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One backpack for the rest of your life.

I don't usually offer product recommendations, but I have to give a nod to Eastpack, maker of packs and bags.

I bought a backpack from them in 1999 which came with a lifetime warranty. I then lived out of said backpack (never changing bags in all that time), punishing it as only someone with 5 planets in Taurus can. Though sturdy, my adventures put it to the test and this spring one of the straps broke.

I contacted Eastpack and asked about the warranty (I had saved my receipt) and they got back to me right away and asked me to return the pack to them (sans receipt, they don't require proof of purchase to fulfill the warranty). They explained that they will always try to repair a bag first before replacing it (yay sustainability!).

They just called me because they want to replace my pack rather than repair it (when I say I used it hard, I mean HARD) and no longer carry that exact model. They questioned my preferences and are sending me a new pack which will continue to have a lifetime warranty.

It's nice to know I will never ever have to purchase a new backpack. If you're looking for a pack or bag, I highly recommend them.

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kenllama
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
That's impressive =) Was this a "going to school" kind of backpack or a "hiking 18 miles with all your food and bedding" kind of pack? (I'm not sure if they make the latter.)

My school pack has been wearing away slowly for some time, and I will probably give up on it eventually. That time comes, I'll bear this in mind.

And I'm tremendously curious -- what does a quintuple-Taurus do to her backpack?

*frolicking in joy*
jennlynn_green
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
This was more of a school pack than a hiking pack, though it did have sternum and waist straps like a hiker's pack.

My experience of Taurus is that they like stuff, comfort and home...so my backpack usually weighs 25+ lbs, has all my comfort needs included and is a bit like my home away from home. It always has a water bottle, travel mug, travel cutlery, cloth napkin, books, journal, and various toiletry items...not to mention music, knitting and whatever various things I need depending on what I'm doing.

I am frequently mocked by those that know me for carrying about too much stuff, but hey - I know myself in all my parts - and my parts like to be prepared!
kenllama
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
That sounds familiar! I've always blamed it on my past as a stage manager. Once upon a time, you'd not have found me without a knife, a wrench, a potato, a lighter, band-aids, and 15' of rope in my pack. The contents have changed, but the inclination for utter preparedness remains.

Today's actually a pretty light day, on acct of needing room for additional cargo. But we've got: a knife, several USB drives, a few pens, several Lara bars (even though I can't eat them right now), assorted other snacks, tea, a small pharmacopoeia, Peacock oil, a black mirror, 3 books (work, Work, and leisure), 2 pairs of socks, pens and paper, sunglasses, backup glasses, and various bits of audio cable.

"One day," I always tell myself, "I'm going to learn to travel light." I like the idea of traveling light -- and my instincts for comfort and preparedness tend to win out. (And today: not prepared enough. I'm going to be wishing for rain gear momentarily...)
jennlynn_green
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
*LOL* I admire someone who has Peacock oil and a black mirror in their bag.

Now of course I have to ask...a potato?

I like the idea of traveling light as well, but I don't see it happening soon. I just do a lot of back strengthening exercises.
kenllama
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
po-ta-to
The potato was a key feature of my bag when I was living in Minneapolis and interning at the Children's Theatre there. My income was less than my expenses, and most of my food at the time consisted of microwaved potatoes, supplemented by the big pot of chunky tomato sauce I made once a week. There were usually a few potatoes in the bag just in case.

The mirror and peacock oil go along with this trimester's Work: above and below. The oil was the product of some serious Peacock work with kittenpants in Kansas City last week. I should really post about that soon -- we were beautiful and inspiring =)
bolowolf
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm there with you as a Virgo. I tend to carry a ton of stuff that I want/need. I sometimes get mocked for it.
jennlynn_green
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Ah...such is the curse of we earthy ones. Yet we can also be grounded, reliable and wonderfully sensual. TAKE THAT all you fiery, watery, airy folk!
sagamockingbird
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined to overpack and be prepared for every contingency. However, a herniated disk in my neck put a stop to storing it all in my backpack. Now I have duplicates of certain 'necessities' stashed in various locations: at home, at work, in my truck....
jennlynn_green
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Herniated disk...OUCH!

Oh boy am I in trouble if that ever happens to me. If so, I may begin to travel with a small camel or pack mule *winK*
kenllama
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
pack animals
llamas for me, of course. i've never thought it especially coincidental that i was called by a group-oriented pack-animal ;)
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