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post #1246 of 1472
For those of you who own backpacks, how do you like them?

Also, how does the 22l stack up against the 20l?
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Originally Posted by edman1905 View Post

For those of you who own backpacks, how do you like them?

Also, how does the 22l stack up against the 20l?

I have the 20L. It's OK, even if ridiculously overpriced.

Is there something you specifically wanted to know about it?
post #1248 of 1472
My ivory slip-ons came a few days ago. A bit longer and narrower than most Skagways fit, but they'll be the perfect summer shoe for chilling out in. Really love the texture of the hopsack vamp against the suede of the heel counter. I see lots of hanging out being done in these.
post #1249 of 1472
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I have the 20L. It's OK, even if ridiculously overpriced.

Is there something you specifically wanted to know about it?

How are the underside of the straps holding up? I understand that the corduroy fabric may wear out pretty quickly?
post #1250 of 1472
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How are the underside of the straps holding up? I understand that the corduroy fabric may wear out pretty quickly?

They stopped using corduroy for the straps a long time ago -- I assume because of those problems with wear.

Mine is holding up fine.
post #1251 of 1472
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They stopped using corduroy for the straps a long time ago -- I assume because of those problems with wear.

Mine is holding up fine.

Good to know, thanks!
post #1252 of 1472
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Good to know, thanks!

Maybe one thing to note -- the back side of the straps and backpack are now lined with a stretchy jersey. Wish they used a tougher fabric, but I haven't had problems with my backpack yet.

Still think it's ridiculously overpriced for what you're getting, but that can probably be said of the entire Visvim line.
post #1253 of 1472
I use mine everyday and crack a smile almost everytime I reach for it whether you want to pay more for something that a jansport can do is up to you
post #1254 of 1472
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I use mine everyday and crack a smile almost everytime I reach for it whether you want to pay more for something that a jansport can do is up to you

I mean, there's a whole universe of options between $700 Visvim backpacks and $36 Jansports.
post #1255 of 1472
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I mean, there's a whole universe of options between $700 Visvim backpacks and $36 Jansports.

This isn't necessarily visvim related, but what are some other packs you would recommend I take a look at?
post #1256 of 1472
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This isn't necessarily visvim related, but what are some other packs you would recommend I take a look at?

Just depends on the kind of style you're looking for.

I like Brooks England, Master Piece, Briefing, Porter, Kelty's vintage line, certain Ralph Lauren models, Epperson Mountaineering, Mt. Rainier, South2 West8, Nanamica, Atelier de L'Armee, Altadena Works, and 3sixteen.

Vintage bags can also be much cooler than anything you'd get new -- check around for brands like Gerry, Alp Sport, Alpine Designs, Holubar, North Face, LL Bean, and REI. A used bag will obviously come with a bit more wear and tear, but that's part of the charm. Just note that some are considered collectibles, so you're going to pay a premium.

Any of those will be less than Visvim's $700 backpacks, which (to be honest) aren't even that interesting in terms of design.
post #1257 of 1472
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I use mine everyday and crack a smile almost everytime I reach for it whether you want to pay more for something that a jansport can do is up to you

Same here. I always try to find a reason just so I can put them on. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

The Lyra fabric on the back strap and back of the bag feels kinda delicate but I've been using it for a few years now and it hold up fine. I think it's worth every penny, though I paid JP retail not US retail for it. I just bought another color last month.
post #1258 of 1472
Yea japan retail so not $700, got the black one with the textured embossed suede, 22L, throwing it around everyday use the suede is the same and the ballistic nylon is softer, inly difference between the 22 and 20 is the 2L pouch inthe front and no umbrella thing, i said jansport bc its the comparable?
post #1259 of 1472
I personally prefer the 20L than the 22L one. Just looks better IMO than the 22L even though those umbrella straps are more of a gimmick / aesthetic reasons than functional lol.

One has to try on the bag before fully appreciating what goes on with the construction of the bag etc. I really like how the back really flows with the contours of your back bone, most comfortable bag that I've used so far.
post #1260 of 1472
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Just depends on the kind of style you're looking for.

I like Brooks England, Master Piece, Briefing, Porter, Kelty's vintage line, certain Ralph Lauren models, Epperson Mountaineering, Mt. Rainier, South2 West8, Nanamica, Atelier de L'Armee, Altadena Works, and 3sixteen.

Vintage bags can also be much cooler than anything you'd get new -- check around for brands like Gerry, Alp Sport, Alpine Designs, Holubar, North Face, LL Bean, and REI. A used bag will obviously come with a bit more wear and tear, but that's part of the charm. Just note that some are considered collectibles, so you're going to pay a premium.

Any of those will be less than Visvim's $700 backpacks, which (to be honest) aren't even that interesting in terms of design.

This.

 

They do use some pretty interesting materials and material combinations, though, which, imo, is one of the strengths of Visvim.  In terms of actual functionality, though, they are not as good, even from a cursory inspection, as technical hiking backpacks, or backpacks made by brands like Mission Workshop, which are engineered for specific uses.  (Mission Workshop make some of the toughest gear I've come across that doesn't make you look like an actually commando.)

 

That said, I would not dissuade anyone from getting a Visvim backpack for the style and branding, both of which have considerably value.

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