Review:

Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack



The Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack is first generation sling backpack offering from Adidas. It has been successful enough that there is now a second generation sling backpack from Adidas called the Adidas Capital Sling Backpack . If the Rydell becomes unavailable you might want to consider the Capital instead.



Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack

If you're unable to wear your regular backpack because of a collarbone injury then you should consider wearing a one-strap backpack - also called a Sling. One of the more popular ones is the Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack.

Join me and let's look at this bag a bit more closely . . .


One Strap


Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack shoulder being worn

You wear it just like the image shown above - on the shoulder without the collarbone injury. You can switch the sides as you see fit. This way, the injured collarbone doesn't get any pressure on it.

Slings usually have less capacity than full-sized backpacks but not so with the Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack. This bag was designed to replace full- sized backpacks so you get pretty much the same carrying capacity. That said, Adidas knew that all the weight would now be on one shoulder so they provided the strap with a unique shock absorbing feature called LoadSpring. This allows the strap to behave much like the shock absorber of a car. So how useful is this? Users of this sling backpack report that it really does help.

There is another advantage to using a sling backpack that can help with your injury. Simply: No need to take off the pack every time you need to access something from the bag. With a sling backpack you can simply swing the pack to your front and take out whatever you need.


Pack Storage

The main compartment of the Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack is one huge storage space. Some people have complained that this compartment is "one huge sack" and have bemoaned the lack of organizer features but most are very happy with the large, unrestricted carrying capacity. This is specially true if you'll be packing some oddly-shaped objects.

Behind the main compartment, in the area nearest your back is a thin zipped space. Inside is a special pocket for a tablet. This is just right for an iPad but Surfaces (the Microsoft pad) won't fit.


Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack shoulder showing front organizer pocket

Now to the front of the pack. You'll get a zipped pocket and this one has an organizer with special pockets for mobile phones, pens and other small stuff.

A buckled compression strap secures the front flap. Inside is a slip pocket. No zippers on this one for quick access. Think loose change, keys, tickets and the like.


Adidas Rydell Sling Backpack shoulder strap and back panel

Lastly, you get a mobile phone compartment attached to the shoulder strap. Unfortunately, this won't fit the big screen smartphones currently in vogue. But, it's still useful. Earphones, the already mentioned tickets and loose change. You'll find it handy.

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