REVIEWED: Antler Stirling backpack

A smart-looking and lightweight backpack ideal for business trips

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Most backpack designers get carried away. In an effort to design the best backpack ever for the urban warrior, they too often pack-in extra pockets amid tough, heavy-duty fabric and end up with a functional bag that feels too heavy before you even put anything in it. Not so the Antler Stirling, which despite being highly functional – and with some unique design features – is all about being lightweight and compact while keeping its shape.

Antler Stirling backpack: design

The Antler Stirling is designed for business travelers. Measuring 41x30x12 cm and weighing 1.2kg when empty, the tough but lightweight polyester-made Antler Stirling can take 21 liters in its three compartments. The giveaway is that the middle section has a file divider system. There’s also a separate zipped, padded pouch for storing cables and other laptop accessories. Behind that, there’s another compartment with dedicated, protective areas for a tablet and a 15.6-inch laptop. Better still, it’s right behind the backpack straps for extra security.

Antler Stirling backpack: performance

In the use the Antler Stirling does really well. On a short overnight business trip, TravGear managed not only to get a laptop, headphones, gadgets, pens, and notebooks inside the Antler Stirling, but also a change of clothes in the belly of the main section. Although it’s not designed for overnight trips – hence the loop on the back for attaching the entire thing to the telescopic handle of wheeled luggage – it did a good job when packed full.

Antler Stirling backpack: conclusion 

Comfortable to wear and able to keep everything thoroughly organized, the Antler Stirling is a smart option for business travelers going to meetings, conferences or just commuting.

Price as reviewed: £90
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