Sunday, June 05, 2016

Berry's Back to School Bag: Granite Gear

Ever since Berry started big school, we find ourselves buying two new bags each year. It's not that the bags aren't sturdy to start with. Her bags are all pretty heavy duty, but they just can't seem to fit everything she needs for school. That, or she finds them hard to use. She'd complain about how hard it is to open, how she'd have to zip it open all the way around, or the handles don't slide back in easily, stuff like that.

In fairness, her old school bags haven't fallen apart. But it is not uncommon to find some sections with the stitches unraveled and frayed. Which requires expensive repairs. Her school bag last year needed to be re-stitched and we got a quote of Php800 for it! So I'm still looking for  a cheaper place to have it fixed, haha.

Hopefully, we found our forever bag this school year. The Granite Gear Trailster Wheeled Backpack

Here's why I'm convinced this one's gonna last, based on Berry's stringent requirements.

1. The aluminum handle is easy to pull. Our last one would get caught in the middle bar, and sometimes we'd have trouble pulling it all the way up. The driver would put her bag in the trunk with the pull still halfway up. It can get frustrating nga naman.

2. It's water repellent! School starts the same time as the rainy season, but no issues here. Granite Gear makes use of Repelaweave fabric with Tarpaulite bottom, so her school books and supplies are protected against the elements.

3. It can double as a backpack.  While I doubt that Berry will use this feature, I like that we can just hoist this up our back, say when we have to walk to the car and the sidewalk or streets are too crowded for pulling a trolley along. It's fully padded too, so it won't hurt to carry it as a backpack.

4.  A padded grab handle ensures extra comfort when carrying the bag by hand.

5. Heavy-duty, rugged wheels. This one looks tough enough not to crack under the pressure of being dragged day to day.

6. Long envelopes and folders fit comfortably, with room to spare. Before this bag, Berry had to bring a long plastic envelope for her envelopes and folders. This bag is long enough not to crumple the corners.

7. Its easy to get her stuff inside the bag, because it opens from the top. Berry's old trolley was like a carry on luggage that she had to put on the floor and zip open all the way. This one passes her scrutiny as it has double zippers that she can open as the bag stays upright. So there's no need to place the bag on the floor just to get a pencil case or notebook.

8. Lots and lots of room. From multi-pocket organizers... a padded Gear-Tec sleeve that even fits most 17" laptops.

Of course, the true test happens when Berry starts school in a few days. But overall, this bag has everything that Berry wants in a school bag and more. It's cheaper than her old bags too! 

Granite Gear Trailster Wheeled Backpack is available nationwide for Php4,890 in The Travel Club, Bratpack, SM Department Stores (Makati, MOA, North EDSA, Megamall), Metro Gaisano Department Stores and Landmark Trinoma Department Stores.

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