Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feuerwear - Shoulder Bag Review

I work as a 911 Dispatcher.  It is my job to dispatch fire, sheriff, police and ambulance, among many other job requirements.  When I first heard of Feuerwear, I was very intrigued because their bags, belts and wallets are made from recycled fire hoses.  To have a bag that was made of material used in lifesaving situations would be somewhat of an honor.

Every Feuerwear product is a one-of-a-kind piece.  Before the hoses are received by the company, they were used extensively by firefighters for many years.  They were dragged through soot, grease and mud, in extreme heat and fire, and had to transport thousands of cubic meters of water.

 I received a Dan Shoulder Bag for review from Feuerwear.  It is now what I carry around everyday.  Made of fire hose, recycled PVC sheet (similar to truck tarpaulin), and safety seat belt material, this bag is spacious with lots of details.  Concealed outside pockets and various inside compartments help organize and locate all the contents of the bag.  Handles on the bag make it easy to carry by hand.  There's also an adjustable shoulder strap so you can carry it on your shoulder.  If you don't want the shoulder strap at all, it can be removed.  There are two ways to close the bag, either with a snap fastener or a zipper.  The outside of the shoulder bag is easy to clean. I've spilled soda on it and was very easily able to wipe it off.  The Feuerwear label is sewn on the outside of the bag. 

The detail of this bag is amazing, inside and out.  There are several sections to place your items and know where they are located.  Some are an exterior front pocket with a zipper across the width of the bag, a  hidden zippered pocket in the top of the outside, a large side pocket inside with a zipper, and a compartment for your cell phone and pens.  Attached is a key finder so you can clip your key ring and not have to hunt for your keys.

The white material on the outside of my shoulder bag has the word "GEPRUFT".  I looked the word up and it's German for certified or inspected.  All Feuerwear production is done in Europe and the fire hoses are not from America, so the words on the bags may be unfamiliar to some.  The front side of my shoulder bag shows signs of dirt and grease. All materials are cleaned thoroughly before the bags and accessories are put together, but there's still signs of built-in grease and soot.  It's supposed to look like that and that's part of the individuality of the bag.  I've had a couple of people approach me and tell me that I should get a new bag or clean this one because it looks worn out on the front.  It's then that I proudly tell them the story behind the bag. 

I adore my Feuerwear shoulder bag for the design, for the history it tells, and for the uniqueness of it.

I received product for review from Feuerwear.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products.   Your opinions and results may differ.


Alison said...

I love how each of them are unique!