Most bag manufacturers focus on a specific niche such as messenger bags, sustainable bags, those with safety features or those best for business. For this reason, I have numerous bags in my closet–so that I can grab the best bag for the best purpose.
In other words, I don’t believe there’s one backpack that’s perfect for everyone. Nor do I believe that a person should have just one backpack. 🙂
Having said that, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a bag that I like as much as I do the TravelOn Heritage Backpack.
Simply put, this bag has everything I love in a backpack.
First, it’s got plenty of zippered pockets. I’m an organizer and I like to know that I can find my pens and business cards in one pocket, my cell phone in another pocket and my snacks in yet another pocket. In addition to the main compartment, this bag has four additional zippered areas (including one that’s hidden and has RFID protection).
Each of the zippered areas also has a safety feature. Specifically, the zipper will easily lock into place. Yes, it’s possible for someone to still unzip a pocket but not without some effort. And since most thieves look for a quick pocket to pick or bag to snatch, they’ll likely pass over this one in lieu of someone else’s bag that’s easier to open.
In the large interior section, there’s a padded sleeve where I keep my laptop. Yeup, I still carry a laptop when I travel so a separate area that’s padded is a must.
This bag also has bag has a side water bottle pocket on one side with a bit of stretchy material that allows it to expand slightly. The other side does not have a pocket (although it kinda feels like it should).
The canvas material makes this bag quite sturdy so it should hold up under a lot of tough conditions. So far it’s been on numerous international trips with me, some domestic ones and even in and out of a dugout canoe.
I really put this bag to the test while I was in Papua New Guinea. In order to reduce the weight of my checked luggage on some in-country flights, I carried some of my heavier items in the backpack. This included two laptops (I brought one as a gift for one of my tour guides) as well as magazines, my Kindle and some other items. Phew! The bag was heavy but I managed to get it all in there!
The only shortcoming I’ve found based on several months of testing, is that the top handle is starting to fray a bit. I wouldn’t expect this after such a short period of time but I think it was because of all the weight I was carrying around in PNG. I’m now careful not to just grab it from that top handle so I can preserve the life of it.
In short, I think I’ve finally found my (near) perfect bag.
The only thing I wish the Heritage bag had was a version in purple!
Available on Amazon.
Disclosure: TravelOn provided this backpack for me to review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.