IS THIS THE BEST DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS I’VE FOUND?

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The Travel Tester reviews the Standard Luggage Co. laptop backpack for work & travel to see if this is the best daily backpack out there!

The search for the best daily backpack for work and travel (and the search for other types of best backpacks for business professionals and travellers for that matter) is never over at The Travel Tester headquarters.

I just love testing new packing solutions and share my findings with you!

I have been in touch with the people over at Standard Luggage, a Canadian luggage company, since they released their first version of the carry-on luggage a few years ago and have been a fan ever since.

Today, I’m excited to test their latest product: a 18L business laptop backpack for work & travel.

Get ready for The Travel Tester ‘5 Senses Test’ to find out if this is the best business laptop backpack out there!

 

BEST DAILY BACKPACK?

 

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Learn more about the best laptop backpack on Standard Luggage Co. >>

 

THE STANDARD LUGGAGE CO. STORY

Standard Luggage Co. is a Canadian luggage and travel gear company that launched their first version of their carry on backpack on Kickstarter in March 2015.

The company has a mission to help people be happier and more productive and their innovative travel products provide modern, versatile and durable gear for the global traveler. All their products are designed to work together as the ultimate travel system.

Whether you’re a leisure traveler or a digital nomad, Standard Luggage develops a versatile carry-all system that adapts to any situation while keeping you organized and productive so you can journey freely and stay happy.

Their range currently features a 35L Carry-on Backpack, a 3-piece set of Packing Cubes, a 8L Backpack Packing Cube, a Leather Travel Wallet and the 18L small laptop backpack for men and woman that we’re reviewing today.

 

Standard Luggage Carry-on Bag || The Travel Tester
We’ve already reviewed the 35L carry-on backpack on the blog >>
STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
Unboxing Time!

 

THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION

If you’re a fan of unboxings, then head over to our YouTube account, where you can find the revealing of both the 35L carry-on backpack (click here >>) as the 18L work backpack (click here >>)!

We also have a video with a full review of the large carry-on backpack (click here >>)

Of course you can also watch the unboxing of the laptop work bag for women and men below:

 

 

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE?

According to the Standard Luggage Co. website, “The Daily is the Ultimate Laptop Backpack for Work and Travel“. That SOUNDS like a good start to me!

They also let us know that “with its unique three-in-one design, you can use it like a briefcase, smart backpack, or a messenger bag.” and claim that the backpack is “built to get you through the grind (and keep you super productive!)“.

To me, this sounds like the company really has put us as a user first and thought well about how we are going to use the bag and which features we need most.

And on top of that, Free Worldwide Shipping, a Satisfaction Guarantee, and Lifetime Warranty is always included.

If that doesn’t sound good to you, I don’t know what else will!

 

STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
Get more information and find out if this is the best business backpack for you >>
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STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester

The laptop travel backpack arrived in a cardboard box, and the bag itself was wrapped in plastic. I hope Standard Luggage Co. will package without plastic in the future for a less negative impact on our planet.

 

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

After unboxing, I had a better LOOK at the backpack and I can say that I was pleasantly surprised right away. I love the grey colour, which makes it unisex and stylish as well as a professional backpack all at the same time.

Some of the best backpacks for businessmen and women out there are only available in black, so this pack is earning some points from me when it comes to its looks.

The dimensions of the bag are 17.5 x 13 x 6 inches (44.45 x 33.02 x 15.24 cm), which make it look like quite a small travel backpack, but don’t be fooled!

With an 18L capacity, there seems to be plenty of space inside – which we’ll investigate further in a moment.

On the outside you can find 3 zippered pockets where you can store items that you quickly need to reach, such as your phone, keys and/or passport.

A last thing I immediately notice is that this is a backpack that keeps its shape, whether fully loaded or empty, which I actually like a lot.

Normally when I only carry a few items in a backpack without this support, there isn’t much shape to the bag which isn’t very comfortable to carry, and with this backpack you never have that problem.

 

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Standard best business travel backpack
STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
The Travel Tester in action: Is this one of the best backpacks for everyday use?

See more details on www.standardluggage.com >>

 

WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?

I was already familiar with their clever 3-in-1 design from reviewing (and extensively using) their 35L backpack and love that you’re able to convert the bag to your personal needs.

With the daily backpack, you can also quickly tuck away the backpack straps into the back panel and attach the premium shoulder strap to convert these work rucksacks into messenger mode. With the roll-aboard strap on the back of the luggage, you can also slide it over the handle of a trolley suitcase, so it rests on top.

It’s super easy to use this piece of luggage for all types of occasions. It’s just a matter of TASTE!

Another feature that is definitely to my taste is the side water bottle pocket, which is collapsible when not in use to maintain a sleek look.

A separate rain-cover is also included, making it real easy to turn the bag into a waterproof laptop backpack.

 

STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
Love it when office backpacks have a bottle holder!
STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
Easily convert the Standard daily backpack into a messenger bag, which makes it one of the best commuter backpacks out there!

See more details on www.standardluggage.com >>

 

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?

The first thing I noticed when unboxing the bag was just how light it felt. With 2.2 pounds (just under 1KG), it FEELS light, but still super sturdy.

From the website of Standard Luggage Co, I can read that the backpack is constructed from 310D polyurethane sealed nylon on the outside and has a 210D nylon lining on the inside.

For extra information on what that means, Polyurethane is a flexible, resilient and highly durable engineering plastic and Nylon offers good mechanical properties and wear resistance, as well as being a highly water absorbent material.

