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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
  • 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
Regular price Sale 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 2022”

Handcrafted in the UK by our master bag maker Amy.

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We currently have 3 in stock

The Details

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

→ GOTS organic dry-waxed canvas
→ 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
Jonny - 187 cm + 90kg



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


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.

Sometimes you need to feel the quality.

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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

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.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 39 reviews
The most beautiful backpack

Ordered the Gouthwaithe 18-23L and 13-15L backpacks for my partner and myself while holidaying in London. As we had to leave our accommodations in two days' time, we contacted the BearMade team and Oscar was so kind to arrange for the bags to be delivered the next day. We immediately tested the bags during our stay in the East Sussex countryside and they were exactly as described - well made, kept the rain out and comfortable on the shoulders! They're the most beautiful backpacks we've ever owned and we can't wait to go on many more adventures with them! Cheers from Singapore :-)

James F.
Incredible bag, great customer experience!

Bought this bag for my commute after a LOT of research and trying out different options. Have absolutely no regrets, a really great bag with all the space I need, comfortable and made from a delightful material. On top of that, a really stellar experience of receiving and unboxing the product, which is so important with mail order stuff. Thanks Amy for making such a great bag and well done BearMade for your awesome sustainable focus.

Faisal A.
Incredible backpack

What can I say other than a beautiful bag that can withstand a lot of weight. Use it daily carrying music gear and work stuff and just can't fault it. Also looks cool. That's all I can say no faults really!

Comfortable and Strong

I have had this bag for a few months now and have really enjoyed it. The build seems strong, and the straps are far more comfortable than I had first thought they might be. Given the lack of air flow between the bag and the wearers back it can get a little hot, but I am happy with some trade offs as I put a high value on BearMade producing these bags locally.

Overall I am very pleased with this bag.

James L.

I had contacted Bearmade to ask for custom alterations to the rucksack as I wanted something special for my birthday, and they overdelivered as the embroidery is amazing and the airtag pouch inside the rucksack was spot on!

Very happy with my rucksack and will recommend to friends if they are in the market for a rucksack!