So for the past 6-9 months, I’ve been searching for a really great commuter bag. Our work gave us these cute shoulder bags with our school logo on them, but they were just that… just cute. Oddly shaped, not super great quality and the shoulder straps were SO uncomfortable and just dug straight into your bones. It was one big opening, which made it impossible to find whatever you were looking for. I used that until it started falling apart, and was still on the hunt while I was using it.
I wanted a bag that could hold my laptop, charger and notebook for work, on the days that I needed to bring them home, plus some of my purse regulars as well as running gear if I’m able to somehow get a runch in. After the work-issued bag just wasn’t cutting it anymore (and started to fall apart), I used a reusable grocery bag (didn’t work) and then finally just my purse. Thankfully it’s big enough to accommodate my purse things + laptop and charger, but with it being that heavy, the straps would DIG into my shoulders, throwing me off balance and I’d get kinks in my neck, shoulders and upper back. And it didn’t zip closed, so I didn’t really like my laptop being semi-visible to passerby’s either.
I kept looking online and trying to see what others walking to work were using – Timbuk2 started in San Francisco in 1989, so they are big here, and for good reason – they are really great bags, have a ton of different styles, you can customize them, etc. They were pricey though, and I couldn’t decide which style I’d like. Then after a few months of searching, I saw a girl walking with an awesome looking backpack… so I followed her haha. She was a couple blocks ahead of me, so it took me awhile to catch up. I just wanted to see what brand the bag was, but when I couldn’t tell right away, I asked her when we were both stopped at a crosswalk. She told me it was an Apera backpack that she purchased a couple months earlier and that it was perfect for her needs. She also graciously showed me the inside and everything, to show what all it holds, so she clearly really liked the bag… and so did I. I went online that night looking for the bag, but even after scanning through their website, I couldn’t find one that looked like the one she had.
I emailed Apera telling them my whole 6+ month search story, Stacy responded really quickly, letting me know they’d be happy to send me a bag to review, and then when I explained about how I stalked the girl (in the nicest way possible… if that’s possible), but how I wasn’t sure if the backpacks they had on their website was the one I had seen, she said she bet the girl had their Tech Pack, which at that time, wasn’t on their website. BUMMER. She said they were anticipating being back in stock in the next 2-3 months, so I could be super patient and eagerly wait for her email, or their Sling Tote would also be a good choice for what I was looking for in a bag. I promised to be a patient girl!
Highlights of the Tech Pack
And the Sling Tote
I didn’t have to wait long though, because Stacy emailed me 3 weeks later letting me know they were back up on the website! I picked the black and one eagerly awaited a package in the mail. 3 days later and it arrived (seriously, who has that fast of shipping?!) I took it out, modeled it for my Dad, had him snap a picture of it on my back and then went to inspect it and all it’s compartments:
Not the best photo, but it fits my back really well (sometimes backpacks on my really short torso are WAY too big). The back is really padded as well, so it’s super comfortable. It has adjustable straps that you might have to play around with. The straps are really smooth silky material, so every time it off, the straps loosened, so I had to readjust every time I put the backpack back on. Then I realized one of the tags that came on the bag had instructions for “locking” your straps (looping them through the top part of the buckle) and voila! problem solved!
All Apera bags are antimicrobial (goodbye stink!) and easily wipe clean, making it super easy to keep your bag (and contents) clean and dry. It has 2 separate zippered pockets on the front of the pack for your shoes, so you don’t have to put them with all your stuff and risk everything getting dirty (I don’t even want to think of what I step on while running on the streets) or tie your laces through a strap and have them hanging off your bag (backpacking through Europe memories right there!) Side note: you can see it in the picture, but my feet are baby-sized, so both of my shoes fit into one pocket HAHA.
It seriously has zippers and compartments for DAYS. As you can see above, I was putting my laptop in the main compartment, just wishing it had a separate compartment (or divider) for that, and thinking that was the bags only downfall. Then I saw on the website that the bag in the picture DID have a separate compartment. Bummer, did I get a defective bag? NOPE. After wearing it for a week and a half, commuting 4 hours a day with it and even giving a full-length demo of the bag to my office, turns out there was a hidden zippered part behind that big compartment FOR YOUR LAPTOP. And it even has a divider for important files, etc. GOLDMINE. It was like Chrimukkuh all over again!
Please don’t mind that my hand looks SUPER weird, but it was just the angle I had to use to hold the bag open while balancing it on my chair.
This Tech Pack is great for commuters, lovers of compartments, weekend travelers, anyone and their mom, and business people! It has a nice little pass through area on the back so that you can secure it to your rolling suitcase handle, don’t have to get your back all sweaty while running through the airport when you’re running late (me), and don’t have to worry about it falling off your luggage (me again). Aside from it being antimicrobial (to resist bacterial odor), it also has vented pockets (air out my sweaty, smelly shoes, thank you very much), wipeable linings and even comes with a separate washable insert (great for your swimsuit, sweaty sports bra, small towel, etc).
So what are you waiting for? Go check out their bags! You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook. Right now all Duffel Packs and Blue bags are 40% off! And if you needed any more reason to buy one of their bags, Apera donates one bag (Sprint Pack) to a Special Olympics athlete for every three bags they sell. What better way to inspire all athletes?!
I received the Tech Pack from Apera to review on the blog, after falling in love with it in person (thanks kind stranger who stopped to talk to this crazy lady!), but was not compensated in any other way. My opinions are 100% true and honest, and I’d never give false info just for product. This bag (and Apera in general) in bomb.com)