The first 6 months in the life of any backpack is telling, for me, either they fall apart or they’re going to last me a few years. The rough and tumble road warrior that I am 6 months with me is actually a year with a normal user. It’s been 8 months and today I’m at the Great Wall of China carrying my Case Logic Griffith Park backpack and I thought I’d show you the wear and tear that it’s sustained.
First off, I’d like to confirm after hiking 41.8km on “The Wall” that it is indeed Great! I trekked to the Gubeikou section which isn’t restored and it’s a bit further away from Beijing. It took me 3 hours to get there, if I had chosen the closest section is Badaling and it’s only 1 hour from the capital. Now I don’t know about you, but a near 42km hike in 34C (93F) with little shade apart was challenging. So there was a lot of sweat and I have to admit that though the straps got salt stained the straps and pack padding were ideal!
The back panel of the backpack has large comfortable ridges which allow for some breathing room. I was wearing a tank top with wide straps so at one point I became concerned that the mesh material of the strap might start to chafe. Thankfully it did no such thing except become and mop for my fountain of sweat. One thing I am curious about and will have to do a follow up post on is … how does it look after a wash?! After 8 months it’s been with me to Barcelona, Oakland, Toronto and Taipei to name a few and my major complaint is that it’s got a few stains.
The top pocket which I’m never gentle on opening doesn’t have a single sign of wear, the straps haven’t started fraying with over use. After a wash I bet it’ll match up to the glamour shots I took in my initial review. If you haven’t check that out, it’s goes over everything any even shows the slightly smaller version of the Griffith Park series.
One thing that I should point out is that Case Logic backpacks come with a 25 year guarantee…so it’s not really that surprising that after 8 months it’s basically as good as new.
Now here are some photos from my marathon hike of China’s Great Wall!!