Women’s backpacks that last years

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As I move more and more into slow, long lasting fashion, it occurred to me that this knowledge might be useful to my readers. First things first – I wear backpacks a lot. Everyday sort of a lot. And with that, come certain requirements I have of my backpacks. These are:

  • not too big – I need my bags to be just big enough for a lunchbox, a book, my makeup bag and an umbrella. All this usually fits in under 7 litres size. If 7 litres means nothing to you too, think of it as a bag that will make your A4 folder bend but will fit your B5 notepad with room to spare.
  • lightweight – life is heavy as is, I don’t see the point of wearing extra luggage for no good reason. All my bags must therefore be really light – I mean under 500 g sort of light.
  • nice looking – I might be a slob at heart, but externally I am somewhere on the hipster – fashionista – homeless chic – but can do corporate angle. The bags must therefore either be classical, or hip enough to pull off in most environments. Oh, and they can’t be too loud as I travel with them all the time.

If you have seen any bag reviews on my YouTube channel, treat this post as an update to some of the bags you have seen there. In order of my currently most worn:

1. Longchamp Le Pliage Sac A Dos

This pricey little nylon bag has been with me since the start of 2018 and I have worn it hundreds of times. I like to calculate the price per wear of some of my items, and this darling is now under £0.07. I’ve worn it to work, hiking, on holidays and to a various gatherings. It’s an excellent city backpack and let me just say – despite the price tag I will buy another one if my current one gives up. My review of this bag from 2018 still stands: it’s a good bag. Since then, the following two things have deteriorated on it:

    • the tear in the interior waterproofing got marginally worse
    • it got so dirty from my dark clothing that it is hard to get clean now

Here is the original review:

2. Fjallraven Kanken.

If you are paying £85 for a – in essence – a schoolbag, it better be a good one. I’ve had my Kanken for a year now and I will admit that I have not been wearing it as much as I expected I would. I definitely do love it, but I’ve only worn it maybe 35-40 times so far. The key reason is that my light coloured cats love it too and they will climb inside whenever it is within their reach. I usually don’t mind sharing, but I refuse to lint roll backpacks.

The main purpose I purchased this bag for was travel – it’s perfectly within the Ryanair cheapest fare grade luggage allowance. This makes it amazing for weekend getaways – it’s roomy enough to work as a weekends but also chic and comfortable enough to wear when sightseeing. The fabric despite being weather repellent and not waterproof is actually fine for London weather. The only real gripe I have with this bag so far is that the straps and the way they are attached to the bag are somewhat unkind to my cotton coats and with long wear can cause minor pilling.

The backpack is however roomier than the first one and the next one in this list, so it’s a winner when I trot down to Sainsbury’s to buy cat food. The weight distribution is on point so it’s perfect to carry more. It will also fit an A4, making it good for offsite meetings.

The original review:


3. Pacsafe Citysafe 350 Gii anti-theft bag

Unfortunately this one has now been discontinued. You can still get it as a second-hand, but no longer directly from Pacsafe. They have released a number of other models which might be better suited for your needs though.

I purchased this lovely backpack in 2017 and still have it. And while I used it a lot, and in particular for city break travel, there are a couple of features in it which I don’t really like. Yes, unlike me to moan, but here we go:

  • The straps can get very uncomfortable and the way the length regulation goes, they keep doing their own thing length wise. I stitched mine in place after what felt like a battle.
  • Although the look of it is great, the design is not particularly ergonomic. Unless you figure out the positioning and the length of the straps quickly, the bag can and will give you a backache. Luckily I figured it out quickly and wear it just fine, but it’s not as comfortable as the other two back[packs mentioned.

Despite these two drawbacks, it also has a couple of really important positives:

  • If somebody tries to mug you, they’ll either take you with it or give up. The bag is designed really well to be anti-theft which makes it my favorite for travel to cities known for having some pickpockets.
  • It has loads of inner organisation compartments. I like my shiz tidy, and the bag, unlike the other two, does it for me.

Here is the original review:


If you too are a backpacks connoisseur, share your favourites in comments.

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