Product Name: Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack
A good place to buy: Amazon
Size of backpack: 20″ high and 8″ wide
Weight: About 4Ibs
Guarantee: Depends on the original retailer
My Rating: 8 out of 10
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The Oakley Kitchen Sink Backpack Review
Of recent, I have focused on writing posts on cute backpacks, backpacks that one wears largely due to the motive of style and fashion to match one’s outfit but today, I have decided to focus on a more rugged type of backpack which is why I decided to write an Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack review. From the picture of the bag, you can understand what I mean by a rugged type of backpack for those rugged folks out there.
I would like to ask you a question. When you first came across the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack, what was the first thing that came to mind? Well, for me, the first thing that came to my mind was that this is not the type of backpack where you hang a cute cartoon princess character on.
It is a backpack whereby your first impression on the backpack tells you that this is a manly backpack. Now don’t get me wrong, don’t let the look of the pack fool you because it can just as much be used by women.
The Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack is just like every other backpack out there in that it serves the basic function of a backpack which is used to help us carry items from one place to the other but because of the design of the backpack, it is not ideal for everyone.
First of all, some criteria I intend of making use of in this Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack review are…
While some of these criteria are an advantage to the bag, others might be a disadvantage. My rating of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack is 8 out of 10 although it might be just a little bit different from what was given to it on Amazon.
Though this backpack is awesome, it has its perks that can be somewhat of a disadvantage which can cause a lot of discomfort to people. Please read on while I unveil both the good and bad of this backpack.
Heavy Duty Appeal
The durability of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack has a heavy-duty appeal. This means that the materials used in producing this bag were gotten from heavy-duty materials. Heavy-duty materials are strong, thick and are not easily damaged. The clasp, the zipper pulls, the hooks were all made from heavy-duty metals.
I am pretty sure you noticed a rigid compartment at the top of the bag. This was designed for you to be able to store your sunglasses, goggles, earphones, cellphones and similar items to avoid getting damaged inside the bag and also for easy access. Also, inside the top compartment is made with a soft material so it can keep your items from getting scratched.
To access the main compartment of the backpack, you would have to get through the heavy-duty locking mechanism. With two hooks holding down the top flap that would need to be unhooked before gaining access to the main compartment of the backpack which has cable zipper pulls that you can padlock to further secure the main compartment.
While this is a good idea to prevent anyone from gaining easy access into the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack, it can become a problem for those that access the main compartment of their pack on a regular basis. Also, on accessing the main compartment, the top flap or rigid compartment has to be pulled up and held so it doesn’t fall back down when trying to access inside of the main compartment.
At times, this can become really inconvenient as it just makes things difficult when organizing or searching for an item inside the main compartment of the bag. An easy fix to this as suggested by a customer is a 180- degree flick of the top flap as this makes it stay opened providing easier access.
The concept of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack makes it suitable to handle almost any situation when on the go.
The Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack has several compartments which I have decided to group into the main compartment, bottom compartment, and other compartments.
Main compartment: It has a main compartment which can be accessed by unhooking the two hooks holding down the top flap. Inside the main compartment is another compartment separated by a padded case that is able to store up to 17 inches laptop or a laptop that is slightly higher than a 17 inches laptop. To prevent the laptop from moving around, an elastic pull tag was provided to keep it in place.
The laptop compartment can also be accessed from the side of the bag without going through the main compartment. That’s pretty cool and would definitely make accessing the laptop much easier.
Bottom compartment: The bottom compartment of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack has two air vents which I am pretty sure are for ventilation for items inside that compartment but I found some customers that suggested that it was a drainage port for wet or soiled items(From what I found out it does seem that they have stopped producing Oakley Kitchen Sink Backpacks that have those air vents at the bottom compartment of the backpack).
For those of us that normally like to carry items like shoes or probably gym clothes that we want to be separated from other important items, would be pleased with the bottom compartment of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack which has an internal bag that can be used to store these items.
Now you don’t have to carry a separate bag just to keep your shoes or your gym clothes. Pretty sweet right!!
Though the bottom compartment is a cool feature of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack, it does have the disadvantage of taking up space that is meant for the main compartment of the backpack and a lot of people have complained about this. I hope the Oakley team does something about it.
Other compartments: There are several large external compartments that provide storage areas for quick access. At both sides of the bag are two compartments that can be used to store water bottles, snacks or items of similar sizes to water bottles or snacks.
The front of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack has a larger compartment that has more compartments within where you can use to store even more of your items.
An Increased Level Of Comfort
Looking at the design of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack, one might think the bag would not be as comfortable as other packs. But trust me when I tell you that is not the case. The shoulder straps and the back of the bag come with extra padding that makes it very comfortable when you put it on.
The back of the pack has grooves that help allow for sufficient airflow to keep your back properly ventilated. The type of foam used at the back of the pack also stops items inside the backpack from poking ones back. Also, don’t forget the external adjustment straps and detachable waist straps which helps better the weight distribution of the backpack.
The shoulder straps are made with materials that help protect your shoulders and they also come with adjustable straps that makes the straps adjustable to soothe your taste. On one of the shoulder straps, a pocket was placed as an added bonus that can be used to store a mobile phone, flashlight, or similar sized items with an elastic retention tab to keep them fastened and in place.
The backpack has a secret compartment at the back where you can put things that you don’t want people to have easy access to.
An all-rounder backpack
Are you a business person that is always on the go, a college student or do you hike? Do you go to the gym or do you intend on traveling? Then this Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack review is meant for you as it is a bag that is considered an all-rounder backpack.
Though an impressive backpack that can be used for hiking, I would advise it only be used for short hikes as the backpack is not big enough to contain items for a long journey.
Probably Not Your Style
Like I mentioned earlier on, the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack does not have a cute appeal. It has more of a rugged concept in its design. If you are looking for a backpack with more of a casual look then this backpack is not meant for you. Its design is rather aggressive and is not meant for light duty use.
Extreme Exposure To Water
Made with about 69% nylon and about 31% polyester material, the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack is able to withstand a great deal of rainfall except in extreme cases whereby the bag experiences an extreme downpour of rain. The backpack was designed in a way whereby the access of water into the backpack in these extreme cases is limited.
A Well Constructed Pack
The designing of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack is pretty amazing which gives it a unique look that is sure to get you compliments. It is a feature packed backpack designed for heavy-duty use. The materials used makes the pack pretty easy to clean. With an aggressive and appealing design, the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack can carry a good amount of your items and is ready for almost anything thrown at it.
Have you made use of this backpack or do you have experience with similar backpacks? Please do tell us in the comment section below.