Did you know your body has something called a “trapezius muscle”? There are, in fact, two of them. As a pair they help to control the arms and shoulder blades. You may be unaware of this support system until the unfortunate day when you reach towards a high shelf and suddenly know what it must feel like to be karate chopped in the neck.
When this happened to me, I learned that the pain stemmed from carrying a loaded purse. Having so much weight on one shoulder had caused damage, and I made the switch to alternative strap options. While the backpack can bring back cringe-worthy middle school memories, this leather option from Madewell is anything but childish.
Besides distributing weight more evenly to avoid back and shoulder pain, the Transport Rucksack will also age nicely and stand up to reasonable wear and tear. The leather is a great choice for a work bag rather than, say, the athletic materials of your old Jansport. There are also several pockets for organizing your necessities.
The tab closure system will hold the compartments shut without complication. No more undoing the clasps, turn locks and zippers just to get to a breath mint. There is a block-letter monogram option available for $10 more.
This is a beautifully adult backpack that is perfect for commuting as well as weekend excursions. It can even work as a bag for festival season, minus all the fringe and embroidery of typical styles.
If you are lugging everything but the kitchen sink on one arm, avoid the pain of a pulled trapezius by switching to this sleek rucksack.