Sandqvist Johannes: latest from the Urban Outdoors Series

Sandqvist's Johannes from the Urban Outdoor series is classic heritage styling mixed with urban adventure.
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Sandqvist's Johannes Backpack. Image: Sandqvist

In three words

Heritage. Urban. Explorer

What is it?

This fine looking bag from Sandqvist is the Johannes backpack from their Urban Outdoors series. The Sandqvist Johannes has combined heritage detailing with a modern twist that is both functional and stylish. The bag is made from Cordura EcoMade Polyester that is both tough and water resistant. It’s also 40% recycled polyester. 

Inside the bag, you’ll find a good sized main compartment that is lined with 100% recycled polyester. There is also a small mesh pocket for stashing smaller items. Additionally, there is separate zippered pocket for a 13 inch laptop that sits against your back for added security.

There are two additional pockets on either side of the bag. These smaller zippered pockets are easy to access so they’re perfect for storage of personal items.

The bag is closed using metal clasps and there is a handy cord detail on the front so you can secure items to the outside of the bag. 

The shoulder straps are padded and fully adjustable, and feature load bearing straps at the top so you can adjust the weight to the perfect position on your back. 

Why we love it

The first thing we were drawn to is the stunning heritage detailing combined with modern styling. We love the blue colourway with contrasting red detailing. This bag is made from durable materials so it’s a fully functioning adventure bag ready for hiking in the outdoors or around town. The size of the bag is perfect as an everyday carry bag and will look great with most styles. 

What will it fit?

This bag is 15 litres, making it a great size for an everyday carry bag. Inside you’ll fit your personal items such as wallet, keys, phone, books, notepads, water bottle, snack, headphones and have space for a few more small items. On the back of the bag is a dedicated zippered pocket for a 13 inch laptop. The additional outside side pockets are perfectly sized to stash smaller items such as wallet, keys and phone. There is also the adjustable cord on the front to secure items to the front of the bag.

Final thoughts

If you love heritage detailing then this is the bag for you. It is a well made bag, using durable materials, some of which are recycled. The Sandqvist Johannes is a great everyday bag but like a lot of the Sandqvist backpack range, will only fit laptop up to 13 inches. If you need to fit a fit a 15 inch laptop, you could consider Sandqvist’s Stig Large. 

Overall, we love this bag. The great looks are matched by great quality and versatility. It would be nice to have 100% recycled materials but at least with the great style and quality you’re going to be using this one for a long time. 


Main compartment: W 27 x H 44 x D 18 cm

Laptop pocket: W 28 x H 32 x D 1 cm

Capacity: 15 Litres

Materials: Cordura® EcoMade Polyester (40% recycled polyester), 100% recycled polyester liner, leather trims, recycled webbing. 

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