“ Manufacturer: Slasenger / Type: Lunchbox „
When my daughter started regular tennis lessons last year, I found myself struggling with bags once a week. Her lesson was on a school and work day, which meant I finished work, bussed up to school and then bus to the training court. I ended up carrying my bag, her school bag, a carrier with tennis clothes in AND her racket! I needed a bag big enough to fit her school work and change of clothes in, but not so big she'd struggle with it throughout the day.
I spotted this Slazenger 3 in 1 rucksack in Sports Direct (the photo above shows only 2 of the three parts...there is also a rucksack!) It was a good size, but the straps weren't too thick that my daughter struggled to fit it on her shoulders. It had a two compartments, which meant we could have school work in one and sports clothes in the other. And it also came with a very handy insulated lunch box-which had it's very own clip lock storage box, water bottle and cutelry inside, as well as a smaller fruit bag. For a very reasonable £12.99 it seemed ideal.
Indeed it seemed to fit out purposes perfectly. My Daughter only used this bag on the one day she had tennis practice. She did find it a bit on the large size for her little seven year old body, but with the straps adjusted to the tightest setting it wasn't an issue. Unlike regular kids rucksacks, the shoulders on this are padded and she really liked this and the comfort it provided. Because it was very light, even with her reading book and change of clothes in it she didn't find it too heavy. Gone were the days of carting numerous bags around everyday!
She decided to use the fruit bag as a pencil case, and it worked really well for that being exactly the right size. Alternatively you could pop an apple, orange or banana in it and be sure it wouldn't end up a bruised mushy mess at the bottom of your bag. The lunch box was perhaps the most impressive part of this 3 in 1 bag set, and she immediately started using this for her daily pack lunch. It was easy to clean and the food storage fit perfectly.
Unfortunately though, after just six weeks (that's six days of use!) The zipper on the rucksack came apart at the seams. Not just a little bit, but a huge gaping amount that made the bag useless. I tried to return it but because I had no receipt, I couldn't (that's another review about Sports Direct though) and mending it by hand proved pretty impossible as the zip ribbon and bag fabric were both so frayed it was unfixable. Sadly it went in the bin.
I was really disappointed, and to be honest hadn't expected such low quality. I could understand if the bag had been abused, but my daughters t-shirt, shorts and trainers are tiny while her school-work consists of a reading book and record only. It wasn't as if it had been stuffed full of heavy items! On the other hand, the lunch box and fruit bag/pencil case are still going strong with none of the zip issues the Rucksack had. Perhaps I was unlucky and got a faulty bag, I'll never know because I wouldn't buy another. I've gone for another well known sports brand this time, which after 6 months still looks brand new and shows no sign of wear.
Considering this is really an adults rucksack which was lightly used as a child's school/kit bag I can not recommend this bag or it's quality. The only saving grace are the other accessories which stop it being a complete waste of money. I rate it two, solely because we still use and like the extras.