Herschel Supply Backpack Review


Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and while no girl is interested in giving me love, it so happens that some people out there are picking up what I’m putting down. As a part of the ongoing StyleSeek Review Series, I will be reviewing items that SOTH received for free. Ball so hard, muthafuckas wanna wine and dine me with menswear swag. For the first installment, I was sent for review the Herschel Supply Little America backpack. I used the backpack for a week on campus, putting it through a multitude of stress tests to determine its quality and durability.SOTH_BackpackReview_Preston20130212-16The outer shell is a navy canvas, with an inner nylon liner in red and white candy stripes. The combination is water-resistant, and will protect your laptop/books/Trapper-Keeper should you find yourself on a walk in inclement weather.
The bag features two compartments: a smaller zip compartment on the outside, complete with keychain loop, and the much larger main compartment, closed by a drawstring.SOTH_BackpackReview_Preston20130212-17The smaller compartment is good for, well, smaller things (computer charger, pens/pencils). The larger compartment features a padded slot for a laptop, advertised to fit a 17” laptop. The compartment also features two small velcro pockets, presumably for more pencils/pens, or for an iPod, as one pocket had a small hole to connect headphones through. Unfortunately the pocket was too small for an iPhone, but an iPod mini or smaller would’ve fit.

A remarkable aspect of this bag is how much stuff I could fit into it. I go to law school, and I shamelessly tell people that hoping to impress them. But that also means I carry a lot of BIG BOOKS to and from class every day. Imagine carrying hardback copies of the Harry Potter series across campus, and you’ll get where I’m coming from. I’m used to carrying a full backpack, with extra books by hand, so it was nice to fit in everything I needed on a typical day. On top of that, the bag has a padded backing and shoulder straps, so it was actually comfortable too.SOTH_BackpackReview_Preston20130212-26Both compartments are fastened with magnetic clips attached to leather straps, which preserve the aesthetic appeal of the leather without sacrificing functionality by requiring you to mess with buckles. Overall the backpack is good looking, with minimal lines and a clean silhouette. I got a lot of compliments (from girls) in the course of wearing it, because babes on campus knew I was straight flexin’ on punks with BS Victorinoxes.

My only complaint was the lack of any outer pockets. My current backpack has two side slots on the outside, perfect for water bottles, sunglasses, etc. Easy-access compartments are great for such regularly used items. Not a huge deal, but something for Herschel Supply to consider on their next project. All in all, I’m a big fan of the Little America, and I’d recommend it to someone looking for a stylish, but still functional upgrade to any backpack they currently use.

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Nick Longsfeld 

Photography by Max Mikulecky