When Rushfaster.com.au offered to send us a Herschel Supply Co. Little America backpack to review, we jumped at the chance. Both Sarah and I are great fans of Herschel and already have a small family of varying styles (backpacks, totes, duffles, you name it!). Their products are a great combination of look, quality, comfort and practicality, and the Little America Backpack is no different.
When I first opened the package containing the backpack, I was immediately struck by its size. It is a large bag, measuring approx 51 x 29 x 13 cm, and is significantly larger than its little brother, the Little America Mid Volume (which is 13cm shorter). It can fit almost anything in it. It’s a very good looking backpack I have to say. The outer is made of a tough woven polyester and is complemented with synthetic leather detailing. There are easy release magnetic clasps for both the main and front compartments. The styling is modelled on American mountaineering backpacks and definitely wins in the looks department.
Herschel certainly don’t skimp on quality and attention to detail. The reverse side and straps of the backpack have padded, breathable mesh panels that ensure ongoing comfort even after carrying the backpack for a few hours. The top of the backpack is closed with a drawstring in a traditional way, which makes it easy to open and close. This is then covered by a flap, which helps to stop rain and the weather from getting into the pack and handily acts as a deterrent to pesky thieves hoping for an easy way in.
The main compartment is very spacious and can fit a lot of stuff in it. There is a dedicated laptop compartment than can hold up to a 17” laptop. If there was one criticism, it would be that the compartment is so large that many of the objects may get lost inside the pack. Perhaps more compartments would be a better way to divide the space. The front compartment is handy for keys and other smaller items that you want easy access to. There is a small keychain clip attached to the inside of the compartment as well. The piece de resistance is the small port for headphones in case you want to keep listen to your tunes whilst toting your incredibly good-looking bag.
Overall, this is a great backpack for students, travellers, and even the fashion-savvy worker. It has a very good size to carry whatever you like, as well as a padded laptop compartment. It can hold a lot of stuff (even enough for a weekend away!), but you may find yourself losing items within the vast cavern of the main compartment. All in all though, I’m very happy with this bag and would highly recommend it.
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I have to say that the hype surrounding the Herschel brand is totally warranted. It’s a very stylish, well made bag that is perfect for a weekend/carry on. The only down side, and it’s not a deal breaker by any means, is that I have already found myself digging in the cavernous compartment for smaller items. I just have to get in the habit of using the smaller pouch for these. Which Is pretty secure with the flap/zip combo so I don’t mind. I also found that the extra padding makes it comfortable enough for longer walking/exploring.
One thing that I noticed is that for women this might be a little to large on some frames. I am 5’6 and sturdy so the bag fits great (maybe only slightly on big side) but my travel companion is 5’2 and petite and it’s way too big for her and sits awkwardly. Glad I had a chance to try it on with her first as she was going to order online. She ended up with the Mid-Volume and is much happier.
I kinda agree with you! I’m 5 foot 3 and Jinn is almost 6 foot so he generally carries this bag and mostly for travelling when we need something roomy rather than for everyday use.
I personally use my light blue mid-volume heaps! It’s amazing! And I agree, the extra padding and incredibly well-made feel of Herschel backpacks make them so comfortable to carry all day long whilst protecting all your valuable electronics etc…
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