Backpacks for work, travel & play

Recently I found myself in the unenviable position to replace my work, but steady and trusted Targus backpack that seemed to have been with me for years and gone with me everywhere. I’ve become so accustomed to this essential bit of kit that I can’t remember what I used before it and sadly I’ve taken it for granted. In a way that makes the Targus the ideal backpack. BUT I do write for MenzShopper and it would be irresponsible of me to simply but the same or updated backpack without having a look at what else has hit the market in the last five years. Maybe ten. Surely not fifteen. I honestly can’t remember.

Before I list a few of my pick of the bunch let me explain what my needs are.

  1. Has to hold a laptop. Your laptop goes everywhere with you now.
  2. Be my everything bag for overnight and day work trips. So laptop and a change of clothes
  3. My main carry-on bag for long haul and international flights. Laptop. Jacket. Wash bag. Noise Cancelling headphones.

Thule Crossover 25L Laptop Backpack – $120

Decent size. Enough compartments without being to many

  • Padded, integrated laptop compartment holds up to a 15 inch MacBook Pro
  • Crushproof SafeZone compartment for sunglasses and fragile gear includes a dedicated phone pocket
  • 25 liter backpack
  • Great backpack to hold all of your electronics and accessories

Targus Spruce EcoSmart Travel and TSA Checkpoint-Friendly Backpack – $44

  • Made from 100% recycled Pet polyester and PVC-free material
  • Patented checkpoint-friendly design unzips to lay flat for TSA screening
  • Dedicated tablet pocket helps to protect your Device
  • Trolley pass-through allows the bag to sit securely on top of your luggage
  • Convenient quick-access pockets to stash your gear

SWISSGEAR 1900 ScanSmart Laptop Backpack – $73

  • Durable, weather-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester to withstand heavy use and harsh conditions
  • TRAVEL WITH EASE: ScanSmart lay-flat technology protects up to a 17″ laptop, opens quickly at airport security, and ensures a hassle-free laptop-in-bag TSA scan
  • Easy access laptop and iPad compartment separate with front organizational pocket for all of your writing utensils, pocket notebooks, and keys. Front, large, U-zip pocket for quick access essentials. Two, breathable, side compartments for an umbrella, oversize water bottle, or a change of clothes.
  • COMFORTABLE: Contoured shoulder straps with mesh fabric and adjustable side compression straps.
  • DIMENSIONS: Exterior — 18.5″ x 13.5″ x 9″; Laptop Compartment — 14.5″ x 11″ x 1.5″; Tablet Pocket Capacity — 10″ x 7″; Bag volume — 31 L

MATEIN Travel Laptop Backpack, Anti Theft Backpack with USB Charging Port – $30

  • LOTS OF STORAGE SPACE & POCKETS: One separate laptop compartment. One spacious packing compartment roomy for daily necessities,tech electronics accessories. Front compartment with many pockets, pen pockets and key fob hook, make your items organized and easier to find
  • COMFY & STURDY: Comfortable airflow back design with thick but soft multi-panel ventilated padding
  • FUNCTIONAL & SAFE: A luggage strap allows backpack fit on luggage/suitcase, slide over the luggage upright handle tube for easier carrying. With a hidden anti theft pocket on the back protect your valuable items from thieves. Well made for international airplane travel and day trip as a travel gift for men
  • USB PORT DESIGN: With built in USB charger outside and built in charging cable inside,this usb backpack offers you a more convenient way to charge your phone while walking.

Samsonite Xenon 3.0 Slim Laptop Backpack – $47

  • Constructed of rugged 1680 denier ballistic polyester for durability
  • Holds 15.6 inches Laptop, built in padded Compartment designed to carry your laptop computer and help protect it from shocks while traveling
  • Quick Stash Pocket for sunglasses and personal electronics
  • Top Carry Handle features a micro injected top with neoprene padded grip
  • Smart Sleeve feature allows case to slide over the upright handle tube for easy transport
  • Air Channel System on the back of the bag with Air mesh padding and lumbar support
  • Main Compartment features storage space and well conSidered business organization
  • The overall dimensions are 16.5 x 12 x 6 inches