Dakine Oceana Backpack: PVC Free And Tough As Nails
I recently used a Dakine backpack on my trip through South America with Green Living Project. Now I've tried my luck with many backpacks but all I can say about this one is, man that mother can pull it's weight and hold up through the rigors of just about anything that I put it through.The trip involved flying almost every single day for over a month. I know, I know, the all of the carbon offsets were completely covered by Keen, so we've got that part covered. Then I carried that backpack up steep mountain hikes, through valleys, on riverboats trips and torrential rain downpours. I hiked up 150-foot towers, slung it every which way and crammed it full. I shoved that pack underneath airplane seats and in overhead compartments and never did that pack let out one peep or even start to whine. After all of that, none of the seams are fraying and, while it has dirt ground into it, it didn't really lose much of its color.
The way the straps are engineered across with neck and the top of the shoulders, almost with a cross-brace design, means that those straps never dug into my shoulders. I didn't find, like with many backpacks, that the strips narrowed and twisted up, making a distinct channel in which they can saw and cut their way through my shoulderblades. Instead, the straps stayed wide and in place, and I never had to shift the backpack around, or more likely, just hold one bottom-end of the bag up to help balance it.
Also, the bag comes with so many pockets that I was able to hold tons of gear, and keep it all organized. The front pocket is insulated, so if I needed to keep something cold, no problem. The next pocket up even has two smaller pockets inside of it for hiding things. Above that there is even a moon-shaped pocket with a soft, fuzzy, fleece lining, which I kept my glasses in - I don't know if it gave them extra protection, but it certainly made me feel better. On both sides of the pack you have mesh pockets for placing water bottles or anything that maybe needs to dry out a little bit. I noticed that when I put water bottles in there, several times I was able to go through the airport without them being detected. Perhaps Dakine also added an invisibility shield to these side pockets, but don't take my word for it.
The interior pocket of the backpack is huge and has plenty of room for a laptop, notebooks, hairbrush, shampoo, bugspray, shoes, clothes, toilet paper roll, extra water bottles, ipod, laptop charger, voice recorder, snacks and just about anything else you can think to stuff in there at a time. Even cooler, the back pocket is designed to hold your wetsuit, so it's waterproof. So, if you are in the rainforest and need to keep something safe from water, or if your favorite "doo rag" gets soaked, you can toss it in this pocket and keep the rest of your gear safe from that soggy mess.
Now as for the design of the bag, Dakine made this bag especially for project BLUE so they designed the bag to be made from 100% recycled PET bottles, but made without any PVC. Also, all of the buckles on the bag are made from recycled materials. While the bag looks and acts like any other normal Dakine bag, it's made from recycled materials which seem to do a great job holding up under any conditions.
You can purchase the Dakine Oceana backpack online now at Dakine or at project BLUE. Since this is a special project BLUE pack, $2 from every pack will go to the Surfrider Foundation. Each backpack retails for USD$75. Happy Trails. :Dakine :project BLUE
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