Choosing the Right Vintage Backpack
Do you love vintage backpacks? I do. I have one at home and one in my office at work. They are perfect companions when you have to carry heavy things around town or your college dorm room. I think that they were made for rough use, and if there was a strap for carrying a light weight book or magazine, it would not be such a great invention. But then again, some of the best inventions came about as a result of someone being bored.
You can find many different kinds of vintage backpack on the market today. I prefer a canvas backpack with a nice zipper and handles. I think they are the best ones out there. I like them because they can carry anything that you want to put in them, they are not constricting like a tent, and they are very easy to access if you need to get something from them.
Another one of my favorites is the knapsack. It is a vintage backpack with all the same benefits as a canvas one, just way smaller. They can fit into most car’s cup holder, and they look great hanging from your backpack handle. They do tend to fall down when you are walking fast, so I definitely recommend picking up one of these.
When I was in college, the only way I could get to class was to bring along my vintage backpack. I would hop on the bus, pull it over my shoulder, and off I went. I was very happy that I could go to class with my bag without having to stop and get changed. It allowed me to keep my cool and not worry about looking funny in front of the other students.
Have you ever seen pictures of old army combat gear? That is some serious gear. There is no telling how much stuff was taken to war, and it had to be good enough for them. Vintage backpacks are very similar to this. They sometimes come with leather gun holsters instead of regular ones. These are cool if you are a hunter or a survivalist.
Whatever type of vintage backpack you choose, make sure it is a well cared for piece. Don’t let it get ruined by the elements or start to deteriorate. It should be sturdy and comfortable at the same time. You will be putting it on and off all day, so it should be able to withstand a lot of wear. If you buy used, always check for quality control, warranty information, and what the price includes.