Now usually when I do a review of a product I put it through its paces for a period of up to 3 months, and initially that is what I did with the Datsusara Battlepack Core, I received from Chris a little over 18 months ago. I feel it would be an injustice to the Datsusara brand to leave it at that due to the durability I have found this Backpack to have over the past 18 months.
To give you a background of what I have put this bag through I am constantly on flights twice a fortnight to be precise. Generally I fly within Australia however there has been a couple of situations where I have gone the long haul option and traveled to Cali and traveled around extensively. I use the bag as my go to when taking things with me on the domestic flights and it doubles as a gym bag when I head to training. This bag has spent more time travelling and in gyms then most people you will meet.
THE FINE PRINT
The Battlepack Core is a 32L 100% hemp canvas backpack loaded with practical features and backed by Datsusara’s all or none customer service, dealing with Chris was always easy and he constantly goes above and beyond what is required. The backpack itself has a very spacious main compartment which fits 2 A3 size Gis with room to add more gear. A full-length zip makes it easier to pack, a large variety of external/internal pockets for all your bits and pieces no matter the reason for use, front and side webbing, and comfortable straps means that Datsusara’s middle-size backpack satisfies the needs of Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner as well as hikers, cyclists, and world travellers alike.
There are many reasons to like Datsusara brand as a whole—their designs are clean, all of the gear has practical features, they are always made from environmentally friendly materials, stellar customer service—but their most unique characteristic is in the name, which is derived from the Japanese phrase “to leave the corporate worker’s life.” Their products have minimum use of logos, and those that are used are well placed and fit in nicely with the design of the gear. Datsusara’s marketing strategy seems to rely solely on product quality, customer service, and word of mouth.
Everything else aside, the Battlepack Core is an exceptional product. It looks awesome, appears tough with double stitching and reinforcements throughout, carries loads comfortably thanks to its nicely padded straps and back panel, and has more than enough pockets to keep your gear organized. It will also fit, fully loaded, into an airplane’s overhead luggage compartment.
A few more details:
• Laptop compartment
• Two large zippered side pockets
• Two small Velcro pockets
• Front zippered pocket
• Interior pocket for hydration bag
• Small microfiber-lined pocket
• Internal media player compartment with headphone port
The bag over the past two years has been stuffed like a sausage, but the amount of pockets makes everything easy to locate and keeps blind rummaging to a bare minimum. The fact is after two years of hard solid use, this bag still holds up to day to day onslaught of the Australian Outback and cities alike.
Apart from a tinge of Red dust this bag remains as new. When the day finally comes where I have to retire the back pack and replace, I will be definitely getting in touch with the Team over at Datsusara again.
If you are in the market for some tough gear be for travelling or training I suggest you head over to the Datsusara website
and take a look at their offerings.