.
But oftentimes, it's going to come. It's going to be more expensive and you're going to have less room in the backpack.
So point number four is the actual size of the backpack. So one tip that you may not hear a lot of people saying is I advocate that a man buy the smallest backpack for his needs.
If you buy a bigger backpack, you're going to find ways to fill it. You're going to overstuff it. And that's not what you want. So make sure, Look at the height. Look at the width. Look at the depth of the backpack. All that information should be there on the website.
Oftentimes, I'll go and look at reviews and people are complaining, "It was too small." The information is right there. Make sure to use it.
Maybe look at one of your older backpacks and kind of measure that. Again, that's why having a good return policy is important. Get the right size for your needs.
- Activity Needs
So if you're going to be going backpacking, if you're going to be out in the wilderness for a week, this is not the right bag for you.
You're going to want something that's actually structured. Maybe have a frame that goes up higher that can hold a mat and a sleeping bag.
To understand what your activity needs are. If you're going to be out biking in the desert, you want a camel bag, something that's got water in.
Again, right, it can be this type of backpack, rucksack style. This is going to be good for going to the gym, for carrying around school supplies, throw in books in there.
Throw in your computer in there. So make sure you understand and you get what's right for your activity needs.
So we're going to see a wide range of materials out there, but almost everything is going to be made from nylon that's really expensive. You're going to see different types.
You're going to see a very lightweight, maybe a rip-stop. You're going to see ballistic which is going to be heavier weight. So if you can, try to get that ballistic or the non-rip. I like to avoid nylon and I'll tell you why.
Because I want something that's usually going to be a lot more durable. Nylon isn't the most durable material. So I like cotton canvas. It's inexpensive, very, very durable. Leather is another material we're going to see out there. It's oftentimes in more luxury bags.
You're going to see usually two styles. They're going to be the backpack that has pockets for everything. You're going to give up the room.
And then you're going to have bags that are actually more open. In the sense, they have a few maybe a material pocket that is sewn in, but they don't take a lot of space. I like this because it gives me kind of the best of both worlds.
How much money can you afford? A lot of this is tied to the material. The leather again is going to be more expensive. Something that's handmade from leather in the United States by an artisan is going to be much more expensive than something that's made from canvas, made in a factory in China large-scale.
So those are the things where you're going to pay for. I say you want to find the best value and that's where Amazon is really useful. But you, guys, you're going to have this checklist. You can make your own buying decision.
Leather, I think, is going to be the most stylish. Usually, darker is going to be more stylish, but it's going to be more expensive.
Canvas, this is like I said, it's got a military heritage. I think that right there gives it. It's more casual, but it also gives it a very rugged, very masculine type of feel because of the military connection.
Some of the nylon ones out there especially the ones designed for kids, those aren't very stylish, gentleman. Yes, you may want to grab it. Sometimes if you can't find your bag and you need something to carry gym clothes, but be
careful. The ballistic nylon, not too bad especially if it's going to be in black, but it's always going to be more casual than leather.
So those were my 9 Tips To Buy A Quality Backpack in 2020. You can follow these broad tips and guides to make your decision of buying any backpack.
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