I was looking around the newly opened Eddie Bauer concept store in SM Megamall’s new wing and this Eddie Bauer Rippac Packable Daypack caught my attention. I’ve always have this thing for anything “packable” travel essentials. They are usually light and easily goes together with my other travel gear. So I bought the packable daypack and has been using it for three months now. Here’s my field test review of the Eddie Bauer Rippac Packable Daypack.
The Eddie Bauer Rippac Packable Daypack looks like a full pack which I really like. If the store staff didn’t say it was packable, I wouldn’t notice. The size is just about right for a daypack (18.5″H x 10.5″W x 8.5″D). I was able to put my workout clothes and with an iPad inside when I use it for the gym. It can also fit my MacBook Pro 13″ with a sleeve, paperbacks and other items in. I can also put a camera pouch inside to convert it to a camera bag.
I have the Olive Drab color with nice shades of grays, there are other 4 color variants to choose from – chrome, dark lead, deep wisteria and surf. It has two front pockets. The middle pocket is for some small items while the top is where the bag can packed in itself. Two mesh pockets on the side for the water bottle but I found it rather shallow that the water bottle would occasionally fall. Inside, there’s a sleeve pocket with a small velcro lock. The shoulder strap is adjustable and both the strap and back has this thin layer of mesh to keep one’s back cool.
Comfort and Use
I have tried the Eddie Bauer Rippac Packable Daypack in different conditions from city strolls to rugged bike trips. At first I was afraid the thin 210-denier ripstop polyester material couldn’t handle all the load I put into but it turns out it can handle up to 20L. Quite durable actually. After torture testing it for almost three months, the only problem I had with it is the embossed “Eddie Bauer” logo started peeling off, which isn’t really a major concern.
I have a number of packable bags already and most of the time there were compromises in their design. The Eddie Bauer Rippac Packable Daypack on the other hand is the first one that looks like a full pack. It is light, sturdy and stylish. It’s already a part of my regular travel gear. The best part about this bag is the price. The Eddie Bauer Rippac Packable Daypack is only Php 1,290. It’s a daypack I would highly recommend.