I’ve developed something of a *slight* backpack obsession over the last couple of years. From my trio of Fjallraven Kankens (Mini, Classic and Maxi) which have lasted me pretty well, to my Baggu backpack (which hasn’t lasted me quite so well), I am not complete unless there is a pack on my back. Recently, I stumbled upon a company called CastlePak, who sent me one of their backpacks to road test.
What with every blogger’s favourite season coming up (AUTUMN OMG!!!1!), a sturdy backpack is a necessary accessory for those long walks through crunchy leaves. I chose the Vintage Canvas Backpack in Khaki, which I utilised when I popped along to a classic car show at the weekend. With my Thermos safely stowed in the snug interior, I posed awkwardly with my new backpack by some trees while my little sis took photos of me.
I am genuinely very, very impressed with the CastlePak backpack! Don’t be fooled by the modest price tag – £22 gets you a helluva lot for a very decent amount of money. The thing which struck me first about it was the thickness of the canvas – I am fairly certain this thing would survive anything thrown at it, from festivals to camping to walks in the woods with the dog. Remember that bit in Jurassic Park where Julianne Moore is saved from a T Rex by her backpack? Yep, this thing could do that. In comparison, my Baggu backpack seems very lightweight and almost flimsy, whereas this chap is pure padded perfection.
There are also about a million and one pockets on this thing, which is great if you like to squirrel away receipts and biscuits and other odds ‘n’ sods like me. As well as the three main pockets on the outside, there is a separate compartment and another zipped pocket inside, and a SECRET POCKET on the side, perfect for stashing your phone while the backpack is still on your back. If there is one thing I hate about wearing a backpack it’s having to take the chuffing thing on and off to get your phone out, but with this addition it’s an absolute breeze.
Not for the faint-hearted backpack-wearer, this thing is pretty damn big and hefty, so perfect if you’re going on a long trip and need something which can get knocked about, but not so great if you’re popping to the shops. The colour also isn’t exactly khaki – it’s more of a warm brown, which I rather like, but wasn’t quite expecting. Tom absolutely loved this backpack as soon as he saw it; being an engineer, the quantity of pockets as well as the quality of the finish and the large size ticked all the right boxes for him.
The classic design of the CastlePak backpack means it isn’t phased by such trivial things as ‘fashion’ – this thing sets its own trends. What with its dinosaur-repelling capabilities, I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to last me a lifetime!
If that’s enough to sway you, you can buy your own right here.
I was sent this backpack for purpose of review but all words and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.