The ‘D’ stands for ‘Denier’, which measures linear mass density of the material: 1 Denier is 1 gram / 9000 meter. A high denier count tends to be sturdy, thick, and more durable than low denier count in fabrics. In comparison, tent fabric is around 30-70D and many lightweight (back)packs use anywhere from 30D to 600D. This ensures a lightweight pack that is reasonably durable too.

Besides durable, the daily backpack is water-resistant (or fully waterproof when using the rain cover), but also durable and super easy to clean.

Zips, buckles and snap hooks are all YKK, which simply states that they are made by the YKK Group, a Japanese group of manufacturing companies. What’s great though, is that all zippers are lockable, so you can easily prevent unwanted access and keep your valuables safe and secure.

There is also a RFID-secure blocking pocket that keeps your digital information safe. It’s located on the top of the backpack.

So this backpack doesn’t just feel light, yet sturdy and safe to use, but I can also immediately tell how it’s made to be ergonomic and comfortable to carry. The adjustable straps and ventilated padding of the back panel all contribute to that.

 

STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
The RFID Pocket makes this a secure daily use backpack
STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
YKK Zippers which are lockable
STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
Ventilated back padding – very comfortable!

See more details on www.standardluggage.com >>

 

WHAT DOES IT SMELL LIKE?

I used this backpack a few short work trips, where I didn’t just carry my electronic equipment such as my laptop and camera in the backpack, but also my spare clothing, towel and toiletries. I am happy to say that there weren’t any nasty SMELLS coming from the bag afterwards!

Apart from that, I did sense that this backpack is perhaps not quite meant to be taken on an overnight trip and pack it with a lot of stuff, but it would perform much better if you just use it as a daily work / commuting backpack or have a separate bag with you for clothing and toiletries if using it on overnight or multiple day trips.

You can tell from all the smart organization and pockets on the inside of the bag that it’s designed to keep mostly work-related gear and gadgets secured.

For example, there is a dedicated and cushioned pocket to hold a 15 inch laptop (max. 15 x 10.3 x 1.1 inches / 38.1 x 26.16 x 2.79 cm) and 10 inch tablet.

I’m assuming because of the weight of and ease of access to your laptop, the backpack was designed for this pocket to open flat on a table, which is very convenient. What is confusing though is that the laptop and the main compartiment of the bag are on the same side at the back of the backpack. So when you go in to get your laptop, you also open the main compartment filled with the rest of your items.

To me, this wasn’t very practical. I like my laptop compartiment to be completely separate rom the rest of the bag, like they have designed it to be on their 35L backpack for example. And it also didn’t feel intuitive to have the main compartiment at the back of the luggage, as I kept thinking the back was facing the wrong way.

Other than this, the main compartiment does feature two great camera / camera lens pockets (on the photo below I stuffed my socks and a spare shirt in there – sorry!). There is also a zippered mesh pocket to hold small items that you need quick access to, which is all very convenient.

On the back of the back you can find two additional large zippered mesh pockets, as well as a document/paper sleeve that would also fit a large notebook and a place to hold some pens.

There is also an integrated USB charging port (battery not included) on the top of the bag* (ending in a cable which you can then connect to a powerbank), so you can keep your devices powered up.

While this is definitely a feature that makes it one of the best tech backpacks on the market, it’s not a feature I have personally used yet because I normally don’t charge on the road, but who knows, it might come in handy one day.

* From what I can see on the website, the USB port is located on the bottom of the bag in the latest model, which seems like a better spot when charging on-the-go since it’s easier to reach.

 

STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
BACK of the bag with laptop pocket
STANDARD LUGGAGE DAILY BACKPACK FOR WORK AND TRAVEL || The Travel Tester
The best business laptop bags of course also feature mesh pockets for storage, here at the FRONT of the backpack.

See more details on www.standardluggage.com >>

 

 

THE VERDICT

Over the years, I’ve come to known Standard Luggage Co. as a company that truly puts the user first and carefully thinks about the features they include to improve the usability, durability, comfort and even safety of their products.

As someone who is always in search of the best backpacks for laptops, I have found the Daily Backpack to not just be stylish and professional looking, but also very practical for work-related trips and commutes.

Working as a travel blogger, I always carry around a laptop, water bottle, notebook, camera gear and tons of cables, so this pack is perfect to organise and protect it all. And then I have some space left for a snack and small souvenirs if I need it!

The innovative 3-in-1 design enables you to convert the bag to your personal needs. With included extra’s such as a shoulder strap and rain cover, you are able to use this bag for any type of situation, in any type of weather.

Overall, I would say that this bag has plenty of space inside with enough pockets (but not too many either, which I never like in bags) which makes it the best backpack for daily use of tech equipment – yet I can see some improvement possible by switching the main compartment to the front instead of the back of the backpack.

While I haven’t been able to make much use of the bag this year due to all the travel restrictions and mostly working from home, I cannot wait until I’m back out on the road – because I’ll definitely bring this backpack with me. Definitely one of the best backpacks for working professionals out there at the moment!

 

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FACT SHEET

Company: Standard Luggage

Product Name: Daily Backpack

Product Description: A 18L Laptop Backpack for Work & Travel

Price Indication: $99.99 USD

Where to buy: www.standardluggage.com

Disclaimer: I received this business rucksack for review purposes from Standard Luggage. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.

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English

8 STYLE

9 FEATURES

8 COMFORT

9 QUALITY

6 PRACTICAL USE

7 VALUE FOR MONEY

PRODUCT REVIEW

7.8
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