I set out to design a backpack for work and play: a hybrid backpack – for the everyday commute, travelling adventures and outdoor pursuits. Something designed to withstand the hardy British weather. I wanted to use sustainable natural ingredients that would vintage beautifully.

So, here’s the lowdown on all the details and features of our Winnats Roll Top backpacks…

Backback and Mountains Yellow Backpack

Waxed organic cotton outer shell

The outer shell is made from a custom heavyweight Halley Stevenson’s waxed organic cotton, which is highly weather proof, for keeping your kit nice and dry on those rainy days. The Fluorocarbon-free dry impregnated waxed finish doesn’t crack or transfer onto other garments either – but it ages beautifully.

Waxed organic cotton outer shell

Custom stainless steel hardware

Our military grade custom stainless steel buckles are laser cut and polished in steel city Sheffield.

Check our journal post – How we Designed our Buckles.


Vegetable tanned leather details

Hand cut and embossed in Derbyshire, our durable vegetable tanned leather buckle loops, grab handle and logo patch age beautifully to a rich patina. We also offer a vegan alternative.

leather details

Stash pocket

Covert yet accessible stash pocket with waxed organic cotton internal sleeves, perfect for keeping your valuables close. Finished with storm flap and hardy Japanese-made YKK zip.

stash pocket

Laptop sleeve

The internal cotton laptop sleeve fits most 15″ laptops (up to 235mm x 390mm).

laptop sleeve

Wool-rich recycled padding

Most backpacks use foam padding made from petrochemicals, yet our padding is made from recycled wool-rich carpet fibres from a premium carpet manufacturer in Yorkshire. Comfy, natural, sustainable. recycled wool

Profile side-pockets

Perfect for water bottles and other non-valuables. The profiled design means they sit flush with the side of the bag when empty.

profile side pockets

Proudly handmade in the UK

Manufacturing in the UK is expensive, but we believe in supporting local makers and craftspersons, which is why each of our packs are cut and sewn from start to finish in the UK. Each bag is then hand signed by its maker.

handmade in the uk

If you’re interested in how I designed our Winnats Roll Top from scratch, then check our journal post – Designing our Backpacks.

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