The Poler Field Pack is one of Poler Stuff’s most popular backpack styles. Featuring a minimal design and and an extremely affordable price tag, The Poler Field Pack is ideal for students and others on a smaller budget. Additional features include a padded internal laptop sleeve to offer extra protection for your gear, and an extremely handy exterior pocket for organising all your bits and bobs.
Rushfaster customer, Tagen Davies sent in a great review outlining her recent experience with the Poler Field Pack.
Thanks for the great review, Tagen. As always, it’s great to see our gear in action! – The Rushfaster Team.
If you’ve been looking for a bag that combines functionality, style and price then the Poler Field Pack may just be the backpack you’re after. This bag is great for someone that doesn’t want to go down the Herschel path, but still appreciates durable and outdoorsy style. I carried this around for about a week and a half and these are my thoughts on the Field Pack.
Who is it going to work for?
To be frank, this bag screams “I only camp when I go to music festivals, outside of that ‘eww dirt’”. Not to undermine the pack at all – that pretty much sums me up – I feel that this bag is more about style and less about function. It’s going to suit the student life really well and with its relatively low, $84.95 price tag, it’s a bag that can take a beating, but also won’t break your heart if you happen to lose it. I’m a big fan of bags that are just a big cavern to chuck stuff in and I seemed to like the bag most when riding my bike to different jobs around town.
Who is it not going to work for?
If you’re the type that wears a suit more often than not, buys their fruit and vegetables in those boutique supermarkets with brown paper bags or drives a car, this bag probably won’t be something you’ll like. Unless you really like to appear like you go hiking every weekend, even though you don’t. I would also say that it’s not the greatest bag for anyone that perhaps walks to work, the straps are lacking on padding (likely due to the price point) so things can get a little scratchy in the shoulder department. That’s not to say that you can’t walk with it, I just wouldn’t want to be doing any major kilometres with it on my back.
So, the stuff that stood out to me when using/considering the pack included:
The price – It’s great when you can get a bag that is great quality, looks cool and doesn’t cost a fortune, it makes justifying the purchase far easier and you feel like you’re practically making money!
Colours - The Field Pack comes in an array of colour combos that definitely speak true to Poler’s Portland origins. Let’s just say the bags wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of Portlandia but hey, we’re all hipsters these days!
Easy to close – The bag has a nice piece of hardware that clips the bag shut. It has the Poler cyclopes logo on it and it’s very easy to close.
Laptop compartment - Inside the pack there is a laptop pocket that can house a 15” Macbook (I say Macbook because I doubt anyone that would purchase this bag would own a PC). I sometimes don’t take a laptop with me, and just have my iPad and notebooks, so I still appreciate having this pocket to keep everything from rattling around.
Good quality canvas – I live in Melbourne and the weather is very temperamental. I got caught in the rain a couple of times and everything stayed dry. What more could you want really?
Some of the things that I didn’t like so much about this bag included:
Bag shape/Volume – Admittedly, the bag is a bit narrow in terms of its ability to expand. The bag is perfectly wide enough but there just isn’t enough depth to fit in much more than your laptop, your lunch and the other personal items that we carry with us. It’s fine in summer, but if it were winter I’d want to be able to fit my jacket/jumper in the bag and that’s probably not going to happen easily.
Straps not padded – Now given that the bag is very affordable, I’m willing to overlook this but I know for some, strap comfort is a big deal and I understand that if you’re a walker, shoulder scratching and digging isn’t fun. Part of me feels that more money has gone into emblazoning their logo on unnecessary parts of the bag and perhaps extra padding could be considered for a Field Pack 2.0.
Hard to open – I spoke about this in The Upside above, while the clasp is easy to close and really quite a nice, tactile way of closing the bag, opening it up leaves a little to be desired. You really have to get the angle right and I just found it a little annoying at times particularly if the bag is quite full.
Zip on wrong side – Now this is entirely dependent on your personal backpack use, but I did confer with other people on this and they approved my pedantic thoughts. So the single zip on the front pocket of the bag, while very easy to operate, the placement is all off. I tend to be a fan of the dual zip so you can decide which side the zip closes to, and should you be right handed (like myself) you slip the bag off your left shoulder, swing it to your right side, and then using your right hand the zip is there, ready to open. The Field Pack has it’s zip the wrong way around for me but that will make it perfect for southpaws or right-handed people that do things differently. This was just one of those things that I obviously over-analysed and feel you should know about.
Overall, I think this bag wins out because of it’s price and looks. It’s far from an investment piece but it’s perfect if you want something a little different to carry your life in about town. This bag will withstand a lot, even if you do take it out for the occasional hike, but ultimately it’s a bag that does the job and it’s not trying to be anything more than that.