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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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