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Kipling Challenger II Backpack

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Product Features

  • Two way zip round entry into main compartment
  • Interior fabric lining
  • Interior zipper pocket
  • Exterior front two way zip round compartment
  • Exterior front zipper pocket
  • Padded adjustable backpack straps
  • Handle on top to carry
  • Monkey keychain

Detailed Product Description

Go back to school or out adventuring with your essentials neatly stowed in the Kipling Challenger II. This lightweight, durable fabric backpack has a two way zip-round entry into its spacious main compartment, perfect for storing your books, binders, and folders, or your change of clothing, shoes, and hiking or day-tripping gear. Its interior includes a zippered pocket for keeping valuables safe and secure, a slide pocket, a key fob, and three pen slots, and an additional zippered compartment provides extra storage space. An exterior hidden top zip pocket offers quick access, and two exterior side pockets with Velcro closures hold your wallet, cell phone, water bottles, or a small umbrella. The Kipling Challenger II has padded, adjustable shoulder straps and a top carry handle, and it comes with the trademark Kipling hanging monkey keychain charm.

Product Specifications

Size:i
Medium
Dimensions:i
10.25" x 14.25" x 8.25"
Weight:i
2 lbs
Material:i
Fabric
Warranty:i
One year against manufacturer's defects
Linear Inches:i
32.75"
SKU:i
BP3761
Catalog #:i
CT39-148049

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Ratings Summary
Overall

4.6

Based on 73 reviews

91% recommended
Appearance
4.7
Durability
4.7
Organization
4.6
Price/Value
4.3
Most Helpful Review
  • Posted: 6/4/2012
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from CA
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34 person(s) out of 36 found this review helpful.
"I am so disappointed with the second version! I have the original version and was excited when I found out that they updated it by keeping all the same awesome old features and adding some new pockets, zippers, etc. However, upon arrival, I noticed the middle compartment was not a 2 way zip as described and the internal organization pocket is missing a zippered pocket and does not look anything like the photo! I am currently using my old one as a diaper bag and purse. It rocks... and is still in great condition. Too bad the new version doesn't match the description or photos... will be returning it! Missing the following that was described: Exterior front two way zip round compartment Interior includes zipper pocket, three pen holders"
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  • Posted: 6/4/2012
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from CA
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34 person(s) out of 36 found this review helpful.
"I am so disappointed with the second version! I have the original version and was excited when I found out that they updated it by keeping all the same awesome old features and adding some new pockets, zippers, etc. However, upon arrival, I noticed the middle compartment was not a 2 way zip as described and the internal organization pocket is missing a zippered pocket and does not look anything like the photo! I am currently using my old one as a diaper bag and purse. It rocks... and is still in great condition. Too bad the new version doesn't match the description or photos... will be returning it! Missing the following that was described: Exterior front two way zip round compartment Interior includes zipper pocket, three pen holders"
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  • Posted: 9/17/2012
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Singapore, NA
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12 person(s) out of 13 found this review helpful.
"Being an avid fan of Kipling all these years, the latest revision to the Challenger II is a huge letdown. To begin with, they have taken away all the features that makes Kipling so awesome: now ALL the zips are one-way, when before, the 2 bigger compartments spotted 2-way zippers; the 2 side velcro'ed pockets have also been removed, as was the extra zippered pocket in the second compartment. I had really liked the side pockets for keeping small items like transport passes, lipbalms, hand sanitisers, packet of tissues and even my bunch of keys etc. I haven't any luck with putting my waterbottle in the side pocket without it jutting out too much, but I've been able to put a small foldable umbrella there. Now those two pockets are gone. I was also partial to the additional zippered pocket in the middle compartment(one of the upgrades from the original Challenger)--I used it to keep more important receipts or even extra cash when I travel. This too, was removed in the latest Challenger II. What remained was the hidden ipod pocket at the top back of the bag, another nifty feature I love, so although I was glad to see that it's still there, it wasn't enough to make up for my overall disappointment with this bag. Perhaps the only improvement is that Kipling has changed the material of the shoulder straps from matching canvas to the same material as the body of the bag, so this is a good thing as the crinkle nylon repels water better. However, this really should be the most logical move, as I imagined it would be easier to just use the same material than to hunt out matching canvas for the shoulder straps, so again, I really don't see it to be such a major upgrade that warrants the removal of the other features. This entire revision smacks of cost-cutting measures, which brings up another beef: the workmanship of Kipling bags isn't as fine as they used to be. Just take a look at the too-long zip in the second compartment--they made the bags look like factory rejects."
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  • Posted: 10/15/2012
  • Reviewer: Judith from London
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6 person(s) out of 6 found this review helpful.
"I travel by public transport and often have to carry extras such as umbrella, scarf, newspaper, etc which this accommodates easily. And I alway s have a book with me. Great number of pockets for easy access to travel card, keys etc."
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  • Posted: 8/15/2010
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Lake Elmo, MN
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13 person(s) out of 15 found this review helpful.
"It is a great backpack, is not too big and it is not too small for everyday use. lightweight and have so many pockets. I had an older version too but this one is even better improve from the old one. The sewing inside is much better and has a zipper inside the front pocket and ipod zipper on top which the old one doesn't have."
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  • Posted: 11/20/2011
  • Reviewer: Marie from Shrub Oak, NY
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4 person(s) out of 4 found this review helpful.
"This is backpack makes an excellent commuter pack. Roomy with lots of organizational pockets. Saw many reviews that indicated it was a good pack for middle schoolers and feared it would be too big. Not the case. This pack would never hold all of my middle schoolers binders and folders. But it is perfect as a commuter backpack. Not to big, not to large, sits just perfectly at center of back without hanging way down to your butt. A Little pricey, but worth it."
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  • Posted: 8/10/2012
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from seattle, wa
 
