Best Hardshell Backpacks

Updated January 2019
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    If you’re searching for the ultimate backpack to protect a laptop, drone, or other valuable items, a hardshell backpack is worth checking out. Hardshell backpacks are lightweight yet durable, with an external shell and internal foam that protects your items against shock and collision. Features to aim for here include strong, smooth-operating zippers, weatherproofing, and the addition of lots of pockets for versatile storage options. The backpack should be ergonomic for the user to wear, with adjustable straps and a frame that rides comfortably on the back. Some of these also have security features like locking mechanisms or hidden zippers built into them.

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