It’s practical, stylish and an absolute find, even with its £259 price tag
As a travel writer, I’ve tried my fair share of cabin bags, laptop bags and carry-ons that profess to solve the age-old conundrum of how to travel light without having to leave stuff behind.
While some bags are better than others, it’s not often that I genuinely find a product that is spacious enough to carry all my kit, while also being compact enough to be comfortable to carry and easy to stow. When the Gomatic 20L Travel Pack landed on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
With a slim silhouette that doesn’t feel bulky on my back, as well an innovative strap system that switches from briefcase to backpack in an instant, I’ve used this to carry my laptop and other essentials around with me every day for the past few months and loved every minute of it. The simple styling offers minimalist chic on the outside, which is made even more impressive when combined with the cleverly thought-out storage on the inside.
Described as “the most functional travel backpack ever” by the brand, the Gomatic Travel Pack 20L is just the right size for days out, working away from home and even an overnight stay.
Made with durable, water-resistant materials and YKK zippers, it has handled the British winter weather without incident with long walks to and from the station passing without any moisture seeping inside. The stylish “Olive” colourway is on trend without being ostentatious and the design of the bag is fuss-free, practical and the design of the bag doesn’t scream “laptop backpack” which I think is safer on public transport.
With lots of lovely pockets to choose from, the travel backpack has a good-sized main compartment that is large enough to house my trusty MacBook Pro, all snuggled up in a nicely padded slip-in compartment towards the back of the bag. With a further tablet pocket that is plenty large enough to house my iPad and my Kindle Fire (and associated cases and earphones), I was impressed by how well this backpack works with the needs of the modern commuter.
Offering 20L of carrying capacity, this little beauty can expand by 20% to offer a not-too-shabby 24L capacity. While I haven’t had to use this for an overnight stay, I was able to stuff my gym gear in the front, excluding my trainers. It also comes with two rather cool magnetic pockets on the side that expand to keep my water bottle nice and safe.
The Gomatic backpack has a whopping 20 different pockets that have all been designed with a purpose in mind. There is one that is long enough for a keyboard, a quick access pocket for valuables, a hard protective box-type shell for my glasses which is wonderful and a lockable one with an RFID-blocking lining to keep cards and personal documents safe from scanners and scammers on the go.
I am also a huge fan of the full perimeter zipper which means that you can open the backpack up nice and wide for easy packing and unpacking. I hate having to rummage around at the bottom of my handbag to find anything so having to do the same in a bigger bag would give me the ikk.
Finally, this backpack boasts a super cool dual-handle system that means you can carry it on your back or as a briefcase. By tucking the shoulder straps away under a panel on the back, you can tip it and haul it using the handle on the side. When you want to wear it on your back again, just shake out the straps and off you go.
All in all, I think this backpack is brilliant. Measuring 48 x 33 x 19 cm it is compact enough to be used on most UK airlines and with some super awesome features like a hidden AirTag pocket and all those incredible extra compartments, it has proven to be an incredibly useful backpack.
Don’t just take my word for it though, the website has thousands of five-star reviews just waiting to be read. One happy customer said “One of the best backpacks out there.”
While I would agree that the design allows the weight to feel evenly distributed while carried in your bag, my only gripe, and it is a very small one, is with all that storage space it can be easy to fill it up so much it weighs a ton. That and the price tag – while I’ve lived with it long enough to understand its worth, it does look a little pricey on paper.
You can purchase the Gomatic Travel Pack 20L directly from Gomatic. It is also available in a smaller 14L option and a choice of black or navy colourways.
If you’ve never heard of the brand, go check them out. This backpack reminds me a little of The Everywhere Zip Backpack from Away but with a larger capacity and more features, or a more modern approach to the Large Cargo Backpack from Briggs & Reily.