Sunday, October 9, 2011

EcoGear Toddler Backpack Review

My toddler has had an obsession with backpacks since the first time she saw one. You know how they like to collect all their favorite things and stuff them in a box or bag? She does this every day for every toy category, or mixes it all together. She doesn't beg for things, thankfully, but she's been politely asking for a backpack for a while. So we're really excited to finally have one thanks to ecogear. Oh, did I mention she loves monkeys and has a little monkey obsession too? That's why this was the perfect bag for her. Two monkeys in this photo, the bigger blue eyed one is my favorite!

Finding a toddler backpack wasn't easy, believe me. There were many, but they were either out of our price range, with cartoon characters all over, or made with toxic vinyl. Our tastes may be hard to please, but we weren't asking for much. We love the Monkey backpack and how simple it is, plus it is just the right size. Made of cotton canvas and dyed with non-toxic dyes. The straps are highly adjustable and right now we have them on almost the smallest setting. It would easily fit an adult too, if you have a thing for monkeys. The backpack has a drawstring tie, just one compartment, and a flap - which is the monkey's face that secures with a wooden toggle. The one thing I would change is adding another compartment inside or some pockets for the little things. My toddler also has some trouble with the toggle closure which is challenging for her little fingers to open and close - but that's actually a good thing, she's learning something new! Though a little magnetic closure would be a lot easier, even if not as visually appealing. Priced at $36 it is also one of the more affordable backpacks of this quality that we've seen. There are four animals to choose from in the Ecozoo series: monkey, panda, pig, and puppy. Others we would like to see? Maybe a duck, frog, tiger, and a cat.

Ecogear also carries a great line of kids backpacks, adult backpacks, laptop bags, travel bags, and even a PVC free sleeping bag. All the products are Eco friendly in some way. If you have older kids, the messenger bags and backpacks are super adorable and I'm sure teenagers would love the line of modern adult backpacks. I'm a big fan of the Ocean Backpack made from recycled PET bottles, I love the sleek design and that it's priced at under $30. 

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Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment for this review. I was provided a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are solely my own and your experience may differ.


  1. Oh my gosh! These are so cute! Thank you for the review. I love the designs and good price, too.


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