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Awesome Backpack! Kid's Review
on September 4, 2013
This is a Kid's Review (there is no "if you are under thirteen, click here" button)
I ordered a Kipling Alcatraz II in true blue from the Altman Luggage Co. It's a wonderful backpack - large, sturdy, and rather stylish. It has a lot of zippers and pockets that you can easily reach, instead of some backpacks where you have to fumble around for a while. The color is heavenly - I have a fondness for black, though the black Kipling held no desire for me. So I looked for a lighter alternative and found the true blue, which is basically a navy.
The handle goes up smoothly and feels . . . robust, for lack of a better word. The wheels run smoothly - but beware, they are a bit slippery at times. Compared to the size of the backpack, the wheels seem a bit small, though it works just fine.
However, and this is not a complaint, the fabric feels different than what I expected. It says it's made of nylon. From the picture, I gathered the fabric would feel rather spongy, but its texture is practically the complete opposite of that! It feels rather like denim, though with a smoother feel and without the coarseness of denim.
Everything fits easily with a bit of room to spare - and, mind you, there are a lot of school supplies.
The inside of the backpack is as visually appealing as the outside. Mine appears to be a grayish-green with Kipling symbols alternating between dark and light. If you're scared about purchasing this because of the large buckle - that you might not be able to get it open, etc. - don't be. The buckle is even easier to open than zippers in my opinion.
And we mustn't forget the monkey! The adorable, furry little thing hangs by a keychain and has arms that you can put in any direction, and it droops back to its original position right after you let go. It's soft, cute, and has a puckered-up mouth with a hole in the middle, though I'm not sure how deep the hole is.
I'll add to my review after I see how it holds up after a few months of my sixth grade torture.