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When I'm out and about with the kids one of the items I find really handy now is a back pack. We are often going for days out at the woods, the beach, fun parks etc and we don't often take a pushchair now as my youngest is nearly 2 and can walk quite well. It's nice not having a big, awkward pushchair but its not so nice having to carry all our things around such as lunch, nappies, drinks etc but this rucksack is definitely big enough for all of ours needs and really comfortable to carry around too so I have no issues with it.
The backpack is a Vaude Wizard 24+4 and I know this because it is written on the side of the bag. It's actually a proper hiking backpack and you can tell that it is definitely very good quality. It has quite a hard back to it which I find really comfortable because this is the part that is against your back so it makes me stand up a bit straighter than I normally would and carry the contents around properly and so I am not slouching, putting extra strain on my back. Sometimes this bag is very full put you don't feel it pulling down on your back because of this nice hard section.
There is also a mesh panel at back to keep air flowing to the back and around your body so I never really get a sweaty back after carrying this which is nice as that is not a good look.
There is one big pocket in the middle which I find really rather big and it fits everything that we need to fit in it. I like this because then you don't have to carry extra bags. The pocket has two zips that can go either side so you can open the zips both out but then you can make them meet at the middle too. I find this really handy if the bag is really full as its easier to pull the zips to meet in the middle than it is to have one go to the side. This pocket opens up really nice and wide so it's easy to fit everything in without having to squeeze and shove it in.
There is then a smaller pocket on the front with two mesh holders in it which are handy for storing drinks bottles in as the mesh holds them in place and stops them falling around the pocket and possibly spilling. I find it handy when I put the kids drinks in here to be able to find them quickly and easily. There is only one zip pull around this pocket.
At the top of the bag there is another little pocket, this time just a small one with a small zip but I find this is a perfect little pouch for storing my keys and headphones in etc so it's easy to locate them again and I don't need to go hunting in the bottom of the very large pocket.
On each side of the bag there are two open side pockets with mesh which again are great for drinks bottles or maps etc. We often put our map in here when we are going round the zoo (we have season tickets) meaning we can find it whenever we need it and it is easy to access.
The backpack is really comfortable to wear and I think this is in part to the two adjustable padded over the shoulder straps. These have really comfortable padding in all the right places and are properly designed so they do not dig into certain spots when you are carrying the bag. They never rub or irritate which is nice and it's great that they are adjustable as this means both my husband and I can carry the bag when needed even though we are different sizes. There is also a round the waist strap with little pads that hug my hips quite nicely and keeps the bag in place well and means it doesn't swing from side to side when I have it on.
Our bag is red with grey accents but I believe it does come in other colours such as black. This colour is nice, not too red and bright but nice enough that you can notice it if you are hiking with it.
The bag has a few other loops and bits which I'm not too sure what they do but I think if you used this bag to go camping/hiking/cycling you would find a really good use for them. Actually, from reading the description on the website of this backpack I can see that two of the loops on either side of this bag are walking pole holders so they do definitely cater for people who are serious hikers and this bag would be brilliant for that although I cannot comment on how they work as I have not used it for this.
According to an article I read, "The Wizard Air features the innovative FLASH shoulder strap system which can be individually adjusted for any torso length and an Aeroflex suspension for optimal ventilation. Plenty of functional details such as volume expansion, compression straps and mesh outer pockets make this stylish hiking backpack the ideal partner on city tours or on campus. The fabric is made of 420 D small Diamond Ripstop Polyamid PU coated, 600 D Polyester PU coated and it weighs 1.080 kg.
All in all, a great backpack for whatever you use it for.