When I first saw the Backpack of Holding on ThinkGeek’s site, I was more attracted to the name and reputation of the other Bags of Holding than its looks. I have the conventional Bag of Holding and I’m very happy with it. I expected that despite the unfortunate appearance of the Backpack of Holding, that this would be just as awesome as its cousin.
And when it arrived and I pulled it out of its box, I had to remind myself not to judge a book by its cover.
Here’s a list of items I have since carried around in what some are calling my “Mary Poppins bag”:
A small bag of crochet tools with three things of yarn and five needles
Pride and Prejudice (both Manga and Jane Austen original versions)
A Disney folder stuffed with vacation plans
iPod mini with keyboard attachment
Rainbow Dash Wig and Tail set
LEGO Neighborhood book
Two pads of paper (and yet, no pens…go figure)
My lunch box
Rainbow Dash wings (folded)
And 90% of that was all in the bag at one time.
Despite having all of that in the bag, it wasn’t nearly as heavy as what you would expect it to be. It felt evenly balanced on my back and the padded straps added to the comfort.
I’ve been using the Backpack of Holding for three weeks now and I’ve seen two downsides to it so far.
The first is the lack of lighting inside the bag. That’s right. Lighting. It’s so big inside you need a small lantern to see what you have inside. And don’t get me started on how hard it is to find your keys without a light in there to guide you.
Speaking of keys, this brings me to my second issue with the Backpack of Holding: the lack of clips for keys to hang from. With a bag this big, I would have expected something that would keep you from digging for 20 minutes looking for your house keys. Granted there are the three outside pockets, but that’s where I keep my Tylenol, headphones, and books.
Come to think of it, there’s actually three problems with this bag. The lack of zipper pockets inside. It would have been nice to have at least one for spare change.
Even with the three minor issues I’ve found with the Backpack of Holding, it’s still an awesome bag and well worth the $50.00 price tag (not including shipping or tax).
Now, who’s ready for a giveaway!!
To kick the holiday season off right, ThinkGeek has given us one Backpack of Holding to giveaway to our readers.
If you or someone in your household would like to get your hands on your own Backpack of Holding, leave us a comment telling us what must-have-items you will carry inside it, and then log in to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win).
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