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College Backpack Ideas

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

  1. parc

    parc Well-Known Member

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    Last year I had a Swiss backpack and I liked it but the bottom is virtually gone so I'm searching for a replacement that is comfortable, looks good and sturdy. I was originally looking at a Herschel Supply Co. bag but after the negative opinions I've read here about the construction I've changed my mind. My attention has now turned to this bag: [​IMG] It's made by Topo Design (it is a trekking bag which should means it should be sturdy). Does anyone have any ideas on other bags? What I'm looking for in a backpack is: Durability/Quality material (made preferably of Canvas or Leather with good stitching, straps, buttons, etc.) Looks (Not a standard looking bag i.e. Jansport) That's about it Thanks
     
  2. johnH123

    johnH123 Senior member

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    Fjallraven makes some nice vintage styled backpacks (technically rucksacks, but they'd work fine on campus). Filson makes some good ones too (Need Supply, forum affiliate, had some, not sure if they sold out yet or not). I know you mentioned you didn't want a Jansport bag, but I assume you mean they're standard school bag. They've got a heritage line that makes some decent looking bags modeled on their designs from the 60s and 70s.

    You could also go 'military styled' and go for a goruck bag (which I'm probably going to order soon).

    Honestly though, for going back and forth to class I'd recommend a sturdy messenger bag (Filson makes good ones). I think backpacks look juvenile for anything other then hiking/traveling.
     
  3. Hkstyles

    Hkstyles Senior member

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    Filson rucksack! [​IMG]
     
  4. karmaguy

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    Blk pine workshop makes a chill backpack. If you've got the $$, check out north face purple label backpacks
     
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    Forgot to mention, I might pick up one of those Topo bags if goruck doesn't come through with a discount for me. They look decent for the price.

    Anyone have hands on experience with them?
     
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    malcolm4819 Senior member

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    Those Filson rucksacks are nice...contemplating picking one of those up.
     
  7. stevent

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    Unless you're going to college in a super trendy place get a standard North Face. You will be lugging around your laptop plus books and who knows what else if you are pledging and/or if it's snowing or pouring rain, it's better to have a functional backpack over style. Your dorm may be a 15-20 minute walk to your classes. As for messenger bags I've never been a fan as I think it makes you look like a tool in most cases on campus.

    As for Topo design I've never heard of them and just because it's makes "trekking" gear does not mean it's good quality. Dana Design would probably be one of the best bag makers but alas they were bought out a few years ago.
     
  8. dmash

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    I carry a Porter briefcase on campus. Backpacks are for high school.
     
  9. jslade

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    I carry a Porter briefcase on campus. Backpacks are for high school.
    Hey dmash, can I ask where you kopped your Porter from? I've been looking for a retailer in the states, but haven't had any luck. I'd love to pick up one of their briefcases. [​IMG] This one really looks fantastic.
     
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    [​IMG] Had this backpack through highschool and still use it now. I removed the Emerica logo though. If I'm wearing a peacoat or something that would look ridiculous with a skater backpack I'll switch over to my messenger.
     
  11. dmash

    dmash Senior member

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    Hey dmash, can I ask where you kopped your Porter from? I've been looking for a retailer in the states, but haven't had any luck. I'd love to pick up one of their briefcases. [​IMG] This one really looks fantastic.
    Gotta proxy my man. Use SharpService....their service is top notch and it's pretty cheap. Mine's about the same size as the one you linked but it's not that shiny shit. They're SO well made, once you get one and feel all the materials/details you'll see why they are more expensive that other brands. I absolutely love mine, super nice, lightweight and not another person has one. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made and one of the few things I paid full retail for.
     
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    +1 Filson Rucksack [​IMG] or... Duluth Pack!! [​IMG]
     
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    i like t level bags for super casual activity
     
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    Not juvenile looking (Chapman bags):

    [​IMG]

    Pricey but should last (Saddleback):

    [​IMG]
     
  16. parc

    parc Well-Known Member

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    I carry a Porter briefcase on campus. Backpacks are for high school.

    I'm not a big fan of briefcases and backpacks can be for any demographic depending on the style of it.

    Unless you're going to college in a super trendy place get a standard North Face. You will be lugging around your laptop plus books and who knows what else if you are pledging and/or if it's snowing or pouring rain, it's better to have a functional backpack over style. Your dorm may be a 15-20 minute walk to your classes. As for messenger bags I've never been a fan as I think it makes you look like a tool in most cases on campus.

    As for Topo design I've never heard of them and just because it's makes "trekking" gear does not mean it's good quality. Dana Design would probably be one of the best bag makers but alas they were bought out a few years ago.


    I go to school in Canada and the place I'm at gets a lot of rain during Autumn and quite a but of snow in the Winter so durability is paramount over style and thought my best chance to have both is to go for a trekking a.k.a. daypack
    Topo is a relatively new company but I've been reading many good comments about the construction of their bags and the materials they utilize.
    I'll be checking out the bags on Dana as well.


    Blk pine workshop makes a chill backpack. If you've got the $$, check out north face purple label backpacks
    I searched around and have been unable to find many retailers that sell this label but they are very nice bags. If you know any retailers let me know (Blackbird has some but compared to a few I saw on Blk Pine's website I'm not really liking their selection)

    Forgot to mention, I might pick up one of those Topo bags if goruck doesn't come through with a discount for me. They look decent for the price. Anyone have hands on experience with them?

    Topo was recently established and the bag I posted was just released in the last 3 weeks so I doubt many people have any experience with the brand yet.
     
  17. jslade

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    Hey dmash, thanks for the help. I've never used SharpService before, but it's about time that I looked into using some of Hide-san's services. I'll send him a message and pick up a Porter sometime this month.

    Thanks for the info! [​IMG]

    Gotta proxy my man. Use SharpService....their service is top notch and it's pretty cheap.

    Mine's about the same size as the one you linked but it's not that shiny shit.

    They're SO well made, once you get one and feel all the materials/details you'll see why they are more expensive that other brands. I absolutely love mine, super nice, lightweight and not another person has one. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made and one of the few things I paid full retail for.
     
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    SeanathonHuff Senior member

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    High Sierra make decent, cheap backpacks with more mainstream designs, but I like what I'm seeing in this thread... moar.
     
  20. KitAkira

    KitAkira Senior member

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    Find one of the now discontinued ToJ bags. I use my Unlucky messenger and it's held up great (apart from some hardware issues with broken rivets, but that's been sorted for a while; my bag was the first so it paved the way for problems to be ironed out)
     

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