backpacks are so fucking ugly

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i cant think of any other part of the modern urban wardrobe where function so entirely eclipses fashion:

http://i.imgur.com/0MLZyRc.jpg

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:01 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/SgWx7oC.jpg

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:02 (five years ago) Permalink

laptop backpacks are the worst, of course

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:02 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/HmDrlcT.jpg

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:02 (five years ago) Permalink

how is something this hideous so commonplace??

http://i.imgur.com/A2HW6W2.jpg

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:03 (five years ago) Permalink

otm

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:05 (five years ago) Permalink

i dont fuck w backpacks

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:05 (five years ago) Permalink

there are some alright ones tho

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:05 (five years ago) Permalink

fjallraven seems p popular here but also seems to have run its course

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:05 (five years ago) Permalink

i like all the yuppies/yuppies in training w/ chrome messenger bags and no bikes in sight... i guess i associate them w/ backpacks because these dudes always keep em strapped real tight and highup

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:06 (five years ago) Permalink

bear in mind how you wear it is an important part of the aesthetic. casually hanging off one shoulder - yes. firmly strapped to both shoulders - no no no. unless you are actually hiking.

check your privy (ledge), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:07 (five years ago) Permalink

ime Swiss Army seems to have the largest market share:

http://i.imgur.com/7x5tyqe.jpg

how can a brand known for such a classic design be so successful creating these monstrosities?

http://i.imgur.com/U1qDeQ7.jpg

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:07 (five years ago) Permalink

those are both made by wenger, the 'lower' of the two brands

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:08 (five years ago) Permalink

oh i guess its a diff company, but still smdh you dont get to claim swiss and make this shit

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

victorinox isnt that much better though :/

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

dirty confession: i have a wenger laptop backpack, used it for about a year freshman year, never used it again after getting a messenger

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:10 (five years ago) Permalink

always find myself walking behind some business man wearing one a swiss army backpack, on both shoulders of course, a suit, and fugly trainers.

check your privy (ledge), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:10 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^^^^this

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:10 (five years ago) Permalink

i think its the rigidness of the hardfoam laptop compartment that really makes backpacks look bad

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

http://limitedhype.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Picture-14.png

these type of artisanal units are popular and can be alright, this one is kinda meh but you get the idea

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I've got a Tumi laptop backpack, it's baller

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

i fuck with: peters mountain works, nomadic wise walkers, jansport single compartments

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

xposts: yeah but it seems like you could make one that still had a hard foam interior without 17 oval air vents and a half dozen zippers all going in crazy angles like you have a size 26 Jordan strapped to your back

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:13 (five years ago) Permalink

i like these minimal american apparel ones too

http://thinng.com/system/images/6671/large/american-apparel-denim-backpack.png

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:14 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.jetpens.com/Nomadic-WL-25-Wise-Walker-Multi-Compartment-Day-Backpack-Navy/pd/9177 <--- this is the one i use

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:14 (five years ago) Permalink

xposts: yeah but it seems like you could make one that still had a hard foam interior without 17 oval air vents and a half dozen zippers all going in crazy angles like you have a size 26 Jordan strapped to your back

― ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:13 AM (49 seconds ago) Bookmark

yeah this victorinox looks p ok

http://www.swissarmy.com/us/product/Travel-Gear/Category/Collections/Altmont-3-0/Flapover-Laptop-Backpack/32389309

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:15 (five years ago) Permalink

always used to be strictly backpack-on-one-shoulder but when I did my knee in a few years ago (which my legs never quite recovered from) I had to admit that it's a lot easier to walk with a backpack on both shoulders

susuwatari teenage riot (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Backpacks a) are ugly, and b) prohibit you from getting out any of your stuff until you get to A Place. Phone, cigarettes, keys, whatever, I am gonna need that shit before I get to the office. No dice.

lets just remember to blame the patriarchy for (in orbit), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:18 (five years ago) Permalink

i wear my backpack on both shoulders like so http://i.imgur.com/G0y64z9.jpg

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:19 (five years ago) Permalink

this is what i have, i like it a lot, but its still pretty doofy looking when commuting in a raincoat and oxfords

http://i.imgur.com/9YpP0Ew.jpg

http://topodesigns.com/collection/klettersack/

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:20 (five years ago) Permalink

what do u put in there

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:21 (five years ago) Permalink

hang on, laying everything out for my EDC photo

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:23 (five years ago) Permalink

b) prohibit you from getting out any of your stuff until you get to A Place.

waht

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Because you have to get it off your back and hold it up to open it, it's really clumsy to get anything out while you're walking or in a crowded place. NB I go for crossbody bags mostly so that's where I am coming from.

lets just remember to blame the patriarchy for (in orbit), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:25 (five years ago) Permalink

i think most bags that hang off your body whether backpack or messenger can look kinda silly, briefcases are probably the way to go but it can get tiring

