Friday, November 25, 2016

Review: IMPACT Spinal Protection School Backpack

Shared in an earlier post, I have always been mindful of spinal care and posture for the kiddo. With her entering Primary school almost 2 years back, I bought her an ergo bag but found it to be unsuitable for her. The bag was a tad too long and the width was a tad narrow where Dumpling found it hard to slot the books in. So, that bag was put aside where we just use it to put the kiddo’s music books instead.

With the kiddo entering into Primary 3 in less than 2 months, the issue was still nagging at the back of my mind as she will have more books and worksheets to bring to and from school. That started our hunt for another ergo bag. With the recommendations from a friend, I visited ERGOWORKS showroom at Centrepoint to pick up a new bag for Dumpling in preparation for Primary 3 next year.

ERGOWORKS carries its own line of ergonomic bags called IMPACT. The line comes in a few models with different features shown below. The main differences are in the shape and in the back of the bags. 

Some target various back muscles (above left) while another has a groove to allow for the spine "sit" on it (above right)...

And one of its latest model is this bag above which allows the user to map the child's height to the strap length (adjustable).

Dumpling was fitted (with the help of the knowledgeable consultants there) for a suitable bag (something not too long) with a curvature which follows and allows for the spine to develop properly.

Importantly, we were looking for a bag that not only fits well but is not as heavy as some of the ergo bags are. 

The bag which she ended up choosing was the IMPACT Spinal Protection School Backpack. Besides the special groove, some of the other unique properties are:
  • It uses a Safety reflective material (by USA 3M) on the trimmings and part of its straps
  • It is 100% Made in Taiwan
  • Its high ballistic Nylon is treated with Anti-Water, Dust and UV resistance coating, 
  • As seen above, it uses a "loop lock zip" pull tabs
  • It also features an anti-Slip PU base with 
  • Multiple file compartments (with elastic band) to hold content upright and stabilise the Centre of gravity of load
  • It also has pockets for water bottle and school essentials
  • And importantly, the bag’s weight is lightest in its class at approx. 1050g

With that, the kiddo chose her favorite color (pink of course!) and tried it out during the last few days in school. :)

Here's what the kiddo thought of the bag:

"I like that the bag feels snug against my body. The old bag was soft (no structure) and so, the books were pulling down the other way. I had to keep pulling back the straps to keep the bag up. 

This IMPACT bag has a solid structure which allows me to put my books easily and did not pull away from my body. The bag also has a thicker backing. I cannot feel anything poking into my back when carrying it, unlike the previous one. 

I also like that there are sections (compartments) in the bag which helps me organise my books better ~ heavier books are now placed at the back with the lighter ones in the front compartment. 

All in all, I like this bag as it is comfortable."

Dumpling ~ 8YO.

Here's more information on the backpack:

IMPACT Spinal Protection School Backpack
Usual SRP: $149
Special: $129 (inclusive of 7% GST)
(Comes in Navy, Light Purple & Royal Blue)


Causeway Point
1 Woodlands Square #03-26 Causeway Point
(level 3 next to Kiddy Palace )
Opens Daily: 11:30am - 9.00 pm
Telephone: 6893 8488

Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard #03-337/338 Marina Square
(level 3 Art of living furniture zone)
Opens Daily: 11:30am - 9.00 pm
Telephone: 6837 3370

176 Orchard Road #03-36 Centrepoint
(level 3 next to LALU boutique)
Opens Daily: 11:30am - 9.00 pm
Telephone: 6836 8488

Connect with Ergoworks on their Facebook page! 

:: About IMPACT Brand
IMPACT brand was founded since 1997 and is sold internationally. Today, it is remains the ONLY ergonomic brand medically endorsed and recommended by Singapore Physiotherapy Association & The Chiropractic Association of Singapore.
If you have found this post useful, you may enjoy more posts on Dumpling's Primary school journey.   
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. We were invited to review the IMPACT Spinal Protection School Backpack so that we can give our opinions about it. We are not compensated for the post. All opinions are entirely ours. 
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