How to Choose a Backpack

The right backpack has all the features you need to get out and explore, hands-free and confident that your stuff is safely stashed. Whether you’re heading out to work or going out on a day trip, finding the right backpack will keep you comfortable and ready for anything.

An Eastpak backpack is so much more than just a bag. We know that your backpack - and the way you wear it - is a statement about you and your unique style. So if you’re wondering how to choose the right size backpack for your needs or which style you should go for, then this handy guide will help you.

Not sure where to start?

I Need a Classic

Our iconic bag, the Padded Pak’r, is a medium-sized bag that’s 40cm in height, making it great for days out exploring. Whether you’re travelling by train, skateboard or on foot, you can carry everything you need for the day while staying comfortable.

The bag has a large main component for larger items, like devices or clothes, with a zip to keep them secure as you move. It also has a smaller front pocket to keep essentials like your wallet, keys or phone handy with an enclosed zip for security. This creates 24 litres of total volume, more than enough for a day trip! Plus, the padded shoulder straps and back will help you carry any load comfortably.

I Need Something For Commuting

If you’re commuting or travelling for work, then you’ll need a bag that will carry your devices easily and keep them secure. We create laptop bags for both 15-inch (length: 35cm, width: 25cm) and 13-inch (length: 31cm, width: 22cm) devices, all of which are built-in and padded to protect laptops and keep them secure. All of our laptop bags are around 45cm to 50cm in height, making them comfortable to carry and big enough.

For a slimmer bag that’s cool and comfortable, a Padded Double Backpack is an ideal choice. Available in a range of colours, each has a main compartment with a padded laptop sleeve, so you have enough space to keep everything safe and tidy. An external side water bottle holder and two zip-fastening front pockets are also useful for your essentials, with a padded back and adjustable shoulder straps that make this a great everyday backpack.

If you’re heading away for a long trip on business, then it’s likely that you’ll be travelling from plane to train to the car on a regular basis. Cabin-sized backpacks that have shoulder straps that tuck away, like our Travelpack, are versatile and ideal for this sort of trip.

I Need Something Small

Smaller backpacks are between 25cm and 35cm in height. Measuring the length of your back will help you to determine if a bag will fit comfortably or not. However, the best way to choose the right size backpack is to try it on. This will ensure it's got enough room for all your essentials and is comfortable to carry.

For a lighter, more compact style that’s ideal for carrying everyday items, smaller backpacks are a fantastic option. They are fashionable and ideal for days or nights out.

Our Orbit backpacks are a miniature version of our Padded Pak’r with all the same features. The main compartment, smaller front pocket, padded straps and back means it can carry everything you need comfortably, all in a ten-litre space.

I Need Lots of Space

For weekend trips or busy days out with family and friends, larger backpacks are ideal. To give you enough room while keeping you comfortable, our larger backpacks are only 42cm in height but have multiple compartments that give you the litres of capacity you need.

Our Pinnacle backpack is designed to be functional and efficient. A quilted back panel and shaped shoulder straps will help you to carry large loads easily. Plus, two main compartments and a roomy front pocket with an organiser will keep everything in order and easy to reach.

Similarly, the Provider backpack is roomy and comfortable. Durable and secure, it has a zippered front pocket, compression straps and a rubber handle so you can carry it anywhere easily.

Style inspiration from Eastpak lovers

From laptop bags with lots of compartments to a cool Padded Pak’r with comfortable straps that can keep your essentials handy, there are different backpack styles to suit everyone’s requirements.

Eastpak backpacks are worn by trendsetters from all walks of life. Take a look at our latest collaborations or check out these style statements from Eastpak lovers across the world to find the style inspiration you’ve been looking for.

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