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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New backpack, and my masculinity whimpers

Recently my trusty daypack died (can't complain though, two years for something that only cost about 40 CHF is alright, I guess), so I was in the market for a new one. I shopped around a bit, and then found a Deuter Gröden 30 SL, which is a bit, well, more expensive. But! I have had very good luck with Deuter backpacks - indeed, my bigger backpacks are all from Deuter, and I've been using them for years.

So, Deuter it is again. Of course, I didn't make it too easy for the Gröden. I packed it full of rope (you can get 4 30 m lengths of climbing rope in, barely), and hung out in the shop for about half an hour or so. It was really comfortable to wear and has the requisite four side-pockets (I need at least three), so I finally bought it.

Only to find out, at home, that deuters SL line is for girls. Oh the humanity! Seems that SL stands for SlimLine, and Deuter says that this line is specifically constructed for the female anatomy, most notably with narrower shoulder straps. And I bought it because it was the most comfortable backpack I could find! What does this say about my manly broad shoulders? Don't answer that, that was a rhetorical question.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go do something manly, to try and salvage what's left of my masculinity.


  1. There is nothing wrong with being a slender man. My husband is shorter than I am and where's a kilt and I can vouch that he's all man. Seriously.

    If it makes you feel better, I have very large feet for women. For years, I couldn't find shoes that weren't really meant for men in my size. Thank heavens for cross-dressing men - size 11 (US) is becoming far more available.

  2. WEARS a kilt.

    Must. Edit. Comments. Before. Publishing.

  3. Nothing wrong with those manly broad very strong shoulders of yours!

  4. @Stephanie: Thanks for the reassurance, fortunately my masculinity is as easily harmed as I may have let on - my hubris is always there to jump into the breach ;)
    Also, your mis-typed sentence would makes an awesome stream-of-consciousness writing, so I'd pretend you did it on purpose!

    Ugh! Bork swells chest with pride!Bork strong! Bork off to search for femal, now!