- Buyer's Guide
Third Annual Carry Awards :: Best Work Backpack Results
In any great product experience, there is as much story as physical experience. From why the product exists, to how it was created and how you will become a part of the piece, great storytelling gives context and meaning to the products with which we interact.
The Haglöfs RYGGSÄCK is a story 100 years in the making. This is a pack that connects a century of exploration and Swedish ingenuity, inspired by the original N:o 6 backpack, but refined through the 100 years of Haglöfs experience since.
Modern and classic materials and hardware sit side by side, all sourced from domestic Swedish makers whose place of manufacture is mapped inside the lid. All of the interaction points have an unexpected approach; whether it’s the closures, buckles or straps, each feels considered and filled with personality. And despite the enormity of trying to fit a century of history into one bag, the RYGGSÄCK still feels cohesive, somehow marrying the new and the old without visual jarring.
Well done, Haglöfs, this is a pack that makes us smile and invites conversation, with the storytelling support to keep those conversations flowing.
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honour, we bow our heads in the upmost respect and kudos. If this were a dias, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And I’m sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
The Venture backpack is beautifully understated and versatile in use. It’s smart enough for a work setting but also able to glide into travel or leisure settings as needed. Crafted by hand using waxed canvas, the bag has a roll-top closure with a side-access zip and a floating Cordura liner. The padded laptop sleeve is large enough for 13-inch laptops, while the leather straps and detailing add a pleasing contrast of materials. The external pockets are handy for stashing quick-access items and the bag can be carried by the top grab handle when the straps aren’t in use. Great work, Teranishi!
The RAWROW R Bag 130 brings a fresh vibe to work carry while still demonstrating sleek and professional aesthetics. The bag’s shoulder straps are adjustable and removable, while the Italian vegetable-tanned leather strap adds to the visual appeal and provides a briefcase-style carry option. Inside is a padded laptop section that fits 15-inch laptops, along with slip pockets and a zippered mesh pocket for organizing your various work tools. The rectangular shape is also great for items such as folders, books, magazines and documents. Congratulations, RAWROW, this is a refined piece of carry that does a great job of fusing fashion and functionality.