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Top 14 Backpack Bags – A π day special

It is pi day again. To commemorate the date dedicated to π, we have made a list of backpack bags of a variety that will surely intrigue the lot.

01. JanSport – Big Student Backpack

Boasting a 15 inch compartment for the laptop, this beast of a bag can hold a plenty. With a side compartment for a water bottle or even use it as a storage for a compact umbrella, this is worth it for its price. The material used might be different from the  “JanSport Right Pack” but that doesn’t mean it’s not of quality. 


  • Capacity : 2100 cu in / 34 L
  • Dimensions: 18″ x 13″ x 8.5″ / 46 x 33 x 21 cm
  • Laptop Dimensions: 15″ x 10.2″ x 1″ / 38 x 26 x 2 cm
  • Weight: 1 lb 8 oz / 0.6 kg

Buy on Amazon for $45.99

02. Kelty – SLING BAG

For a quick trip, the Sling Bag offers excellent access to internal storage. What sets this apart from other sling bags is the availability of buying a “Left” or “Right” version. Allowing a better match-up for those who are “Left” or “Right” handed/oriented. While Kelty bags are built for military specifications, anyone can enjoy their bags to the fullest.  


  • Capacity: 250 in3 / 4.10 L
  • Dimensions: 14in x 8.5in x 5.5in / 36cm x 21cm x 14cm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 14 oz. / 0.4 kg
  • Fabric:
    • Body: 210D Nylon Mini-Ripstop
    • Trim: 600D Polyester Oxford
  • Laptop Dimensions: None

Buy on the official Kelty store for $55.00

03. Targus – 16″ Groove Laptop Backpack

It might not be as durable and weather-resistant as the “Drifter”, it is still durable. Along with a padded laptop compartment, porthole for headphones, water bottle pocket, and a front pocket for storing your smaller valuables like a smartphone, you can be assured that it really is worth it.


  • Capacity: 26 Liters
  • Dimensions: 15.00″ x 18.00″ x 7.00″ (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 1.58 lbs
  • Fabric:
  • Laptop Dimensions:
    • Laptop Compartment: 10.50″ x 15.25″ (W x H)
    • Tablet Compartment: 8.75″ x 10.00″ (W x H)

Buy on Targus official store for $41.99

Buy on Amazon for $42.98


The “Division Laptop Backpack” can fit up to a 15-inch laptop, a luggage pass-through for your roller bag and a water bottle pocket. It does have only 2 compartments, one is for the laptop and the other for your other valuables. It also has less capacity compared to the “Authority” at 22.0L. If this capacity is enough for you, then this is a good pick. If not, add another $10 or so and pick the “Authority Laptop Backpack”.


  • Capacity: 22.00 L
  • Dimensions: 11.0in x 5.12in x 17.3in | 28.0cm x 13.0cm x 44.0cm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 2.2 lb
  • Fabric:
  • Laptop Dimensions: Fits most 15” laptops/tablets

Buy on the official Timbuk2 store for $119.00

Buy on Amazon for $139.00

05. Pacsafe Go 15L Anti-Theft Backpack

Obviously being smaller, it can now only support up to a 13-inch laptop or similar sized device. But it does have an additional colour or flavour for you, at Sunset Pink, perfect for those in need of a match on their outfit.


  • Capacity: 15 L / 915 in3
  • Dimensions: (H x W x D):14.4 x 9.8 x 5.1 in / 36.5 x 25 x 13 cm
  • Weight: 1.18 lb / 0.53 kg
  • Fabric: 600D Recycled polyester, Water resistant 1,000mm. PFC free (main material) 150D Recycled polyester, Water resistant 1,000mm(lining)
  • Laptop Dimensions: 13-inch laptop

Buy on the official Pacsafe store for $109.95

Buy on Amazon for $109.95

06. VASCHY School Backpack for Men and Women Casual Water-resistant Hiking Camping Daypack Rucksack Travel with Drawstring for College Fits 15.6inch Laptop

This Vaschy backpack bag is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking and/or camping. Primarily as a rucksack it has a large capacity up to 32L. While the name suggests its use for hiking, do not let it stop you from using it for school and the office. It is made from Polyester which is an ideal lightweight material for heavy and duty backpacks. It is also water resistant.


  • Capacity: 26.5 Liters,max 32L
  • Dimensions: 45×32.5×17.5cm/18×12.8x7inch(HxLxW)
  • Weight: 0.88 kg /1.94 lb.
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Laptop Dimensions: 9.8 X 9.8x 1.7 inches/25x25x4.5cm

Buy on the official Vaschy store for $37.99

Buy on Amazon for $45.99


It has laptop sleeves for up to 17-inches, average and sufficient size for those needed to go to work. A water bottle pocket is on the side, which is significant to stay hydrated. Additional compartments include 2 pen sleeves, a cell phone pocket and a slip pocket. It has a cool-looking monkey keychain, which apparently is a mascot for Kipling.


  • Capacity: 33L
  • Dimensions: 13.5″L X 18.25″ H X 7.75″ D
  • Weight: 1.72 lbs
  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Laptop Dimensions: 15″ Laptop Sleeve

Buy on Amazon for $99.79

08. Matein Wheeled Rolling Backpack

If you are getting tired of carrying your backpack and you are able to walk on a relatively smooth surface, just enough to roll your wheels. Then this is a good pick. Having two flavours to choose from, it has a 15.6” and 17” version. Its main strength is having wheels, which is considerable if you get tired easily and just want to take it nice with wheels.


