Healthy Back Bag Earth Healthy Back Bag Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas for Men and Women
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

Healthy Back Bag Earth Healthy Back Bag Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas for Men and Women Healthy Back Bag Earth Healthy Back Bag Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas for Men and Women
Earth Healthy Back Bag Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Vital Statistics:

Colours:
Amber, Black, Sangria, Spruce

Sizes:

Small: 43x23x15cm Capacity: 7 Litres
Medium: 49x28x18cm Capacity: 10 Litres

SRP:
£56.00 Small, £62 Medium

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

The Healthy Back concept is about a bag design that addresses the weight distribution issues associated with one strap bags. As such I think they are primarily an alternative to more leisure oriented day packs which are great if used correctly but which many people anchor by a strap over one shoulder. Having spent many years lugging lap tops, books papers etc in that way, I am testament to the long term problems that this can cause!

So with this in mind I was interested to look at one of the smaller Healthy Back Bags as an 'apres' hill walk alternative to my voluminous hand-bag and also for more general urban walking as a change from a more conventional daypack.

The bag I had on test was the small size from the Earth range - in which the bags are made from re-cycled PET - the material often used to make plastic bottles.

This size was more than adequate for the 'essentials?!" I usually have with me on a day-to-day basis including a light-weight waterproof jacket. What's particulary useful is the range of various shaped pockets on the exterior and inside the bag which allow you to really organise the contents. There are 4 external pockets of various sizes - 3 with zips, one with a velcro closure. Inside there is a key ring, 1 zipped pocket (big enough for a large purse) plus 6 others of various sizes and orientation. (My challenge initially was remembering exactly where I'd put everything.)

There is a full length zip which for security is always against your body. The zip is double which means you can open it exactly where needed to get at the stuff inside. I found it really quite easy to access the inside whilst I was wearing the bag by just it moving it around to the front.

And yes - it is indeed very comfortable to wear. Its shape (described as a teardorp) does appear to distribute weight along the length of the bag rather than pulling on one shoulder. When it's worn over your back, your hands are free and I found I could easily swing my arms when walking. On rare occasions I did wear it for short periods of time over one shoulder - and it does stay in place well.

Buying Advice:

This Earth Healthy Back Bag, with its eco-friendly credentials, is an interesting, flexible and very comfortable alternative to a conventional daypack for urban walking and more general leisure/commuting use.


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