When it comes to manufacturing sporting apparel and gear, Adidas is undoubtedly one of the best-known brands in sportswear, alongside big names such as Nike, Puma and Asics. Founded in 1949, the company traces humble roots to two brothers who worked at their father’s shoe factory, and who came up with their first shoes in their mother’s laundry room. Today, this German brand boasts the reputation of being the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, and the second largest in the world. The name Adidas has become synonymous with quality and stylish running shoes, but their best backpacks are equally sought after for their high performance and durability. The Prime backpack is a ‘prime’ example, and is suitable for those who want something spacious, practical but edgy-looking.
Build and Dimensions
Some bags claim to have space for items measuring up to X inches, but when it comes down to it they don’t actually deliver. The Prime, on the other hand, works as advertised.Measuring 13.5 inches by 20.5 inches by 17 inches, there’s plenty of room for whatever you want to put in it, and loads of pockets for easy organisation.
There are three spacious main compartments, which close with double zippers for added protection. The zippers have ‘holes’ at the end, so users can even slip a small padlock and latch them together to make the bag completely theft-proof. As the Prime is marketed as a ‘laptop’ bag, the compartments come with dedicated sleeves for laptops and tablets, which can accommodate a laptop up to 15.4 inches. Anything larger might be a snug fit. The sleeves are padded with soft, tricot fabric to protect its contents from hard knocks, falls or bumps, and help to separate your electronics from books, stationery and other items.
One of the other main compartments has smaller pockets to store pens, as well as a zippered mesh pocket for keeping stationery, smartphones or MP3 players. On the front is another zippered compartment and an external ‘pouch’ for storing small items such as keys, make-up and stationery. As with most standard backpacks, the sides comprise of two mesh pockets for carrying water bottles. Also on the bag is a top handle for convenient one-handed carrying, for times when you need to transport it quickly without having to loop the straps over your shoulders.
Speaking of straps, the Prime features shock-absorbing shoulder straps that are padded for extra comfort.They are adjustable to fit people of different heights, whether tall or short. The ergonomic design and ‘load spring’ technology ensures an even distribution of weight, and keeps the straps from slipping down the sides of your shoulder when the bag is packed with a heavy load. On its own, it is relatively lightweight at approximately 1.4lbs. Meanwhile, the back panel is also padded and covered with an airy mesh for better circulation and to reduce sweating.
There are downsides, however. While most users agreed that the bag is spacious and practical, there seems to be quite a number of complaints about the Prime’s zippers and seams, with some claiming that they broke or wore out easily. At the same time, there are many who found these backpacks incredibly durable, so it might boil down to individual use.
There are many things that make a good backpack: robust build, quality construction, practicality, and most of all, high quality material. Cheap materials will not last long, and users will find themselves looking for a replacement within a few months. Thankfully, the Prime is fairly strong and durable. Made entirely from 600D polyester, the material is lightweight and reinforced with Ripstop technology like in almost all best backpacks for hiking to protect against ripping and tearing, even when subjected to the rigorous demands of daily travel. Polyester is a favourite among sportswear manufacturers, as it is incredibly strong and resistant to wrinkles, shrinking, moisture, and abrasion.
New buyers are lucky as Adidas has made an improvement to the backpack just earlier this year – it now features a hydro shield water-resistant base so you can place the backpack on the gym floor or on the ground, without worrying about moisture seeping in. The overall material is hydrophobic, dries quickly and can hold up in light rain.It is not as rigid as thick fabric, and therefore will not be able to stand on its own when empty.
The Prime is shaped like a turtle shell; with honeycomb/patterned detailing and decorative grooves running down the front pouch. The color scheme screams sporty and cool, with neon accents on the zippers and side lining. Colors like tech steel/solar yellow and shock purple/unity purple/solar red are bright and vivid, so you’ll have no trouble spotting the backpack even from afar. If subdued, muted colors are more your thing, there are choices like black and deepest space grey/scarlet. Fully reflective accent panels ensure that users will be seen when toting the backpack, even at night. Embossed on the front is the Adidas logo, which is sure to attract envious glances at school or on the subway.
The Prime comes with a lifetime warranty for added peace of mind.
- Spacious, comes with three main compartments
- Huge capacity
- Comes with dedicated laptop and tablet sleeves, padded with tricot fabric for protection against impact
- Front pocket for storing smaller items
- Adjustable shock-absorbing shoulder straps
- Comfortable back panel with breathable design
- High quality polyester material
- Ripstop fabric prevents ripping and tearing
- Hydrophobic, dries quickly
- Vivid colors and neon accents for sporty and modern look
- Lifetime warranty
- Less than stellar zipper and seam quality
- Not rigid, cannot stand on its own
In a nutshell, the Adidas Prime backpack offers lots of space and functionality – and you get the added benefit of owning a ‘branded’ backpacks at a very affordable price. The backpack’s XXL size makes it a great choice for college students who want something sturdy and robust; able to handle heavy loads of books and electronics, but still stylish enough to show off on campus.