Douchebags The Backpack review
We recently received a couple of Douchebags backpacks to review and test out, including this The Backpack, the smaller of two pro-level media bags.
These were for us to trial while we were out working our day-to-days in the mountain bike media world. We were promised practical and hard-wearing backpacks. Read on to find out what we thought of Douchebags’ The Backpack.
First things first, you should know The Backpack doesn’t come cheap. One-hundred-and-eighty-nine euros is a fair chunk of money. But is it worth it? In our opinion and after six-or-so months of daily use, yes.
A backpack would have to be pretty amazing to justify costing nearly €200, so what’s The Backpack got that Another Backpack perhaps doesn’t have?
Here are some features we like:
To be clear, this isn’t a pack for action sports photography. For getting out on the trail, Douchebags’ The Backpack Pro has similar features but it is a little bigger and has a decent waist strap that secures it well in place.
The Backpack is, however, great for roaming journalists and media types like us.
It’s got roomy, secure storage. A strong, protective build. It’s comfortable to wear for long treks to the next spot. It’s a practical shape that fits nicely into luggage compartments and smaller spaces. And it takes a good beating — we’ve been wearing it and using it daily to store stuff for over six months and there isn’t a thread, zip or pocket out of place.
The trouble with reviewing a faultless product is… well, what else do you say? There’s little to criticise (apart from the cost). What doesn’t it have or do, then? Some simple removable section separators (as the CIA insert adds) for the main pocket would be nice. Some simple external stash pockets might be good, although to be honest, the main top pocket is so big and accessible that might not be necessary. It doesn’t have chest or waist straps, but then it isn’t really aimed at sports usage.
If you think we are not being critical enough, know this: Douchebags’ The Backpack has a four-point-nine-star rating from over 500 customer reviews. People ‘Totally love it’, which we fully understand. The few gripes that exist are related to laptop size (check yours fits as it isn’t a massive pocket) and that the zippers are a bit stiff/slow.
As a side-note, The Backpack can also be linked up to other Douchebags products using the Hook-Up system. This is a way of connecting smaller packs like this to the company’s holdalls so that the weight of the pack is carried through the wheels on any of Douchebags’ roller bags.
Overall, we recommend this pack for day-to-day office and freelance media work and travel.
DOUCHEBAGS THE BACKPACK SPECS
FOUNDER-DIRECTOR: James McKnight
CO-DIRECTOR: Ben Winder
BEAN COUNTER: Theo Fellgett
CHAIRMAN: Mike Rose
SOUND SCIENTIST: Victor Lucas
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Jones
DOOD OF DOODLES: Jon Gregory
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