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College Backpack Ideas

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by parc, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. EMY

    EMY Well-Known Member

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    I agree that they are more stylish, but I like the fit of backpacks more. I have been using a NF Recon for the last 4 years and it has kept my stuff dry even during the heaviest downpours.
     
  2. Hkstyles

    Hkstyles Well-Known Member

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    my reaction to that bag
     
  3. sygyzy

    sygyzy Well-Known Member

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    I would strongly advise you to not purchase a Herschel. They are hip and trendy and all and have a nice throwback Jansport feel but the construction is really subpar. Check them out at Urban Outfitters.
     
  4. wizzeak

    wizzeak Well-Known Member

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    Yeah the quality looks poor but they are cheap so I didn't expect much anyways
     
  5. sygyzy

    sygyzy Well-Known Member

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    Forgot to mention I did a review of the Lexdray Toyko Pack here.

    Fair warning, it's pricey but you get what you pay for.
     
  6. lachyzee

    lachyzee Well-Known Member

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    I agree that the Herschel bags that use their custom material feel, look (and are) cheap. Their 12 & 20 oz canvas bags are a different matter altogether.

    Got the 20oz little america in khaki for $110 from karma loop the other day - $30 more than the cheaper non-canvas version. For that price, I think the look and quality are excellent. Also FYI, the fittings, on my bag at least, are not pleather but instead are full grain leather. It also has padded shoulder straps - sure, they aren't particularly vintage looking, but if you actually intend to fill the bag you're going to need them. It also has a padded internal laptop compartment - and let's be honest 99% of people buying these vintage looking backpacks are students and aren't going hiking anytime soon, so I consider that a pretty damn useful feature.

    If you can find me anything else at that sort of price that can boast similar features and aesthetics, i'd be very impressed.

    *edit*

    Having said that, I really wonder why they would want to be stocked at UO at all - I feel like that will probably turn off a whole lot of higher-end boutique retailers from wanting to stock the brand. Oh well, perhaps that's where all the $$$s are...
     
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  7. parc

    parc Well-Known Member

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    I admit that Herschel makes some very attractive bags - I originally was going to purchase the $85 version of the bag you have. Earlier in the Summer they weren't selling the version you have and for a while all of the stores that stocked their bags were out - I believe this was so cause they were making alterations due to the negativity their products were getting. Since the retailers have gotten in the new bags maybe they have made them better.
     
  8. sygyzy

    sygyzy Well-Known Member

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    Not surprising to see Herschel stocked at UO. I mean let's be honest here, while they confusingly promote themselves as an affordable premium brand, they really are just the former - affordable. I am glad they are at UO. It matches their demographic and keeps the prices low. I would hate for them to be at some high-end shop.
     
  9. lachyzee

    lachyzee Well-Known Member

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    I think you're right, they are going for premium features at an affordable price. However (and having seen both in person) I really can't see the difference in quality between a canvas Herschel bag such as the one I mentioned (RRP $139), and something like the Makr Farm Rucksack (RRP $160). I will admit that the Makr has nicer leather, but beyond that, I don't really see what's there to justify the price difference. The Makr is much smaller, has less pockets, no padded internal compartment, shoulder straps which have less padding (although, since it's smaller, they probably don't need as much), does not have a padded back like the Herschel etc.... all in all it's just a bit more "basic" (and, I will admit, more "vintage" looking because of the lack of modern (and I would say desirable for 99% of the people buying these kind of bags) features). If that's the look and feel you're going for, then great. Maybe it's because I am not a backpack expert, but I don't think you should have to pay so much more for less.

    It's very easy for manufacturers to simply mention buzzwords like "construction" and "materials". These aren't shoes, though - we aren't putting these bags through the ringer every day. Does anyone really care if their bag lasts for 7 years instead of 10 years? I doubt any of us will still even be using these kind of bags even 5 years from now - fashion moves on, and tastes change. And if we do want to ever actually go on a proper hike, we will probably invest in a proper pack with all the modern features that technology has given us since the days when these vintage style bags were first being manufactured.

    NB I noticed that Makr is currently having a 15% sale for anyone who is interested, bringing the cost of the bag I mentioned down to $136.

    *edit*

    Also not sure exactly what you consider to be "high end", but Herschel bags are sure at a lot of SF-approved retailers, big and small.
     
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  10. Kross

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    Oh sweet, thanks for mentioning that Makr sale. What opinions do you guys have on the Makr rucksacks?
     
  11. ambivalence

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    I have the rucksack in brown, i love it.. pretty good i would say
     
  12. lachyzee

    lachyzee Well-Known Member

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    They are really nice, look at this white one on B&S for an example of how the leather ages (still for sale for $100)

    http://www.styleforum.net/forum/thread/258192/makr-white-farm-rucksack

    Two reviews:

    http://shopwharf.com/review/wharf-reviews-makr-canvas-hf-strapfarm-ruck-sack/

    http://mybagisbadass.com/post/5222741516/my-bag-makr-farm-rucksack

    At that price range/style, also worth checking out are the Frost River/Duluth offerings:

    http://www.frostriver.com/canoe_packs/utility_packs.html
    http://www.frostriver.com/day_packs/bookpack.html
    http://www.frostriver.com/day_packs/knapsack.html
    http://duluthpack.com/school-campus/backpacks-bags/rugged-leather-canvas-backpacks
     
  13. Kross

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    So before I spring for the Makr bag I'm wondering if it'll be big enough to carry about two full sized textbooks and a spiral for school. I don't wanna have to buy a backpack and then have to carry my books :foo:. If I'm going to be carrying a lot of books should I be looking to buy the duluth pack instead or maybe this layerxlayer wayfarer? What do you guys think about buying a natural canvas one? I'm a little worried about it getting dirty but I've read that the patina and stains kind of make the backpack that much more badass.
     
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  14. computurd

    computurd Well-Known Member

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    For those who play Call of Duty

    Anyone know where to get bags similar to the oldschool miltary rucksacks that the Scavenger holds?

    eg

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    I always found them to be pretty badass.
     
  15. cloonz

    cloonz Well-Known Member

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    Tons of army surplus backpacks out there - you should be able to find something similar you like quickly.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Asath

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    Does anyone have a recommendation for a well priced (preferably less than 100 dollars) waterproof backpack? As of now, I'm thinking of buying and waxing it myself.
     
  17. Hkstyles

    Hkstyles Well-Known Member

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    Bill Amberg, looks fucking amazing

    [​IMG]

    Seil Marschall

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  18. sygyzy

    sygyzy Well-Known Member

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    About to pull the trigger on a MAKR too ...
     
  19. Hkstyles

    Hkstyles Well-Known Member

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    It looks like Seil Marschall added different colours for the Half Dome Rucksack. I think I'll consider buying it in navy after i see detailed pics from them, it would look more "appropriate" for a business undergrad I'd assume.
     
  20. Guitar Preacher

    Guitar Preacher Well-Known Member

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    Im not recommending Hershel either but if you are interested in one check T.J. Maxx. Mine had a couple "Zippos" for $35, duffels for $15 and a 25 liter model for $35.
     

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