I recently tried the Bucket Backpack to complete a few chores. I was very excited at the possibilities this product presented to make normal tasks more efficient and easier physically. I tried the bucket backpack on a five-gallon bucket for few different chores to get a true feel for the value of this product.
The versatility of the Bucket Backpack
I was immediately impressed with the comfort and ease of attaching the product to the bucket. The shoulder straps were easily adjustable and well padded. It was easy to attach to a 5-gallon bucket and it held firmly with no slipping.
This product really helped with cleaning up the yard from leftover summer goodies. I filled the bucket with dead plants, broken landscaping scraps and fallen sticks and other debri that the fall winds have blown around. I was able to fill the bucket and put it on and still have my hands free to carry flower pots and other gardening décor to put away without having to make several trips.
This product was helpful in carrying feed to our outside animals leaving hands free to carry gallon jugs or other buckets of water at the same time, resulting once again in fewer trips and faster chore execution times.
I also brought the bucket backpack indoors and filled the Bucket Backpack full of dirty laundry. With a bucketful of dirty clothes on my back, I was able to carry another basket also full of laundry and therefore able to carry twice as much laundry to the wash room without making several trips throughout the house.
The most unorthodox use I tried for this product was probably carrying in groceries. Once again to avoid several trips back and forth, I placed some of the lighter weight bags in the bucket leaving hands free to carry in more bags in one trip.
Watch out for this, though
Putting on and taking off a fully loaded bucket backpack proved to be challenging unless I first placed it on a table or surface comparable to my height. When I tried to put on/take off this product when it contained items that protruded from the bucket (I had a couple 2×4 boards that stuck about a foot out of the bucket as well as some gardening tools) the items spilled out. I did not have this problem when the bucket was packed tightly or with items that were the same height of the bucket or less.
I do not recommend using this product for hauling water or other liquids. I did try to use this product to make the tasking chore of hauling water to our chicken coop easier. However, a full bucket is almost impossible to put on from the ground and even with placing on a height compatible surface, a lot of spilling and splashing still occured. Even buckets only half-filled proved challenging. Walking with water in the bucket will result in getting soaked unless the bucket has a water-tight lid.
Final Thoughts on The Bucket Backpack
I learned that a five-gallon bucket can hold a lot more than I realized and therefore, becomes very heavy on the back. However, having the weight distributed evenly while wearing the bucket backpack was much easier than trying to carry the load one handed while stumbling to the next stop.
An important lesson to remember is not to bend over too far to pick up another item with a full bucket load unless you are squatting.
Although the joy of summer gardening is over, I am excited to use this product next year while gathering produce from our summer vegetable garden and for collecting berries. I can also see this product coming in handy when carrying buckets of baseballs to the fields next spring or hauling camping and fishing gear next summer.
All in all, the bucket backpack made several tasks much easier and quicker and I look forward to discovering more uses for this product.
Visit the official Bucket Backpack site to learn more and to place an order.
NOTE: The writer of this review was furnished a Bucket Backpack at no cost to her. There was no expectation of a positive review, and these are the honest opinions and experiences of the writer.
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