In a very saturated market, it’s difficult to choose a backpack. Something that’s suited to your needs, still looks good and offers comfort all at the same time. I was heading to Paris, in need of a bag, and while I sifted through the hundreds of bags, it was the Lexdray Tokyo Pack stood out.
When the Tokyo pack arrived, I was excited; I knew I was getting a quality travel backpack. It came in a seemingly quality fleece-lined drawstring sack that was rather impressive. The appearance of the Tokyo Pack is simple, classic shape, modest navy and black colourway and minimal labels, exactly what I fancy. I am conscious of appearance, but I prefer a straightforward, effortless look, and this bag fits that bill.
On first inspection, the bag felt heavier than I expected. I realised that quality features add some weight. Having said this, the bag only weighs 1.8 kgs, which is nothing in the scheme of things. Weather-resistant fabrics (rip-stop nylon pack cloth on the exterior) and military grade hardware ensure durability, while a locking zip for the main compartment and a breathable back panel for ergonomic comfort and support complement as standout features. If your contents are paramount, the bag offers a hidden waterproof cover; I didn’t use it but gave it a tick when testing how easy it was to get out and pack up.
Loaded with various compartments, the Lexdray Tokyo Pack has seven exterior pockets and multiple snap pockets both exterior and interior. I love the organisation of this bag; there was a pocket for everything. There is a main compartment that houses a fantastic fleece lined laptop compartment (up to 15″), one of the BEST I have encountered, offering plenty of protection and easy accessibility while in transit.
The two main compartments are by no means huge (22L), but I am somebody who packs light, and this bag was for carry-on luggage and everyday use. All the essentials comfortably fit, passport/ boarding pass, laptop, chargers, camera lens and change of clothes with some extras here and there. A handy compartment located at the top of the bag become my favourite, quick and accessible for something like a phone charger.
Comfort is not compromised with this bag. I wore the Lexdray Tokyo Pack for days on end and not once did I encounter the sweaty back issue, nor the back of my T-shirt bunching up, thanks to the air mesh breathable back panel. The back panel also doubles as a secure compartment that sits directly against your back, unable to be opened if it’s on. I used it for valuable items, which provided piece of mind when I was travelling on the Paris Metro.
Adjustable custom designed shoulder straps add to the overall comfort and conceal another small hidden pocket. I removed the Neoprene wrap on the top handle to streamline the appearance. The Tokyo Pack provides a chest strap but no waist strap. Unless you’re mountain biking through the wilderness, you don’t need a waist strap; I barely used the chest strap and I did a lot of walking around Paris.
You get a lot of useful features with this bag, and that comes down to the meticulous planning. Stuff like the extended custom zipper pulls and printed interior nylon lining gives it an edge, as does smart features such as the extra buckle provided for the chest strap clip when it’s not in use, to stop it dangling around. A tablet and laptop sleeve, key attachments and a lockable zipper on the main compartment are well-considered attributes you may not find elsewhere.
Do I recommend the Lexdray Tokyo Pack? Yes! It’s a perfect everyday commuter or light carry-on alternative, for somebody that wants organisation, comfort and a quality look and feel. The RRP of Tokyo Pack is $395USD, which seems expensive, but you are getting something that will last forever and can be used for any occasion.
- Dimensions: 12”W x 20”H x 5.5”D (30.5cm x 51cm x 14cm) – 22L
- Weight: 4 lbs (1.8 kgs)
- Colors: Dark navy with heather gray lining
- Rip-stop nylon pack cloth (exterior)
- 1000D TPE waterproof fabric
- Custom printed nylon lining