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Buyers Guide

Sportique Presents :: Best Backpacks Under $150

by , October 20, 2015

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz of backpacks costing several hundred dollars, packing more bells and whistles than you’re ever going to use, showcasing the latest technical materials or boldly claiming to be the last bag you and several generations to come will ever need. Maybe you’re into extreme outdoor activities, baggage handlers see more of your bag than you ever do, or you simply feel like indulging in a luxury piece that you’re going to love forever. Fair enough.

But maybe instead you want a backpack that can reliably carry your work tools without taking a significant hit to your bank balance. Or how about an affordable and hard-wearing pack that can tackle the trails or keep you company on the plane. Great bags don’t need to cost a great amount of money. We know it can be tricky to track them down, but Sportique has you covered with some of their best backpacks under $150 presented below. Even better, Sportique are offering an awesome readership discount so you can bag them for less. Use the discount code SportiqueCarry10 to enjoy a 10% discount. 🙂

Alite Designs Kincaid Pack

Alite Designs Kincaid Pack

The Kincaid Pack offers compact carry for your outdoor and urban adventures alike. The drop-down separator in the bottom access compartment helps keep gear organized, while external attachment points accommodate bulky or awkwardly-shaped items such as tripods and trekking poles. Plus there’s a designated laptop pocket for up to 13-inch tech.

Boreas Echo 25 Backpack

Boreas Echo 25 Backpack

Dark skies look threatening? The Echo 25 has your back. This pack forms part of Boreas Gear’s Waterproof series and will keep your gear dry whether you’re commuting or caught in a downpour during your travels. Plus the addition of zippered side pockets with drainage holes allows you to keep wet and dry gear separate if needed.

Boreas Topaz 25 Backpack

Boreas Topaz 25 Backpack

The Topaz 25 is a lightweight and versatile rolltop backpack that’s equally happy to haul your outdoor gear and your groceries. Handy features include an interior zipped pocket and concealed exterior daisy chain, as well as hydration bladder compatibility with a top access hose port so you can easily stay hydrated on the go.

Chrome Rostov Daypack

Chrome Rostov Daypack

The Rostov packs plenty of features into its sleek form, including an interior padded laptop sleeve and internal pockets for organization, an exterior zippered front pocket for quick-access items, a side water bottle pocket, compression straps, shoulder strap attachment points and a sternum strap. Combine that all with Chrome’s rugged and ready-for-action construction and you’ve got a solid daypack that will handle work and play.

Crumpler Private Zoo Backpack

Crumpler Private Zoo Backpack

Prefer a minimalist approach to your carry? The Private Zoo backpack delivers with a pared-down design featuring an interior padded laptop sleeve and an external zippered pocket. The water-resistant construction helps protect your gear from the elements and the streamlined silhouette looks good in a range of settings.

Fjällräven Greenland Large Backpack

Fjällräven Greenland Large Backpack

Durable and versatile, the Greenland backpack is constructed using rugged G-1000 HeavyDuty material and does double duty on city streets and outdoor rambles. The main compartment has a drawstring closure and an internal 15-inch laptop compartment with a padded base. An additional interior pocket provides storage for small items, while exterior front pockets keep frequently needed items within easy reach.

Fjällräven Kånken 15 Laptop Backpack

Fjällräven Kånken 15 Laptop Backpack

With a design dating from 1978, the Fjällräven Kånken is one of the most instantly recognizable bags in the carry world. Ready for urban EDC needs and happy to venture into nature on day outings, the pack features a padded compartment for a 15-inch laptop, a zipped front pocket, two side pockets, top carry handles and a reflective logo.

Incase Icon Compact Pack

Incase Icon Compact Pack

Need to carry tech and like staying organized? The Icon Compact pack provides a padded laptop compartment that fits a 15-inch MacBook Pro, multiple internal organizer pockets, a zippered side pocket with integrated cable port, padded shoulder straps and a sternum strap for carry comfort. In addition, its urban-friendly looks work well for the office, campus, travel or general about-town use.

Incase Reform Tensaerlite 15″ Laptop Backpack

Incase Reform Tensaerlite 15" Laptop Backpack

If you want to boost the protection your devices have on the go, the Reform backpack is ready to stand in the way of bumps and scrapes. An impact-absorbing interior Tensaerlite compartment keeps your laptop fully covered and secure. Internal pockets also keep smaller items organized, while external zippered side pockets store your quick-access items. The top carry handle provides additional portability and the heathered fabric and sleek silhouette enhance the pack’s city style.

JanSport Portal Backpack

JanSport Portal Backpack

Stuffed with pockets left, right and center (literally) and coming in at a wallet-friendly price, the Portal backpack is just the ticket if you want a bag that will organize your work/school tools and devices without breaking the bank. The interior features a 15-inch laptop sleeve, 10-inch tablet sleeve, and lots of pockets for smaller bits and pieces. In addition, two side mesh pockets and zippered easy-access front pockets provide fast access to a water bottle and other items you want to be able to grab in a jiffy.

Kletterwerks Market Bag

Kletterwerks Market Bag

From moseying around your local market or meeting up with friends, to heading to the gym or taking care of everyday tasks, this flexible bag is ready to get stuck in. A padded laptop sleeve takes care of your tech, while a tote handle and backpack straps provide carry options to suit different environments.

Topo Designs Daypack

Topo Designs Daypack

Whether your trips are around town or further afield, this tough and functional daypack can handle a range of carry needs, from hauling work gear to serving as your day bag during sightseeing explorations. The rugged 1000D Cordura construction will hold up to frequent use, and a choice of exterior and interior pockets plus leather lash tabs lets you organize smaller and larger items to suit your access requirements.

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