One more summer trend: The backpack is back! I mention it not because I feel I have truffled up anything unusual—this trend has been yakked about ad nauseam in the run-up to summer—but simply because I am surprised that it actually caught on. I never imagined that anyone could endure the heat-augmenting encumbrance of a backpack during the month of July. I was wrong.
-Slate: Attack of the $39,000 backpack
Hold up. I did not realize backpacks were supposed to be a big summer* trend. I did notice more backpacks coming into use in the last two years. I just started using a backpack daily this summer. But I did it because the gigantic bag I’d been carrying every day for the last 3 years was giving me back pain. I didn’t even carry that much stuff in it, but the shoulder-carry was destroying me. I don’t feel trendy when I wear my backpack (though I did pick a yackety vom-vom trendy one). I feel goofy, but my back pain is completely gone! Rarely, I will use my gigantic bag (careful to put almost nothing in it, defeating the purpose). It’s still perfect. It still feels like an old friend. I miss you, bag. Backpack can never replace you in my heart.
*Yeah, it does make my back hot. Next question.