Best Hard Shell Backpacks

You need the right equipment to protect your tech. 


As technology has evolved over the years, the gear that we use to tote them around has evolved as well. Let’s face it: when you’re taking your Macbook everywhere you go, you want to keep it protected because one small accident can turn a $2K computer into an extremely expensive paperweight. For this reason, hardshell backpacks have become increasingly popular. They are durable and lightweight, and the hardshell is equipped with inner foam to cushion the blow of any impact (within reason, of course). Here are some of the best hardshell backpacks you may want to consider.

Motorcycle Backpack Waterproof Hard Shell

If you’re looking for a sleek look for your hardshell backpack, this is the one. While this JFG racing backpack is geared toward, well, motorcyclists, this one is definitely worth a look. Think about it: it’s built to withstand impact, and if it’s strong enough to withstand windshear, it’s definitely strong enough to take whatever you throw at it. The JFG racing backpack is made of reinforced carbon fiber, it’s waterproof, and the padded laptop compartment can fit a 14-inch laptop.

Smatree Semi-Hard and Light Laptop

While the Smatree is another slim-design hardshell backpack, it still has three spacious compartments to hold all your tech gear. The hardshell design and 600d nylon provide superior shock protection. The Smatree is water repellent, durable, and also has a padded back for extra comfort.

Lenovo Legion Armored Gaming Backpack

The Lenovo Legion can tote a 17-inch laptop. Not only that, there are three compartments with 16 pockets for any and all peripherals you may have. The Lenovo Legion has a weatherproof hardshell leaving you free to think about bigger things than the weather. The compression-molded back panel allows for superior airflow while the adjustable straps provide added comfort.

Endurax Camera Backpack

The Endurax backpack was designed primarily for toting camera equipment. However, quick and easy removal of the interior dividers and the Endurax can be used as a normal backpack. The PVA armored front panel and thick padding offer superior impact protection while the waterproof fabric provides protection from the elements.

Dell Alienware Vindicator

Dell’s Alienware Vindicator has a high-density nylon exterior providing maximum impact resistance while the molded back panel and padded shoulder straps keep you comfy. The padded compartment keeps your devices safe, and multiple interior pockets keep your peripherals nearly organized. Plus, this one gets top marks for its sleek design.