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Sportique Presents :: Best Backpacks Under $100

by , October 28, 2016

Some backpacks are practically bombproof, come with all the bells and whistles – and make you pay through the nose for them. The thing is, most of the time you probably don’t need such a pack. So why spend lots of money when you can have a bag that serves your needs well and lets your bank balance breathe a little sigh of relief? With this thinking in mind, Sportique have selected their top picks of the best backpacks under $100…

Boreas Topaz 18 Backpack

Boreas Topaz 18 Backpack

Weighing in at just 10.4oz (295g), this is a great option if you’re after a lightweight pack. Add in hydration bladder compatibility and a rolltop closure for flexible load carrying, and you’ve got an ace all-rounder for outdoor and urban environments.

Harvest Label Archer Backpack

Harvest Label Archer Backpack

The clean, minimalist design of the Archer backpack makes it a tidy option for carrying the essentials to the office, on your travels, or round to your local café.  The wide access to the main compartment makes retrieving or storing items easy. Weatherproof zippers, a padded sleeve for your laptop and a top pocket for small quick-access items round out the features of this streamlined pack.

Incase Staple Laptop Backpack

Incase Staple Laptop Backpack

Looking for simple functionality? The Staple Laptop pack delivers, offering space for a 15″ laptop plus a few daily essentials. The concealed pocket on the back panel also stashes your small valuables securely.

Nixon Small Landlock SE Backpack

Nixon Small Landlock SE Backpack

Streetstyle meets handy organization with the Small Landlock SE Backpack. Interior pockets and a laptop sleeve tag team with exterior pockets and attachment straps to provide flexible carry options for your small – and not so small – carry items.

Fjällräven Kånken Mini Backpack

Fjällräven Kånken Mini Backpack

The pint-sized version of the Fjällräven Kånken still packs a punch with adjustable shoulder straps, a quick-access front pocket, a removable seat cushion, and a reflective logo. This is a handy hauler when you’re carrying light and just need the essentials, and also works great as a children’s backpack.

Poler Rolltop 2.0 Backpack

Poler Rolltop 2.0 Backpack

A pack that’s at home in the campsite or on the city streets. A padded 15″ laptop sleeve protects your tech, an exterior pocket provides easy access to frequently used items, and exterior loops let you attach a solar panel for capturing energy on the go.

Chrome Cardiel ORP Backpack

Chrome Cardiel ORP Backpack

Lightweight, water-resistant, and adaptable to a variety of loads with its rolltop design. The Chrome Cardiel Operation Readiness Pack fits a 13″ laptop and can roll from two wheels to two feet depending on your needs.

Harvest Label Rolltop Backpack 2.0

Harvest Label Rolltop Backpack 2.0

Heritage styling with plenty of pockets to keep your small items neat and tidy. An added bonus is the handy rear side access to the main compartment, so you can avoid rummaging for gear at the bottom of the pack.

Poler Retro Rolltop Backpack

Poler Retro Rolltop Backpack

Weekend adventures to weekday grocery hauls, this rolltop takes it all in its stride. Side compression straps help secure the load, a front quick-access pocket keeps important items within easy reach, and the 15″ laptop sleeve keeps your tech safe when you’re on the go.

Incase Primitive P-Rod Cargo Backpack

Incase Primitive P-Rod Cargo Backpack

Born through a collaboration between Incase and professional skateboarder Paul Rodriguez, this pack brings a pop of visual vibrancy to your daily carry. The front mesh cargo pocket provides convenient and easily accessible storage, while a concealed back panel pocket keeps your valuables under the radar. As an added bonus, the media pocket includes an integrated cable port for handy access to a power bank or audio devices.

Crumpler Private Zoo Backpack

Crumpler Private Zoo Backpack

Sleek in style, straightforward and functional in design. The Private Zoo pack looks good in and out of work settings, and offers just enough organization to keep your day-to-day essentials in order. An interior padded sleeve holds your laptop, an exterior pocket stores your small EDC, and water-resistant construction helps keep the elements at bay.

