I know I’m still pretty young, even if I’m in my late twenties, but my back is really acting up these days. I guess I only have myself to blame! I’ve been carrying one-sided sling bags and handbags most of my life and my inability to travel and pack light is probably adding way too much strain on my lower back.
I feel insecure if I don’t have everything with me since I live so far from work and I won’t have time to rush home, grab what I need before I head off for my appointment or next meet up. Unfortunately, I have this bad habit of lugging around every single thing I’ll possibly need. However, the back pain I’m experiencing of late has been pretty bad, so I’ve been considering putting aside my fashionable purple go-to sling bag for a backpack instead.
Gaston Luga Pråper in Olive & Black
One of factors that turn me off from backpacks is that they don’t look stylish enough. Not many backpacks go with my cute sundresses I love wearing on the weekends. But I can’t deny that a backpack will be so much more comfortable and convenient. I’ve been wondering if I’ll have to give up on style just to treat my body with more care and then I noticed Gaston Luga from Sweden, Stockholm.
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These gorgeous unisex backpacks feature Scandinavian design, the hallmarks of which are simplicity, minimalism and functionality. I was given a choice of three styles to choose from, each charming in its own way: Clässic, Pråper and Clässy.
Eventually I chose the Pråper in Olive and Black, because I felt that colour and material combination would be the most versatile of the lot. Great for travel and perfect for dressy days or casual adventures on the weekends.
The backpacks come in a dust bag and is packaged for delivery in a cardboard box instead of a poly mailer bag.
The Gaston Luga Pråper is spacious and well suited for travel, work or play
Expandable metal hook closure with four levels
Some of the features of the Pråper backpack I liked were:
- Hard metal hook with expandable hook closure
- Adjustable shoulder straps using a metal belt buckle head instead of the commonly-used cheaper plastic ladder lock buckle
- Highly durable canvas that wasn’t too stiff and rigid
- Easily accessible passport pocket on the backside of the bag hidden from view and kept against my back when carried
- Four metallic feet underneath the backpack to protect the base of the bag and help it to stand upright
- Inside lining of the bag is dressed in 100% soft cotton
These design elements show how much attention to detail Gaston Luga has put into creating the perfect stylish backpack even the fashionistas will love.
Carried my Pråper backpack while running errands around Singapore with ease
There’s also a sleeve which will comfortably fit a 13″ or 15″ laptop and two smaller pockets for essential items that I’ll want within easy reach like my wallet and phone. Earning it more style points is the addition of a little key ring holder which allows for a luggage tag to be attached. Gaston Luga also sells sleek leather luggage tags ($39) separately and it comes in various gorgeous colours.
Snugly fits everything that’s essential for me to bring around on a daily basis
Gaston Luga’s Pråper backpack, one of the larger models, is an 18L bag It’s dimensions are 30 x 42 x 15cm.
I had no issues fitting all these things into my Pråper backpack:
- Plastic file of work documents
- 13″ Macbook
- Sony A7 camera with two prime lenses (with one attached to my camera body)
- iPhone 6S Plus (though could not fit in one of the two smaller pockets due to its wide size)
- Make up pouch
- Weekly Planner
- Handheld Calculator
Everything fits, but there was definitely still room for a couple more items like a spare outfit and I haven’t even used the passport pocket slot which can fit a passport, flight tickets, a pen and miscellenous items that I need within quick reach (e.g. lipstick) without any issues.
As you can see I really carry quite a number of items with me and the weight all just adds up. With all that weight evenly distributed across both shoulders instead of on one side of my body, it doesn’t feel as heavy and straining as compared to my typical side sling bags.
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Moving quickly and back pain-free with my Gaston Luga backpack.
A big plus for me is that since I can fit my DSLR in there and it sits snugly inside, I don’t have to fret about bringing another bag – my camera bag. The downside is that I can’t access my camera as quickly with a backpack since I’ll have to unlock the buckle, open the drawstring and reach in to fish out my camera. But that can be fixed by having it hanging around my neck when I need it instead. I’ll just have to stow my camera away only when I’m 100% sure I’ll not be needing it in a flash.
All in all, the beautiful design and functionality of the Gaston Luga backpack has won me over and I feel this is truly a great women’s backpack recommendation.
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Also, I am so satisfied with the DHL Express delivery to Singapore being thrown in free! I got my order within 3 days as promised.
Gaston Luga also has a 14 day no questions asked return policy just in case you don’t like the design or colour as much as you thought you would. You’ll just need to bear the cost of the return shipping. Find out more.
For a second opinion (or third, or fourth), read Janel’s review with close ups of the Gaston Luga backpack details, Manda’s blog post on how versatile the Pråper backpack can be and Claudia’s comprehensive take from a travelling mummy’s perspective.
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This article is brought to you in partnership with Gaston Luga. All opinions shared are my own.