Eastpak Austin backpack

Test 09/2019

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Test seal: Eastpak Austin backpack, Rating 7.6

last modified: 12.09.2019, 10:57

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All rating criteria details:

Wearing comfort 35%
Handling 25%
Laptop security 25%
Robustness 10%
Versatility 5%
Tested by: Elisabeth

Elisabeth

Product tester

Resumee

The Eastpak - Austin Backpack is a smaller backpack that still offers enough storage space to transport your laptop. The two side pockets offer space for smaller items or a bottle. A significant disadvantage is that the straps are unpadded and far too hard to adapt to the body. For longer distances, the backpack gets therefore quickly uncomfortable. Otherwise, the backpack is stable and has robust material.

Pro

  • Simple and clearly structured
  • Closeable side pockets

Cons

  • Very uncomfortable straps
  • No padding on the straps and on the back surface

360° View

A handy backpack for everyday use, but the straps are somewhat stiff and there is no padding.

Overview

The Eastpak - Austin Backpack is delivered in the ordered colour and size and arrives undamaged.

Optics, compartments and material

Optically this model is kept in a medium grey. Inside the backpack is grey and black. Altogether there is a large compartment with the laptop compartment and two smaller side compartments.

There is a side compartment left and right.
There is a side compartment left and right.

The two side compartments can each be filled with one bottle, or used for other small things. Inside there are no other small compartments. According to the washing list, the materials are made of 100% polyester and feel firm so that rain can at least be repelled for a short time.

The leather buckle closes the backpack with a snap fastener.
The leather buckle closes the backpack with a snap fastener.

The backpack is closed as described using zippers on the side compartments. The main compartment has a drawstring and is closed with a snap fastener.

Water resistance

If you spray the backpack with water, the water will roll off the fabric directly. If the water is wiped off, the fabric remains slightly damp and should dry well. The zippers of the side compartments are protected from water by the overhanging fabric and are not tight under the fabric and the contents directly underneath become wet.

Laptop compartment

The laptop compartment is sufficiently padded and protects the laptop, as it is packed separately from the other things. The maximum size of the laptop is 15 inches, everything else doesn't fit into the padded compartment. If you shake the laptop, the laptop moves only slightly, as it sits very firmly in the bag due to an elastic band. The fact that the laptop lies directly against the back makes it easy to carry the backpack, even if the laptop is a little heavier.

The laptop has a secure compartment in the backpack
The laptop has a secure compartment in the backpack

Since the laptop has its own compartment, the laptop is very well protected and can be safely transported from one workstation to another.

Benefits

The backpack can be used for anything where you need to carry something. Whether it's shopping, school or university files or just the things you spend for a weekend away from home. You get some stuff in your backpack, but space is limited to 18 litres.

The backpack is very water-repellent, but the zips are leaking
The backpack is very water-repellent, but the zips are leaking

Material robustness and cleaning

In order to test the material resistance, we pulled the backpack over normal asphalt floors. After approx. 10 meters the backpack floor is only dirty but not noticeably roughened. The cleaning is hardly necessary afterwards and is fast.

Wearing comfort and handling

The wearing comfort of the Eastpak backpack is only partly pleasant. The straps are very strong and hardly adapt to the body. This makes the backpack uncomfortable for a long time. Neither the straps nor the back is padded, which makes carrying a little more uncomfortable. There is no chest strap. The shorter you pull the straps after putting them on, the easier it is to carry the backpack, as everything is closer to the back in the best case.

The straps are very hard and difficult to adjust
The straps are very hard and difficult to adjust

The backpack is well suited for short distances and light luggage
The backpack is well suited for short distances and light luggage

To check the stability of the backpack we have placed it once empty and once full. If possible, it should not have to lean against the backpack so that you can park it in a dirtier or wet area without dirtying it from the front or on the carrier side.

If the backpack is not full, it is only lying down and cannot stand. When the backpack is full (7 kg in total), it remains standing.

Laptop compartment

The laptop compartment is sufficiently padded and protects the laptop, as it is packed separately from the other things. The maximum size of the laptop is 15 inches, everything else doesn't fit into the padded compartment. If you shake the laptop, the laptop moves only slightly, as it sits very firmly in the bag due to an elastic band. The fact that the laptop lies directly against the back makes it easy to carry the backpack, even if the laptop is a little heavier.

The laptop has a secure compartment in the backpack.
The laptop has a secure compartment in the backpack.

Since the laptop has its own compartment, the laptop is very well protected and can be safely transported from one workstation to another.

Benefits

The backpack can be used for anything where you need to carry something. Whether it's shopping, school or university files or just the things you spend for a weekend away from home. You get some stuff in your backpack, but space is limited to 18 litres.

At the time of our test, we could not evaluate any customer reviews.

Manufacturer Eastpak
EAN 5415280699793
Scope of delivery Backpack
Quality impression Good
Height 43 cm
Width 35 cm
Depth 11 cm
Weight 440 g
Chest strap No
Laptop compartment Yes, 15 inches
Bottle holder No
Small compartments and/or bags Outside: two side pockets; inside: Laptop compartment
USB-Connection No
Bag clasps Drawstring and snap fastener, the outside pockets have zippers
Handle Yes
Stability Empty: No stability; Filled: Yes, it's safe
Material Polyester
Robustness of the material Very good
Processing Good
Water-repellent Yes
Waterproof Yes, but to be on the safe side you should take the contents out of your backpack as soon as possible.
Washable No, can only be wiped off with a damp cloth
Capacity 18 l
Wearing comfort
Handling
Robustness
Versatility

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