Our Favorite InCase Backpacks Reviewed

  • June 19, 2020
  • / By Keith Terrell
Digital Entrepreneur

InCase backpacks are some of the best storage and organizing solutions for MacBooks and other Apple products. These are stylish, tech-optimized backpacks that will give you a way to ensure that your precious gadgets are protected at all times. 

Digital Entrepreneur

Their backpacks come in various styles, sizes, and designs and are useful for storing MacBooks of different sizes. They have been designed keeping in mind a tech-savvy user who is navigating the busy world of the 21st century. These are solutions that make people mobile and allow them to make the best use of the technology available. 

Moreover, these are great looking backpacks that also make a style statement in addition to providing protection and comfort. The following are reviews of some of our favorite InCase backpacks.

​Image

​Name

​More Info

Incase Icon Pack

Best Laptop Protection

Icon Pack

Incase Icon Slim Pack

Best Sleek Option

Icon Slim Pack

Incase EO Travel Backpack

Best for Travel

EO Travel 

Incase DSLR Pro Pack

Best Camera Bag

DSLR Pro Pack

Incase CL55452 City Compact Backpack

Best for Daily Use

CL55452 City Compact

Incase ICON Lite Backpack

Most Versatile Bag

Icon Lite

Incase ICON Dot Backpack

Best Mini Option

Icon Dot 

Icon Pack is a great pack for those who have frequent use for their laptop and want to carry it around in a protective cover that also looks great. The backpack has three large pockets that are designed to store a MacBook, an iPad, and an iPhone.

There are several other compartments in the pack that allow you to store tidbits, but this is essentially a bag for your laptop. The laptop compartment is also fully padded so your delicate gadget can get full protection. It is also integrated with faux fur lining for added measure.

Incase Icon Pack

Source: incase.com

Specifications

  • Size: Ideal for a 15-inch MacBook
  • Weight: 27.84 ounces
  • Material: Durable 840D ballistic nylon
  • Spacious and organized in terms of storage
  • Compression-molded back panels
  • Padded shoulder straps with multiple adjustment points
  • Fully padded dedicated laptop compartment
  • Tech-optimized features

Benefits

The Icon Pack by InCase is a spacious and well-designed backpack that is ideal for keeping your MacBook and other delicate gadgets safe. This is a good backpack that allows you to organize any extra accessories you may require along with your laptop.

It also boasts of a customized and comfortable design, which includes perfectly engineered airflow channels that are integrated with the compression-molded back panel and in the padded shoulder straps. There are also several points of adjustment on the strap so you can get a snug and customized fit.

There is an added benefit of the integrated sternum strap that allows the backpack to distribute the weight that it carries, therefore, relieving the pressure on your back.

Pros

  • The backpack provides incredible protection to your laptop, with a fully padded compartment with faux-fur lining.
  • The airflow channels make the straps and the back panel more breathable and offer comfort when the backpack is too heavy for the shoulders or back.
  • The iPad pocket can be reached very quickly and there is also a hip-side power pocket that comes with an integrated cable, allowing you quick access to portable power.
  • The nylon material makes the backpack durable while it also remains soft to the touch.

Cons

  • This is not a great pack for daily use other than for the laptop and iPad.
  • The shape is too rigid so it will not accommodate anything thicker than a laptop.

Verdict

This is a great backpack, provided it is used for what it has been designed - to carry a laptop. If you are looking for a backpack for everyday use and to carry a variety of other things - this is not the best option. It is a spacious backpack, but that space certainly has its limitations.

So if you are looking for an overnight bag, this is not the one for you. But if you want to slip a notebook and your laptop for a class or to take to work, this is the perfect option.


Icon Slim Pack​

Icon Slim Pack is one of the best slim and sleek options for a backpack. This is also a spacious backpack that allows you to organize your belongings and keep them safe. It has a slim and graceful design that offers a comfortable way to carry important items without having to lug a very large bag around.

It also has a dedicated laptop compartment that is perfect for a 15-inch MacBook. The compartment is fully padded and has a faux-fur lining that gives your precious laptop complete protection. The shoulder straps are also adjustable so you can navigate it to the perfect position for your shoulder and back.

