Although it could be argued that backpacks are not the most stylish travelling accessory. For practicality, a bag connected to your body by a strap over each shoulder is a genius of engineering and simply a no brainer for carrying anything more than the basics that fit in your handbag.
CastlePak make some surprisingly appealing backpacks and is the best place to search for high quality, well-made backpacks with essentials like padded straps and durability. Every one of their backpacks also comes with a full guarantee.
Set up by a husband and wife team, the founders or Castlepak are seasoned travellers but always struggled to find good quality reasonably priced backpacks. They describe their backpacks as not the most exciting accessory but very much a staple of any good trip! They got to know some local travel accessory producers whilst in South East Asia and worked with them to advise backpacks they thought were good quality and suitable for the UK & European market.. Many of the backpacks are hand made and they have had great fun making friends on the other side of the world and setting up the operation.
I can vouch for the quality of these bags. The straps are comfortable and well padded, the zips are durable and the bags look nice. What more do you need?
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