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United by Blue Braddock BackpackUnited by Blue Braddock Backpack
PRICE $88 USD
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The Braddock Backpack by United by Blue is made of thick, 18-ounce, waxed, 100 percent organic cotton canvas and is available in four colors. The bag’s features include leather details, brass hardware, and adjustable cotton webbing straps. Any product defects, such as frayed stitching or broken hardware, are covered by a one-year guarantee.
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United by Blue’s mandate includes allocating a percentage of their sales to company-organized and company-hosted environmental cleanups. With every purchase you make, you help remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways around the world.
Not so much a wish but a word of advice, since the waxed cotton canvas is so thick and durable, the drawstring closure can be a bit stiff for the first few weeks of use.
The main compartment of the bag is just the right size as it can fit a 15” laptop along with gear, groceries, and grub. Carrying is made comfortable by the cotton webbing straps, which soften the load. Though not rainproof, the Braddock’s waxed canvas exterior is water-repellent and weathers nicely, developing a great patina over time. All-in-all, the Braddock is a dependable bag that you can definitely feel good about as you ride off into the sunset.
Craig David Long is a freelance writer, editor, creative director, and digital strategist. Having devoted much of his professional life to documenting the people and places that make his city remarkable, Craig’s bicycle has become the conduit to that which is yet to be discovered. @craigdavidlong craigdavidlong.tumblr.com