I’m more of a tote and huge shoulder bag type. I used a backpack exclusively from an early age. I can remember the days of my backpack being my whole world. Jam packed with books and snacks and pencils and probably more. This backpack has been on my “to make” list for a while now. School is right around the corner for us, and now that I try to bike to the studio I felt it was time to get this one done. This is the Desmond Roll Top pack pattern by Taylor Tailor.
I made this pack from some of my favorite Echino Laminate, paired with silver hardware and purple and orange webbing. The lining is a lighter weight Japanese canvas. Both of these materials are pretty sturdy, but as you can see from the shot below, if the pack isn’t packed full, the hardware is to heavy for the materials. So, there are a few things I would change.
The sewing directions are very clear, and it all goes together logically… at least for me. Next time, I would like to add a stabilizer to the front of the pack. Nothing major, you want that roll top to roll nicely. Something like Shape-flex, which I buy by the bolt it seems.
While I like the pockets, and the placements are great, I think one of the exterior side pockets needs to by taller, and possibly have an elastic closure for a water bottle. On that note, the other side pocket needs a closure as well. The front zip pocket is good and fits more than I thought it would. I need to use a more dramatic zipper next time.
The interior pockets are well placed, and when I shoved my neoprene camera guard in there it was very sturdy. I would like to see a second zip pocket on the inside. I want to add an exterior padded zip pocket on the back for a smaller laptop/tablet as well. The reality is that we usually have one on us in this day and age, so it makes sense to have a place for it.
I choose water resistant materials knowing that the rains are around the corner. Do not be fooled by the familiar backdrop in these shots. I took this pack hiking in our old stomping grounds and it did great. But, I know that back home, in the wet, it has to be resistant. I asked my youngest seester, who takes public transit on the regular, bikes to places all over Portland and is in college what she uses. She liked the idea of this pack since she uses a standard Jansport that she added waterproofing too.
It is very comfortable to wear. I might add a chest strap… I’m really intrigued by the packs at Brooks England. Like the New Islington Rucksack (above). Then, I need the functionality of a well designed Camera bag too, like the BellBrook from Jo Totes:
So somewhere in there, I am going to get the perfect pack for me. This one is doing pretty great for now, and I think the edits will make it perfect eventually.
I would like to meld the more military hardware with the pretty of the Japanese fabrics. I would also like to get in there with some oiled canvas!