Healthy Back Bag – The Big Bag Review

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As you may know I was kindly sent a Healthy Back Bag to try out as an alternative camera bag by the lovely people at The Healthy Back Bag Company. (You can see my first post about it here)

I have been using the bag for a few weeks now, and it has been great.  It is big – as the name suggests – and comes with so many pockets, that even fully loaded I was still a few pockets to the good! I found that lugging a lot of heavy camera equipment about with me felt a lot easier, even if I was carrying two cameras and lots of accessories.  It seemed to distribute the weight nicely across my back, and it didn’t seem overly heavy even when it was! You can see more about why the bags are healthy for your back on the website here.

I have used loads of different camera bags in the past, and when I looked at how heavy some of them were (up to 1250g) without anything in them, I began to see why I was getting achy shoulders and a sore back.  I was surprised when I saw that the big bag weighed in at 590g – it does feel a lot heavier than my medium sized bag, but it is a lot bigger, and I suppose the zips and accessories that come with the bag must add up a little!  But compared to some of the bags I have been using, it is lovely and lightweight!

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I guess the only thing wrong with this bag is that it is – get ready for a slightly silly statement – a bit big!  I wouldn’t want to take this one with me for an evening out for example, and even sometimes finding things in the depths of the big bag was tricky – I think this might have been because everything was a little bit floppy and unless the pockets were full they have a tendency to fold in and obscure the inside of the bag – something that I have not found happening with the smaller version.  I would also have like to see a fastening on the pocket behind the large zipped pocket on the side of the bag, as this part just flopped open which didn’t make me feel safe putting much in it.

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I think this bag would be great for a weekend away, or for those of you with kids and all the daily bits and bobs that goes along with them!  It is a great, comfy way to carry a lot of things.  Is it a perfect camera bag?  Honestly, no, but it is a welcome change to the boring black (horrible) camera bags that you usually see around.  I think with the right camera insert it could come close to being a perfect camera bag – I think my insert was a little bit too small for the bag, hence all the flopping of the pockets and obscuring of contents.  And anything that helps my back from the strains of everyday carrying is always welcome in my opinion.

These bags are fantastic for so many things – and truly do help you carry a load without feeling like you are carrying much at all.  If you are struggling with any kind of back pain, or even if you want to keep all your day to day bits and bobs organised – did I mention the pockets?! amazing – then you could do a lot worse than to take a look at these bags.  There will be a style and colour to suit you almost certainly!

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So while this bag did not answer all my camera bag wants (to be honest, what bag is every really going to do that?) I am still loving using it, and my trusty medium sized bag which has been with me for years.  Will I still keep searching for my perfect camera bag? Probably, but in the meantime I will relish using my bright, cheerful and back friendly bags!

Organdie. x

PS – I was sent this Big Bag for review by the Healthy Back Bag Company – all thoughts and opinions are my own and this did not change my review in any way.  I was already the proud owner of the medium sized bag,  and I am sure in the future will be adding to my little collection!

(The photographs were sent to me by the company from their website)

 

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Enveloped in soft folds of crochet, just where I would like to be right now!

Organdie. x

A post as part of the Daily Press Weekly Photo Challenge – you can find more details about it here.

The Classics Book Tag

Something a little bit different for you today.  I thought I would try out another tag which I stumbled upon on Youtube the other day – The Classics Book Tag.  This one is slightly different as it originated in blog form (you can check out the original post here), so I thought it would be a great one to pop on my blog too.

I am not a huge reader of classics, but the ones that I have read I seem to have enjoyed and there are a few lurking on my TBR pile, so I thought I would give it a go anyway, here goes…

1) An overhyped classic that you really didn’t like.

This would have to be Animal Farm by George Orwell.  I am not sure if this is because we had to (over) study it at school, or whether I genuinely didn’t like the book, but it either case, it is the one that I thought of first.

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2) Favourite time period to read about.

This would have to be Victorian England.  I am a bit of a sucker for the Brontes and some Dickens (although as you know I did not really enjoy Oliver Twist recently) so I am all for getting lost in the gothic-ness of Victorian England!

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3) Favourite Fairy Tale.

This is a little tricky for me, as I have to admit to not having read an awful lot (actually next to no) fairy tales.  It might be a bit of an obvious answer, but I do like Beauty and the Beast…

4) Most embarrassing classic you have not read yet.

 This accolade would probably have to go to Jane Austen – I have only read Pride and Prejudice and probably should have read more.  I hate that ‘should’ though – I am really quite happy to read what I want when I want as a general rule.

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5) Top five classics you would like to read soon.

I have chosen these mainly because I already own physical copies of the books, and really should get round to reading them soon!

  • Persuasion – Jane Austen
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • A Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  • Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

6) Favourite modern book/TV series based on a classic.

Um… probably Bridget Jones’ Diary.  Quite possibly because that is the only one I can think of right now.  I did really enjoy both the book and the film though.

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7) Favourite movie/TV series adaptation of a classic.

Obviously the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice!

8) Worst movie/TV series adaptation of a classic.

The film version of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley – bleurgh…

9) Favourite editions you would like to collect.

I have a few!

I love the Persephone editions of forgotten classics;

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I also really like the Penguin English Library editions;

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There are loads of beautiful classic editions out there – very tempting and no good at all for the wallet!

10) An underhyped classic you would recommend to everyone.

This is a tricky one for me, because I think the classics that I have read, most other people will have also read… My absolute favourite is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, so if by some chance you have not yet picked that one up, I highly recommend that you do so!

How about you – are you a lover or loather of classic books?  Have you got any recommendations for me?  If you join in with the tag, let me know in the comments, I would love to see what books you came up with too!

Organdie. x