Gouthwaite Backpack - 13-15L - Vol. 1.

£175 GBP

4 Currently being made by Amy

/ˈgowthwateː/  54°06'51.0"N 1°47'47.0"W


  • Made in Britain by a master bag maker 
  • Highly weatherproof
  • GOTS certified dry-waxed organic cotton exterior material from British Millerain in Lancashire
  • 22 🌳  Planted + 450 CO2e offset 
  • Fair and honest pricing
  • Almost plastic-free (we use a recycled polyester thread)
  • Eligible for our buyback scheme
  • Covered by our Lifetime Guarantee 
  • Your purchase helps us get people outdoors


With a similar design to its larger sibling, this rolltop backpack is made for your everyday Bear essentials. It's weatherproof, hardwearing and the more you use it, the better it looks. Made in Suffolk with ever-more British suppliers and materials. Our weatherproof organic cotton uses 88% less water, 62% less energy, and zero toxic chemicals compared to conventional cotton. It's the perfect everyday carry.

This bag is embroidered with a small bee to help raise awareness of the biodiversity crisis.

  • Capacity: 13 - 15 Litres.
  • Weight: 800g 
  • Dimensions: 44-55cm high x 27cm wide x 11.5cm deep
  • Laptop sleeve fits up to a 15-inch laptop
  • Internal pouch for increased organisation
  • 2 side pouches will fit most small-medium sized water bottles
  • Removable Sternum strap for added support
  • 2 side straps with g-hook closure
  • Hemp x Organic Cotton charcoal grey inner lining
  • Recycled wool felt back padding for added comfort
  • AustriAlpin Cobra buckle closure
  • 50mm un-dyed cotton canvas shoulder straps, ergonomically designed for a comfortable fit
  • All metal fittings
  • Internal label signed by the maker
  • Covered by our Lifetime Warranty

Our fair & honest pricing.

We think it's empowering to know everything about the things we use every day. We pride ourselves on being able to tell you who made your bag, when it was made, and even how much it costs to make. Most companies can't or won't tell you these things. We value honesty, so we tell you everything. We also don't follow traditional retail pricing, often around 5-6x cost. Instead, we sell direct to you and never charge more than 2x cost. We think this is fair. 

Cost to you £175

Premium materials & fittings


Labour of a master craftsperson


- Research and development


- Packaging £3


Leaving £67 to be reinvested into the business and pay for running costs.

When you buy a BearMade bag you should feel safe in the knowledge that it has been designed, and made, by people who care. 

We care that:

  • Responsibly made products are accessible to as many people as possible. That's why charge what we think is fair, instead of charging more, just because we can.
  • Our resources are used to do good. Your purchase helps us achieve our social goals of getting people outdoors, promoting the mental well-being benefits of doing so and protecting the environment.

Check out our story, to learn more about why your next bag should be made by us. 

A Circular Future.

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 Bear credit (10% of the bags original value) that can be used on future orders. 

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. It is your responsibility to send the bag to us then we will handle the rest. 
  • Wear and tear is not covered by our warranty, but if we can fix your bag we always will (for a fair price). We withhold the right to deem a product beyond repair. 

Care Information.

One of the best things about waxed canvas fabric is how it ages. Over time it develops a beautiful patina, making each bag unique. To ensure its kept at its water repellent best, we suggest you reproof your pack once every one to two years depending on use. It's super easy to do and you can find our guide to doing it here.

We also suggest that you try and keep the pack away from light coloured materials in very warm conditions. 

Our fair & green shipping policy.

 We respect the environment in all that we do.

  • All our packaging is recycled and/or biodegradable. 
  • We try and always use carbon neutral delivery companies like DPD.

There is no such thing as free shipping. The cost is simply just added to the price of the product you are buying. We want to be honest with our customers. So we just charge you what it costs us to ship your order. 

The cost is calculated at checkout. We will always use the most reliable and affordable service we can. 


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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Even better in real life

Once I felt the bag, I knew it was top quality and was made by a master bag maker. The fabric is very thick, durable, and actually quite water resistant. I use this as a backpack for fly fishing adventures to store coffee making gear and extra clothing but is also stylish and vesatile to use for every day. I absolutely love it.

Amanda Gill
Fantastic Service

I have not had use of my backpack yet, it will get its first outing in a short while. However I loved the service and the information I received that accompanied the “bear" on its journey. Kindest Regards Amanda

Linda B
Birthday Backpack

I bought the GOUTHWAITE BACKPACK - 13-15L in black as a birthday present. I thought it would be good for carrying camera equipment and a laptop. It is the perfect size for that and safely waterproof. I think I would have gone for the bigger one for other purposes (and for a man) as it seemed a little bit smaller than I expected. It is a very beautiful design, fantastic material and workmanship. There is also a strap that stops the backpack falling off your shoulders. Cant wait for when we can go on holiday again. This was the perfect gift - unique and special.

Duncan B Philpott
Great daily bag - Often competed for in our house!

Within a short while of acquiring this bag, it became apparent that its size made it the perfect go-to for daily errands. It feels slightly bigger than specified and fits a 15-inch laptop perfectly which is ideal for me.

The only problem is I can't guarantee where I've left it in the house as the other half enjoys using it just as much!

Paul Buchan
Fantastic Company to work with.

To say the back pack exceeds my expectations doesn’t begin to describe my experience. With my back pack I got a hand written note thanking me for my business. Hand written in 2021.
I will is my absolute pleasure to recommend this product, this company and this way of working.
Keep going and I cannot wait to purchase from you again.
Thank you
All the best

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