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:26 (five years ago) Permalink

mine has a little pouch on the top that's like a secret fanny-pack, can usually get stuff out of it by just throwing the bag over a diff shoulder

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:27 (five years ago) Permalink

the problem is as soon as you need to carry anything more than a laptop and a few files (water bottle, lunch, change of clothes), a biefcase doesnt work

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah for sure.... at that point i just hire a porter

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess that's a problem if you have the shoulder straps super tight but if you wear them loose, you can remove one shoulder strap and swing the bag around to the front to go through it; I've worn backpacks for approx. 30 out of my 35 years of bag-carrying and have never had a problem getting things out of them mid-transit

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah my pref for looks is the one-handed duffel or bowling or bucket bag, doesn't pull your clothes around etc, but they're inefficient because you can't up the weight when you have to hand-carry.

lets just remember to blame the patriarchy for (in orbit), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:29 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah but youve never had a lady style bag so you dont know how much easier it could be xp

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:29 (five years ago) Permalink

backpack w/ a suit is particularly invidious... youre ruining the lines of your suit & your silhouette, gentlemen

乒乓, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:30 (five years ago) Permalink

tru confession, i have one of those hideous swiss army backpacks, i used to have a laptop shoulder bag until it fucked up my back and jaw real good one day. i'm up for something nicer-looking in theory but only if it won't destroy my body

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink

this is the way to go if you want to be cool

http://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/P13588670.jpg

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Things I hate include when I am standing in a queue (e.g. a bus queue) and I take my backpack off my shoulder to get something out (e.g. the bus passes which the bus company helpfully makes too big to go in a wallet) and the person behind me moves up into the space my backpack was in and is going to go back into in 10 seconds

susuwatari teenage riot (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:36 (five years ago) Permalink

oh that is secretly great because you get to hit a big dummy with your backpack

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:37 (five years ago) Permalink

that is another thing is that people w backpacks take up twice as much space and are generally oblivious as to the fact that they are doing so, worth considering who the big dummy is in the situation really

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:40 (five years ago) Permalink

i mean really are you entitled to the space yr backpack use to be in

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I would rather have my backpack on my back than some random person

like seriously, if we are not on a crowded train you don't need to stand that close to me

if we are on a crowded train, I'm not wearing my backpack on my back anyway

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:43 (five years ago) Permalink

if you take it off on the train i give you a pass

lag∞n, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:44 (five years ago) Permalink

and god help me i will never own something with the word "OGIO" on it

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Friday, 14 October 2016 16:26 (two years ago) Permalink

or FUL.

with the line over the U

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Friday, 14 October 2016 16:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the last one I had (also inherited from my son) was FUL, and I felt like one.

how's life, Friday, 14 October 2016 16:30 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/ZewkQj5.jpg

rip van wanko, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:31 (one year ago) Permalink

i feel this way about running shoes

http://i.imgur.com/S7cqevn.jpg

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:47 (one year ago) Permalink

oh god yeah, why are running trainers so horrible-looking? I'd love a pair of kix I can run in that don't look like some sort of 80s-futurist neon nightmare.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:30 (one year ago) Permalink

I like it, I usually go for the most obnoxious colorway available.

Jeff, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:21 (one year ago) Permalink

i feel the same way karl, most athletic gear in general is so ugly to me

marcos, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:55 (one year ago) Permalink

http://topodesigns.com/collection/klettersack/

― ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:20 AM (three years ago) Bookmark

unfortunately everybody i know owns a klettersack now

, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:56 (one year ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/amYGvJC.jpg

i have this thing from cote & ciel, it's decent enough i guess and inconspicuous for the office

, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:58 (one year ago) Permalink

i have one of those in a slightly different model - i liked it a lot more in the pics online than when it arrived, it was way bigger than it looked and i learned a lesson to check the size of a bag by measurement. ended up abandoning it and will prob sell it.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:01 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/metro-pack.html

so expensive but i really want p much everything they make

jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:04 (one year ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/3V3pFHU.jpg

lag∞n, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:07 (one year ago) Permalink

one of the good things about LOL health goth is that it made sportswear look kind of sleek and stylish for all of 6 months. looks like we're back to dayglo bile now though

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

we live in the golden age of sportswear everyone stop being ignorant theres a wide variety of styles available to you

lag∞n, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink

i own this AA bag which is nice for slouching around, guess they dont make them anymore, too bad they came in all colors

http://i.imgur.com/ITDTeCB.png

lag∞n, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/metro-pack.html

so expensive but i really want p much everything they make

― jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:04 AM (eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

have to say some of this stuff is cool but other shit looks like those free reusable bags that are made of recycled plastic

marcos, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:14 (one year ago) Permalink

kind of remind of that trend in puffy down jackets that look like shiny black trashbags

marcos, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:15 (one year ago) Permalink

oh for sure, the appeal is mostly utilitarian -- they're waterproof and p much indestructible

jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:16 (one year ago) Permalink

we live in the golden age of sportswear everyone stop being ignorant theres a wide variety of styles available to you

yeah it's not like you couldn't wear black sportswear before whatever dl's interpretation of "health goth" existed or afterwards.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

the psychology of gear is... interesting

lag∞n, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:24 (one year ago) Permalink

lol

http://i.imgur.com/04SiQfI.png

lag∞n, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:26 (one year ago) Permalink

My current backpack is a vendor freebie I got from a tech conference. Can't get much more stylish than that.

