The Ethnotek Raja Backpack is a vibrant, everyday carry companion constructed from 840-denier ballistic nylon to ensure maximum durability. Featuring an interchangeable front panel, the Ethnotek Raja Backpack gives you the freedom to wear the backpack with or without the colour injection – a feature favoured by those who have a hard time committing to colour!
Rushfaster customer, Kelly Eng recently submitted a great review outlining her experience with the Ethnotek Raja Backpack.
Thanks again for the awesome review, Kelly! Always good to see a Rushfaster favourite being put to good use – The Rushfaster Team.
Who doesn’t love a new bag? Sans biscuit crumbs, blotchy ink stains and mashed banana odours, a new bag speaks of fresh hope and adventure.
My first impression of the Raja rolltop backpack is of quality: it feels super-sturdy and reliable. The tag says it’s made of 840-denier water-resistant ballistic nylon. Given my stockings are generally about 40-denier, this must mean the bag is practically bullet proof!
Functionality aside for a moment, the Raja is also very handsome. There is a colourful fabric panel, called a Thread™, that can easily be removed if you wish to go all black. It’s also interchangeable if you prefer a different pattern (you can purchase extra Threads separately). The rainbow-like fabric that came with my Raja was handmade in Guatamala. Ethnotek source their fabrics from villages in Asia, South America and Africa to celebrate and preserve traditional craft, and in the case of my Raja, social responsibility resulted in something beautiful.
Comfort-wise, the Raja backpack has some kick-arse features. My shoulders appreciated the padded straps and the cross-chest buckles, while my lumbar region loved the ergonomic padded supports. Even better, the padded supports are made of air mesh, increasing airflow and bringing sweet relief to sweaty backs. A god-send on 30-plus degree summer days.
It’s a good size too. At 47 litres it’s deep and I can easily fit all my day’s essentials in. My lap top and A4 work folders slot in and stay upright and protected, while my gym gear, work high heels and lunchbox sit nicely in the main compartment. Side pockets (lined with fabric – nice touch!) make a good home for drink bottles and iPods/apples/cameras.
The big roll top folds down easily and allows you to secure everything in. There’s also a long side flap that gives easy access to items at the bottom of the bag and saves you from pulling everything out the top.
The Ethnotek Raja backpack would be a useful addition to your bag wardrobe. Whether you are pounding the pavement toward the office, lugging your law books to uni or tip-toeing by a grizzly bear lakeside, the Raja backpack is adaptable and up for life’s challenges.
It is more expensive than your average backpack, but if you are looking for a backpack that combines durability, functionality and impressive storage capacity with good looks, the Raja will go the distance. And it has a social conscience.
PS. A bit of trivia. Raja means ‘king’ in Hindi.