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Buyer’s Guide :: Best Heritage Backpacks
Heritage is a trend that has been sweeping across the carry world in recent years. Everywhere you turn, you’re likely to spot a heritage pack. But done right, heritage packs are things of beauty – just like our roundup below of some of the best heritage backpacks out there. Some of these packs are truly heritage – dug up and revitalized – whilst others are inspired by days gone by. However, they all nail key elements to a great heritage pack: they’re built to last, feature simple and functional designs, and utilize beautiful materials…
Head-turning looks. Premium materials and hardware including Scottish waxed canvas, top grain vegetable-tanned leather and AustriAlpin Cobra buckle. Superb craftsmanship, with worksmanship and materials guaranteed for life. Pretty rad, right? Add in a hand-printed lining that gives great visual contrast to the exterior and you’ve got a bag that packs a serious punch.
With its distinct design, the Jensen stands out wherever it’s used. Three sections in the main pack provide organized storage, while a number of external attachment points let you carry extra gear as needed. Still as striking as when it first came out, this is a great option if you dig the heritage vibe but want something a little different.
Topo know how to do right by the heritage scene, crafting the Klettersack as a hard-working pack that will do double duty on the trails and the city streets. The construction is solid, with 1000D Cordura and leather lash tabs for external carry. A slim profile keeps things compact when you’re out and about and there’s a choice of 15L and 22L versions to suit your needs.
This pack is all about stylish simplicity. If you like your bags with organization, this isn’t for you. However, if you love beautiful silhouettes with durable materials and hardware and attractive colorways, this is a fine choice.
A balance of function and form makes this a great piece for work and play. A sleek profile in a variety of colorways, along with a mix of pockets to keep your gear organized, means this pack can handle itself in the city. When it’s time to venture further afield, there’s enough space and external attachment points to carry your exploring essentials while staying light on your feet.
This pack ticks plenty of boxes, from style to build and versatility. The water-resistant waxed twill construction keeps the contents safe from the elements, while the roll-top format lets you expand or shrink the bag’s size as needed. Internal and external pockets help keep your bits and pieces in order and the clean, attractive design looks equally good in the office or taking in nature.
A handsome combination of waxed cotton twill and Horween Chromexcel leather keeps this pack looking classy in urban and outdoor environments alike. Plus the weather-resistant build is a bonus for protecting your gear when the skies look ominous. Fashion-friendly with fuss-free functionality, this trooper is a reliable companion for the trail or the commute.
This foxy number packs plenty of cycling chic into a compact and smart design. Crafted by hand in Italy, the bag comes in two size options to accommodate 13-inch and 15-inch laptops. Three interior pockets, two outer pockets and a bottle pouch keep your smaller and frequently-accessed items in order. Want to look good while cruising on two wheels? Job done.
The Pickwick easily mixes business and pleasure, with its elegant looks that can glide between the office and leisurely cycles round the city. Two concealed pockets on the back of the bag keep prying eyes away from your important items and the roll-top design lets you tailor the bag to changing carry needs.
Forget all those superfluous design elements. This bag is a firm believer in keeping things simple. The interior of the pack has a zipped pocket and a sleeve for a tablet or hydration bladder. On the outside a lash tab, ice axe loop and shoulder strap loops let you haul extra items. Rounding things off is a tough construction that will withstand frequent use. Even better? It won’t strain your bank balance either.
Who knew a combination of waxed 18 oz. filter twill canvas, quality wool felt, Horween Rich Chromexcel leather and brass hardware could look so good? Well, apparently Tanner Goods. If you can snap yourself out of staring at it admiringly, you’ll find it doesn’t skimp on the functionality either. A laptop sleeve, pockets for your smaller carry items and a tough construction that’s built to last ensures you’ll get plenty of use out of this beauty for years to come.
The Bashilo has understated heritage style in spades, along with a variety of handy features. Its 25-liter volume offers plenty of space for your daily carry, with a weather-resistant construction that merges British waxed cotton and vegetable-tanned leather into a harmonious whole. The pack also offers a choice of pockets including a sleeve for a 15-inch laptop.
