Just in time for Father's Day, I got to review a backpack from North St. Bags here in Portland, OR. This is their Woodward Backpack which is a lightweight pack with versatility and style. North St. Bags makes a whole line of bags for cyclists and people about town. I have so enjoyed using this pack as a diaper bag for Coral. Of course, her dad agrees too!
This removable zipper pouch velcros on the inner side of the bag to keep smaller things handy and in order. They have different attachments that you can choose to order as well to customize your bag space.
Here is a bird's eye view in to the bag. You can see that the pouch is attached to the two rows of Velcro in the bag. Opposite from the pouch is a sleeve for a laptop or any other item that you wouldn't want to get scratched or crumpled by other objects in your bag. I've appreciated this feature for a variety of uses such as taking cards or flat packages to the post office and transporting photos. I have a bit of a walk to get there and after accessing a normal bag a few times, I have always beat up any paper items in my bag pretty well. I usually have to hope that the recipient chalks that up to the USPS's rough handling, but not when I use this backpack!
The chest and waist straps are good quality and easy to adjust with the D-rings. You don't realize how handy these are until you are fumbling for the strap while is a hurry or with numb fingers in the cold. I also appreciate the padding in the shoulder straps. They are comfortable but still breath well and don't make you overheat.
Here is Dad and Coral on their way to an adventure.
Here Dad is wearing the pack fairly high on his back but it can adjust to many a different size. We have a few BG's in here, some spare clothes, wipes, wetbag, sippy cup, changing pad, bib, water bottles for us, snacks, a flask and all with room to spare.
The generous folks as North St. Bags are offering a discount code for 20% off a purchase of $100 or more between now and Father's day. You can tell your husband or dad to choose his own gift this year! Just go to http://northstbags.com/ and enter code = "bagsfordads" (no caps) valid through 6/16/2013.