Incase Icon Slim Pack

Source: incase.com

Specifications

  • Size: Ideal for a 15-inch MacBook
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Material: Durable 840D ballistic nylon
  • Spacious and organized storage
  • Slim design
  • Dedicated laptop compartment is fully padded
  • Quick-access side pockets for small items

Benefits

The Icon Slim backpack from InCase is a sleek, trendy, and fashionable backpack to keep your laptop and carry other accessories. There are two large compartments that are dedicated to storing a MacBook, iPad and iPhone. This is a slim carrying solution, as the manufacturers like to describe it and is a sturdy backpack that can hold some weight without putting undue pressure on your back and shoulders.

The laptop compartment of the backpack is also fully padded and has a faux-fur lining so you know that this is the most protection your precious MacBook can get.

Pros

  • The backpack has a slim design that does not take on odd shapes or become unwieldy when you carry it.
  • The design also features hip-side pockets that allow you to access small items quickly, like a water bottle or a portable charger.
  • The multiple adjustment points on the shoulder strap make the fit easily customizable.
  • The design is slim but it does not compromise on storage space.

Cons

  • The backpack is a little pricey for what it offers.
  • The storage space isn’t flexible enough to accommodate items with a wider shape.

Verdict

This is a great slim backpack for those who want to carry their laptop and iPad. While this is a slim backpack, it is perfect for a 15-inch MacBook. If you are looking for a backpack to fit many things and can also be used as an overnight bag, this is probably not the best idea.

But it is a great pack for all the things it claims to do - that is, a slim backpack for your laptop, iPad, iPhone, and other accessories.


EO Travel Backpack​

The EO Travel backpack, as the name suggests, is one of the best bags you can take along with you on a trip. Whether you are going on a day trip or need to pack for an overnight trip, this is a backpack that is perfect for when you require some storage but do not want to bring the suitcases out.

It has padded back panels and you will also appreciate the shoulder straps that have a breathable mesh element. You can also fit a MacBook up to 17 inches into the backpack.

Incase EO Travel Backpack

Source: incase.com

Specifications

  • Size: Ideal for a 17-inch MacBook
  • Main compartment expands 35% if using for travel
  • Weight: 2.08 ounces
  • Material: Polyester/ nylon
  • Padded back panels
  • Shoulder straps with breathable mesh
  • Triple-coated weather-resistant front panel

Benefits

The EO Travel Backpack from InCase is a great investment if you are looking for a bag to take with you on short trips. The pack is spacious enough to fit not only a 17-inch laptop but you can also add other items to the main compartments, which can expand 35% for when you need to travel overnight.

The great thing about this backpack is also that the laptop compartment opens out flat so it can pass through airport security easily. The padded back panels and the shoulder straps also make this a comfortable bag to carry on your back.

An overnight bag is likely to be heavier than a regular use bag so you should not feel tired during your travels. The construction of the bag ensures the weight is distributed and your back and shoulders do not feel the pressure.

Pros

  • The backpack has a triple-coated weather-resistant front panel that makes it ready for adverse weather as well.
  • The interiors of the backpack can expand by 35% for when you need to pack for overnight travel.
  • The breathable mesh elements in the padded back panels and the shoulder straps make it a comfortable fit.
  • The laptop compartment is fully padded for added protection to your laptop.

Cons

  • The construction of the material is not as durable as advertised and it tends to flake off.
  • The shoulder straps cannot be secured when not in use.

Verdict

This makes for a good overnight bag for when you are traveling to a closeby destination and don’t need more than two changes of clothes. But if you are traveling to a colder place or need to bring more items with you, this bag may have its limitations. Besides, once you slip your laptop in there is not as much room left for too many other items.

This bag would be recommended for when you have to pack light for an overnight trip, but perhaps not otherwise.


DSLR Pro Pack​

The DSLR Pro Pack is a great backpack for photographers who need to carry equipment around often. This is a camera bag that is meant to cover and look after everything that a photographer may require. The backpack has a large storage area that allows you to keep your camera and all its accessories safe. It has dividers that are perfectly customizable, allowing you to store the camera and its corresponding lens safely.

