Best Tumi Backpacks in 2021
Forego grabbing from the department store shelves. Forget all you know about how a backpack should treat you, and find out how a luxury backpack will treat you. Durable, long-lasting, and equipped with one of the best customer support teams on the planet, Tumi might just be the last backpack brand you ever buy. We’ve not only compiled their top twelve backpacks but brought every feature, function, and bit of flair out into the open. Let’s go down the list of the best Tumi backpacks on the market.
The Best Tumi Backpack
Nylon is one of the most durable fabrics you could possibly buy, which is why Tumi made their Harrison Bates out of nothing but. You get comfortable, adjustable shoulders straps that measure a total of 33”, making it an excellent fit for men of any size and stature. Durable, built to last, and simple to clean, the Harrison Bates also comes with ample storage to give you the best of both worlds.
You’ll get two zippered pockets along the front, and one zippered pocket in the interior front wall. Those are nice, but the real spotlight shines on the padded laptop compartment, designed to hold up to a 14” screen, cradling it safely from point A to point B.
If you thought it ended there, you’d be sorely mistaken: they also created a flat base, keeping everything properly upright when you place this down. Nothing’s worse than your backpack sagging over to one side, putting pressure on your laptop screen. Harrison Bates is an excellent solution for a business-casual backpack, or just one transport your day-to-day books and electronics. Versatility at its best. Our handy guide to the best Timbuk2 backpacks features more great products like this.
14” padded laptop sleeve
Two front zip pockets, one front wall zip pocket
Flat base keps the entire thing upright even after you put it down
Adjustable shoulder straps
100% nylon construction
- Weight2.65 pounds
How many times have you tried your best to look professional, but your bag ended up tearing you down? We’ve already dedicated an entire buying guide to backpacks for work, but if you’re dead-set on going with Tumi like we are, then this is exactly what you’ve been looking for. This not only comes with an all-leather construction, but it also has a top carry handle for those times when you’re feeling self-conscious about bringing this into the office space.
Every bit of stitch work that goes into this maintains Tumi’s reputation; it’s dripping with quality. You get a front U-shaped pocket to hold your commuter rail essentials: your pass, a bottle of water, and your umbrella (even though it wasn’t raining on your side of town, but you know, Mondays right?). Alpha 2 T-Pass Business Class Leather Backpack is designed for the businessman-at-large. There’s interior pen loops, a key hook, and a padded compartment that holds up to a 15” laptop with little to no hassle (you can squeeze in a 17” as we tried, but just be careful). Pockets, high-quality zippers and an interior locking zippered pouch for stashing those valuables. It’s everything you could want in a backpack, and it’s packing all the style that you need to amp up your game.
Front pocket is designed for quick essentials when you hop on the train; pass, water, umbrella
Sturdy top carry handle
Laptop sleeve fits up to a 15” screen
Interior ID and locking zipper pocket
Key hook and pen loops along the interior storage
- Weight6.95 pounds
Alpha Bravo Kings Tote is fairly straightforward and gets right down to the point. If you’re sick of lugging around heavy backpacks with far too big a shoulder drop, then you’re about to be in heaven. You get up to a 14” drop on the Kings Tote, allowing you to maintain your center of gravity while making it a little more comfortable to wander around.
It’s built from ballistic FXT textile and leather, making this backpack nearly destruction proof unless you’re really trying at it. There are six exterior pockets to slip into, as well as a textile lining and a few interior pouches besides the large main compartment. Thanks to the way everything’s lined up on the outside, you’re able to use the flat base of this bag to attach it to most luggage, making for a quicker time at the airport. They also threw in the Tumi tracer, a twenty-digit item that helps you reunite with your stolen or lost backpack. It’s all part of their system to make them the very best backpack company, and by damn it’s a fantastic addition to their lineup. From the comfort to the construction, you’re in good hands with Tumi. Make sure to also check our guide to the best Columbia backpacks for more great backpack options.
