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

Regular price £244.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £244.00 GBP
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We will plant an oak tree for every Acorn Edition bag sold. It will be a one-year-old tree that we will plant when the weather cools down. Once planted we will send you its location so you can visit your tree. 

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 2022”

Handcrafted in the UK by our master bag maker Amy.

    We currently have 7 in stock

    The Details

    Capacity: 18 - 23 Litres.
    Weight: 0.9kg
    Dimensions: H 50-65cm x W 30cm x D 12cm

    → GOTS organic dry-waxed canvas
    → GOTS 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).


    5 trees planted + 15kg CO2e offset + 1 oak tree planted in a local woodland


    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

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

    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.

    This bags is made from GOTS certified organic dry-waxed cotton canvas from Halley Stevensons in Scotland. It has a totally dry finish (dry-waxed doesn't always mean totally), is waterproof and PFC free.

    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 £64. That margin goes into:

    → Carbon offsetting

    → Running The Wildish Club

    → Marketing

    → Good coffee

    → General running costs

    5 trees planted + 15kg 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 47 reviews
    Catherine H.
    Great company, great bag

    I was specifically looking for a company with low impact ethos. I really like the message and principles from Bearmade and so ordered the Gouthwaite 18L backpack. The bag is really spacious and comfortable. I use it for my commute and it also looks smart. I fit a laptop + notepad, lunchbox, electric cables, shoes, water bottle and coffee cup easily in the bag. The roll top gives some flexibility on size. My only wish was for one more large internal compartment. There's a laptop pocket and 2 small pockets (wallet / phone size). I would prefer another medium sized pocket for those items I don't want to drop to the bottom of my bag, like my company pass, my umbrella etc. Otherwise it's a great bag and I would still recommend

    Anthony K.
    Excellent quality

    Excellent quality materials and very good communications. I’m really pleased with my purchase.

    Paul B.
    Great Bag - Really well made

    Really enjoying my new bag, it’s A Great size for commuting or travelling and can be extended or reduced in size depending on your needs. Only slight improvement could be some more pocket storage inside/outside

    Raj F.
    My new forever bag?

    I have had multiple work bags over the years.

    After watching Suits, I opted for messenger bags. These tended to be highly rated good quality bags that carried my laptop, stationary and the occasional snack. Both my recent messenger bags have lasted a couple of years before a zip broke or a strap started fraying, eventually resulting in me walking around with a sorry looking companion.

    With travelling for work becoming more 'normal' again, I wanted to find a more robust companion, but with an added function - to be able to carry some overnight clothing to remove the need to take a suitcase. I reviewed multiple review sites, researched multiple bags and eventually, after much deliberation, decided to purchase a Bearmade.

    What attracted me to the Bearmade? I liked the website, I liked the 'local' ethos, I liked that a company were specialising in just one thing and they were doing this whilst supporting the local economy. I like the idea of the 'Buckle that could carry an elephant' and the YouTube video made in a very relaxed, authentic and non-selly sort of way.

    After making the plunge, the bag arrived a couple of days later - wrapped in sustainable packaging, accompanied by a handwritten, personalised card. My digital experience was accompanied by a personal touch!

    The bag was just as described and stores my laptop and stationary really well, with plenty of space for clothing without feeling to bulky whilst empty. The real test comes next week after my first trip away with work.

    I think there is also some versatility with this bag as I could take this for walks and weekends away - for some proper adventures, as I feel this bag could take some welly - some rugged use!

    I am hoping this bag will last me for some time now, ideally without the need to buying a replacement.

    Great product, great experience, great service - well pleased.

    John C.
    Gouthwaite Backpack - 18-23L (Green)

    When I saw 5 people wearing the same rab jacket as me one day I knew then when I needed a new bag I wanted to get something special. A bag for life, something hand made and high quality and not mass produced. Oscar and Amy have exceeded my expectations with this amazing quality bag. I was luckily enough to get a Gouthwaite Backpack in green with customised colour logo. One of a kind! Best things come to those who wait, I waited just over a month for my bag to arrive. Totally worth the wait.
    I will be surprised to see another Bearmade bag, never mind in green 😄. Thanks again Oscar. Next time your on Skye drop in for a coffee at the smokehouse.