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Earnest's Top 5 - Backpacks that won't break the bank (or your back)

By Earnest Collective
09 May 2019

Backpacks aren’t one-size-fits-all, we need a backpack for our different occasions. Be it heading to the gym or just carrying your laptop to work, different bags have different uses. With laptops getting thinner these days, they’re an expensive investment that we have to protect dearly. And while a laptop sleeve might do the trick, it will not be as protective as a backpack or laptop bag. Furthermore, a laptop isn’t the only thing you have to carry. Chargers, cables, cameras, batteries, clothes or shoes, you’ll definitely need more than just a laptop sleeve.

There are some important features of a backpack. Do you need it to be waterproof? Does it have to be comfortable? While some might not be battling the rain on a daily basis nor lugging heavy stuff in their backpacks, they might be able to save some money on more affordable options.

It is not uncommon to splurge on a backpack only for it to break in a matter of weeks. Whether the weight of your items or an unexpected downpour, nothing’s worse than having your items fall out of your bag unknowingly due to a hole in your bag.

Like a book, you can never judge a bag by its looks. The style of the backpack might be important, but the features and internal compartment are equally important as well, something often overlooked by many when purchasing their backpacks.

We have selected 5 backpacks that might be suitable for you so that the next time you head out of your house, you’ll look good, feel good and not worry about having things fall out of your bags again!


Timbuk2 Spire Laptop Backpack

A badass roll-top pack for your Macbook and iPad, this TImbuk2 bag is slim in profile, water resistant and has a lifetime warranty! Designed exclusively for Apply, TImbuk2’s Spire backpack gives your Macbook Pro and iPad plenty of protection in a serious drizzle thanks to its water-resistant TPU and canvas fabric construction. It has expandable volume via the flap or roll top main opening and easy access to your phone, laptop or iPad. Backed by the Timbuk2 Lifetime Guarantee, the Spire has your back. Forever.


Fjallraven Greenland Top

A classic design with modern features, the Greenland Top is ready to carry everything you need for a day on the run. While the backpack might look small on the outside, it has plenty of space for small items in its easily accessed pockets, while securing your laptop in its own sleeve in the main compartment. It uses hardwearing, water-resistant G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco. to ensure your valuables stay protected all the time.


Brooks England Hackney Backpack

Not as common as your usual JanSport or Herschel, this backpack appeals to those wanting to stand out from the crowd. Specialising in cyling backpacks, the Hackney backpack is their straightforward solution to nearly any urban, two-wheeled transportation capacity challenge. Made from waterproof textile and genuine vegetable-tanned leather, this backpack will surely turn heads when you’re carrying it.


Eastpak London Black

With a 30 years warranty, this Eastpak London Black allows you to carry it with an ease of mind. Balancing a traditional heritage look with modern practical touches, it allows you to stow away your laptops in style. Roomy main compartments that features a rope and double buckle closure for a vintage look and a tight seal with luxury leather details to finish the look, this backpack combines style and functionality at a good price point.


Incase ICON Slim Backpack

If you’re looking for a bag that offers more protection, this is for you. Modern and minimalistic, it helps organize, protect and carry your laptop and other essentials. This laptop backpack features multiple compartments for easy organization and adjustable padded shoulder straps for maximum comfort. Constructed with a strong 840D nylon material, it is durable and water resistant as well. The padded faux-fur lined laptop compartment helps ensure your laptop stays well protected at all times.

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