It also has two zippered pockets inside for small items, like cables, adapters, etc. The pack is perfect for a full-frame DSLR camera, a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, and a DJI Osmo Mobile 2. Since the dividers are customizable, you can also fit lenses of various kinds.

Incase DSLR Pro Pack

Source: incase.com

Specifications

  • Large storage capacity
  • Ideal for full-frame DSLR and lenses
  • Adjustable dividers for various lenses and other equipment
  • Fully padded dedicated laptop compartment
  • Customizable fit
  • Weight: 70.4 ounces
  • Material: Durable ballistic nylon material

Benefits

The DSLR Pro Pack from InCase is a great pack for photographers. It comes with completely customizable dividers that allow you to accommodate a full-frame DSLR as well as lenses of various sizes. The pack is large enough to accommodate up to four additional lenses and accessories and equipment of several kinds.

The pack also has two zippered mesh pockets inside that allow you to keep other accessories, such as cables and batteries, safely. In addition to all this, the backpack can also hold a 15-inch MacBook and has a dedicated compartment for this. What more can a photographer ask for?

Pros

  • The pack comes with padded shoulder straps that have several adjustment points for a customized fit.
  • The adjustable dividers allow you to fit various items in addition to your camera, such as up to four lenses, and flash accessories.
  • There are two integrated and adjustable nylon straps that allow you to attach a monopod or a tripod with ease.
  • You can also fit a 15-inch MacBook into the backpack, in addition to your photography equipment.

Cons

  • The nylon strings for the tripod are not always secure and tend to become loose after a point.
  • The chest strap is placed too high on the backpack.

Verdict

The DSLR Pro Pack by Incase is an absolute delight for photographers. The pack has ample space and allows photographers to not only fit a full-frame DSLR camera but also up to four lenses of various sizes. In addition, you can also place your laptop in the sleeve allowing you to edit the images on the go.

There is some room for improvement when it comes to the durability of the material, especially the exterior. However, the pack still makes for a good buy for photographers looking for a versatile bag to keep their equipment in.


​City Compact Backpack​

The City Compact Backpack (CL55452) is the ideal backpack to take around town when you have a day full of errands. This is a backpack with compact and streamlined storage that allows you to organize your accessories so you do not feel overwhelmed while trying to get through your checklist.

The primary compartment is quite large and allows you to slip a 16-inch MacBook in with relative ease. There are also several other pockets that allow you to keep several other items, accessories, and essentials. 

The design of the backpack is slim and compact, yet spacious. It also comes with adjustable shoulder straps that will allow you to get a comfortable, customized fit. The dedicated laptop compartment also ensures that the laptop is well protected.

Incase CL55452 City Compact Backpack

Source: incase.com

Specifications

  • Size: Ideal for 16-inch MacBook Pro along with other accessories
  • Weight: 28 ounces
  • Material: Durable 270x500D blended weave polyester
  • Compact and streamlined storage
  • Padded laptop compartment
  • Slim profile
  • Zippered top pocket provides quick access

Benefits

The City Compact backpack is ideal for those who want to navigate the city, whether as a tourist or as a local getting chores done. This is the perfect bag for when you need to be out in the city for a whole day and need to carry some essentials with you. The pack is compact so you do not have to feel its weight on your back while you are going around the whole day.

While it is compact, it is also spacious enough to carry a variety of things, such as a 16-inch laptop and several other things you may require throughout the day. This is the ideal backpack for a city commuter.

Pros

  • The backpack has a zippered compartment in the front where you can organize many of the smaller accessories.
  • The dedicated laptop compartment has a 360-degree padding and a faux-fur lining that keeps the laptop protected and safe.
  • The backpack has a zippered top pocket that allows you to access some of the important essentials that you may want to get to quickly.
  • The backpack also has adjustable shoulder straps that make it possible to have a customizable fit.

Cons

  • The material is not as durable as advertised.
  • The padding may make the backpack bulkier for some people.

Verdict

The City Compact backpack from InCase is a great bag for the city traveler wanting to get a few things done during the day. You can carry a midday snack in the bag, a water bottle, as well as several other essentials. The dedicated compartment for your laptop makes this a complete backpack for the city commuter.

