In terms of style, the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack is absolutely gorgeous. In terms of comfort and functionality however, things could be better. Is it still a good purchase? That depends on what you’re looking for.
I’ll start with what I like about the bag before moving on to talk about its obvious design flaws.
Things I like
The first thing that I like about the Boxy backpack is that it doesn’t actually have to be worn as a backpack. Its unique shape, and adjustable straps, allow it to be worn just as easily as a shoulder or messenger bag.
The Boxy backpack isn’t cheap but it genuinely feels like a luxury product. The craftsmanship is top notch and I have no doubt that it will last me many years.
Like most diaper bags, the Boxy Backpack comes complete with a changing pad. Unlike most bags however, it’s literally built in, folding outwards from the front. This is a nice touch.
The changing compartment is also kept separate from the rest of the bag which is ideal for keeping dirty items separate from clean items.
The interior is well designed, offering easy organisation. In total there are two diaper pockets, four bottle holders, two general purpose pockets, a pacifier pocket and a detachable dirty diaper pouch.
Made primarily from coated canvas, the entire bag is easy to wipe clean. The diaper pouch is also machine washable.
It may well be the nicest looking diaper bag on the market. Available in four different styles, it’s nothing if not eye catching.
Things I Don’t Like
The first design problem of the Boxy Backpack is the straps. They might be adjustable and detachable but they’re not cushioned. This means that while you can wear it as a backpack, you’re unlikely to actually want to for long periods of time.
Another questionable feature is its weight. Backpack diaper bags are always a little on the heavy side but the Boxy Backpack weighs three pounds when empty. When combined with the uncomfortable straps, you have a recipe for sore shoulders.
Personally, I also think the bag has far too much Velcro. It might be easy to open but it’s also very noisy. And this means that every time you want to open the Boxy Backpacks main compartment, you can expect that anything asleep nearby is going to wake up.
The Boxy backpack only has two external pockets and neither are particularly spacious. External pockets might have hurt the bags aesthetics but their absence is far from ideal.
Overall, Petunia Pickles latest creation is certainly a beautiful bag. In fact, it’s so beautiful that, despite its obvious flaws, I can’t quite bring myself to dislike it. I’m happy that I bought it and do enjoy using it.
If you want a stylish bag to wear on Saturdays, it’s stunning good looks may well it an excellent choice. But if you want an every day bag whose looks are backed up by solid functionality, you should probably look elsewhere.