TryingToHelpStudents - 1 year ago
*Full review under bullet points* To be concise, what I didn't like about this backpack is: -Too long (tall) -Not nearly wide enough to hold my supplies -When put on group, doesn't stand up by itself -Zippers are sharp and hurt your fingers What was good about it is: -Good looking, stylish -The smaller pockets in the front are good. -Quality materials This is the worst backpack I have ever bought. I have been using a plain black jansport for 2 years and it has been great: light weight, perfect size, fits just about everything I need, but I broke one of the zippers two days after I bought it. It didn't really bother me, I just used the other one. Even though jansport has a lifetime warranty, I was too lazy to go through the whole ordeal. So I go to Target and look through their backpack isle which, by the way has a pretty limited selection and this was a supertarget about a month before school starts in my area. So already I was disappointed I didn't find really any backpack that I was looking for. But I needed one and I just wanted to get it over with so I chose this one: the Bondka Jumpstreet in Heather Grey because it doesn't have any ugly design, it actually looks pretty nice. It also looks comfortable and functional. Boy was I wrong. I brought it home and I should have tried it on at the store because it is way too long. I am short but you would have to be at least six foot for this to comfortably fit you. This problem doesn't stop at comfort, it also severely affects your ability to put laptops and binders and notebooks in it. I had so much trouble getting my schools supplies in it, especially binders. It has way to little width but way too much length making if a huge struggle to fit my stuff in it. Once I put in a one subject notebook and one inch binder in the big back pocket, I could not get another binder or notebook in that pocket. There are two big pockets but I have eight classes a day, plus band after school which requires water bottle and uniform, and lots of other stuff. The jansport was smaller but the way it held the stuff was simply better. If the jumpstreet had cut 6 inches off the top, I wouldn't have to dive for my supplies, and if it were 4 inces wider, I could actually fit my supplies in it. I gave the Bondka a week, I don't know what I thought would change but I figured I should give it a fair test trial. It did not get any better. The only thing I did discover is that the zippers are possibly the worst part of the jumpstreet; they are sleek-looking but very sharp. It actually hurt to pull open the pockets. I got callouses! In the spirit of being fair, I will say that the smaller pockets in the front, while still having the malicious zippers, are perfect of my smaller supplies and I like the separate sections, better than my jansport's single smaller pocket in the front. Also, the materials are of good quality and seems like it will last a long time. Something that I found very inconvenient was that it couldn't hold itself up. When I put it on the ground, it was so tall without an adaquate base that it tipped over and made it that much more difficult to use. As a student who goes to eight different classes a day, I don't unpack my entire book bag on the tiny desks in every single class. I keep it all in my bookbag and go in when I need something. But if it is face down on the floor and just out of my reach because it fell over? That's extremely annoying. To compare it once again to the jansport: my jansport held itself up and stayed put, it was very easy to retrieve supplies, which for me is necessary in a backpack. The jansport is about $10ish more expenive, but totally worth it. Even with the one zipper not working on mine, that's what I've gone back to and I've donated my Bondka to charity. Maybe if you are using it for something other than school it is more appropriate but for the majority of people who use it for school, I would strongly advise you not to buy this.