The Best Canvas Backpacks of 2017

Why should I buy a canvas backpack?

When you are looking for a stylish backpack, canvas is often the best material to look at. Canvas backpacks have always been popular and can be said to have a timeless appeal. Many canvas backpacks are very stylish, durable and last you a long time, while still being comfortable and having lots of storage space. When reviewing canvas backpacks we have looked at the following criteria in order to find the best canvas backpacks:

Style

Style is often the main reason that people buy canvas backpacks, and the style of canvas backpacks can generally be split into two styles, retro and modern. We have added the most stylish of both into our list of the best canvas backpacks.

Durability

Canvas is essentially very heavy duty cotton, which means that it is built to be tough and long lasting. A good canvas backpack should last you for many years to come.

Comfort

Comfort is the most important thing to look at when buying a backpack, so in order to be on this list, a canvas backpack must have adequate padding so it can be worn comfortably all day.

EcoCity Vintage Canvas Backpack

EcoCity’s Vintage Canvas Backpack is a very stylish and durable canvas backpack, with a retro look. The backpack is can be bought in five great looking colors; black, green, gray, khaki and coffee. The EcoCity backpack is made from eco-friendly materials, so is great if you are looking for a sustainable canvas backpack.

Instead of using a zip to close the main compartment of the backpack, the EcoCity Canvas Backpack uses straps and a flap to cover the main compartment and a drawstring to close it tightly. This is good for protecting your stuff from the rain as zips will often let water through.

The backpack is very spacious and has enough room to store a 13 inch laptop in a padded compartment. There are also many other pockets in the backpack to keep you possessions organized.

Ibagbar Canvas Backpack

The Ibagbar Canvas Backpack is a very stylish canvas backpack that similarly to the EcoCity backpack above, has a retro look. The backpack is available in black, brown & grey, and in my opinion, all of the colors look great, but the grey is the nicest. The colors add to the retro look of the backpack and have very nice accents, such as the brown accent on the grey version of the backpack shown above.

The backpack has a large capacity and should have more than enough space for the majority of people. This backpack includes enough space to store a 15 inch laptop in the dedicated, padded laptop compartment and also has numerous smaller compartments for storing other items, including two front pockets, two inner pockets and two side pockets. The back of the bag and the shoulder straps are very well padded, making this a comfortable backpack to use all day.

Hotstyle Vintage Canvas Backpack

The Hotstyle Vintage Canvas Backpack is a very nice retro style backpack that is made using water resistant canvas. This stylish backpack is available in 3 colors; red, brown and black. Just like the EcoCity canvas backpack above, the Hotstyle backpack uses both a flap to cover the main compartment, and draw-string to close it, as mentioned earlier, this method of closing a backpack is great to keep the rain out. The main compartment also has an external zip on the side, which is great for removing items that are deeper in the backpack without removing everything else that is on top.

The shoulder straps on this backpack are comfortable, with a generous amount of padding, making this backpack comfortable for all-day use.

P.KU.VDSL Auger Canvas & Leather Backpack

This stylish vintage canvas & leather hiking backpack is great if you are looking for a canvas backpack that is designed for the great outdoors! As one of the larger canvas backpacks on this list, it can hold lots of stuff, making it perfect for hiking. Though even if you don’t hike, it is great for day to day use, with a laptop compartment that can hold laptops that are up to 17 inches in size, and a huge number of pockets for storing smaller items. Similarly to other backpacks on this list, this backpack uses a flap & drawstring combination to close the main compartment of the backpack.

Gootium High Density Canvas Backpack

This 100% canvas backpack is designed to be both highly durable and spacious, while still being stylish. Similarly to the above backpack it can carry a lot of items and even includes a laptop compartment that can hold up to 17 inch laptops. The backpack is available in 8 different colors and 3 sizes, although we only had the large size to review here. This backpack is closed using the drawstring and flap method, similar to the other backpacks above but it also includes an inner zippered pocket for extra security.

The adjustable straps have plenty of padding and are comfortable to wear all day, even when carrying heavier items such as laptops.

Leaper Cute Thickened Canvas School Backpack

The Leaper backpack is very stylish, cute and comes in a set including, not just a backpack, but also a shoulder bag and purse as well! (Though you can buy it separately if you want to.)

While not a large backpack, it makes up for it’s size by including numerous pockets to keep your possessions organised and it still has enough space for a 14 inch laptop in the padded laptop compartment that is inside the bag. The included shoulder bag is large enough to carry a tablet that is approx 7 inches such as an iPad mini.

The Leaper Canvas Backpack is comfortable with lots of padding on both the shoulder straps and on the back of the backpack, making it ideal for carrying around a laptop and textbooks in school or college. It is available in several different colors, so you can be sure to find one that suits your personality.

Canvas Backpacks FAQ

What should I be looking for in a Canvas Backpack?

Comfort

Comfort is one of the most important (and often most overlooked) attributes when buying a backpack, especially a canvas one. However, comfort should be one of the first things that you look at when buying a canvas backpack. All of the backpacks that we have reviewed in this article should be comfortable for most people, but if you look at another backpack that is not on this list, make sure that you read reviews. Always look for padded shoulder straps and also a padded back is a good idea too, especially if you are carrying bulky or heavy items.

Durability

Cotton canvas is naturally a very durable material, however not all canvas is created equal. You should avoid thin canvas where possible as this is more likely to rip and wear down quickly, making your backpack look ugly and eventually making it useless.

Pockets

Having lots of pockets is not everyone’s style, but trying to find tiny items in the bottom of your canvas backpack is not fun either. Always look for a backpack which has lots of pockets to keep your items separate and organised. A laptop compartment is always useful these days to protect your expensive investment!

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a very durable material that can be made from cotton, linen or hemp. It is used in everything from making backpacks, to tents and sails, even as a surface for painting! It can have many different properties including being waterproof and fireproof in some cases.

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