There are many well-known backpack brands that are known for their quality and Eastpak is no exception. The Eastpak Padded Pak’R backpack is one of Eastpak’s best sellers since it was released in the mid 2000’s because of its ability to withstand many conditions showing the bag’s durability.
Eastpak claims their products are built to last with an emphasis on quality materials to uphold this. My review will look into just how durable this backpack really is.
- Covered Zip Closures: The zips are hidden under flaps which makes it difficult for someone to unzip your bag.
- Shoulder Straps with Gripping: SGS coating gives the shoulder straps grip so it will not slide off your shoulders when it is on.
- Classic Design: A simple and subtle design without all the fuss makes it ideal for everyday use.
- Large Main Compartment: Without internal dividers and pockets, this makes the main compartment spacious which can fit a lot of items in.
- 30 Year Warranty: The impressive guarantee shows just how confident Eastpak is in their products.
- No Internal Compartments: There are no dividers or extra pockets in the main compartment so it’s not easy to organise and find small items such as your mobile phone.
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|Available Sizes (All Parts)||40 x 30 x 18cm|
Design & Construction
When you look at the Eastpak Padded Pak’R backpack, you will see a simple no thrills yet classy looking bag that carries out the purpose it’s intended for. There are small stitching details and a noticeable Eastpak logo on the bottom corner of the bag.
The backpack is a good size measuring at 40 x 30 x 18 cm and can hold a 24 litre capacity. It’s quite light weighing at only 420 grams. There are only 2 compartments which both have zip closures that are hidden under the material flaps. This makes it harder for someone to unzip your bag without you noticing.
Like many well-known backpack brands, the shoulder straps are padded to provide comfort when wearing. The standout feature of the Eastpak Pak’R is that there is SGS coating which acts as grips. This enables the straps to stay on your shoulders instead of sliding off.
The only downside of this coating is that it doesn’t allow for breathability so if it is resting against your bare skin, it can make you sweat.
The back of the bag also has padding so your items inside will not dig uncomfortably into your back when it is worn. On top of the bag is a small but durable carry handle made of a canvas material.
Material and Colour
Because of the polyamide material used for the backpack, this helps it to keep its sturdy shape. Some people have said the material is quite stiff but not inflexible. Some well-known backpack brands using the same material will not keep a sturdy shape because it’s softer.
In addition to this, the material is waterproof inside and outside. Users have said this bag has kept their items dry in heavy rainfall. Water is not absorbed into the material, instead it slides right off. Other waterproof backpacks usually absorb water which ends up getting your items inside wet.
There is a foldable version of this bag as well but the material is much lighter but less durable as it’s thinner to give the bag flexibility. It doesn’t maintain its shape as the intention of the bag is to be carried around compactly on travels or shopping trips as a spare when needed.
A wide range of colours is available for the Eastpak Padded Pak’R backpack. There are over 30 different colours and designs. Some of these include:
- Animal prints
- Classic solid colours
- Floral patterns
- Camouflage designs
There is a style suitable to each individual’s taste and makes the bag easily distinguishable from others too.
Inside & Outside Compartments
The two compartments of the backpack consist of one main zippered compartment and an external zippered front pocket. All zips have a short black cord attached to them and the main compartment can be locked with a small padlock.
Despite only having two compartments, on a positive note, having too many compartments can make it difficult to locate where items are and can often take up uncessary space. This is usually the case with many backpacks whereas the Eastpak Padded Pak’R Backpack has chosen to keep things simple for those who prefer simplicity.
The main compartment is fairly large but there are no internal dividers or pockets. Despite this, the backpack can fit in plenty of things. Students are able to fit folders, textbooks and a laptop in without a struggle.
As the zips open to halfway of the bag, this makes it easier to stack items in and find them too. However, some would have liked to have at least a mobile phone pocket inside.
Although there is just one extra pocket, it is about half the size of the backpack and can store quite a lot in because of the box shape of it. For example, a 500ml water bottle can fit in easily along with other items, and the pocket will still zip up nicely.
Comfort & Convenience
Because of the padded straps, it sits comfortably on your shoulders and will not dig in even when the bag is fully loaded. The SGS coating is a clever addition as users find the straps don’t keep sliding off their shoulders which is what tends to happen with other backpacks. This is particularly useful when you’re wearing the backpack on one shoulder only.
The foldable version is lighter to carry but the straps can be quite uncomfortable and leave marks when heavy because they are not padded.
There is no SGS coating either so the straps tend to slide off the shoulders often especially as the strap material feels quite slippery.
Some backpacks with padded backs can make your back sweat as it can act like insulation. This is not the case with the Eastpak Padded Pak’R backpack as the padding is not too thick and the material allows for a sufficient amount of airflow.
The size of the backpack makes it ideal for school, work, gym or any other daily usage. Some people have used it as carry-on luggage and on holiday trips as well because the small size can carry the bare necessities for when they are out and about.
With the foldable version, it can be fitted into another bag or in your suitcase if it’s to take on holiday because it folds into a smaller compact size. When unfolded, it’s still the exact same size as the non-foldable version so it can still store a lot in.
Watch this short video clip of the Eastpak Pak’R being packed.
Final Thoughts | Eastpak Padded Pak’R Backpack
The Eastpak Padded Pak’R backpack is ideal for almost any purpose from everyday use to holidays. It’s great for students, backpackers, gym goers or anyone after a casual style backpack. For anyone wanting to bring this as an extra bag on a relaxing holiday, it may be a better idea to opt for the foldable version which is exactly the same but it’s more compact and lighter.
Eastpak is known to offer a 30 year warranty with their products and this backpack is no exception. You may not end up having to use it because their bags are built to last and withstand many conditions. Some users have dragged this backpack around with them from secondary school to university without any problems or damage.
Compared to other well-known backpacks, the price is a little steep but the durability of the backpack shows this price is worth paying for as it should last you for at least a decade.