Meander Picks: The Best Bags to Explore with in 2019
With the summer season almost upon us, we’re starting to think about travels, both big and small, city escapes, overnighters in the Scottish Highlands, days out hiking and biking! With travel, comes packing and finding the perfect bag to take away with you. Our design philosophy at Meander is always to create style and performance, in equal measure and without compromise. This is something we want from the bags we take on our adventures too. They must be stylish, comfortable, and of course, fit all the essentials.
Let’s take a look at our top three picks from five different categories, across a variety of budgets, including: Daypacks, Messengers, Duffle/Overnight, Travel Packs and Camera Bags.
The Sanction by Mission Workshop (20L):
Built to endure, The Sanction is a classy, incredibly well constructed backpack, made from Condura fabric which is renowned for its strength and durability. This bag will have no problem taking anything you throw at it. Unique pockets on the front are ideal for possessions you want quick access to, whilst the long chute has more than enough room for the daily essentials. You’ll also find a zippered internal laptop sleeve for safe transport. The Sanction comes in six colour variants so pick wisely as this bags gonna be lasting you a long time.
Richmond Alpha by Höher (24L):
Designed in the U.K and made with comfort, style and practicality in mind, the Richmond Alpha is the result of years of trial and error. There’s plenty space in all the compartments for all your essentials. Padded shoulder straps and adjustable hook closures make up a timeless minimal design. The addition of an interior key hook will ensure you’ll never go through the frustration of misplacing your keys again. Constructed with premium quality 12 Oz water resistant canvas and water-resistant internal linin, nothing inside the Richmond Alpha is getting wet. Available in four colours.
The Kånken by Fjӓllrӓven (16L) :
This Swedish outdoor firm was born from the idea of creating more a comfortable 'carrying system'. The Kånken, specifically, was created in 1978 to help prevent back problems among school children. Today, The Kånken has straightened millions of backs across the globe and has become one of Fjällräven's most beloved products. This classic backpack is equally suited to journeys to and from school or work, as it is to trekking and travelling. This backpack is stylish and practical, with space for a 13-inch Macbook (or smaller). The water-repellent body is built to last, and a carry handle wins points for simplicity and versatility. The Kånken is comes in forty colours so you’ll be sure to find your perfect match with this one.
Nick by Millican (13L):
The Nick Messenger is made for life on two wheels. This one is one of the most practical shoulder bags around. The smart design keeps commuters in mind with the internal organisation pockets for both gadgets, such as a laptop, and paper. You’ll also find a fold-away reflective strip and a bike-light attachment loop for visibility in low-light conditions. Made with Millican's finest Bionic Canvas to ensure weather resistance and durability when out and on the move. Available in seven colours, you’ll be sure to find one which suits your style.
The Wee Lug by Trakke (20L):
The Wee Lug is designed for the urban commuter by fellow Scottish brand, Trakke. Trakke hand make and test all their bags in Scotland. The lug has been refined and makes for an even more comfortable carry, you’ll find a double zip pocket on the either sides of the face, ideal to store any essentials that you’ll want quick access to. The interior organisation has been re-designed to include bottle pockets and a neater, easier access layout. Available in four colours. This bag has a robust build and the water resistant waxed canvas will give you no issue when it comes to keeping the contents dry.
Tor by Sandqvist (22L):
The Sandqvist Tor, is a shoulder/messenger bag made from water resistant and super durable Cordura meaning it’ll have no issues dealing with some rough handling that in other bags may cause wear in tear. The Tor comes from Sundqvist’s Urban Outdoor series meaning it’s built to be functional and versatile. By removing unnecessary details and concealing zippers pockets the bags get a clean and contemporary look. Inside there is a laptop sleeve that can hold laptops up to 13" screen size and there are various pockets to store your everyday essentials. The Tor comes in four colour variations.
Small Tin Cloth Field Duffle by Filson (36L):
Made from a robust tin cloth fabric, this duffle bag from Filson is both water-repellent and abrasion-resistant. Lined with a durable nylon interior, this functional bag features two quick-drying webbing handles and a shoulder strap for carrying comfort in all weather conditions. This one comes in two colours – Spruce and Dark Tan/Brown. Just as you’d expect with Filson, a stylish and robust bag great for a variety of trips away.
Twill Weekender by Everlane (30L):
Everlane’s Twill Weekender describes itself as the perfect carry on. It’s made from water-resistant cotton twill, features premium leather straps and details, plus one internal zip pocket for small essentials. Everlane's twill weekender bag comes in five colours and Everlane estimate the carrying capacity to be between 30L-34L. Look the part of your next trip away with this thoughtful and stylish duffle.
Scout VX Duffle by North Street (44L):
North Street’s Scout VX duffle is crafted from tough, waterproof X10 X-Pack backed Cotton Duck Canvas and comes lined with a soft 210 denier packcloth. Straps wrap round the bag instead of being sewn on which provides a nice gain in strength. Available in 5 colours. This one could be ideal for your next adventure.
Budapest by Knomo (24.2L):
As the name suggest the Knomo Budapest is built for travel. The Budapest is an ultra-lightweight, fully opening, compressible travel backpack – with far more sophisticated styling than your average travel bag. This one comes in two colours – nautical blue and black. With a capacity of 24.2 litres, could be considered slightly too small for more than just a few days away. However, if you prefer to travel with a minimalist wardrobe then this travel pack may be your perfect match.
Travel Bag by Topo Designs (30L):
If you are looking for style and functionality, then look no further than Topo’s 30L Travel Bag. Topo have created a very well thought out bag here with great organization, thoughtful design features, and a pointed heritage aesthetic. Available in Navy, Olive and Ballistic Black this durable travel pack is sure to serve you well on any adventure you throw at it.
Porter by Osprey (30L):
It’s no surprise that Osprey have nailed it with their Porter 30. Founded in 1974, they come with over 40 years experience in creating functional products of the utmost quality. It’s worth mentioning the StraightJacket system, external foam “jackets” wrap around each side and connect via buckles and straps, a perk any traveller will appreciate. I know we said this list was about style and functionality and although style may be slightly out on this one, if travel features is what is most important to you, then be sure to pick up the Porter for your next trip away. Available in three colours each providing a different distinct appearance - Black, Miniral Teal and Castle Grey.
PRVKE by WANDRD (20L):
A simple and elegant backpack, the WANDRD PRVKE is designed by photographers for photographers. As expected, there is plenty of space in the bag for all your camera gear, however, the roll-top design will provide you with that additional wiggle room should you need and will give you roughly 5L extra capacity. It comes in three subtle tones of black, green and blue.
Niko by Chrome (23L):
A bag built for the city. The Niko is a great example of how Chrome is able to blend functionality, durability, and style with their signature minimal branding. With room for tones of camera gear, The Niko is Chrome’s most advanced camera pack to date. The perfect low-profile camera bag for shooting around town.
The Dalston by F-Stop (20L):
F-stop made their name in the adventure photography world. However, The Dalston, designed for the urban explorer, blends F-stop’s signature rugged materials with an urban design reminiscent of those favoured by an urban commuter. With its sleek silhouette, side-access pockets add enough capacity for an all-day adventure, this bag is sure to become your new best friend from sunrise to sunset. Available in Aloe Drab Green and Nasturtium Orange.
Let us know in the comments which bag(s) you’d pick for your next adventure. Will any of these become your perfect travel companion?