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The 20 Best Laptop Backpacks Under $125

by , January 22, 2019

Laptops are a pretty common addition to carry setups these days. Whether you’re commuting with one to work, roaming on the go as a digital nomad, or simply want one to tag along on weekend getaways for your favorite series or film catch-up. And because these are often some of the most expensive and fragile items you’ll carry regularly, not just any old bag will do. You’re looking for proper protection. Plush padding. Suspended sleeves to protect against accidental drops. Easy access and a little protection from unpredictable weather too. Not to mention suitable organization and space for the rest of your gear. And if you can get all that without shelling out a small fortune? Even better.

So with these thoughts in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best laptop backpacks under $125…

The North Face Vault Backpack (US$59.95)

The North Face Vault Backpack

Functional organization at a budget-friendly price? The North Face Vault Backpack is a smart pick. The main compartment features a suspended and padded 15″ laptop sleeve, while the front organization compartment keeps quick-access items at the ready. The pack also provides side water bottle pockets, a bike loop and reflective detailing.

Everlane Nylon Commuter Backpack (US$68)

Everlane Nylon Commuter Backpack

Simple, stylish and great value for money, the Everlane Nylon Commuter Backpack demonstrates you don’t need to spend big for a practical, timeless piece. The low-key aesthetics suit a variety of work environments (plus downtime ones too), with a variety of pockets on hand to organize your essentials. The 19L pack has a padded sleeve for a 15″ laptop and a water-resistant build for protection from the elements.

Topo Designs Y-Pack (US$79)

Topo Designs Y-Pack

Outdoor heritage vibes meet urban versatility with Topo Designs’ Y-Pack. An adaptable 17L backpack that glides from the commute to a day hike or weekend away, it fits a 15″ laptop in its padded interior sleeve. The padded base provides added protection against bumps and shocks, while the zippered flap pocket and side bottle pockets keep small essentials conveniently within reach.

Harvest Label Freight Pack (US$79.95)

Harvest Label Freight Pack

Looking for a pack that embraces the office and beyond? The Harvest Label Freight Pack steps up with its handsome aesthetic and straightforward organization. A front pocket and dedicated rear 13″ laptop pocket keep essentials close at hand, with a further interior pocket high up in the main compartment. The pack also provides a side handle and side button straps that convert into a top handle if desired.

Thule Lithos Backpack 20L (US$79.95)

Thule Lithos Backpack 20L

Thule’s Lithos Backpack combines clean styling with considered organization for work, campus or day-to-day needs. The main compartment includes a suspended, padded 15″ laptop pocket as well as a tablet pocket and mesh pocket. For smaller items the quick-access front organization panel has you covered. Side pockets let you store water bottles or similar items at the ready. And a bike light loop helps keep you visible on the go.

RAWROW Square 2Way Original Bag 114 (~US$88)

RAWROW Square 2Way Original 114 Cordura 15" Backpack

With its smart-casual styling, functional design and carry flexibility, the RAWROW Square 2Way Original Bag 114 is a solid addition to work, travel and play carry setups. Top and side grab handles let you carry the pack as a tote or briefcase, while front quick-access pockets provide convenient storage for frequently used items. Inside you’ll find a sleeve for a 15″ laptop, with space for day-to-day essentials.

Haglöfs Corker Large (US$88.90)

Haglöfs Corker Large

Want great access with environmentally-conscious construction? The Haglöfs Corker Large provides both. Side access and multiple pockets ensure gear is easily accessible on the go. The bag is also made with bluesign® approved recycled materials and features a design that holds its shape even when the pack is not full. Inside you’ll find dedicated storage for a 15″ laptop, while elastic cord provides options for carrying bulky items externally.

Alite Designs Arcata Pack (US$90)

Alite Designs Arcata Pack

If you want an outdoor-ready pack that can accommodate your tech, check out the Arcata Pack. The water-resistant pack provides front and side pockets, along with an interior mesh pocket for smaller items. The sternum strap is removable if desired and the pack is also hydration bladder compatible. For added peace of mind, it’s backed by a lifetime guarantee too.

The North Face Rovara 27L Backpack (US$93.71)

The North Face Rovara 27L Backpack

If a little added protection from the elements is required, scope out the Rovara 27L Backpack. The bag’s roll-top opening and water-resistant exterior helps protect gear in downpours. Tech stays safe and secure in the main compartment within a padded and fleece-lined 15″ laptop sleeve. Additionally, two front pockets take care of quick-access items. And you’ll also enjoy a lifetime guarantee and a comfy FlexVent™ suspension system.

