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The Best Waxed Canvas Backpacks 2018

by , January 26, 2018

Tough. Beautiful. Weatherproof. It’s not hard to see why waxed canvas is widespread across the carry world. However, great materials alone don’t make great bags. But using quality waxed canvas to create functional, stylish designs that will put in years of hard use and just get better with age? Now you’re onto something special. Just like our picks of some of the best waxed canvas backpacks to get 2018 off to an impeccable carry start…

Boarding Pass Metro Waxed Backpack (US$ 195)

Boarding Pass Metro Waxed Backpack

A chic and compact bag for your daily commute or travel essentials, the Metro Waxed Backpack includes a padded laptop sleeve and pockets to keep smaller items tidy. The pack is made in the USA with a durable and stylish combination of 10.10 oz. Martexin Original Waxed canvas, Wickett & Craig leather, and brass hardware.

Tanner Goods Voyager Daypack (US$ 200)

Tanner Goods Voyager Daypack

A versatile option for urban and outdoor use, the Voyager Daypack is crafted in the USA with 18 oz. waxed canvas and vegetable-tanned Cambara English bridle leather. A padded laptop sleeve keeps your tech safe, while two side pockets and an exterior zip pocket keep quick-access items within easy reach.

Trakke Assynt 17 (~US$ 228)

The Best Waxed Canvas Backpacks 2018

Sleek and rugged, Trakke’s Assynt 17 is equally at home roaming on the hills or navigating city streets. The pack takes inspiration from vintage mountaineering equipment but is built for modern-day use, with an interior laptop sleeve, interior pocket and quick-access lid pocket. Handcrafted in Glasgow with British-made materials, it’s a great one-bag option for diverse carry environments.

Treesizeverse Waxed Canvas Backpack (US$ 229)

Treesizeverse Waxed Canvas Backpack

This handsome pack is handmade in Belgium with heavy weight waxed canvas and oiled leather. The rolltop closure adjusts to a variety of loads, while the front pocket keeps frequently used gear at the ready. Additionally the pack also includes a padded laptop compartment. A solid choice if you’re after a head-turner with everyday and travel functionality.

Azo Equipment Bashilo 13 (~US$ 250)

Azo Equipment Bashilo 13

The Bashilo 13 is a classy pack for your urban commuting or EDC needs, crafted in the UK with British-made waxed canvas and complemented by vegetable-tanned leather detailing. The 20L pack fits a 13″ laptop, with a front pocket for easy-access gear and further pockets for organizing smaller items.

Mission Workshop The Sanction – Waxed Canvas (US$ 285)

Mission Workshop The Sanction

The 20L Sanction is a ruggedly built pack that’s stylish enough for the office and tough enough to tackle after-hours pursuits on foot or by bike. Made in the USA with American-made 10 oz. waxed canvas, the weatherproof pack is backed by a lifetime guarantee and offers a range of pockets to keep your gear neat on the go. In addition the Sanction also features Mission Workshop’s Arkiv® closure system and can be customized with Arkiv® accessories on the shoulder straps.

Winter Session Roll-Top Pack (US$ 289)

Winter Session Roll-Top Pack

Available in a range of colorways to suit personal tastes, this pack offers an eye-catching blend of smart aesthetics and functional design. The Roll-Top Pack is made in Denver, Colorado with 20 oz. waxed cotton canvas, vegetable-tanned leather and brass hardware. The rolltop closure accommodates diverse loads, with plenty of organization options on hand too including front snap pockets, side pockets, an interior pocket and a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to 15″ devices.

Frost River Heritage Black Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack (from US$ 370)

Frost River Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack

Handcrafted in Duluth, Minnesota, this pack offers a great heritage feel combined with a quality build. The pack is built with American-made waxed canvas and leather and comes with a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship and hardware. Available in three sizes and two colorways, this bag is tough enough for years of outdoor use but versatile enough for urban settings too, with plenty of pockets and attachment points to organize your gear.

Billykirk No. 483 Carryall Backpack (US$ 396)

Billykirk No. 483 Carryall Backpack

Attractive, durable and multifunctional, the N0. 483 Carryall Backpack moves easily from EDC to weekend getaways. Built in the USA with American-made materials, the bag can be carried as a backpack or shoulder bag and features a choice of exterior and interior pockets including space for a 15″ laptop.

Bedouin Foundry Delireis (~US$ 413)

Bedouin Foundry Delireis

The Delireis packs understated style, hard-wearing durability and adaptability into a bag that looks chic on the streets but is ready to step into the wild when adventure calls. Handmade in England with 12 oz. Scottish waxed canvas and Italian vegetable-tanned leather, the bag includes an interior laptop sleeve and two exterior pockets for stashing quick-access essentials.


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