Textile and leather construction
Six exterior pockets
14” shoulder drop for maximum comfort
Textile lining w/ one interior zip pocket and two card slots
Includes the Tumi tracer
- Weight6.45 pounds
You take one peek at this little marvel and tell me it doesn’t speak to you. Tumi wanted to take the normal burden of going from task to task, workspace to workspace, and make it a little more bearable. With Tahoe Elwood Backpack, you get just what you need, including a tablet or iPad pocket along the exterior, and enough interior space for up to an 11” laptop.
On top of that, there are multiple pockets throughout, including two business card holders, a few open slots on the interior, and a comfortable interior zippered slot for anything else you can think of. With a stitched, sturdy leather top carry handle, as well as a slot along the back to fit the periscope handles of your rollaway luggage, there’s so much versatility lying in wait with this bag.
Rear zipper slot designed for iPad or tablet
Stitched leather top carry handle w/ 1” drop
Two open slots, two business card holders
Includes a key leash and quilted zipper pocket
Can hold up to an 11” laptop comfortably
- Weight1.8 pounds
Do you want to look stylish? Because this is how you look stylish. Tumi rolled out a simplistic and effective backpack for the businessman, the gent who wants to show that he means business, but also knows how to look sharp. Thanks to the black-and-gray design with appropriate (yet subtle) brand accents, this not only looks professional, but it acts as functional as you’d need it to. Stash your 15” laptop in the designated compartment, and rifle through the rest of your pack with ease.
There’s a large U-shaped zipper on the front of the bag, allowing you to toss in some quick-access items like a train pass, water bottle, and perhaps an umbrella so the dry cleaning wasn’t for nothing. As is customary with many of Tumi’s backpacks, there’s a locking ID pocket along the interior, as well as a stitched, fortified leather top carry handle to let it swing by your side. Whatever your style is, Alpha 2 Compact Laptop Brief Pack accommodates to it. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the Under Armour backpacks.
Designed to hold up to a 15” laptop
ID locking zipper pocket
Padded interior with removable file divider
Stitched leather top carry handle
Front U-shaped pocket for umbrella, water bottle and quick-access essentials
- Weight2.25 pounds
Do you know what one of the best parts about being a gentleman is? We get to rock leather like it’s going out of style. Leather backpacks are among the easiest way to look classy; you need to carry your belongings around, especially if you meet with clients throughout the day, but you’re being smart about it. Harrison Bates Backpack in Brown Leather includes a padded sleeve to cradle your 14” laptop, keeping it perfectly secure from A to Z.
We’re always packing our tech, but that isn’t the only drawing point to this luxury backpack. You’ll also get fabric-lined interior pockets for storing smaller items; tablet, phone, notepad, charging wires, you name it. Your leather straps are adjustable, accompanied by the stitched-on leather handle along the top of the bag. Carry it your way, any time of the day. Utilize the front-end pocket for quick-access items, and enjoy your expertly-crafted leather backpack for years to come.
All brown leather exterior
Sleeve fits a 14” laptop with ample padding
Fabric-lined interior pockets
Double zipper entry opens two main compartments
Thick leather straps keep this stable and in-place on your back
- Weight5.24 pounds
If you’ve ever been worried about stains, random bits of dirt and just general wear and tear on your backpack, Tumi’s come to save the day. Ballistic weave fabric; it’s like having Kevlar, but for your backpack. Okay, so it won’t stop a bullet, but it will stop the fate that’s befallen every previous backpack you ever owned. It also helps to protect the interior pockets from shock and general damage, which is good news for your padded 13” laptop sleeve.
