Wearing A Berkeley Plus Backpack Won’t Count As Strength Training

by Dana on December 2, 2014

I have had a thing for bags for as long as I can remember.

And let’s be clear when I say “bags” I do not mean purses, but things like tote bags, gym bags, messenger bags, and backpacks, which in my book when done well, are a “bag” with hefty, hands-free handles.

When I was pulling together the Training While Traveling section of the FitGift Holiday Guide, I knew a bag had to be on the list.

So I was excited to connect with Case Logic about their Berkeley Plus Backpack because I have been a long time fan of their products. And yes, this is a “back in the day” memory of jam-packed CD cases and road trips.

Why not a gym bag, you ask? Because while I travel, having a strap on my shoulder that is constantly slipping off thereby messing up the good posture I’m trying so hard to maintain is counterproductive.

Hands free is the only way to go, so a backpack it had to be. And the Berkeley Plus Backpack isn’t just any backpack.

The main compartment is like one of those snakes that can unhinge its jaw because it opens flat allowing you to pack and unpack things with ease.

Although I will admit, it took a little getting used to because I’m so accustomed to using a standard “top load” style backpack with zippers that only go halfway down the side.

It was only after several days that I realized I could unzip just the left or right side as close to the bottom as I needed to access books or snacks that I’d tucked to the side.

There are a lot of great features offered by the Berkeley Plus Backpack like the meant-only-for-a-laptop compartment that hugs your machine tightly so it doesn’t bounce around or can’t be easily removed without your knowledge.  The small zipper compartment is also a new take on where one can tuck away things you don’t want people to see or access at all.

What I like most about the backpack, though, is that using it will never count as strength training because it’s so lightweight on your back. The straps are a great right size that sit nicely on my shoulders and the backpack doesn’t droop at the weight of its contents making a person slump over to compensate. The chest buckle is easily adjustable with separate loops so if you need to hand the backpack to your ‘partner in travel’ you can change out the placement and then easily change back to where you like it.

My only nitpick? While the not-so-small front compartment has ample space for additional items and plenty of pockets, there is no sewn-in strap with a little plastic clip where I could attach my keys. I like to know my keys are secure in my backpack and to be able to access them easily.

Oh! I also have to mention: I was sent the color they call “Anthracite” (pictured throughout the post) – a color my grandmother would have called “handsome,” which in her book, was the highest compliment.

My travel take? The Berkeley Plus Backpack is a stylish backpack that will easily fit your gadgets, fitness training tools, and travel necessities.

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