Today’s Coveted Working Look: Madewell Transport Rucksack

by Jordan Zeman | July 17th, 2014   

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.

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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.

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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.