Adjustable straps give you a nice shoulder dip, while the top carry handle comes crafted from the same material, stitched on in a fortified fashion. No matter what your carry style is, it’ll be just as tough either way. Additional textile-lined storage along the interior of Alpha Bravo Davis in Navy gives you secure storage, while the Tumi tracer supplies that extra peace of mind you’ve been on the lookout for. Sturdy zippers, flat base for an upright stance even when it’s not on your back, and that Tumi construction that aims to please without fail. If you like stylish bags like this, be sure to also check our handy guide to Victorinox backpacks.
Ballistic weave exterior stands up against anything that comes its way
Padded rear-facing laptop sleeve for up to 13” screens
Fortified, stitched top-carry handle
Ample interior pocket storage w/ textile-lined sleeves
Includes the Tumi tracer
- Weight3.31 pounds
Ashton Morrison sounds like a super rich, distant uncle. But in fact, it’s this sleek leather backpack with a charm all its own. Everything is leather, but that doesn’t mean it’s all rigid. You’re able to adjust your backpack straps as you see fit, but we’re warning you: this is going to feel like home sweet home on your shoulders. The padding lining the leather straps help this contour to your shoulders. You’ll immediately shrug into it and wonder why you ever bothered with another backpack.
You’re able to stash away up to an 11” laptop inside, with a bit of wiggle room on top. There’s ample interior storage in the main pocket, but you won’t see a half-dozen miniature pockets dotting the exterior. Instead, you get one large front load pocket for quick access to your valuable item or train pass on a whim. Last but not least, if you’re not a fan of shrugging into it, you can use the leather top carry handle to be on your way. Our handy guide to the best laptop bags features more great products like this.
Two-way zipper function
Fits up to an 11” laptop
Comfortable leather straps
Sturdy fortified leather carry handle
External quick-access pocket
Where do they come up with these names? Haydon Elias is the ultimate blend between professionalism and a weekender’s pack that’s ready to go with you when that five o’clock strike hits the time clock on Friday. Flap open the top, and you’ve got enough space to stow away your weekend essentials and hit the trail. You get a padded 15” laptop sleeve with a big of wiggle room. Thanks to the interior shock absorption capabilities, it won’t bang around while you’re in transit, even if you have a slightly smaller laptop.
If you’re also packing a tablet, there’s a designated spot. While there’s no official message, we found that it fit up to an 8” Kindle Fire just fine. You’ll also get a few internal pockets for various storage, all wrapped up tightly with two comfortable back straps to accompany your shoulders. Dual entry zippers and a blend of materials make this lightly waterproof and extremely simple to keep clean, inside and out. Make sure you also check out our guide to travel backpacks for more great products like this.
Compartment fits up to a 15” laptop without hassle
Two interior zipper pockets, two open pockets, and an iPad/tablet slot
Dual entry zippers
Padded back carry straps
Lightweight when empty (2.2 lbs)
- Weight2.25 pounds
There’s not a lot to tell about this little power-packed sling bag. Sling it over your shoulders and adjust the nylon strap to your liking, keeping your belongings nice and secure. There’s a hidden magnetic clasp that remains unseen to the naked eye but allows you to access some items very quickly, such as a train pass or tickets. If you just need to carry the essentials and you can’t be bothered with the rest, the Kelley sling bag gives you a lightweight solution, and that’s all there is to it.
Man-made material construction
Fabric-lined internal compartment
Protective lining inside the top zipper for slight waterproofing
Unseen magnetic clasp for quick access
- Weight2.39 pounds
Another lightweight pick just like the sling, the Rockwell is a simple pick for a standard backpack with good storage. While you’re not going to be fitting anything more than a tablet in the main compartment, it fits snugly on your back, while also providing ample air flow to travel through the X-shaped design on the rear plate. Less sweating, unrestricted movement, and adjustable straps to fit this within 5” of its original predisposed length. It’s simple, it’s compact, but it’s also the undeniable quality of Tumi. Don’t forget to also check our Kavu bags review, for more interesting bags like this.
Crafted of nylon and man-made materials
18” tall, 10” wide
5” of adjustable distance on the straps
X-shaped back plate pattern for air flow