Etsy can be a goldmine of carry goodness. Case in point, this attractive pack from treesizeverse. Carefully crafted by hand, the bag is an eye-catching blend of waxed canvas and waxed leather. The roll-top opening gives you carry flexibility and organization comes in the form of interior and outer pockets.
Another hard-wearing pack from treesizeverse that rocks heritage styling with meticulous craftsmanship. The waxed canvas and vegetable-tanned leather will age beautifully, while the side compression straps and roll-top opening let you adjust the size to suit different loads.
You’ll be feeling the upcycling love with this pack from Francli, which combines top and side access with interior slip pockets and an exterior zipped pocket. This is a fine addition to your carry quiver if you dig unique bags crafted by hand.
The Kletterwerks Kletter Flip Backpack originally bounded onto the carry scene four decades ago as an alpine climbing pack. However, it’s more than ready to take on today’s modern carry challenges, featuring a rugged 1000D Cordura construction, a padded laptop section suitable for up to 17-inch tech, along with 22 liters of space for your urban and outdoor adventures.
Fusing heritage vibes with a generous dose of freshness, the Venture backpack looks damn fine without forgetting the importance of a functional design. The waxed canvas and vegetable-tanned leather will hold up to abuse from the elements and frequent use, with pockets for quick-access items and your laptop adding to the functionality. The pack also combines a roll-top opening with side zip access, giving you options for packing and getting to your gear. In addition, it scooped a High Commendation in our Third Annual Carry Awards for Best Work Backpack, so you know it’s good. 😉
A clean profile that exudes personality, beautiful materials that will age well and take on the unique signs of your own travel stories, plus Trakke’s attention to the details and reliable construction…there’s tons to love about the Krukke. The Harris Tweed and waxed cotton combo provides a slick visual contrast and there are enough pockets to prevent a tangled jumble of contents while still maintaining an appealing minimalist vibe.
Dave The Rucksack is one for the organizers who love heritage looks with plenty of stash spots to keep bits and pieces tidy. The pack features a range of interior and exterior pockets and organization to avoid frustrating rummaging, plus space for a hydration bladder. A combination of side and top entry allows for easy packing and quick access to gear, while external attachment points let you secure extra items as needed. The weatherproof construction keeps the elements at bay, with a raincover included for extra peace of mind. When you need to carry a lot, the waist and sternum straps add carry comfort, but can also be removed when you’re traveling light.
A lot of brands produce bags that give a nod to heritage…but not so many can actually say they lived through the times that inspired the current trend. Duluth Pack have been in the bag game since 1882, so you know there’s a good dose of history behind the heritage vibes of the Scout Pack. Built to last with 15 oz canvas and leather, the pack is available in a wide choice of colorways and includes an interior zipped pocket for keeping smaller items within easy reach.
The Alite X Boreas Collab Pack isn’t lacking in the looks department, but there’s no shortage of substance under the style. A tweaked version of the Pine to the Pacific Rucksack, the pack combines a weatherproof waxed canvas exterior with Boreas’s Super-Tramp Suspension system so you can easily adjust for more ventilation or stability to suit different situations. Inside is a pocket for your small carry, while the outside leather straps offer extra hauling capabilities for larger items. It’s unfortunately currently out of stock but if you can snag one second-hand it’s well worth it.
The Haglöfs Ryggsäck N:o 1 is a story of history across a brand, a country, its materials and its craftsmanship. Created in a limited edition run of 1000 pieces, the Ryggsäck N:o 1 celebrates Haglöfs’ 100-year history and is inspired by one of the first Haglöfs packs, the Ryggsäck N:o 6. The bag is made completely in Sweden, using materials produced and sourced in Sweden. It also won the Gold in our Third Annual Carry Awards for Best Work Backpack, so if you want a work backpack with a great story behind it, this is a classy choice.