Venque Arctic Fold Blue Backpack (Review)

So today we are gonna take a look at a backpack. Actually, this is my first time reviewing backpack. Last time when I had a backpack, it was about 7 years ago. When I started going to high school I stopped using backpacks and only used shoulder/messenger bags as they suited me a lot better. I also didn’t need all the space that backpack offers as I didn’t carry much stuff with me. So the backpack that we are looking here today is from a company called Venque. The name of the backpack is Arctic Fold Blue Backpack.

Venque was founded by Canadian-based brothers Viktor and Simon. Veterans of the fashion industry, Viktor and Simon decided to pursue their passion project in early 2011 after years of working in top fashion design houses. Their goal was to craft the perfect backpack designed for urban trendsetters and commuters. Fast forward 3 years. With increasing demand, their single-item prototype quickly turned into a full collection of luxury travel, tech, and work accessories. Inspired by a combination of both the English and French – the two official languages of Canada – Venque represents the bridge between a minimalistic and functional approach to design that is equally informed by the natural resources and landscape of Canada, as it is by the modern work and travel life of Canadians. These contrasting elements form the core of the Venque brand, shaped by tradition and technology but always committed to artisanship, quality, detail and durability.”

Backpack arrived pretty fast. It took about 4 days to get to Latvia from Canada. It arrived in a big cardboard box. I opened the box and there was the bag wrapped in the plastic bag. Really cool that they ship them in cardboard boxes and not in the plastic bags as many companies do, so kudos to them!

Right away you can feel the quality of fabrics and craftsmanship! The canvas feels heavy duty and looks like it could hold up anything. All materials used here are really good. They have premium YKK zippers. The top closes with zippers and then folds, so it’s harder to steal something from the bag, but at the same time, it takes a longer time to get to your stuff. The bag is also Water and Weather Repellent.

The bag is quite light. I thought it would weigh more. The bag has two outside pockets, one on the front that is for something small, then the second one is also at the front, but already a bit bigger. Inside the pocket, you will find this wallet style pouch with three pockets. I guess that’s to put some smaller items in it while travelling. The zippers are really good on these pockets and looks like they won’t break even after 20 years of using.

On the right side, you will find a pocket without a zipper. Usually, this is meant for water bottle or something like that. On the left side, you will find this strap belt type thing. I really don’t know what it is for, but all I could thing is that you insert some kind of blanket or your jacket when it’s too hot.

On the back of the backpack, you will find padding in the form of V for “Venque“. On top is the handle. There is also a small pocket with zipper to hold your wallet or phone for safe keeping. And then there are two shoulder straps with some padding. The shoulder straps are really good made. The straps and metal buckles that are used are top quality! I’ve been using this bag for straight 2 months and can say that it’s amazing. It’s comfortable to wear. Also, the bag is very well suited for men who have wider shoulders like I do. Many bags doesn’t fit my shoulders very well.

To open the bag you first take out the two straps on top which are leather ones, then fold open the top and there is a zipper that you pull, and there you go! Inside there are two compartments. It seems one of them is for your laptop. I think it’s for 15′, but I could easily fit my 17′ laptop. Separating the compartments there is this neoprene like material that is soft to prevent damage. The other compartment is bigger. Inside there is also a small pocket with zipper to hold your valuables as well.

Overall I’m very pleased with the backpack. I like this style and always wanted to try one out. The backpack is very comfortable and easy to wear. Inside you can fit a lot of stuff like camera gear or laptop + university stuff. The materials used are top notch quality. The heavy duty blue canvas with black leather and silver accented zippers and accents really look good. A true hipsters bag!

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Price: $149.00 @ venque.com

  • Heavy Duty Canvas
  • Premium YKK Zipper and Customized Zipper Pull
  • Unique Fold-Top Closure
  • Padded Interior Compartment, Fits Up To 15’4 Laptop
  • 1 Outside Pocket
  • Multiple Interior Pockets
  • Luggage Handle Attachment
  • Water and Weather Repellent
  • Premium Leather Trim

 

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