A short collection of some of my favorite backpacks in which to carry a laptop. All or most are ideally suited to a number of occasions and for the most part these are all reasonably priced.
Fjällräven 15 inch Laptop Kanken
Fjällräven, founded in 1950, is a company which has experienced enormous success in Nordic countries, and luckily for us, greater availability in Asia and elsewhere. Large enough to hold a 15-inch laptop this Fjällräven Kånken is perfect for the commute or short hikes. This rucksack gives you the option of carrying the bag like a tote or a backpack and features two side sleeves, one interior sleeve and one padded laptop compartment. Made in Sweden, it has the added bonus of an assurance of quality and a name that few in Asia can pronounce.
Blauvent Parachute Backpack
There are a fantastic combination of materials, colors, and patterns in this unisex backpack from Blauvent. The Parachute Backpack takes its’ inspiration from, yes, parachute bags and is the ideal bag to carry your laptop, a4 sized materials and more. It’s fairly economical in size but should allow you to carry most of what you will need through-out the day, and with it’s somewhat unique materials you can be sure this backpack will survive the rigours of daily use.
Lots of original and beautiful design coming from this Spain based company. Love it.
The Haglofs Corker is a 20L daypack with box construction that provides easy access to items, and prevents the bag from collapsing. It’s available in a number of different colours.
Eliminating the annoying top down search for objects in your bag, one of the great features of the Corker is that all compartments open from the side. One side’s opening allows an overview of the main compartment, while the other reveals the usual pockets for gadgets, pens, keys and etc. The new Synapse bag from Tom Bihn shares this approach in revealing small pockets on the side but doesn’t dispense with the zippered top opening.
While this backpack isn’t explicitly designed to carry a laptop, like other bags it can be repurposed with the simple addition of a sleeve or ideally a Tom Bihn Braincell. What makes this a better bag for this purpose is the intelligent opening of the compartments. You don’t have to dig for your cables and such.
Tom Bihn Brain Bag
I consider this the granddaddy of all laptop backpacks,and it’s quality is by which all others are judged, I’ve had mine for years and it shows no signs of wear. Tom Bihn’s products are simply built to last. From their product page:
The Brain Bag consists of two main compartments plus four external pockets. The small top pocket on the back is perfect for a wallet and has an inside snaphook for keys. The two vertical front pockets are large enough for water bottles or even a small thermos; both inside pockets are pen/pencil organizers. The left pocket has an outside flat mesh pocket for brochures, plane tickets or even a small U-Lock. Between the pockets are two lash straps for umbrella or a rain coat.
I bought mine to carry a large laptop, some video equipment and related cables and accessories. It carried that with aplomb through some fairly difficult tortuous environments. You should purchase a Brain cell to protect your laptop as there is no built-in protection for your laptop.
One of the few criticisms I have about the bag is the very reason why you might chose this bag over another Tom Bihn backpack, its size. There is a tendency to load the bag up with all kinds of gear making it uncomfortable to carry over long distances, and there is no frame for support. Also, the front pockets could use abit more volume as they tend to get tight as you load up the bag.
These criticisms aside, I don’t expect to ever have to replace this bag. They are that well made.
Hideo Wakamatsu Attache Backpack
A popular style of bag, at least for those who are carrying a Lenovo laptop. I’ve seen them everywhere lately.
This 3-way (handgrip, shoulder-strap, backpack) attache features backpack straps that can be deployed during your commute or trip through the airport, and stowed when you arrive at your office or meeting. High-tech hollow-threaded Japanese nylon reduces weight, increases durability, and has a shimmery look. Hideo takes advantage of the low weight to add lots of features and pockets that would be prohibitively heavy if done in a lower grade of nylon.
It’s a bit difficult to source this bag as this particular bag isn’t sold direct from Hideo Wakamatsu – it’s not part of his fall line. I do the simplicity and quality of materials.
Modem Laptop Daypack
North Face bags are known for their high quality, design, and ability to withstand all the extremes that weather and travel place upon them. This daypack is no different and should be perfect for your urban and travel experiences. It features a main compartment designed to carry your laptop, laminated back panel with breathable mesh, a small stash pocket in the front, and my favorite ykk #10 zippers.
Porter Day Pack
I love this square two color day pack with it’s classic styling from Porter. Large enough to carry a 13″ laptop, camera, books, and or notebooks. The zippered opening looks very convenient. There are few bags which look as perfect as this.