This post is part of a series in which ladies on the road offer a review of their backpack. Today’s review comes from Seattle Dredge, the Canadian gal behind Seattle’s Travels.
Seattle Dredge is a young travel blogger and photographer from Toronto, Canada. She searches for adventure in landscapes with unique geology, and will try anything once. Seattle hopes to capture the world; one photo, and one country at a time. And yes, her real name is Seattle.
What’s your backpack brand and model? How much does this backpack typically cost?
My backpack is the Mountain Equipment Co-op Wayfarer Travel Pack, which is only $109 CAD.
How long have you had your backpack and where have you traveled with it?
I’ve had my backpack for about four months now, but it has already been with me on a month long Australian road trip. It was dragged in and out of a bus every day, and got tossed around quite a bit. With other trips to Finland, two weeks around Ontario, and Colorado, it has certainly been through a lot.
What factors were most important to you in choosing a backpack? How did you come to choose this one?
Lightweight and comfort. My last backpack was big—too big. This time I wanted something a bit smaller, and definitely lighter. I chose the one that didn’t catch my eye at all. It was plain black & grey, and very simple, but it was the most comfortable backpack I had ever worn. I ended up falling in love with the basic design, so it was the perfect bag.
What do you like most about your backpack? Any down sides?
My favourite decorative feature is the little airplane logo on the top.
Obviously, the comfort is the best part. But, what sets it aside from the other backpacks I’ve had is the features. If I want to check it in for a flight, it has a hidden pocket that released a protective zipper flap to hide all of the straps. You can flip it on its side, attach a shoulder strap, and essentially turn it into a duffel bag.
I suppose the only downside is that sometimes I get tired of carrying it for so long. I’ve never wanted a backpack with wheels, but it could be a cool aspect.
Tell us about the fit and comfort level of your backpack.
I tried on dozens of bags in the store, and none of them fit right. As soon as I tried this one on, I immediately knew that it was the one. The back was firm, but padded, and the straps didn’t dig in anywhere. I’d definitely rate it a 10/10 for comfort.
If you want to take your backpack as carry-on luggage, can you?
YES! I actually just discovered this last week. I had just assumed that I would have to check it in, so I took it to the counter. The lady at the desk told me that baggage charges were $30, so I might as well just take it on board. I was happily surprised that it fit right into the overhead compartment. No more check-ins for me!
Have you found the size to be too small, just right, or too large?
When I manage to overfill it, it feels too big and gets quite heavy for me. That’s entirely my fault though, because I don’t need half of the things that I pack. When I pack properly it is just right.
Overall, would you recommend your backpack?
I would highly recommend this backpack to any traveler. It’s really comfortable and lightweight for female travelers. It has a basic design, which really starts to grow on you. It has all kinds of secret compartments and cool features. It’s called the “Wayfarer”—I mean come on, that’s an awesome name. And best of all, it’s super affordable. It really is the perfect bag!
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