I wear my Eastpak

16 October, 2008 (09:30) | Memories

When I was in 5th grade or so, the whole Jansport and Eastpak fad hit.  Everybody was using these $40-$60 back packs, and you weren’t cool unless you had one.  Josh Smith was really the one that gave me the most peer pressure about it.  I begged my mom to buy me one.  They had a lifetime warranty and if there was anything wrong with it, you just sent it back for repair.  You could also stab a pen through the bag and it would "heal" itself.  How awesome was that?  Anyway, my mom was very reluctant to get me one, but one day, she caved. 

When I picked my mom up to drive out to Philly a few weekends ago, she noticed I still had my eastpak.  I think she was pleasantly surprised that I had stood behind my words and promise to take care of it.  I was surprised she remembered the whole ordeal.

I’ve sent the bag back for repairs once since I’ve had it.  The middle compartment zipper had broken and torn.  I think it took a month to get it back, but it came back with all new zippers (they had "JS" imprinted on them…so I think Jansport bought eastpak or something), new stitched leather bottom, and new zipper pulls, when I didn’t have any on them when I sent it to them.  Awesome.  I’ve never been happier with a bag.  Thanks, Mom.


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