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I have been carrying my most frequently used possessions in a bag since about the age of five.
I’m thirty-three and almost thirty-three-and-a-half at the time of writing this piece.
So that means, I have been employing a bag in some way shape or form to carry my stuff, on the regular for about twenty-eight years.
I have been through quite a few bags over the years. Most were either backpacks or duffel bags.
Since the age of twenty-one or twenty-two, I have converted to strictly a backpack and always one made for one of the Swiss companies.
From October of 2019 until June of 2020, I had used a SwissGear City Backpack, which was wonderful don’t get me wrong.
However, I eventually wanted a backpack with more storage space, like for carrying extra clothing
Then, for most of May of 2020, I was almost sure that I had developed Type 2 Diabetes. I mean I was showing multiple symptoms. So, in my mind, I knew I would need a bigger backpack and possibly also a small cooler to carry my medical supplies associated with diabetes in addition to what I take for other conditions of which I am afflicted.
Finally, I wanted a backpack that I could deliberately show off as being Swiss. My SwissGear City Backpack has the Swiss Cross but it is transparent black on black instead of white on red. Pardon me for being so gosh durn vain, but I really do admire the Swiss people and I guess I like to show off when I have a Swiss item.
So, in late May, I began doing extensive research for the perfect backpack.
I read about hundreds of different models in my research.
Then I got on good old eBay.
It was there that I found a Wenger Origins 9550-43 Laptop Backpack and that is what this piece will be a review thereof.
I discovered it on eBay in the latter parts of May 2020.
It was selling brand new with tags but had a base price of $15.99 and $8.49 for shipping. That is a steal considering this backpack previously sold for ~$70!
I was broke in the latter parts of May 2020, but I shot a message to the seller asking if she could reserve it for me and I would gladly pay her on June 3.
She gladly did! She even unlisted it!
Usually, I complain about shipping charges, but I did not in this particular situation. This seller got the highest feedback rating possible!
So I ordered it first thing in the morning on June 3, 2020.
Despite Tropical Storm Cristobal, it arrived at my residence on June 8, 2020.
I was tremendously pleased!
Let’s rewind to May 25, 2020. I saw my doctor for my six month checkup and blood work.
My blood is monitored routinely because of the medications I take.
One of the variables that is monitored in my twice yearly blood work is my Hemoglobin A1C.
When my medical app alerted me to the results, I was shocked but relieved that my A1C was still in the normal range.
I wasn’t diabetic after all, but gosh durnit, I still show many symptoms.
I still wanted a new backpack though and I am glad I have this one!
Here are some specifications on my backpack.
The physical dimensions are 12.6 inches wide X 18.1 inches high X 9.1 inches deep (32 cm wide X 46 cm high X 23 cd deep)-Yes it is considerably more space consuming than my SwissGear City backpack but it can also carry more.
The tare weight is 1.89 pounds or 0.86 kilograms-Shouldn’t weigh a adult down too much.
The storage capacity is 1,281 cubic inches or 21 liters-Very generous.
There is a padded laptop compartment and a dedicated tablet pocket-Perfect for a traveling blogger.
There is a Pass-Thru trolley sleeve which allows this backpack to be carried on the handle of wheeled luggage-Ideal for airline or railroad travel.
Finally there is an Essentials organizer-Makes EDC more efficient.
In the front most compartment is a pocket on the outer wall which is perfect for carrying medication, then there is a deep storage space and on the back wall there is the essentials organizer with a wide pocket, three slots, a mesh pocket and a smartphone pocket with silky screen protective material. On the exterior of the front most compartment is a D-Ring for hooking keys on.
In the middle compartment is a large space which would be ideal for carrying clothing and/or personal hygiene items. This is more than just a day pack or a commuter backpack like the SwissGear City.
Finally in the main compartment there is a laptop sleeve which will accommodate up to a 15.6 inch laptop. There is also a tablet pocket which should fit most tablets. And there is even more generous storage space for books (such as my personal Bible) or anything else within reason to be carried, I also have two scanner radios in there. Also in the main compartment is a large mesh zipper compartment of which I carry my computer repair tools.
I definitely can see why this backpack would normally cost upwards of $70, but God blessed me immensely when I only had to pay a total of $24.48 for it and the seller was willing to wait for me.
This is just a tip of the iceberg on how God is constantly showering me with blessings!
By the way, I think I will still keep the SwissGear City backpack, but not as my main EDC backpack.
I hope my Wenger Origins backpack will last me for years to come.
Mine does have a very discreet MasterCard logo embroidered on the very front, but I am willing to ignore that.
Actually, I think the Wenger Origins backpack line was meant to be corporate gifts with logos on it, but I am not totally sure.
All in all this is a great backpack!
I give it a five out of five stars!
This therefore concludes my review of the Wenger Origins 9550-43 Backpack.
I hope you, the reader, have been informed, entertained and enlightened.
Thank you for reading and may God richly bless you!