Product Review: King Kong Backpack
King Kong Backpack Review
The King Kong Bag is one of the most popular backpacks among travelers. There are many reasons why people prefer it over other bags. One of them is its durability and comfortability.
Another reason is its versatility – it can accommodate a variety of different items such as your laptop, tablet computer, books, camera equipment and so on. Finally, another advantage of the King Kong Bag is its price tag which makes it affordable for everyone.
In fact, there are several reviews about the King Kong Bag but none of them have been very comprehensive or detailed enough to give a complete picture of what the bag actually does and how well it performs. So I decided to do my own thorough review of this great product.
What Is The Best Size For A King Kong Backpack?
When it comes to choosing the right size for a king kong bag, there are two main considerations. First of all, you need to consider whether you want a backpack with shoulder straps or not. If you don’t want any shoulder straps then go for the smaller size. The smaller sizes also tend to be a little cheaper.
If you do want shoulder straps, then you need to decide how much stuff you want to carry because this will determine the size you choose. If you often carry a lot of stuff or have large items to carry (for example a change of clothes, shoes, towel, toiletries, laptop, tablet and so on) then you should go for one of the larger sized backpacks.
The shoulder straps are removable on all sizes of the King Kong Bag so you can transform it from a backpack to a bag if you find you don’t need the shoulder straps after all.
What Are The Dimensions Of The Bag?
This is very important information that many people seem to overlook when choosing a bag. Remember, the King Kong Bag is a large bag. It is not a small bag. If you don’t need a large bag then you should consider one of the smaller bags on the market because the King Kong Bag is not small.
The smallest size of the bag has these external dimensions (W x H x D): 9 x 18 x 15 inches or 23 x 45 x 38 centimeters. I have seen far too many travel bloggers carrying the smallest size of King Kong Bag. In my opinion, this is really stupid.
This size of bag is not small. It is not even medium – it is quite large actually. For most people, the smallest size of King Kong Bag will be far too big.
The largest size of the bag has these external dimensions (W x H x D): 13.5 x 21 x 15 inches or 34 x 53 x 38 centimeters. Again, this isn’t a small bag.
This is a very large bag and if you are going to carry around a bag this size, you really need to consider whether you really need to carry so much stuff. In fact, most people will not need to carry this amount of stuff on a regular basis, certainly not when backpacking. Most people could get away with a bag that is one third to one half the size of this bag.
The second consideration is the weight of the bag. The smaller sizes of the bag weigh between 2.2 pounds and 2.8 pounds (1 to 1.3 kg).
The larger sizes of the bag weigh between 3 pounds and 4 pounds (1.4 to 1.8 kilograms). As you can see, the larger the bag gets, the more it weighs too. Again, you need to consider whether you really need to carry so much stuff in a bag this size.
In addition to the weight and size of the bag, you also need to think about how comfortable you will be carrying it around. The larger and heavier a bag is, the more uncomfortable it is to carry when traveling. If you are going to be flying with the bag or moving around cities with transport, then a large heavy bag will be far less comfortable than a smaller bag.
You have to choose a bag that will be right for your requirements and comfort level.
How Much Should I Spend?
The last thing you need to consider is how much money you want to spend on a bag.
My advice would be not to pay too much attention to the price because as I have already mentioned, all genuine leather bags cost about the same to manufacture. There are real costs involved in making these bags but the price of leather doesn’t change much between models. The cost of making the bag and other components doesn’t change much between models either.
So, you are paying more for the brand than anything else with most high-end leather bags.
Yes, some bags are available at lower price points but these are usually made from lower quality leather that is more prone to scratches and stains or has a different look altogether. One thing you will notice when looking for a bag is that they all look the same. Most brands have a standard design for each bag and then just change the color of the leather, add or remove a pocket here and there and then give it a new name and price.
There might be some minor design changes between similar bags from different manufacturers but you won’t notice anything major and nothing that really changes the look and feel of the bag.
If you buy one of the more expensive bags, you are paying more for the brand name than anything else.
This brings us back to the original question of how much you should pay for a bag.
The simple answer is how much are you willing to spend?
If you have read this far and determined that you do want to buy a leather bag then my advice is to buy the best bag that you can afford. If price is no object then go for it, you will never regret buying a nice leather bag.
But for most of us mere mortals, we have to make a choice between buying a cheaper bag or not buying anything at all. I would suggest that you don’t buy a cheap bag because as I pointed out earlier, they just aren’t as durable and you will probably end up needing to replace the bag anyway.
So, if you can’t afford a good quality leather bag, then my advice is do without one altogether. A cheap bag just isn’t worth it in the long run. You are better off saving your money and buying a better bag later or just do without one altogether.
A good quality leather bag can be used for many years. I still use my first ever bag which was a high-end hand-me-down from my wife’s uncle many years ago. Granted it no longer fits everyday use but it is still use for formal occaisions or when I need to haul more stuff.
If you are still not convinced that you really need a leather bag, then ask yourself these questions:
Do you want a bag that will last more than 5 years?
Are you willing to spend between $100 and $700+ dollars on a bag?
If you can answer yes to the above questions, then you really need a leather bag.
Where Can I Buy A Leather Bag?
If you have read this far, then I am going to make a few assumptions about you:
You are convinced that you want a leather bag.
You are willing to spend between $100 and $700 on a bag.
You are not interested in a backpack style bag.
You are willing to buy an Italian made bag.
You prefer a traditional looking bag.
You would like your leather bag to be of high quality.
You would like your bag to be unique and stand out.
If this sounds like you, then you may be ready to buy a leather bag! Let’s take a look at some of your options:
Buy Directly From An Italian Handbag Manufacturer
The biggest upside to buying from an Italian handbag manufacturer is that you will get to choose from a wider selection of colors, styles, textures, and designs. If you want a red leather bag with blue polka dots, they will have many options for you to choose from.
The biggest downside is that you will not be able to touch and feel the bag before purchasing. Also, you may have a difficult time getting customer service or warranty work if your bag should fail. You will most likely have to rely on the merchant you bought the bag from to either repair or replace your bag.
Buying directly from the manufacturer can sometimes be cheaper, but you really need to be aware of what you are getting. Many of these manufacturers have shops and kiosks in upscale department stores and markets (e.g.
Neiman Marcus). These shops and kiosks may have limited selections and higher prices than their website.
I’m going to mention a few handbag manufacturers that I think would be worth looking into. The companies listed here are a small sampling of all the manufacturers that make high-end leather bags; there are many more out there and many of them are excellent as well.
Valstarino is a relative newcomer in the handbag industry. Their bags are bold, stylish yet classic and timeless. They are made with high quality Italian leather.
Their bags are not as flashy as other brands and you won’t find any large logos or brand names on their bags. If you want a high-end leather bag that is understated yet elegant, this may be the brand for you.
Valstarino bags sell in high-end department stores and online. They do not sell directly to the public. Instead, they sell to distributors who in turn sell to retailers (department stores).
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