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March 11th, 2010 | in Camping 5 comments

If you want a backpack that is durable, reasonably priced and stylish, a canvas backpack might be just what you need. They are rugged by look and nature, so if you are planning that hike in the mountains or trek across the desert, you can be sure that your equipment will be safe from the harsh environment in a canvas backpack.  Plus, who wouldn’t want to feel like Indiana Jones once in a while? Now, many people don’t know very much about the canvas backpack market. You know what, I don’t blame them. I didn’t know very much when I started either. But after some research, I learned that there are a ton of choices available and I will do my best to bring you some examples in this article. So, let’s get started shall we?

Khaki Vintage Star II

The Khaki Vintage “Star” II is actually sold as a backpack for the military. Because it was made for the military, everything has a place. This large canvas backpack is rugged and made to last. It is also light-weight and washable. Stone-washed canvas in a khaki color makes it stylish as well. The shoulder pads are padded and adjustable, allowing you to carry heavy weights without shoulder pain. This 15” backpack comes with several pockets, a carry handle on top and tags for personal information. This is a great backpack for hiking because a lot fits in this one.

Olympia Rocky

Even larger is the 19” Olympia Rocky heavy canvas backpack. Designed with washed cotton canvas, this backpack is durable yet soft. It was designed ergonomically with an s-curved airflow. Dual-sided pockets make it really easy to get to things. Pockets are deep and roomy to hold all your stuff. Stress points have bar-tacks and the zippers are self-repairing. This backpack is available in brown, camouflage and charcoal grey. Take this backpack out for several days; it holds a lot and is lightweight as well.

South African Style Hiking Backpack

The South African Style Hiking Backpack is in army green canvas and is 13”. The main compartment of this backpack has snap hook closures inside. A storm flap covers the main compartment and has a handle strap. There are 2 ammo-style pockets on the side which also have snap closures. The shoulder straps are adjustable and there are long bottom straps to carry a roll pad and other gear.


Duluth makes a backpack that is made with 18-oz canvas construction. The leather shoulder straps are durable and stylish. The main compartment and front pocket both come with high quality zippers. The front compartment also has slip pockets inside it to keep your items secure. A leather bottom and leather on the front pocket adds durability. The canvas comes in black, khaki, olive, burgundy, navy and spruce. This canvas back pack is guaranteed for life so prepare to do a lot of hiking and camping.

Digger Backpack

The 13” Digger Backpack from Australian Bag Outfitters comes with durable leather with a rugged outback look. The main section has a zipper enclosure with a buckle-closing flap on top of it. There are 2 compartment on front with zipper closures as well as 2 on the side with zipper enclosures. The adjustable shoulder straps endure that the backpack rides evenly. These backpacks are available in tan canvas or olive green canvas; both have dark brown leather trim for style.

Oriental Trading Company

For the small hikers out there, there are colourful canvas backpacks available from Oriental Trading Company. These cheerful packs come in purple, turquoise, orange, lime, yellow and fuchsia. Children have their choice of ladybugs, bees, snails and butterflies on the front of the pack. Drawstring enclosures make these a winner for small hands. Children will enjoy being able to hike with their own canvas backpack holding their belongings.

These are just some of the options available for you if you choose to purchase a canvas backpack. I hope this article has been helpful and informative.

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