We’ve noticed a pretty polarizing conversation happening on Linkedin and other professional-based networks about backpacks being “ok” for adults to use in the workplace. There are some people that actually think that wearing a backpack in the workplace is somehow unprofessional and can hurt first impressions. This group believes that we should all carry traditional briefcases and/or laptop messenger bags because “backpacks are for children”. For those of us that simply drive to work and have little time spent out of the car between home and work, we probably don’t care about this. For those of us living in major metro cities that commute via walking or subway, you’ll likely hear many supporters of the backpack approach (more comfortable, less cumbersome, ability to pack more, etc.).
After RYU decided to send us their Quick Pack Lux bag as a free demo to try out, we instantly fell on the side of those pushing for backpacks in the workplace. If you’ve ever had to lug a messenger bag filled with a laptop and other items through an airport, you quickly feel your shoulder start to ache and lose your mind as the bag swings off your shoulder as you accidentally bump a chair. It’s important to note that not just any backpack will sufficiently take the place of a messenger bag but it has to be one that is professional (don’t show up with your hot pink Hello Kitty bag to work) and makes sense from a functional standpoint.
The RYU Quick Pack bag does just that. The first thing you will notice about the bag is the material that it’s made out of. The fabric is really nice to the touch and will actually swell if you get stuck in the rain to try and create a barrier to your items. The top of the bag and all of its straps are made out of genuine leather which lends itself again to being a high quality bag. The look and fit of the actual bag is very modern and the straps will contour to your body (keeping the bag high up enough to feel ergonomically correct). What we’re saying is that you won’t look like Zach Morris from Saved By the Bell with a backpack that hangs down to your knees.
The functional part of the RYU Quick Pack comes in their loop at the top of the bag that allows you to hang and combined it with a drop front design. We noticed that this made packing and unpacking the Quick Pack super easy and also allowed to get to just about everything in the bag at once (if we needed to). There were multiple pockets which included one on the top of the bag which was perfect for placing a phone and accessories into for quick access. Inside the bag, there was a sleeve that could support a tablet or small laptop too.
Overall the RYU Quick Pack was a really nice bag that we think could be more than something you just utilize for the gym. We think that the RYU Quick Pack could replace that messenger bag that makes you lean slightly to the right, and start feeling much more comfortable during your daily commute. Click here to purchase the RYU Quick Pack.