Outbound Manchester Backpack Review


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The major complaint about this backpack is the lack of adequate padding on the straps, followed by its small 15-liter size. It lacks essential features and some users say it's too small and insubstantial even for a day hike.

Consumers only have a few nice things to say about this model. For example, it may suffice as a backpack for middle-school students -- just the right size for a few books, a small looseleaf binder, and lunch -- says an Outbound Manchester Backpack review on Sierra Trading Post. Another Outbound Manchester review reports filling it with two water bottles, sandwiches, sunscreen, and other necessities for day outings with children while on vacation. And, it's lightweight. But as more than one review notes, it just can't hold anything of substance. Why is that? Because it's quite small: this low-cost backpack has capacity just slightly greater than 15 liters. Moreover, say users' reviews, the straps are thin and not well padded, hard to adjust, and awkwardly placed, which translates into hard wearing on your back, shoulders, and neck.

Like most other backpacks we researched, the Outbound Manchester Backpack (starting at $25) is water-bladder compatible. It also has several external and internal pockets, including one with fleece lining that's meant to hold an MP3 player (there's also a port for the headphone).

The price is certainly low enough, but there are other inexpensive backpacks out there that offer more features and functionality, as well as better performance. You may have to shell out a few more dollars, but your comfort level will be greatly enhanced.

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