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  • Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L - BearMade - Made in Britain -Backpack
  • Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L - BearMade - Made in Britain -Backpack
  • Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L - BearMade - Made in Britain -Backpack
  • Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L - BearMade - Made in Britain -Backpack
  • Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L - BearMade - Made in Britain -Backpack
  • Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L - BearMade - Made in Britain -Backpack
  • Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L - BearMade - Made in Britain -Backpack
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Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L

Regular price £195.00 GBP
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Work and play, we use this bag every day. With space for a 16” laptop, your everyday essentials and more. This weatherproof backpack will be at home in every environment.

Wired’s top pick for durability in their “Best backpacks for work and cycling 2021”

Handcrafted in the UK by our master bag maker Amy.

    The Details

    Capacity: 18 - 23 Litres.
    Weight: 1.1kg
    Dimensions: H 50-65cm x W 30cm x D 12cm

    → GOTS organic dry-waxed canvas
    → Hemp x Organic Cotton lining
    → AustriAlpin Cobra buckle closure
    → Fits up to a 16-inch laptop
    → Internal pouch for valuables
    → 4 side straps with buckle closure
    → 2 side pouches
    → Recycled wool felt back padding
    → 50mm cotton shoulder straps
    → All hardwearing metal fittings
    → Removable Sternum strap
    → Meets airline carry on requirements
    → Covered by our Lifetime Warranty

    Matt - 178cm + 85kg
    Nell - 170cm + 63kg



    Our hardwearing, weatherproof, GOTS certified organic dry-waxed cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. It also uses zero toxic chemicals in its production.

    This bag is almost plastic-free (we use a recycled polyester thread).


    24 trees planted + 500kg CO2e offset


    Our bags are made to last a lifetime, but we get that not everyone wants to keep something that long.

    To avoid your bag ending up in the back of the closet, or worse, the bin, we will take your bag back in exchange for BearMade credit (10% of the bags original value).

    We will then recycle the parts from that bag and make it into something new.

    Our purpose

    We exist to connect people with nature. With every bag purchased, we commit to connecting one person with the outdoors. We are starting this mission with our local town, through out Wildish Club. Find out more here.

    Care & Guarantee

    Lifetime Guarantee

    Accidents happen and materials can fail. To give you peace of mind, all our products are guaranteed to last. We offer a free repairs service covering defects in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the product. Find out more here.

    Care Information

    → Machine washable

    → Reproof annually

    Find out more information on how to care for your BearMade bag here.

    Shipping & Returns

    We offer free standard shipping & returns on all orders over £100.

    For orders under £100 the cost is calculated at checkout. We will always use the most reliable and affordable service we can.  

    All our packaging is reusable, recycled and/or biodegradable. 

    Find out more about our shipping & returns policy here.

    Sometimes you need to feel the quality.

    Get a free material sample

    Made in Britain

    BearMade is an exploration into a different way of doing business.

    Local. Impactful. Transparent.

    Notes from the designer.

    When I was a kid my backpacks would always break. Often the zip would be the first thing to go and I would end up with a bag held together with string. Unlike my bags, my dads' old canvas bag seemed to never go wrong. So when it came to designing our first backpack, that bag was always at the back of my mind. For our Gouthwaite backpack, we have combined the simple & durable functionality of my dads' old bag with a modern minimalistic aesthetic. Plus it's a rolltop, so that means no zips.

    Material highlights.

    Our bags are made from GOTS certified organic dry-waxed cotton canvas from British Millerain in Lancashire. They have been dyeing and proofing cotton for over 100 years and this material is one of their latest creations. It has a totally dry finish (dry-waxed doesn't always mean totally), is waterproof, PFC free, and is machine washable! However, we don't recommend you wash it often.

    The AustriAlpin Cobra buckle. Normally used on climbing equipment to save lives, this buckle can take the weight of a small elephant. Yes, it's overkill for a bag, but when you hear the sound it makes you will understand why we chose it.

    Made by Amy.

    We insist on working with great people who share our values, and our lead bag maker Amy is one of a kind.

    With 20+ years of experience, she makes all our bags, with the help of a small team, from her studio in the Suffolk countryside.

    Learn more about our makers and materials

    Our Impact

    We feel personally responsible for the things we put out into the world and believe business should be a force for good.

    To keep our impact low we:

    → Only make and sell locally
    → Will repair your bag for life
    → Will recycle your bag at the end of its life
    → Carbon offset all that we make and do. We plant trees locally (we actually plant them) and in places where they will have a big impact with the help of Ecologi.

    Learn more about our impact here

    The Wildish Club

    Like Cubs, but for everyone.

    With every bag we sell we commit to helping one person get outdoors. We do this through The Wildish club.

    Learn more

    Fair & honest Pricing

    After all costs this bag leaves us with a margin of £90. That margin goes into:

    → Carbon offsetting

    → Running The Wildish Club

    → Marketing

    → Good coffee

    → General running costs

    24 trees planted + 500kg CO2e offset

    Don't just take our word for it.

    We've been featured in some of the worlds best publications and have awesome customers who leave us reviews like the ones below.

    Check out our press

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 26 reviews
    Love it

    This is what they mean by bag for life. Amazing quality, colour and it feels secure on my back.
    Love it.

    Pierre Bureau
    Fantastic rucksack made by amazing people

    Wanted to buy a rucksack made in the U.K to support the local economy and have a positive impact on the environment.

    The Gouthwaite Backpack seemed to be perfect for my daily commutes and I've not been disappointed!

    I love the design, simple and elegant, it's super confortable, and the materials are of good quality.

    In one word; it's perfect.

    S Chat
    Great bag

    My son was very happy with the bag, which I bought as a Xmas present. The bag seems very robust.

    Roddy Nixon
    Looking for a solid, well made bag...and found it!

    I'd been searching for an industrial, heavy duty back pack for a while; not exactly the wilds, but walking to and from work in Edinburgh is very much an all-weather affair and not every bag is up to the task. Equally, not every company has the same standards and attitude towards quality. I bought the bag a few months ago, and waited to write the review until I had used it on the daily. Not disappointed, and I doubt anyone who buys one, will be. Great product.

    John Sink
    Great bag – exactly what I was looking for

    I needed a good-looking, high-quality backpack to use for commuting to work and for shorter trips. I could have picked a more generic option from your usual suspects, but I wanted something with a little bit of style, a personal touch, and a sustainability ethos. The Bearmade bag fit the bill perfectly. It is gorgeous, functions exactly how I want, is incredibly sturdy and well-made, and has a lovely story of sourcing local materials, and supporting local craftspeople. Great choice for a backpack!