  • Capacity:
    • 15.6”: 2318.8 cu in / 36L
    • 17”:  2746.07 cu in / 45L
  • Dimensions:
    • 15.6”: 19.6 x 13 x 9.1 inch
    • 17”: 20.6 x 13 x 9.4 inch
  • Weight:
    • 15.6”: 4.8 pounds
    • 17”: 5.3 pound
  • Fabric: Durable Water-resistant polyester fabric
  • Laptop Dimensions:
    • 15.6”: 16 x 10.2 x 1.2 in
    • 17”: 16.5 x 10.8 x 1.5 in

Buy on the official Matein store for $79.99

Buy on Amazon for $79.99

09. Peak Design – TRAVEL DUFFEL 35L

“What is a duffel? A soft oblong bag for personal belongings. But enough talk, have a review.” In all seriousness, what makes a good duffel bag? It has got to be space. A large room for your sneakers when going for the morning run, a good supply for the weekend camping or even just going to the office. Let’s just say this bag can fulfil these. While it may be called a “Duffel” you can still wear it as a backpack. 


  • Capacity:
    • 35L max (meets international carry-on standards)
    • Peak Design Packing Cube capacity: 3 units
  • External Dimensions:
    • Standard: 56cm x 34.5 cm x 26cm (22″ x 14″ x 10″)
    • Expanded: 61cm x 34.5 cm x 26cm (24″ x 14″ x 10″)
  • Internal Dimensions:
    • Standard: 20in (51cm) x 10in (25.5cm) x 8in (20cm)
    • Expanded: 20in (51cm) x 10in (25.5cm) x 10in (25.5cm)
  • Weight: 0.9 kg (2 lb)
  • Fabric:
    • Exterior fabric is weatherproof, 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas. 900D Ottoman-weave Poly bottom fabric. Woven nylon straps with Hypalon. Nubuck leather accents only on Sage.
    • Cord hook hardware is anodized aluminium (hand straps) and glass-filled (shoulder strap). Silicone-coated mesh internal pockets.
  • Laptop and Tablet Dimensions: None
  • Warranty: Guaranteed for life

Buy on the official Peak Design store for $139.95

Buy on Amazon for $139.95


With its slick design, the “Navigator Backpack 15L” is good for about a one to two day trip. It has a lot of pockets inside protected with mesh separators. It has an RFID safe pocket to protect your scannable items. The laptop and/or tablet container has a false bottom to protect your devices. The water bottle pocket on its side can be hidden when it’s not in use. A strap on its back can be used to slide into your roller baggage for easy and secure travelling when you don’t want to carry it on your back.


  • Capacity: 15L to 20L (expanded)
  • Dimensions: 19″ H x 12″ W x 5.5″ D
  • Weight: 2.7 lbs
  • Laptop Dimensions: 14″ x 10.25″

Buy on Amazon for $249.99

11. Swissgear 5337 Hybrid Laptop Backpack

The way this bag is storing its content is like opening a folder, allowing a quick view of its content relatively easily. Its main compartment is spacious, permitting bulkier objects like long delicate clothes to be stored without ruffling it. The laptop sleeve is able to fit most 16” laptops. 


  • Capacity: 22.5 Litres
  • Dimensions: 18.5 x 11.5 x 6.5 in
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Laptop Dimensions: 14.5 x 10 x 0.75 in

Buy on Amazon for $64.99 – $113.19

Buy on the official Swiss Gear store for $74.99

12. Patagonia – Refugio Backpack 28L

The “Refugio Backpack” can be considered the little sibling of the “Chacabuco Backpack”. With almost the same features and design, the only difference is the capacity is a bit smaller. Another thing to note is that the “Refugio Backpack” has more design to choose from.


  • Capacity: 28L
  • Dimensions: 19″ x 12″ x 8″  
  • Weight: 666 g (1 lb 7.5 oz)
  • Fabric: 7.4-oz 630-denier 100% nylon (50% recycled/50% high-tenacity) plain weave with a PU coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Laptop Dimensions: 15″ laptops

Buy on the Official Patagonia site for $109

13. Herschel – Retreat Backpack

From its name “Retreat” it is streamlined for outdoor or mountaineering activities. It has a similar design when compared to the “Herschel Little America Backpack”. The difference is that it’s smaller with 19.5L capacity, and the front pocket is a pouch with no zipper or lock, but it will keep things in place. The laptop it can house is also 15-inch.


  • Capacity: 19.5L
  • Dimensions: 17″(H) x 12″(W) x 6″(D)
  • Weight: 2.16 lbs / 0.98 kg

Buy on Amazon for $69.95

14. Aer – Slim Pack

This little beast has been known to be included in the best laptop backpack bags for work and life. With a miniscule (compared to its siblings) 8.5 L capacity, you can fit a 15” laptop, a small water bottle, sanitizer/disinfectant, wet wipes to cool you off, and your trusty smart phone with charger. Armed with the ultra-durable material, you can be rest assured that you will be able to weather the tough conditions.


  • Capacity: 8.5 L
  • Dimensions: 16” x 11.5” x 3.5” | 41 cm x 29 cm x 9 cm
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs | 0.86 kg
  • Fabric: 840D nylon face with a durable, weather-resistant, carbonate polyurethane coating
  • Laptop Dimensions: Up to 15” laptop

Buy on Aer for $115

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