What rucksack / bag do you use?

3 years ago from , Designer

Just wondering what people here recommend as a rucksack.

I'm looking for a new rucksack with enough space for a MacBook Pro 15" (with plenty of padding).

Ideally, it'd be a rucksack that is professional enough to bring to client facing meetings but also looks fairly stylish to use as an everyday carry bag.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated


  • Bryan Maniotakis, 3 years ago

    Can't go wrong with something from Cote & Ciel. Their bags are a bit pricier than most, but they are built like tanks and do something different from a design perspective.

    I've got the Isar in black coated canvas, and the added duffle-bag type storage makes it great for the gym, and travelling.

    Cote&Ciel Isar Backpack


    4 points
    • Paul HermannPaul Hermann, 3 years ago

      I got a Rhine Coated Canvas, and I can absolutely subscribe that the build-quality is insanely robust. The design is not always super functional though. It's nice for urban use and daily commutes though. I won't use it for traveling longer distances as it's a little too impractical and small, but that's specific to the model and might be different with the Isar.

      1 point
      • Riley C, 3 years ago

        I agree, i've had an Isar for about 3 years now. Love the form factor and build quality but find it a bit impractical when traveling. You can try stuffing it with a lot of items but it gets bulky and starts looking a bit ridiculous haha.

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        • Asher SimondsAsher Simonds, 3 years ago

          Agreed on the Isar and have had it for 3 years as well. Plus it's a little heavier due to the thicker construction. The only other issue I have is the shoulder straps don't stay taut so I have to pull them while wearing it every so often.

          Despite that, I love the bag and don't plan on replacing it anytime soon. They seem to be favoring the laptop pocket zip to be placed outside the shoulder straps in newer models; I bought the gray melange because it was more protected under them.

          1 point
    • Elwin Ha, 3 years ago

      Agreed. I got the MemoryTech Nile Rucksack, and the bag is like a black hole; it has so much room and just wraps around everything I throw in it due to its design and material. I took it with me to climb Mount Fuji last August, and I was able to clip my flashlights on the shoulder straps (sort of like Iron Man haha), a 3L water pouch, all my clothes, and snacks :)

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  • Adam MichielsAdam Michiels, 3 years ago

    Mission Workshop has always been my favorite in the 'carry-till-you-die' category of bomb-proof offerings. Not always the most attractive options, but I just received the Arkiv brief (14L) and it's exactly what I've been looking for.

    Big enough for daily carry (macbook + sweater + umbrella + headphones+ etc), black and low-key, but built to a higher standard than you see nearly anywhere else.

    The larger 19L 'laptop brief' is deceiving - they sent it me by accident - it looks great online but is very long and doesn't have a padded laptop sleeve. Still though, built like a tank.

    2 points
  • Phil K.-T.Phil K.-T., 3 years ago

    Discussion from 3 months ago on this topic, for those looking for more opinions:


    2 points
  • Justin WJustin W, 3 years ago

    I have a Timbuk2 Rogue backpack. https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5040-302/Rogue-Backpack

    Reasonably priced for what it is, I think. Has a good laptop compartment, and lots of pockets, etc to keep my pens and stuff organized. I keep my bike u-lock on the side opposite the outside pocket. Not completely waterproof but does offer a bit better protection than some (I carry a bag-cover for when the rain comes).

    1 point
  • Thai HoangThai Hoang, 3 years ago

    Hey David,

    I personally use 2 bags.

    1) For everyday use - https://www.thenorthface.co.uk/shop/en-gb/tnf-gb/bags-and-tents-bags-backpacks/itinerant-backpack-2zeg?variationId=JK3#hero=0

    I love this bag for its practicality and protection. Waterproof and plenty of space for my 15" MacBook, a collection of accessories and my lunch!

    2) Minimal - https://gb.moleskine.com/id-device-bag-horizontal-13-black/p0228

    I actually got given this from the EOS hackathon in London and it's really slick and fits my laptop perfect (minus my protective sleeve) and charger. I tend to take this on the weekends when I'm going to a cafe to work etc.


