I have little kids, so if someone says backpack, my mind automatically goes to the song from the cartoon, Dora.
Anyway, as I mentioned before I was contacted a few weeks ago by a gentleman who asked me if I would be willing to review a shoulder holster. I said sure. That never arrived, but he also asked me to review a product of my choice under $25 from PXSupply.com. They are an Army/Navy supply store. Finding something I wanted to review was a feat because they offer so many items and I had no idea what to choose.
Since I have been shooting, I have had an issue with my purse. Mostly, I just don’t like carrying it anymore. I have always carried it on my left side, but my gun is there and it’s just a pain. I tried moving it to my right side, but for the life of my I can’t get used to it and it is so uncomfortable. Before it would be no big deal because I would just have to carry it into the store and then toss it in the cart, but I no longer to that. It stays on my body the whole time. Hate it. In addition I don’t want to carry my lovely Coach purse into the range when I go shooting, which is a lot. Just feels wrong, but there are things I need in my purse, so I usually end up taking my CCP, DL, money, ect from my purse and tossing it into my range bag, but I sometimes forget to put it back and I have, more than once, been walking around town carrying concealed with my permit back at home. I thought about a backpack, but they are either too big or too small or too girly. I like girly. I like feminine, but I have never liked to draw attention to myself and nothing says, I want attention like a bright pink backpack bedazzled in crystals.
When I was perusing the website I saw a smallish backpack that had a retro look. It caught my eye and I thought it looked like something I could carry to the range and also something I would feel comfortable carrying around town, so that is what I picked.
The black bag on the left is my husband’s and the nice brown one with the red star is mine. As you can see it is quiet a bit smaller, but still a good size.
It is extremely well made. The stitching is solid and I have purposely been rough with it to see how it would hold up. I took it to the range the weekend I worked and it got tossed all around between my car and John’s truck. I was in and out of it all day in the rain and mud and not a fray to be found.
The backpack has a lot of pockets which I like. I can carry all the things I would normally carrying in it plus a bigger first aid kit. For me my normal daily carry would be chap stick, gum, 2 pens, my wallet, checkbook, small first aid kid(I have always carried one by the way), a small knife(it sucks), some kind of healthy cereal bar, mace, paper, small cosmetic bag that has needle/thread, kleenex, other girly essentials and sunscreen. I do also carry a flashlight, but that is on my body along with my gun.
Everything fits nicely in all the different compartments and I still have room to toss in a bottle of water if I want. My only tiny annoyance is that it does not have a specific place to put a pen or pencil. I am always taking notes and writing my my name for someone, so it’s nice to have quick access to a pen. There isn’t a place for one in this back pack, so even if I put it in the small pocket up front I am forever digging around to find it.
That aside, I have carried this backpack every single day for 2 weeks and I love it!!