November 17, 2014

Comfort Technology: 5 Criteria for The Perfect Backpack

You don’t want to break your back just because you happen to be lugging around that really heavy laptop, do you? Fortunately, there is one backpack brand that meets the five criteria of a backpack, which I’m about to share with you. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

perfect backpack

Say goodbye to backpacks that hurt your back! It’s time you upgraded your backpack choice, especially if you’re carrying heavy gadgets with you. People like you who carry tablets or netbooks wherever you go need a good backpack, one that not only protects gadgets, but also uses the best technology in comfort design.


Ergonomics of the Perfect Backpack: My 5 Criteria

The science of comfort design cannot be overemphasized, especially when it comes to something you use a lot… like a backpack. Too bad the techie ergonomic stuff didn’t come in style when I was still in school. My life would have been easier without the backaches!

I’ve always been on the lookout for the perfect backpack the same way others have been constantly looking for the elusive perfect pair of jeans. My quest for the perfect backpack never really ended – until a few days ago, that is.

In fact, I have my own personal criteria for that perfect backpack! Obsessive-compulsive techie readers, here’s your chance to scratch an itch as I provide you a neat list of my “perfect backpack” criteria.

1. The perfect backpack must be of the perfect size.

perfect sizeThe perfect size makes a world of difference – just ask Goldilocks.

Guys have it better than girls. The many good backpack brands fit men’s shoulders well. But if you have small shoulders like I do, you will be this close to believing these backpacks are actually being sexist.

I want a backpack that won’t slip off my shoulders. I want a daypack that won’t look like something I borrowed from my boyfriend. I want one that looks proportionate to my back.

Is that really too much to ask?


2. The perfect backpack will look as dainty and pretty as the owner.

cuteOkay, maybe that’s praising myself a little too much (as you can see with my tongue sticking out, I’m not the least bit dainty). But you get the point .

For me, the perfect backpack is actually one that’s “me”.

I don’t want a bag that makes it look like I’m going camping (unless I actually am). I’ll be using it to survive the polluted city of Manila, not to go trekking or hiking in the boondocks.

Although there are many backpack brands that follow comfort design, most of them come in black, grey, or some other drab color. Let’s face it; we don’t live in Europe and we don’t always want to wear black from head to toe.

We’re a very Asian country where K-pop and Japanese influences make us gravitate towards bright, hallucinatory colors! Yes, that’s just it. Something neat, bright blue, and with yellow-green accents will do nicely.


3. The perfect daypack will have compartments for all the important things one must carry.

too much stuff in bagI’m looking at you, lady with too much crap in her bag!

I do try to carry only the essentials but I never leave home without my own drinking bottle (I feel guilty buying disposable water bottles). I also carry with me a pen, lipstick, measuring tape (for when I windowshop for furniture and paintings), and many other small whatnots.

Lastly, I always have with me my Xiaomi Mi 3 cellphone and a tablet or laptop. I love working while having coffee away from home! I get more work done that way.

Besides, no techie wants his gadgets swimming inside a backpack. Proper compartments are the only way to go for the discerning techie!

So, forgive me if I demand that a backpack have compartments for all my stuff. It’s really a matter of economics. The water bottle that keeps upturning itself is not financially good for a bag that also contains expensive gadgets. The lipstick that threatens to uncap itself after somersaulting several times in a bag does nothing to save money, either.


4. The perfect daypack will not make a person suffer.

sufferingOtherwise, you might end up in agony, like this guy. I personally think he’s cute, though.

When it comes to backpacks, pain is a deal breaker for me. I refuse to wear a backpack that will give me a stiff neck. I won’t wear a backpack that will lead to mechanical low back pain, either.

If you have kids, you don’t want them suffering because of their bags, right? Thankfully, there are bags designed for comfort. There’s no need to settle for backpacks that break their backs!


5. The perfect daypack does not cost an arm and a leg.

dog staresDon’t spend more than you should. Makuha ka sa tingin.

Five thousand bucks for a small backpack?!? Come on. Even if a bag met all the criteria I listed above, I can’t spend that much money on it!

Okay, fine, maybe I could (and would), if I had little choice. But if there were other more affordable options, why should I spend more than necessary?

The only other bag I grew to love that came close to meeting the above criteria (aside from the perfect backpack I’m about to tell you about) is a Targus laptop bag I bought years ago. Full disclosure: I actually bought it for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift but I kept borrowing it!

Well, techies, here’s the good news:
I found the perfect backpack!!!

Continuation: The perfect backpack that met all five criteria


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