Jeff, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:26 (one year ago) Permalink

it becomes cooler with age, if the company goes out of business then ur the coolest

lag∞n, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:27 (one year ago) Permalink

my gf got me this a few years back and it consistently gets compliments http://www.skagen.com/us/en/products/kr%C3%B8yer-canvas-backpack-pdpsmh0086p.html

just another (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

i like that one a lot

marcos, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:50 (one year ago) Permalink

I've had this backpack

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/a8/ed/b3/a8edb33fc0909a82675703ffa6dcc6b1.jpg

for about 4 years. it's p well made, has held together perfectly.

it is kind of ugly. my wife uses it mostly nowadays and basically hates the way it looks and constantly complains about how dorky it is and how she needs to buy a new one

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:42 (one year ago) Permalink

I love it!! What that's crazy.

If authoritarianism is Romania's ironing board, then (in orbit), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink

it's nice imo

simpler packs are better

marcos, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink

I bought a stylish Converse pack last year for its looks and it makes me crazy that it's unwaxed cotton canvas that sticks to clothes and doesn't slide on and off easily, and that the cute retro metal zipper teeth stick and take two hands to zip up. I'm buying an ugly functional one next time.

http://www.schoolbagstation.com/images/converse-core-plus-canvas-backpack-navy-red-cream-p1063-3470_medium.jpg

If authoritarianism is Romania's ironing board, then (in orbit), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Not exactly like that but close. Anyway. It's a cute pain in the butt.

If authoritarianism is Romania's ironing board, then (in orbit), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I have a boring macpac one that is I guess looks like GEAR but in a non-performative way. Usually though I'm lugging around my bike pannier which is super ugly but hey.

my hangover is a time machine (seandalai), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:39 (one year ago) Permalink

that skagen backpack is nice, i am having a super difficult time finding one in black without a bunch of stuff going on.

bought an APC backpack a few weeks ago but it had giant silver buckles that looked shiny/terrible in person.. returned.. bought one from want les essentiels on sale and it's too big and boxy for me, returned. still looking. i want something i can take to work because my work tote bag is pretty old. and i hate 99% of all women's bags and purses especially ones with any kind of logo or hardware or stuff going on, but i also don't want it to be made of cheap looking material. thinking of ordering something from hope stockholm

FREE BRADY (daria-g), Monday, 2 January 2017 01:41 (one year ago) Permalink

i got a black kelty redwing and i feel like god

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 January 2017 02:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Been using a North Face Recon backpack for several years now. Ugly, but it's lasted longer than any previous backpack/messenger bag I've owned previously.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 2 January 2017 20:14 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I think I like the way topo designs stuff looks

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 January 2017 12:33 (one year ago) Permalink

rains backpacks are popular in denmark atm

http://i.imgur.com/G4FYhzc.png

niels, Saturday, 28 January 2017 12:38 (one year ago) Permalink

That seems like it's just one deep pocket. Where do your pens and A5 / A6 journals go

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 January 2017 12:49 (one year ago) Permalink

It's not a backpack but I think this is the thing that'll replace the current bail out tactical man purse

http://i.imgur.com/5Y0RAKM.jpg?1

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 January 2017 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm done with black bags for a while I think

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 January 2017 15:10 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

NEW BAG IS HERE

El Tomboto, Thursday, 2 March 2017 00:12 (one year ago) Permalink

accurate post wrt to thread title

F♯ A♯ (∞), Thursday, 2 March 2017 00:18 (one year ago) Permalink

i keep seeing this in a shop window on my way to work and i really want it

http://www.brooksengland.com/en_uk/cycle-bags/rucksacks-backpacks/pickwick-small-backpack-7.html

sktsh, Thursday, 2 March 2017 17:04 (one year ago) Permalink

new topo designs field bag is attractive but I think I hate the velcro closure too much and it's too small. I'm now worried I'll never get away from the tactical bug out bag.

El Tomboto, Thursday, 2 March 2017 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

http://i.imgur.com/pr4Mmiv.jpg

F♯ A♯ (∞), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 20:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Thread delivers.

Jeff, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 20:52 (one year ago) Permalink


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