There have been some complaints about the durability of the backpack so while it may take some weathering with everyday use, it is still a great backpack to fit all your essentials into.


Icon Lite

The Icon Lite is one of the most versatile backpacks in the market and is perfect for a variety of different occasions. It has several compartments that allow you to organize items of various sizes.

One of the primary compartments is large enough to fit a 16-inch MacBook. This is a dedicated laptop compartment that comes fully padded and has a faux-fur lining.

In addition to the several convenient internal pockets, there are also quick-access pockets on the outside that make it easy for you to get to essentials that you may require at hand.

Incase ICON Lite Backpack

Source: incase.com

Specifications

  • Size: Ideal for 16-inch MacBook and other accessories
  • Spacious and organized
  • Fully padded laptop compartment
  • Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Material: Durable 840D nylon
  • Quick access pockets for small gadgets and tech

Benefits

This is a spacious and travel-friendly backpack that looks after a variety of needs. It has a main compartment where you can slip a few of the larger items. In addition, there is also a dedicated laptop compartment that is perfect for keeping a 16-inch MacBook safe and secure.

There are also adjustable shoulder straps that allow you to customize a fit as desired. The straps also have a breathable mesh element that keeps you comfortable even at the end of a long day. The top zip pocket also consists of a faux-fur lining so you can keep smaller gadgets in it safely.

Despite all the things it offers, this is a relatively lightweight backpack that can accommodate a lot of items without weighing you down.

Pros

  • The backpack is great for a gadget enthusiast and has more than one faux-fur lined pocket to keep those gadgets safe.
  • It has a top grab handle that is made for people on the go.
  • The adjustable shoulder straps have a breathable mesh padding that not only keeps the straps from digging into your skin but also make sure that you do not sweat because of the pack at the end of a long day.
  • The dedicated laptop compartment offers immense protection to that precious gadget.

Cons

  • The exterior material can be quite delicate and flimsy, contrary to what has been advertised.
  • The zippers tend to get stuck or break after rugged use.

Verdict

The Icon Lite backpack from InCase is a spacious and convenient backpack that allows you to carry a number of things without feeling the weight on your back. This is a lightweight backpack that is extremely useful for when you need to carry essentials or if you want to need a sturdy backpack to carry your backpack to work every day.

The backpack offers adjustable shoulder pads that have a breathable mesh lining, for keeping you feeling comfortable even at the end of a long and tiring day. The top zip pocket allows you to carry some of the smaller gadgets and also have quick access to them for when you need it on the go.


Icon Dot​

The Icon Dot is a great mini option for backpacks. Despite its size, it has several internal pockets that allow you to store a variety of things, including a 13-inch MacBook and other accessories. The dedicated laptop compartment is also fully padded and has a faux-fur lining to keep the laptop safe and protected.

The backpack also has a comfortable design, featuring adjustable shoulder straps that allow you to find a fit that is just right for you. The backpack has a small frame, but it offers almost all the features that one of the bigger backpacks from the company offers.

Incase ICON Dot Backpack

Source: incase.com

Specifications

  • Ideal for a 13-inch MacBook Pro-Thunderbolt
  • Size: 12L volume
  • Material: Durable 840D ballistic nylon
  • Faux fur-lined laptop compartment
  • Ergonomic support
  • Multiple organization pockets

Benefits

The Icon Dot from InCase is a mini laptop backpack that brings with it all the features that one of the larger InCase backpacks may have, but just in a mini version. This is the perfect backpack for someone that wants to use it to take it to work or around town, without the weight of something large on their back.

The pack is ideal for a 13-inch MacBook Pro and also has other internal pockets that make it perfect for fitting a few small accessories as well. The dedicated laptop compartment does have a faux-fur lining for enhanced protection. The pack is also made for everyday use and the nylon material should be able to withstand a fair amount of rough use.

Pros

  • This is the ideal bag for those looking for all the features of some of the best InCase backpacks but in a smaller size.
  • The backpack has adjustable shoulder straps that allow you to customize the fit as well as take some of the pressure off your shoulders.
  • The dedicated laptop compartment is great for keeping a 13-inch MacBook Pro safe.
  • The back panel also has a breathable mesh element that optimizes comfort.

