It's safe to say I'm a backpack girl. I toted a backpack all through high school and I carried both a backpack and frontpack around the world for a year. No sleek Madewell totes for this blogger.

 Courtesy of Just Porter
So when Just Porter asked me to review their new line of backpacks, I was stoked- first of all, their backpacks are gorgeous. And secondly, they support a phenomenal cause. For each Just Porter backpack you buy, Just Porter gives a backpack filled with school supplies to a child in need.
“For each bag purchased, Just Porter manufactures a give bag and fills it with school supplies then gives it to a child in need. But, Just Porter's charitable giving goes beyond parachuting and dumping goods onto poor communities. They actually work with the communities to manufacture their Give Bags locally and purchase their supplies from the local markets. They are working at creating a sustainable solution using education and creating jobs in the areas they give.”
Which to me seems like a pretty genius business model- provide customers with a high-quality product and in return help break the cycle of poverty in developing nations? Yes, please.
The backpack I chose- the Hazen Professional. Photo courtesy of Just Porter.
So back to the backpack itself- as a self-professed backpack connoisseur, there are several essentials I look for in backpacks:
  • A tiny pouch in the top to store little things like jewelry, medication, lipbalm or an eyemask.
  • A laptop sleeve.
  • An organizer in the front pocket for things like pens, sharpies, hair ties and a little notebook.
  • A chest strap for hiking.
I'm pleased to report Just Porter's packs have all of these features.  The only downside I could find was the lack of a water bottle pouch.
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So far I've used my Just Porter backpack on multiple ski trips and a business trip to Salt Lake City, but mostly to take my laptop to the local coffee shop. (Am I the only one who is physically incapable of blogging at home?)
Overall I really love my Just Porter pack, and find it incredibly versatile. I've used it a ton so far and definitely intend to use it when hiking the Rockies next summer. And of course I love Just Porter's overall mission statement.
For more info on Just Porter, check out the video below, or their Kickstarter campaign.

Do you carry a backpack too? And what do you think of the Just Porter business model?

Just Porter provided me with a Hazen Professional backpack to review. As always, all opinions are completely my own.

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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