    1 point
  • Tyler ButtonTyler Button, 3 years ago

    This Ortlieb day pack is best bag i've ever owned. Totally waterproof, easy to get in and out off, can remove the inner storage if you want more space. It's also of fantastic quality, with 2 years of daily use isn't at all tatty.


    1 point
  • Kenneth JensenKenneth Jensen, 3 years ago

    Filson Original Briefcase

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  • Tomas Martinez, 3 years ago

    The eBag Professional Slim is the best purchase I've ever done. Using it for 2 years now and I couldn't be happier with it

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  • Kody DahlKody Dahl, 3 years ago

    Big fan of the Topo Designs Klettersack—it's not the most technical bag (kind of the traditional top-loader design), but it's water resistant, super well made (going on 3 years of heavy use and abuse) and works pretty well as a day hiking pack to boot.

    0 points
  • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, 3 years ago

    Just moved to the Aer Travel Pack 2 - https://www.aersf.com/travel-pack-2-black/ - it's a little "bulky" for everyday carry, but you can cinch it down so it's smaller, but I find I'd much rather have a super organized bag that can switch from workday to travel than have multiple bags that I have to move things back and forth between.

    0 points
  • Steve Huntington, 3 years ago

    I actually found my current bag on one the same posts here that a few people have linked. Rover Pack by Topo Designs. It's super lightweight, but it's tough and doubles as a solid hiking backpack. It's maybe a little on the small side but it's been perfect for me.


    0 points
  • Vladan Vukmanov, 3 years ago

    Herschel Pop Quiz. The best backpack I've used so far.

    0 points
  • Sabrina Couto ViejoSabrina Couto Viejo, 3 years ago

    If you are looking for something a bit cheaper than the above recommendations you can check out the Xiaomi backpacks: https://xiaomi-mi.com/backpacks-and-bags/

    I have the Classic Business and it's quite good and confortable. It's big enough for laptop, Wacom, tupper with lunch and water bottle. Among other small things like a book, etc.

    0 points
  • Ryan Townsend, 3 years ago

    I never really understood the obsession with optimising 'everyday carry', until I got the Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus – it's £159, so certainly not cheap, but every penny has proven worthwhile, the layout is so well thought-out and the manufacturing quality is second-to-none


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  • Henrik Pettersson, 3 years ago

    I like my The North Face Kaban backpack (all black), https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/kaban-nf0a2zek.

    • Durable and somewhat weatherproofed.
    • Pockets for water bottles (or similar sized items) on both sides.
    • Comfortables straps.
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  • Leroy Almeida, 3 years ago

    I have a Thule Paramount 24L. Very heavy duty. And lots of padding for my gear (Macbook Pro 15", sometimes another laptop or a camera). I also like that it doesn't get bulky even when it's holding a ton inside. Use it for the office and for travelling too.

    Thule Paramount 24L

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  • Thomas Lowry, 3 years ago

    Incase City Compact https://www.incase.com/products/bags/backpacks/city-compact-backpack

    is doing the trick for me. 15" padded laptop sleeve and room for notebooks, chargers/adaptors. Small silky smooth lined pocket at the top. Minimal looks. In a pinch I've even travelled with 2 x 15" laptops + 2 chargers + headphones + notebook + adaptors + mouse, and it still maintains a nice compact form.

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  • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, 3 years ago

    I have an Incase ICON Slim for daily carry. It doesn't hold the most, but it's got enough room for my laptop, headphones, chargers, a light jacket, etc. More than enough to get me through a day, basically.

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  • Febril CuevasFebril Cuevas, 3 years ago

    For me I've just recently been alternating between

    the Aer SF Fitpack


    the ISM Classic

    Both great for an everyday carry. The Aer is great if you're going to workout as well. The ISM is great for more of a minimal everyday carry. Would recommend both.

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  • Kristen SinghKristen Singh, 3 years ago

    I love this backpack. Been using it for 2 months and it's great for my bicycle commute.


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  • Ryan Hicks, 3 years ago

    Goruck GR1 (also have a GR2 but it's too big for daily carry) https://www.goruck.com/rucksacks/

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  • James LaneJames Lane, 3 years ago

    This has been asked so many times!

    Here's one of the many previous posts: https://www.designernews.co/stories/96082

    -1 points