Today I’m reviewing the Salt & Hide Sam backpack. It has been sent to me by the lovely folks at Trendhim. They design quality men’s accessories that are fashionable and affordable. Salt & Hide are just one of the brands in their portfolio.
Firstly let me talk about the order process. It was very easy to navigate the website and checkout. Once done, I received my order confirmation email and then another on dispatch. Delivery was quick, with it arriving in 3 days.
It looks externally to be of exceptionally good quality materials, with great stitching along the wonderfully distressed appearance of the designer leather. A term that has been used to describe this type of bag, is ‘fashion-forward’. A very apt description in this case.
I love the materials and the colour but the next thing you notice are the shoulder straps, superb, nice and wide to spread the load. I could only wonder why other designers seem to refute the need to carry a heavy load in their backpacks. Well done Salt and Hide! Then you load the pack up and discover that the strap’s origin, close to the centre of the pack cause the straps to throw a kink for any one with broad shoulders and not surprisingly are not very uncomfortable. If you are carrying a load and haul the straps up tight, then the origins of the straps make it a fiddle to release them. If you are a one-strapper and carry the bag on one shoulder then the placement of the straps is perfect near the centre of the load.
Back to the leather – supple and artfully arranged to display the outline of the pack but, and this is such a shame, the leather at the bottom of the pack, does not wrap around the vulnerable bottom edges and corners!
Let’s talk zips. None of your cheap stuff here these are the best! They are superb, smooth running and evidently heavy duty. It’s my belief they will outlast the bag by a good margin. As for the clips holding the pack top down they also seem to be first class and should cause you no problems.
The pack has a wonderfully wide access at the top and this tapers slightly down to the base, allowing easy access to the pack’s content. A nice drawstring permits closure which is in turn covered by the top flap. A good design to keep slippery fingers and rain out of the contents.
We all know that these are used to carry more than a spare pare of socks or gym kit. We need somewhere to secure our laptops without worrying they will be damaged by a slight knock! Does this exist? Yes, is the answer – with a caveat. The compartment in the rear is perfect for a decent sized laptop, but you need to provide the padding or perhaps an outer case to provide the protection. If you don’t, then you will suffer from a sore back from laptop impacts.
Other compartments exist, some even zipped but no seeming order or reason, including a couple of loops for your pens and a couple of card slots but this little grouping is floating on a soft insert in the centre of the pack.
Overall, the quality of this bag and the materials that went into it are superb, no doubt about it.
Genuine cow leather
Holds up to 15,6″ (38,5×26,5×2,5 cm) laptops