Bellroy Campus Backpack (US$95)

Bellroy Campus Backpack

A clean and compact 16L pack that carries your essentials in classic, timeless style? Meet the Bellroy Campus Backpack. The padded laptop sleeve fits up to 15″ devices, with an interior zipped pocket and external front pocket for smaller items. And with its quality look and feel in a choice of colorways, this pack moves easily from work to play and back again.

Mystery Ranch Super Booty Bag (US$99)

Mystery Ranch Super Booty Bag

The Super Booty flexes to your carry needs by doubling as a backpack and tote. The top opening can be secured in roll-top or fold-over configuration to suit your preferences. A front zippered pocket stashes quick-access essentials, with a rear externally accessed sleeve to store up to a 15″ laptop. And with Mystery Ranch’s burly build you’re good to go wherever the day leads.

pinqponq Okay Maxi Backpack (US$99.95)

pinqponq Okay Maxi Backpack

Love having all your gear easily visible? The pinqponq Okay Maxi Backpack makes that happen with its wide-opening main compartment for rummage-free access. The interior 13″ padded laptop pocket protects your tech, with interior and exterior zipped pockets for those little essentials. Added bonus? The pack is made from 100% PET recycled fabrics too.

Incase ICON Lite Pack (US$99.95)

Incase ICON Lite Pack Backpack

A sleek 12L pack that looks good on the city streets, in the office or on your travels? The Incase ICON Lite Pack is up to the task, with sufficient organization for essentials without sacrificing the minimalist feel. You’ll find a faux-fur padded sleeve for up to a 15″ laptop, along with interior pockets and quick-access external pockets to accommodate small EDC or travel gear.

Osprey Arcane Large Day Pack (US$110)

Osprey Arcane Large Day Pack

With its chic design and clever features the Osprey Arcane Large Day Pack has your back at work, about town or on the weekend. The left shoulder strap can be secured around a stationary object to help avoid theft, while a good range of interior and exterior pockets organize your gear, including a sleeve for a 15″ laptop. For added practicality, the waxed fabric exterior helps shed unexpected showers.

Topo Designs Span Daypack (US$119.25)

Topo Designs Span Daypack

A versatile pack for the trail or urban environments, the Topo Designs Span Daypack features a wide-opening main compartment to quickly reach gear. A variety of pockets and lash tabs let you tailor the pack to suit different setups, with space for up to a 17″ laptop. The USA-made construction also includes a cinch collar around the main zipper for added weather protection.

Heimplanet Monolith Minimal 18L Backpack (US$120)

Heimplanet Monolith Minimal 18L Backpack

A super-sleek design that doesn’t forget functionality makes this pack a savvy choice for the minimalist. The bag provides three exterior front pockets, an interior 15″ laptop compartment and interior MOLLE webbing to secure pouches or accessories. The durable, water-resistant build takes daily use and the elements in its stride, delivering an elegant all-rounder for the commute and downtime fun.

Filson Small Day Pack (US$120)

Filson Small Day Pack

With its rugged, water-resistant build Filson’s Small Day Pack is ready to roam in urban and outdoor environments alike. And its understated heritage vibe slips easily into a variety of settings too. The pack has a cinch-down drawcord closure and a reinforced Rugged Twill base. And for keeping small essentials close, the pack also comes with a removable internal zippered wool pouch.

Alchemy Equipment AEL017 20L Roll Top Daypack (~US$121)

Alchemy Equipment AEL017 20L Roll Top Daypack

Alchemy Equipment does a great job of blending technical construction with considered urban styling and their AEL017 20L Roll Top Daypack is a fine example. The weather-resistant bag has a magnetic roll-top opening that adjusts to a variety of loads, with a front pocket and stretch side pockets for quick-access items. The interior sleeve fits up to a 15″ laptop, while the eye-catching aesthetics will draw admiring glances whether you’re commuting or meandering to your local park or cafe.

Greenroom136 Rainmaker (~US$122)

Greenroom136 Rainmaker

If you love lots of options for organizing your gear, the Greenroom136 Rainmaker should be on your carry radar. The pack’s three compartments, wide choice of pockets and interior webbing let you store a range of EDC, work or travel items tidily on the move. The bag fits up to a 15″ laptop within an easy-access clamshell-style compartment. Add in the 1000D Cordura nylon exterior and you’ve got a tough and adaptable companion to tackle a diverse array of carry needs.

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L (US$125)


Built to conquer changing urban and outdoor carry needs, the Urban Assault 21L delivers a honed mix of durability, adaptability, comfort and access. With its 3-ZIP opening the contents remain within easy reach even at the base of the bag. A lid pocket and two interior pockets prevent smaller items doing a disappearing act, while the suspended laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ device. Plus there’s also suspended storage for a large tablet too.

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