Review: Gaston Luga Backpack Pråper Olive and Black

About 2 months ago, I was approached by Gaston Luga to try out one of their backpacks. My husband always travels with a backpack, so I thought why not try it. I’ve been using my own backpack recently too. After browsing their site, I decided to choose the Pråper in Olive and Black. I love the deep olive colour and when paired with the black leather, it is very aesthetically pleasing.

Gaston Luga is created with the vision of creating stylish and classy backpacks while keeping in line with Scandinavian minimalism. The bags are made of a mixture of leather, thick cotton and metal details. If you like your backpacks basic yet elegant, then you’re in for a treat.

 

Gaston Luga Praper Olive & Black

 

The Pråper has thick canvas body with leather detailing. The flap closes with strong metal hooks with 4 adjustable levels. Let me just say that it’s not easy to release the hook. It can be a bit tedious when you’re in a hurry, but it also means it can fend away some unwanted prying.

 

Gaston Luga Praper Olive & Black

 

Talking about security, Gaston Luga created a back inner pocket to store your passport so it’s reachable yet safe. It’s big enough for a smartphone as well, but I think it can be a hassle when the phone rings and you’re on the go. It means you have to shrug off your backpack just to get to your phone.

 

Gaston Luga Praper Olive & Black

 

When you’re strapped in nice and snug, it will be a little hard to get bag out because the shoulder straps are adjusted using hooks. I’m used to elongating and shortening the strap with just a pull, so this took some getting used to. It didn’t strike well with my impatient nature.

 

Gaston Luga Praper Olive & Black

 

If you were expecting a zip closure to get to the insides of the bag, you’re in for a surprise. This is a feature I’m not fond of. I could get used to the shoulder strap, and lack of easily accessible pockets. The backpacks are supposed to be minimalistic in the first place. But this, to me, might be a flaw in the design. This is taken into consideration the way I like to use my backpacks, my personal preference.

 

Gaston Luga Praper Olive & Black

 

There are 2 compartments in the bag, and being black, you’d have to feel your way to find the pocket. The inner compartment is supposed to fit a 13-15″ laptop, but the opening of this bag is so small that I find it hard to put things into the bag. As you can see in the photo below, that’s the widest I could get the bag to open. It’s OK if I wanted to put in small things, but even just a lightweight jumper proves difficult for me to fit in. If mouth of the bag opens up wider, then it’ll be easier to fit things into the bag. As it is, while it looks streamline and structured, it is functionally frustrating.

 

Gaston Luga Praper Olive & Black

 

I would use this bag as I would my handbag. I put in my wallet, my notebook, phone, and other accessories but I find it lacking if I were to travel with it. It lacks the convenience to easily reach for necessities like your travel card, or coins. I would prefer it if there is some padding with convenient pockets on the shoulder straps instead of just a strap of canvas which can dig into the shoulders if I carried more things in my bag. It does get heavy! I would also propose making the mouth of the bag much wider to make it easier to pack things into the bag. A hidden zip opening is, I find, more convenient and just as secure. The Gaston Luga Pråper Olive & Black is (cm) 30 x 42 x 15, priced at RM949. For reference, here is how big it is. My husband kindly modeled for me, and he is 5’10”.

 

Gaston Luga Praper Olive & Black

 

In short, if you love your bags minimalistic and basic, then this is a beauty. But if you like your gadgets and tech, with a backpack that is super lightweight with lots of pockets for your stuff, then look elsewhere. At the moment, there is free gift packaging and a free Plånkan cardholder with every bag purchase. The bags are all delivered with DHL express shipping (at no cost to you) and I received mine in ONLY 2 working days. That was very impressive.

This is a bag I use when I want to carry more things when I go out, but even for only a weekend away, I still prefer my duffel. If you’re interested, you can purchase this with 15% off your price with the code lilychloeash. If you’re not in the EU countries, you will not be charged tax. So, you take 20% off RM949 and then take another 15% off. So your final price is about RM645. You save RM304 which is about a third of the retail price. Pretty cool huh?

I don’t get any commission from this. It’s just a special deal for you guys. If you do end up buying something, let me know!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

  • Cecilia L. Wong

    Did you get charged by Malaysian customs?

    • Lily

      Hi Cecilia, I wasn’t charged anything. The bag arrived without any issues 🙂

      • Cecilia L. Wong

        good to hear that! 👍