Elias Elephant kids backpack
What happens when you pull the tongue?
Just don’t try it on real animals…
This family replaces the word “covet” with T.O.L. Did you see his new outdoor toy? It’s T.O.L. Check out that vacuum, it’s T.O.L. Camping with this family means us checking out your T.O.L. supplies. T.O.L.—top of the line. This family prefers B.S.—Bottom Shelf, a.k.a, a plastic shopping bag.
Affenzahn Large Friend backpacks are just about the nicest thing dropped on the floor in this family’s house. This is a T.O.L. bag. For about a week my 4-year-old strutted about with Elias Elephant stuffed with any innocuous object he stumbled across, including a completely disgusting candy cane. He harbored it in to his newly minted “candy pocket”, which is kind of hidden.
Our mudroom hangers are filled with a Minecraft book bag, a minion, R2-D2, and Cars all with ghastly holes worn through the front fabric. This Elias bag comparatively is not only made up of better material, but all stitches are tough. This is high-quality, luxury, T.O.L. stuff this family just ain’t used to.
A kids backpack is only as strong as its last seam. According to the product description, each kids backpack is finished by hand and checked for mistakes. Upon close examination, one can immediately tell this bag was made purposely.
Zippers protect the main pocket and cute little paw pockets located up front. Those three zippers are durable, strong, and pretty heavy duty, to the point if my kid wants to smuggle out the class pet, it’s not getting out. Mesh pockets on the sides and tucked under the animal face have a strong elastic hold, which we used to store a water bottle in place; hook and loop arms also secure the bottle.
Between an adorable elephant face, cute paw pockets, and pull out tongue this kids backpack is whimsical, to say the least. This aside, the pack is also eco-friendly using a Bluesign® System. What is this you ask? Lucky for you, I took a Google class in college (seriously, because I come from the “Ask Jeeves” generation). Bluesign® pushed standards for environmental health and safety when it comes to manufacturing textiles. Basically, companies taking part in this system monitor energy output, chemical use and ecological impact. Buy this backpack and make the world better, unlike my fox-fur-coal-powered backpack. Did I mention this T.O.L. pack is made from recycled PET bottles, reducing the amount of waste in landfills?
WHAT I LIKED…NO LOVED
This kids backpack is unique from the hook and loop arms to all the secret pockets. With three kids pouring out of the school doors promptly at 3, a unique backpack makes it easy for my kids to stand out. Literally, 3 other kids in my daughter’s class have an exact match to her Minecraft carrier. Last year she walked off with a twinning Princess Sophia bag. If she had the Elias kids backpack with its pull out name-tag tongue, that wouldn’t happen.
Shoulder pads, back cushioning and the chest clip give this kids backpack the feeling of durability. It resembles a hiking backpack with the wide shoulders, and closing snap strap. My 6-year-old has a T.O.L. hiking pack, and this kids backpack is more durable and suited to fit a small body. The chest strap allows for tightening, taking some of the strain of a kid’s back.
While my little kid carried around the pack at the swimming pool, a toddler next to us started to get upset. Mom was trying to get dressed all while keeping her baby away from the pool’s edge. Elias Elephant came through in a pinch. The hook and loop arms can connect to Elias’ face and nose, and this little girl loved playing peek-a-boo with the backpack, giving mom enough time to scoop and cover her wobbly bits.
“For about a week my 4-year-old strutted about with Elias Elephant stuffed with any innocuous object he stumbled across, including a completely disgusting candy cane. He harbored it in to his newly minted “candy pocket”, which is kind of hidden.”Meg Sanders
STANDING IN THE WAY OF GREATNESS
First, the size of this pack does not allow enough room for legal sized papers to fit without a little bend. This isn’t a bag I would necessarily pick for school, but for supplies, hikes or errands. Elias Elephant was great for my 4-year-old, not for my 6-year-old and his homework folders.
Second, despite the completely adorable name label/playing tongue on the animal’s face, ornery old grounds keeper Willy won’t think to pull out the tongue if he stumbles across Elias. So if you’re counting on someone to pull the tongue when looking for the owner’s name, you might be in trouble.
Last, Elias is not waterproof. As I stated earlier, Bodie stuffed a sticky, furry candy cane in a pocket. It wiped out very easily; although it survived a washcloth the top is not fit for rain or any other fluid kids decide to splash through. Honestly though, I don’t work well in the rain or fluid splashing.
Any kid lucky enough to carry around this durable, cheerful kids backpack will have a bounce in her step. If an elephant isn’t your child’s style, Affenzahn also has zebras, dinosaurs, tigers and my personal favorite, a donkey. The straps are a huge selling point for me, but for others it could be the eco-friendly aspect if one is concerned about a carbon footprint.
No doubt that this brand of backpack will last as long as one needs it to, it is T.O.L. after all—unlike the plastic grocery sack my kids often use when we can’t find their packs during morning rush.