Canvas Classic Backpack, by Baron Fig

I have tried for three years to like the Command TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag from Timbuk2, which I (used to) use most days for work. It has a lot going for it, but the metallic hook and loop closing system just bugs me. Plus, it’s kind of bulky, and I’d rather have a backpack.

Within one day of using Baron Fig’s new Canvas Classic Backpack, I’d found a new bag, and haven’t changed since.

Baron Fig really nailed its goal of “minimal design focus[ing] on the basic essentials.” It’s got:

  • a padded pocket for a laptop and/or iPad (I easily fit both at once)
  • a big main pouch
  • two side pockets for water bottles, granola bars, apples, coffee mugs, etc. (and they’re not too small to actually hold a good-sized travel mug!)
  • a couple little pouches inside for notebooks, etc.
  • two external pockets, for easy access to pens, wallet, phone, etc.

Check it out:

 

1_Outside View

 

2_Inside View

 

Front View

 

The zippers are high quality and easy to grab without looking.

 

Zippers

 

Bonus: the branding on the back is minimal and not obtrusive.

 

x_Branding

 

I didn’t realize this until recently re-watching Season 1 of Stranger Things, but the backpack could be straight out of 1984 Hawkins, Indiana! Compare.

I was concerned at first that lack of padding on the shoulder straps would either make it uncomfortable or not able to handle heavy loads. No concerns here after a fair amount of use. (Although I still might like to see padded straps on future iterations… I’m guessing those were skipped this time to keep things simple and lower cost.)

 

4a_Straps

 

4b_Strap Closeup

 

The straps are easy to adjust for a good fit. And this is one of my biggest water bottles, fitting just fine in the side pocket:

 

Water Bottle

 

Quality-wise, everything looks great, except I just the other day (after using this for two weeks) noticed a fabric flaw. I’m not sure if this is wear (pilling?) or if it was like this when it came.

 

5_Fabric Flaw

 

What’s in my backpack right now?

And, somehow, it all fits really well without compromising the light and slim profile of the backpack.

I love it, especially in the blue slate color. Baron Fig has really knocked it out of the park with this backpack.

The backpack is $68. You can find it here.

AND… if you shop at Baron Fig (for anything!) through this affiliate link, you get $10 off a purchase of $20 or more, which would apply to this backpack.

 


 

Thanks to Baron Fig for sending the backpack so I could review it! This did not influence the objectivity of this review. This review is cross-posted from Words on the Word.

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