Finding the right backpack should be a relatively easy task, right? Find the one that is stylish, has enough capacity to hold your belongings, take it to the checkout and pay for it, right? I recently purchased a new back pack/laptop bag for work—actually 5 different ones—and tried them all on for size.
As an ergonomist, and frequent traveler, both function and style are important attributes to consider. My list of must have’s included:
- Wheels (as in a rolling backpack)
- Compartmentalized storage for holding laptop and other measurement equipment
- Enough storage space, but not overly big
- Comfortable shoulder straps
- Durable material
The requirements above helped me find a backpack that would meet the demands of rigorous overseas travel and daily work. Below are the backpacks I tested and my evaluation of them. All backpacks cost $80-150. (Note: I did not receive compensation for reviewing these backpacks, nor am I endorsing any particular company.)
My final pick: Samsonite Wheeled Computer Backpack. So far it has held up in performance. What are your requirements for a backpack? Share with us by commenting on this blog post.