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View Poll Results: Which side is the "front" of a backpack?

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  • The side that touches your back, closest to the shoulder straps

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  • The side that faces out and backwards

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    existential query: which side is the "front" of a backpack?

    Is it the part that is flush with the wearer's back, closest to the shoulder straps?

    Is it the part that is exposed and contains the primary visual design... but faces backwards when the wearer walks forwards?


    My bag obsession is a running joke around the household* - but I have no good answer to my 13yo's question Smilie



    ( * though my wife seems to like the new Luminary and MCB she got for her birthday, so we'll see how that goes too )

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    Haha. Interesting question.

    I don't know what the "correct" answer is, but I've always referred to the side with the primary visual design as the "front".
    My reasoning is that if I set the bag down and want to look at the bag then I'll face the "front".
    When I'm facing and looking at a person, I would face their front. Thus, the side of the bag that I face is the front.
    By extension as well, when I hang a bag on the wall, I hang it on it's "back" (the side with backpack straps). This makes the bag face me.

    Hoping to hear from the others as well.
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    Perhaps there is no real front, perhaps it's all relative.

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    for backpacking backpacks, they are usually referred to as 'top loading' or 'front (or panel) loading'

    the SmartAlec is a 'top loading' style

    the 'front' is traditionally the logo side furthest from the straps

    the other way to think about it is the back is the part that touches your back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lodd View Post
    I've always referred to the side with the primary visual design as the "front".
    Me too. Can’t actually think of why, though - just intuitive I guess.

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    If you are facing and interacting with a bag, that side is the "front". There's nothing to do with the other side so it becomes "the back" and the two of you are back-to-back when traveling.
    “Order and simplification are the first steps towards mastery of a subject” ― Thomas Mann

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    When you stand up, your lap disappears. Perhaps the lap is just an illusion!

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    I think it is like that. At rest, the front of the bag is the bit away from the straps.
    However, when it is worn, the back is the side furthest from the front of me.
    Because all good bags become part of the person...

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