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3 person(s) out of 3 found this review helpful.
"Medium size is great to carry a lot of stuff without looking like I'm going hiking. The secret pocket above the straps, under the handle, is cool. Big enough for ipod or keys. Side pockets ok for small drinks or keys; velcro too sticky for things that need frequent access to and Kipling velcro wears out sooner than the bag. Outermost pocket is deep enough to securely toss in cell phones or keys for easy access without easily falling out. The middle compartment has a couple of lame organization pockets. I wish they'd kept the two bigger internal pockets of the regular Challenger (not the II that this is). The pen slots and very flat zipper pocket is pretty useless. The main compartment has a small zipper pocket (only a small wallet will fit). Most of all I WISH there was a flat pocket in the main compartment, perhaps half the height and the full width, without any velcro, zip, or other closure, just to hold things like papers or maps or magazines. It's deep enough front-to-back that things just slump down into a big mess. The typical Kipling zippers are great but the main compartment does not have the bulky grey zipper. Instead, it is a skinny zip that sometimes snags on the overhanging lip. Kipling nylon is durable but surely it will eventually give into the zipper catching. Also, the black color bag is a pain in the summer when any sunblock or antiperspirant rubs off onto it when you're wearing sleeveless tops. The padded straps could be longer so the buckled strap doesn't rub against bare arms. Good thing sleeveless days are limited in this area. Would I buy it again? Maybe, maybe not. Mostly I like Kipling's crinkly nylon and the secret pocket (though hardly use it, actually). The design of the backpack isn't anything special."
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  • Posted: 8/1/2012
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Reviewer from Los Angeles
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3 person(s) out of 3 found this review helpful.
"Nice size, carries plenty without looking like I'm going hiking or to school. It seems a little small for carrying schoolbooks, but is much larger than the "mini" backpacks that makes anyone's butt look big. I like the secret pocket at the back, under the handle. It's large enough for, say, a pack of cards. My main gripe with this backpack is that the zipper to the main compartment is not the grey, bulky, easy and smooth zipper all over most Kipling bags, but a skinny nylon one that isn't so smooth and catches sometimes. I also wish the compartments in the middle section were like that of the Challenger (not Challenger II that this is); instead of a small flat zippered pocket and pencil slots, I would prefer the two side-by-side wider pockets that could hold ipod/phones/cards, etc. And I wish there was another pocket in the large compartment, just a flat one without a closure, for maps or books or such, so that flat things don't sink to the bottom and scrunch up with everything else. The padded part of the strap could be longer. If you wear it with the straps look so you can easily swing the backpack around on one shoulder to access stuff inside, the buckle and scratchier strap start under the armpit so they are a bit abrasive against the upper arms if you aren't wearing long sleeves. There are two small pockets on the outside but they are too flat to be of any use, and Kipling velcro wears out easily anyway."
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  • Posted: 10/13/2011
  • Reviewer: LisaMarie from North Babylon, NY
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3 person(s) out of 3 found this review helpful.
"This bag is awesome! At first I wasn't sure I liked the look of it - it has a wrinkly like material. But the color is bright and vibrant and I grew to like the crinkly look. It's got a lot of space but it's not too large. The back stays standing up instead of falling down, a really nice feature. Inside in separated into two areas and there are spots for pens and other pockets. I was worried that I wouldn't get my moneys worth, this bag is not cheap. But in the end I would say a definite yes! It survived Disneyland without a spot. By the way, that crinkly fabric is water resistant! I was looking for something smaller than a full size backpack and yet not so tiny I had to squeeze stuff in. I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend this bag. The only down side is a water bottle can't fit in the outside pockets."
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  • Posted: 11/10/2013
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Newbury Park, CA
 
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2 person(s) out of 2 found this review helpful.
"The description for this backpack was incorrect. There were no outside side pockets as described online and shown in the picture. I even called the company before purchasing and specifically asked about the outside pockets and was told it did have them. It's a nice backpack but I was specifically looking for one with an outside pocket to carry a water bottle in."
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  • Posted: 11/4/2011
  • Reviewer: Loretta from Catskill, NY
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2 person(s) out of 2 found this review helpful.
"Great bag, very comfortable to wear on one or two shoulders. A lot of space to carry everything and pockets to organize smaller items. I love this bag! I use it every day going back and forth to work. and I also use it on the weekends if I am going to be out for the whole day, or even overnight, this bag fits all my necessities and gadgets."
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