I am trying to find a light backpack that I can use daily to work and also for short trips, and that does not look too bad. More details after the cut.
My partner and I started looking at backpacks that can hold a few changes of clothes and toiletries for day trips to substitute our huge and heavy Targus
(capacity of 40 litres and 1.5 kg). We have a good sized Puma (best link I could find
; 22 litres and 400g). We want something along the lines of the latter to travel.
I also wanted the backpack to double as a work pack --- I carry my small laptop, a notebook, an umbrella, and some odds and ends. In other words, if it works for a three-day trip it will also work size-wise for work. But I wanted it to be better looking than our Puma.
This is a laundry list of the characteristics I am looking for, in order of importance:
- Weight: less than 700 g.
- Capacity: between 20 and 30 litres.
- The main compartment (or a sizable one) should have two zipper pulls that can be locked with a cable lock like this one
- Available in the UK.
- Price range: up to £ 40 (might be stretched if I convince myself that this is a case where it is better to invest more right away).
- Durable and not too flimsy.
- Better looking than our Puma; it would be good if it were fairly unisex that it would suit both me (I am a 1.60m -- 5'3" early-30s female) and my SO (1.80 m -- 5'11" early-30s male); if not, I prefer to err to smaller, more delicate and feminine bags.
I have looked online quite a bit (including old AskMes) and I am quite overwhelmed so far. I found North Face ones pretty, but the Flyweight seems flimsy and I am not sure about the zipper pulls; others seem quite heavy (almost 1 kg). Are they really heavy or have I overlooked something? Others I have looked at: Kanken (lovely but very expensive), Berghaus, Jansport, Eastpack, Lowe Alpine, Highlander, Osprey.
Is there anything that could fit the bill?