Recently I got a request to compare Campomaggi Backpacks to figure out how they rest on your back to see which ones are most comfortable. My customer said that she is a bit short and would not be comfortable with a backpack that sits very low. Having always carried a different Campomaggi backpack on our overseas trips I definitely have some first-hand experience on the subject. In addition, many of our customers have shared their experiences with their Campomaggi backpacks. So, let’s try to spot the most comfortable ones.
There are a few different major uses for backpacks today: shopping, commuting, traveling, and hiking. Shopping is different from commuting in that, when commuting, you might need to get in and out of the bag frequently. When shopping, you might benefit from more space and you do not know how much stuff you will want to carry. The main difference between traveling and hiking is that when you are hiking you don’t get to set the backpack down a lot and if it starts to get heavy then it is definitely going to be an unavoidable pain. When you travel, instead, the backpack might end up sitting on a luggage rack inside a train car for considerable stretches.
The most common concerns about backpacks are: weight and comfort, space, and ease of access to contents. Campomaggi backpacks meet the needs for different uses and different concerns. When it comes to weight, canvas backpacks are lighter. But comfort is determined more by the type of strap than the weight of the bag, which ultimately depends on what you put in the bag. The more spacious backpacks are at greater risk of becoming heavier for this reason. Also, a spacious backpack with a single compartment can make it quite difficult to find what you are looking for.
To keep things simple I picked three Campomaggi backpacks to compare: The ZAVATTI, queen of all backpacks; the VOLTA, darling among Marcopolonites; and the FONTANA, full of tricks up its sleeve.
First I need to define what a comfortable backpack is for a couple of different uses and body peculiarities. If you plan on using the backpack for travelling you want to pay particular attention to bag weight and strap comfort. I would definitely pick a canvas backpack that is spacious.
From the attached pictures you can see that the VOLTA is the bag that sits comfortably on the shoulders and rests high. The other backpacks sit low and there is no way to shorten the straps past their tightest setting. The VOLTA is very adjustable and you get to make the straps as short as you need them. I really like it also because the straps are very comfortable (wider at the top), it is easy to put on and take off, it has a lot of pockets outside, and the top is high grade canvas which is lighter than leather. I would rate the VOLTA as the most comfortable for hiking and traveling.
The ZAVATTI is the most stylish, still, after all these years. It is very popular for commuting to work, where it looks professional and researched: there is no other backpack quite as high quality when you take a close look. The two large pockets are ideal for storing today’s large phones and other somewhat large items like an eyeglasses case.
The FONTANA is also in the stylish category that would do well when commuting. It is a different style than the ZAVATTI and appeals to a different taste that appreciates certain design features such as the braided straps. It feels more spacious than the ZAVATTI and it would be my pick for shopping out of these three, although there are other Campomaggi backpacks that I am not going to review today that would do better in that arena.
Ultimately, my customer liked the design of the ZAVATTI only so I had to discourage her because it was going to sit too low on her. My recommendation for comfort would have been the VOLTA, which did not cut it for her. This is a good example of the advice you can get from Marcopoloni. Instead of being sold a product you will find someone whose first priority is to listen to you to try to understand your needs. When I showed her the pictures she was able to make an informed decision.
Do you have a Campomaggi backpack? Please share your experience in the comments to help other customers. I plan on reviewing the other backpacks that we currently carry next time Chiara comes to the office on a school holiday. She took the pictures for this post. Good job Chiara!