February 12, 2017
College and university students have a different type of load to bear, other than their course or debt load. Certain programs require individuals to bring their own personal laptop to class, which can weigh up to 10 pounds. Some educational programs that require a personal laptop at Red River College include:
- Graphic Design
- Computer Applications for Business
- Creative Communications
- Introduction to Business Information Technology
A regular backpack, including a laptop, books, binders, pens, other stationary, and a standard water bottle, can weigh from 25-30lbs on average. This weight is equivalent to porting a three-year-old child around on your back for 18-27 hours a week. Excluding transportation time.
“Carrying around that weight on a daily basis can cause damage to your spine,” said Dr. Daniel Schaffer, Chiropractor at Southwood Chiropractic Centre. “Most people don’t wear their backpacks properly. Backpacks should be strapped up high and right against your back. You should also have a strap across the chest for added support,” said Dr. Schaffer.
“Most people don’t wear their backpacks properly. Backpacks should be strapped up high and right against your back. You should also have a strap across the chest for added support.” – Dr. Dan Schaffer, Chiropractor.
Enter the genius of a wheeled laptop backpack. Some programs at Red River College, for example, require students to purchase a 15.5″ Apple MacBook Pro for their program. Some students with existing smaller Apple laptops are OK to use them. However, an Apple computer is mandatory, due to the required Adobe software that students learn to use in the program, that interfaces supremely with the operating system.
I have personally trekked this backpack through Winnipeg’s winter weather and it has stayed intact since it is of good quality and sturdy. I have even lifted the entire bag by the retractable luggage handle that I pull to roll it around and it is still in perfect condition.
The rollerblade wheels help it to roll smoothly at all times and it also has regular backpack straps neatly zipped away in the back where the straps usually are (but I have never used them).
I highly recommend the Swiss Gear® Wheeled Laptop Backpack. Do yourself a favour and save your back unnecessary loads. It’s worth the investment.
The Red River Bookstore regularly stocks the Swiss Army Wheeled Laptop backpack.
Some features of the backpack are:
- $99.00 CAD (average)
- Fits laptops up to 15.6 inches
- Made of polyester
- Push-button locking handle
- 2 wheels (roller-blade style)
- 2 Main zippered compartment
- 2 front zippered pockets
- Side mesh pockets
- Inside organizer
- Top handle
- Padded shoulder straps
- RFID protection