RAINS Waterproof Messenger Bag

RAINS Waterproof Messenger Bag

Weather protection in a pared-back form. The lack of organization means this bag won’t suit everyone. But if you like using separate cases and pouches to organize gear, you appreciate understated form, and you want peace of mind when cloudy skies are on the horizon, it’s certainly one to check out.

Topo Designs Y-Pack Backpack

Topo Designs Y-Pack Backpack

Whether your day leads along the trails or the work commute, the Y-Pack is happy to roam where you do. The rugged 1000D Cordura exterior tackles frequent use and challenging environments head-on, the drawstring closure with flap top provides easy access to your gear, and the exterior zipped pocket corrals your smaller carry items.

RAINS Waterproof Mini Backpack

RAINS Waterproof Mini Backpack

Running lean? This 10-liter backpack will carry your essentials in protective style, whether you’re looking for a travel daypack or work bag. Waterproof material helps keep your gear safe and sound, a fuss-free clip closure provides straightforward access, and pockets for your phone and a 13″ laptop keep your tech in order.

Incase City Compact Laptop Backpack

Incase City Compact Laptop Backpack

A practical pack when you’re on the go in the city or traveling and want to keep tech and other daily carry well organized. The bag offers a choice of useful storage spaces including protective pockets for a laptop, tablet and phone. The slim profile works for the office, campus or further afield, making this a versatile carry companion that will suit a range of settings.

  • cebailey

    I just got my Breakaway backpack from Life Behind Bars yesterday:

    http://store.lbbjkt.com/bags/34–the-breakaway.html

    It’s a new release so there’s not much around the internet about it, but I’m blown away by the quality and utility. I can’t believe it was priced under $100. (Sure, I had to pay $30 shipping, but…)

    • TeamCarryology

      Nice recommendation @cebailey:disqus! LLB are churning out some awesome carry.

  • Jean-Philippe Goussot

    …stumbled upon this article recently, while precisely buying a Landlock II 33 liter at 69€.
    Quick review :
    • needed a sturdy and simple backpack in a emergency (replacing a draw string bag and a shopping tote, useful for an unplanned week of work, carrying a McBkpro 15″ and cables and notebooks and some clothes – scarf, cap, etc)
    • went to Citadium in Paris (“Streetwear & Lifestyle E-shop”)
    • checked every story of the store to compare prices and specifically the Nixons found at level 1
    • it appeared that Nixon offered the best value in price vs capacity + sturdiness
    (50€+ for a Fjällräven Kånken or an Eastpack, or much more for a Herscher is a joke)
    • at that time, the bag was available in black, dirty blue, military green, and strange grey (the grey was ok, it’s just the decorated strings that was not…)
    i took it in black. Nixon’s logo in white. (http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/sincere-watch/item/landlock-bk/)

    Pros :
    • sturdiness
    • rain protection
    • good protection for computer (actually the first time i dared carrying my McbkPro in a bag without the protection sleeve – be-ez.com/fr/la-robe-2color.html)
    • dual access : lateral for computer and top for other things
    • chest buckle

    Cons :
    • imho, a big misconception is the interior design : when you make a totally black backpack, please be sure to design the interior in WHITE. You know, it will be easier to find your stuff in it, especially when you’re in moderate lighted environnement like subway corridors or such. Plus, it was hard to realize that the inner pocket for the computer was doubled with smaller pockets for pencils and such. I recently discover there was a zipped pocket as well ; here the zipper closes the pocket in the wrong direction, meaning that, when closed, the zipper is inside the bag and not close to the lateral opening. :-/ Not kidding, this is a big flaw.
    • maybe there is a missing zip pocket in the exterior, maybe. I found that the top pocket (with hole for earphones) was not wide enough to fit a chequebook (it was a problem at that time).

    Honorable mentions when searching for that kind of bag in that very week of february:
    • H&M made a very good little rolltop backpack. White, parallel closing strips, no chest buckle. About 39€.
    • Victorinox totally worth the check. Their Altmont model is just at 100€ and offers a sexy solution to carry your portable. Slim but can be adjusted with an expandable main compartment. The photos found on the internet don’t do justice to the bag on the slightly shiny nylon covering. No chest buckle :-/

    Cheers !
    JP@ bapachack.tumblr.com ;-D

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