The university admission is just around the corner and I bought the PINK color backpack during 8.8 sales with more than 55% discounted price for my little sister that will be enrolled to university soon.
In my humble view, the picture does not carry any justice to the SPAO PINK CANDY BACKPACK edition. If you are curious, the colour of the SPAO PINK CANDY backpack is almost similar to "Herschel Ash Rose Pink Classic Backpack". The PINK as per the picture provided by the website, is honestly, more to dusty rose pink.
This is actually my second time purchasing the SPAO Unisex Candy Backpack edition. My first purchased was the light beige Candy Backpack around 2017 when I was an university student. The backpack has been with me for almost 4 years and I swear the bag has been through thick and thin with me.
The bag does not primarily function as my university backpack, but it has become my main backpack for my outdoor activity. As an outgoing person, the backpack become my go to backpack especially for day hike, carry on backpack for air travels around Europe and SEA countries and also my kayak companion. Thus, the durability is guaranteed.
If you are wondering, what's so great about this backpack? Well, let me dissect the pros and cons of this bag.
-Water resistance surface.
I usually just hand wash or put it in the washing machine every single time after I came back from hiking/travelling in order to wash off the soil dirt. I dry it under the sun instead of using dryer.
Luckily, the backpack is still intact. Dear readers, considering this is a brutal yet honest review, the method is not recommended to place your backpack in washing machine, but I'm too lazy to clean it with wet wipes so I let the machine do the wonder. Please don't follow my method blindly.
2. Straps & Padding
-Adjustable straps and padded.
I always carried quite a number of university reference books & notes together with my Acer 15inch laptop hence the padded straps really help a lot. It also doesn’t feel heavy as soon as it is on your back. it is very well padded and the weight is distributed equally.
-It can perfectly fit 15inch laptop size.
I don't really have much complaint about the size. Just a perfect size for me.
To be precise, the backpack equipped with a laptop compartment, one water bottle compartment, one folded individual size umbrella compartment and a medium size front compartment. The medium size front compartment can fit one or two Pineng brand size powerbank, earphones, my iphone 7 and medium size wallet or purse.
Reasonable price considering the bag is a Korean brand and not a local brand. If its a local brand with such pricing and quality, I wouldn't mind to splurge my money on it.
-Sturdy and durable
So far, my backpack zipper run smoothly. If its stuck or the zipper do not run smoothly, you can try lubricate the zipper with "candle wax". You can google it.
The style offered by SPAO is quite limited despite its been 4 years or more since the first edition of SPAO Candy Backpack and I hope SPAO expand the colour choices. There's only one size available and not many organizational pockets.
The bag may look bulky when its full especially when I fill the bag to the brim with clothes, laptop or other essential items for my trip (I think this is just my problem who likes to carry many stuff depending on the size of the bag. The bigger the bag, the more stuff I can carry that kind of mindset). Well, since I fill the bag to the brim, it felt like the bag will burst anytime.
Furthermore, the base of the backpack or the overall material easily stain on dirt if you placed it on the floor or anywhere that is dirty. It may be waterproof but its not dirtproof. If you are someone that is extremely particular with keeping the base of the backpack sparkly clean or as good as new, I would suggest you to get a darker colour backpack.
If you are still doubting about my review, I suggest you to get the backpack when its on SALE. Sign up for the SPAO newsletter to get the notification about the sale. I hope it will be helpful to those out there who are still looking for
your very own university/college/school/daily backpack.
p/s: Hello to the team SPAO. If there's a surge in sale of the backpack due to this humble review of mine, feel free to let me know. (haha). Thank you everyone and dear readers for taking your time to read my review.
Not bad love it
The bag look nice & fast delivery.