words // Brandon Richard
In the latest installment of Inside Access, Nike Basketball gives us a closer look at Kevin Durant's famous backpack. Dating back to his childhood in Maryland, Durant's love of backpacks has continued on to his stops in Austin, Seattle and Oklahoma City.
“Since I was seven years old, I’ve always been attached to my backpack,” Durant said. “It represents the hard work I learned from my family, and it will always remind me of my journey to get to where I am.”
KD also answers the question of what he keeps in his backpack.
“Those who know me know I like to keep it simple,” Durant said. “I carry three key things in my backpack – my headphones, bible and chargers. Sometimes my shoes, socks, ball, iPad and water are also along for the ride.”
The KD Hoops Elite Ball Backpack is made of water-resistant ripstop nylon, offering lightweight durability. Internal organization panel includes a lined pocket with zippered closure for small items. The larger, zippered main compartment allows easy access to main items, such as a basketball, while the exterior insulated pocket keeps beverages cool.
Padded and adjustable shoulder straps allow for comfort while carrying and they feature the KD logo on right strap and Nike Swoosh on the left strap. Each design element serves a purpose and came from collaboration with Durant himself.
The Nike KD Hoops Elite Ball Backpack launches globally in December and debuts in the Black/Photo Blue/Total Orange color. In January 2013, the second color (Ice Blue/Total Orange/Squadron Blue) is available, followed by the third color (Hyper Blue/Blackened Blue/Volt) in April 2013. The backpack will be available at Nike.com and select retail locations.
Below is a detailed look at the KD Hoops Elite Ball Backpack, as well as a few sketches and renderings.