Back to school time is just around the corner, and the House of Marley has a cool backpack for you to strut around in – the Lively Up Leather Scout back pack. This backpack is made from 60% organic cotton and hemp, and 40% recycled water bottles, so you can feel especially good about your purchase and its effect on the environment.
The style for the Lively Up Leather Scout Pack is very hot this season. You’ll see variations of it at the likes of Urban Outfitters and American Apparel, and other similar retailers. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find one that is actually made out of such high quality sustainable fabric.
The bag features a large capacity main compartment with a padded laptop sleeve with wool lining for safely stowing your laptop. There is also a convenient iPad / e-reader slip pocket. In addition, you’ll also be able to throw plenty of other stuff inside – a notebook, cables, phone, you name it. Heck, even a small sized DSLR could fit in this bag comfortably. In addition to the main compartment, there are three external buttoned pockets for storing smaller items.
Unlike most backpacks, the Lively up uses “old school” buttons to secure its pockets and hooks to keep the main compartment closed. Fashion-wise, this looks neat and different, but practicality wise, it take extra effort to open and close up the bag and its compartments, and we wish they would have used snaps instead.
The pack’s adjustable scout-style shoulder straps are rocking naturally-tanned leather shoulder pads. These straps are pretty comfortable to wear, but this isn’t one of the more ergonomic backpacks out there. Also, without content inside of it, the scout pack will collapse and can’t sit upright.
While it may not be the most ergonomic bag, the Lively Up Leather Scout Pack is totally in sync with what’s hot this back to school season. Fortunately, not only does it sport hip looks, but it also packs in plenty of compartments to store your gadgets and more, it is even made of earth friendly materials, and comes in recycled packaging. The Lively Up Leather Scout pack is available in a choice of two shades of gray – the darker harvest version, or the lighter saddle. It’s also worth mentioning that the pack is a part of House of Marley’s Rewind Collection which includes plenty other similar styled bags and audio accessories, which are also made with sustainable fabrics.
The Good: Scout pack’s style is very hot this season, large main compartment, dedicated laptop compartment and iPad/tablet compartment, tough materials and made of earth-friendly sustainable fabric.
The Bad: Won’t hold up well in the rain, takes a little bit of effort to open and close the bag and its compartments.