Published on May 13th, 2013 | by Greg0
Make Your Companion A Rakuda
Happy Mother’s Day from everyone here at TrulyNet! Whether it’s flowers or an iPad or a good board game, we hope you treated you mom nicely. They call it the “toughest job” for a reason and, frankly, we can’t deny that it’s much easier to criticize interesting movies and products on a blog than do what a mom does. But even on the holidays, we try to do our job as well- which is why we’re looking at an interesting bag that is not only a decent option for the lucky lady in your life, but perfect if you just need something for class.
The Rakuda Companion Backpack is a fairly cute take on a classic, an open-top design with three external additional pockets and one large main compartment. No zippers here! Instead, you’ve got drawstrings and clasps and buttons, adding a fairly nostalgic twist with hardware that feels like you could hop onto an old transcontinental cruise boat and feel right at home.
We liked the initial look and feel- but it is fairly heavy, thanks to the old-school construction. Modern features have made bags more comfortable in a few ways as well, and we missed the better straps and cushioning and ventilation from more serious, technical backpacks. In fact, the Rakuda Companion is a bit like the recently-reviewed Herschel Little America, but not as comfortable, and lacking the dedicated padded laptop compartment. As we mentioned in that review, leather doesn’t always hold up as well over time as other materials though, and we noticed the same effect in play here. The canvas has served us well though so far, and we did like the side pockets (for a water bottle or umbrella), which were lacking on the Little America.
The straps aren’t as adjustable as most other backpacks, and we found ourselves fumbling with the unusual leather loops to try and securely close the main pocket. But the drawstring worked surprisingly well, cinching nicely and feeling sturdy. Available in ocean blue or desert tan, ours was the former color, and stood out nicely against many of the boring bags out there today. We liked the nautical look, and there’s plenty of room for just about anything you can imagine- a solid daypack. Available for around $120.