As tough as it is to accept, #HJS hit the nine month mark last week. Nine months old. The hours seem long, but the months seem very short. I am planning on doing an annual ‘dad’ checkup in a couple of months, to include all the real deal, nitty gritty details of being a dad, but one thing that I am completely sold on is the use of a backpack. Now that #HJS is mobile, I need two hands. He’s a quick little guy: fast on the straightaways, and elusive side to side. Very slot receiver-esque. Kirby is scheduled for an in-house visit next week.
Using a backpack as a ‘dad bag’ is advantageous in quite a few ways. First, what I mentioned above…you have full use of two hands. Second, if you choose wisely, it can be used for A LOT more than just a dad bag. Lastly, and arguably most importantly, it doesn’t look like a dad bag. As a parent, we usually get a pass when schlepping all the baby gear around, but there is a sense of style that still comes into play. At the same time, you don’t have to break the bank on a really good bag. Here is what I’m talking about:
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1. Fjallraven Greenland Backpack: Great price point. Cool looking bag from the folks at Fjallraven. Quick, efficient, and compact. Like Ikea.
2. Orvis Safe Passage 800 Day Pack: Here’s a GREAT way to procure a fly fishing backpack. Use it for your kid during the week, and up to the river on the weekend.
3. Filson Ranger Backpack: I’ve been carrying this for a while, and can’t give it enough praise. It has ample space for everything #HJS would need, and I’ve used it as a weekender on a few trips. And it’s Filson, so if anything goes wrong, help is a phone call away.
4. Ghurka #278 Leather Backpack: For my New York friends. These are all the rage in the city.
5. Patagonia Black Hole 25L Daypack: Patagonia’s Black Hole line is incredible. Very sleek looking, with everything you’d expect from Patagonia. I missed on a couple of their dry bags, and am thinking about pulling the trigger on one for a waterproof backpack.
6. Topo Designs Y-Pack Backpack: Topo has been around forever, and their stuff is pretty hardcore. I like this backpack because of the quick function and ease.
7. Jones Utility Woodsman Backpack: Jones makes some really great golf stuff, and just released their Utility Woodsman backpack. I absolutely love the bag, and could see this getting use WAY after #HJS outgrows it.
Did I miss any? Backpack thoughts?