Cons

  • The backpack is too small to be used for anything else, some customers have reported.
  • The straps could be made slightly longer for greater give.

Verdict

The Icon Dot is a mini backpack, but for some, it could be too small a backpack. Even for a 13-inch laptop, the fit might be too snug. But if you are looking for a small backpack to fit in a notebook, a sleek laptop smaller than 13 inches, and a few other essentials, this is the mini backpack that should fulfill those needs. 

It is a great backpack to carry a small laptop, especially if you do not want to lug around too much of a weight on your back. But if you are looking for anything other than a compact bag that could fit limited essentials, you should choose a larger bag.


About Incase Designs Corp.

Incase Designs Corp. is a company based in the United States that specializes in designing bags that are equipped to navigate the technology-dependent, fast-paced world of the 21st century. The company believes in designing solutions that have focus on providing protection to the user and making them mobile at the same time. 

Coffee and Gadgets

The company has close connections with Apple and the culture of work and life the platform promotes. In keeping with this association, the company strives to create designs that encourage creativity and a spirit of enterprise. 

The company was founded in 1997 and began in its journey in San Francisco. Since its beginnings, the company has focused on designing products and solutions that would protect the technology that we have come to depend on for our everyday existence. 

The year 2001, the company launched the nylon backpack, which became the first tech-optimized backpack that was dedicated to Mac. The following year, the company launched the iPod leather sleeve, which became the first case for the original iPod. 

As time went by, the company was releasing a new tech-optimized product practically every year. These included laptop backpacks, camera bags, guitar cases, etc. As of 2016, the company has also ventured into luggage. Innovation takes precedence in whatever the company does and perhaps, that is what its most loyal user base comes back to it for.

The ICON Backpack

The ICON Backpack is the series that several of the products that have been reviewed above are from. This is an especially well-performing range that the company released in 2014. The range has been one of the best-selling offerings by the company and it has also won several accolades.

Woman with DSLR

The range boasts of tech-optimized products that are designed as “intentional carrying solutions”. This is the tech backpack that the industry had not seen before, understandably making it such a huge hit in the market. 

The backpacks have been designed keeping in mind tech-forward features that would also offer the comfort and protection required for storing and organizing MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and other tech accessories. The backpacks are also completely structured, so they sit upright instead of keeling over - making sure the expensive gadgets inside remain protected. 

But what has made this range so unique is the integration of a protective lining in the interior of the backpack’s design. The range incorporated some of its learnings from when the company designed guitar bags (particularly in collaboration with musician John Mayer) and applied them to these backpacks intended to protect MacBooks. This was a masterstroke that made it one of the most unique tech-optimized solutions for storing and organizing Apple products.

What Makes Them Click?

The company has managed to make its own niche in the market because it is one of the only players that design tech-optimized carrying solutions. The company has kept innovation at the fore and works at the intersection of comfort and protection. Besides, the backpacks are made of durable nylon and have an attractive design, in addition to providing protection to those precious Apple products. 

Smartphone

Since its inception, the company has released products that were the first of their kind. These were the best methods for storing and organizing Apple products so it became understood that an Apple product needs to be purchased alongside one of the carrying solutions offered by InCase - whether a backpack for the MacBook or a leather sleeve for the iPod, iPad or iPhone.

The company has been at the forefront of innovation with several experiments with innovations of its own. These include Woolenex, Flight Nylon, ecoNEUE™, Diamond Ripstop, Ecoya®, and Ariaprene™.

Who Is their Target Audience?

The primary target audience is lovers of tech who are serious about taking care of their gadgets and accessories. Anybody who invests in a MacBook or buys a DSLR camera will also have concerns about how to store the devices and organize all the accessories that they come with.

Drone and Other Gadgets

The products designed by InCase, in their various ranges, be it ICON, City, Hardshells, or others, are made keeping in mind the tech lover who wants to take care of their beloved gadgets. This is a target group that is on the move physically and is also interested in staying ahead of the curve in terms of discovering and using new technology. 

The company is an admirer of tech and innovation itself and that is what is reflected in the designs. This is evident in the variety of products they offer. There are different categories of products available, even within the larger subsections of bags. These include bags for travel, for protection, for cameras, and more.