I was at the hairdressers a couple of days ago, which is where I get my usual fill of magazine skimming. I know a lot of people complain about the amount of ads in mags, but I confess to a secret like for these ads. Sometimes, it brings to attention something that may interest me, or that I may have overlooked in the regular articles.
One such ad was the one for the Healthy Back Bag. I put myself on a bag ban for this year, so naturally, all I saw in the mags that interested me were bags. Go figure 😛
However, I am keeping a look out for an easy to carry camera bag and I was wondering if this might do the trick. I looked up some information on the bag online and found that this particular brand – Healthy Back Bag (how original 😛 ) – is by Ameribag (American) but their international division is based in the UK (nevermind, I’m confused too). It may not look quite the height of fashion, but it doesn’t look like your regular rugged backpack, plus it claims to be good for your back.
The Healthy Back Bag is designed like a regular backpack, so it can fit a lot, but the way it is built means that either way you carry it, whether slung on one shoulder, or cross body like a regular backpack, means that you don’t strain your back.
There are quite a lot of designs available in various textures. Actually, the designs are all the same – a teardrop shaped bag with 1 strap that contours to your back and is supposed to be very comfortable. They also say on the website that you can use it for work or casual outings. I personally would find it hard to carry this for work, simply because I think it too casual, no matter how many studs you put on it, or how embroidered it may be. It may perhaps work very well as a school bag for college or university – wish these were around when I was at uni! – but in a formal work place? I’d prefer not to carry a backpack.
I did think however, that it might work for a camera bag. It’ll leave my hands free to handle the camera, and would likely be easier to tote around than a messenger style typical camera bag – any photography afficionados have thoughts on this? 🙂
It of course would be ideal for Mums with small kids. It looks better than a traditional backpack or a cartoon diaper bag, and if its back health claims are true, would be much better for Mum’s back too – might be a good gift for a new mum or a mum with an active toddler. There is a range of baby bags that come with a changing mat and pouch and insulated bottle pocket.
I have however, only pored over the online pictures which do not show the inside of the bag nor how much it can potentially fit. Based on the ad in the mag, there are only 2 places that carry the Healthy Back Bag here in Malaysia for now – Bratpack at Great Eastern Mall and Hartamas Shopping Centre and Flight 001 at Bangsar Village 2 and e@Curve.
I’m quite keen to go and take a look at these. If anyone has ideas on whether it might work for a camera bag (I already know it’ll work beautifully for travel!) please pipe up!
Have you ever heard of the Healthy Back Bag before this? Do you perhaps, own one? I’d love to hear a personal account of whether this is going to be worth looking at. I don’t anticipate it to come cheap! 😛
Information and stock photos are from the Healthy Back Bag website (International)