If you want a backpack that is both functional and fashionable, there is no better option than a leather backpack. Leather backpacks have been around for hundreds of years and are made from the finest materials available. Even the best leathers are susceptible to wear and tear; the challenge lies in how you care for and maintain them so that they maintain their unique appeal over time. This guide will show you how to keep your leather backpack in tip top condition, so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.
The first step to maintaining your backpack is to identify whether it is leather or canvas. It is important to note that leather backpacks tend to be a lot heavier, up to forty pounds, which makes them more difficult to carry than canvas backpacks. The advantage of leather is that it tends to look good season after season, and it is easy to maintain. The downside is that leather backpacks can be very expensive, up to several hundred dollars.
A top grain leather backpack will be covered with a top grain finish, which is the most durable and attractive. Top grain leather is the same texture as natural hide, and therefore will feel much more comfortable than synthetic or vinyl versions. In addition, top grain leathers are far more resistant to stretching. Top grain leather backpacks are typically four pounds wide, which gives them ample room to store all your stuff.
Another important part of caring for your leather backpack is to check the inside of the bag. This includes the zippers and straps. Clean the zippers on a regular basis, to ensure that dirt and other particles do not get stuck in the zippers. If dirt does get stuck in the zippers, use an anti-bacterial spray to wipe them down and let dry. To clean the straps of your backpack, spray them down with the anti-bacterial spray and allow to dry. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly clean the straps.
If you own an 18 inch backpack, you should consider purchasing a waist belt to go with it. It is not only functional, but it can also serve as a style statement. The waist belt should be no less than an inch wide and made from one inch of leather or another. It attaches to the backpack with Velcro and has two adjustable straps that adjust in three different points – ten, five, and three-quarter inches. These small accessories make carrying a large leather backpack a cinch.
A leather backpack can also be personalized by having some of its special features such as buckles or zippered pockets added. Leatherbackpacks that have zippered pockets provide you with additional storage space. Buckles on the other hand add an extra measure of protection when you are on the move. Leatherbackpacks that do not have zippered pockets are generally known for being made out of inferior quality material.