REVIEWED: Lululemon Para backpack

It takes just 23 litres, but this backpack easily takes enough gear for short or well-planned longer trips

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Here at TravGear we go on a lot about the wash n’n wear way of traveling – and the quick-drying gear to go with it – but seldom do we see a backpack that we want to take on a trip. With a roomy design and plenty of pockets, the Para is such  a bag.


Measuring 928x200x490 mm/11”x 8”x 19”, the Para has plenty of travel-friendly features. The well-padded but otherwise uncomplicated backpack straps are attached to the sides of a wingback design that sees two spacious areas created on each side – perfect for a water bottle and an umbrella.

Soft pocket

A soft-lined sunglasses/phone pocket just inside the main compartment is handy, too, while the two pockets on the back of the pack – ostensibly for a laptop and tablet – are just as useful for a couple of shirts and accessories.

Waterproof section

A few loosely designed pockets for other bits ‘n’ pieces are useful, but it’s on the bottom of the pack that the Para plays its ace-card. A three-sided zipper reveals a waterproof section that’s really useful for travelling with wet clothes, a coat, or a pair of shoes. Genius! More so is a huge, billowing pocket on the front that’s easily able to take a pair of shoes or a coat. Given that shoes and a warm layer and the two things that persuade most travellers not to bother attempting to travel light, this is good news.


There are some other great details, too, from the reflective areas on the front to water-repellent fabric that’s used throughout the exterior. Creating two bags in one is ingenious, but it’s the other travel-friendly features that make this roomy, comfortable design worth considering for short trips.

Price as reviewed: £138

Buy the Lululemon Para backpack

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