Herschel Heritage Backpack Review

In this Herschel Heritage Backpack Review, we discuss all there is to know about this beautiful product that dominates the world of stylish yet functional backpacks. We also cover the company behind it

The Company – Herschel Supply Company

The Herschel Supply Company (Herschel for short) is a relatively young Canadian company founded by the brothers Lyndon and Jamie Cormack. The company was launched in 2009 and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The founders adopted the name Herschel, a small frontier village in Saskatchewan, where three generations of their family grew up.

Herschel Heritage Backpack Review - Herschel Village

In such a short time, the company, its brand and designs became ubiquitous in school campuses and on the streets. Herschel operates retail locations worldwide, from Hong Kong to Dubai to Paris, and now has a presence in 72 countries.

Herschel specializes in designing and manufacturing hipster retro backpacks and accessories. They have a modern and nostalgic touch, clearly well-received worldwide. The brand has been described by Slate online magazine as “a global phenomenon, glimpsed wherever hipsters dare to tread.”

Herschel Heritage Backpack – Key Features

The Herschel Heritage Backpack features a timeless diamond shaped accent and offers a functional design with fine regard to detail. This lightweight unisex daypack appeals to young and old and comes in a wide array of colours that can suit your personal preferences. The backpack’s key features are:

  • Classic design, with pebbled leather zipper pulls
  • Faux leather on the top handle, which makes carrying it very easy
  • Faux leather bottom, which is important in minimizing dirt and stains on the bag
  • Interior sleeve pocket can hold laptops up to 13″ (Mid-Volume) and 15″ (Classic)
  • Fully lined with Herschel Supply’s signature coated polyester fabric
  • Elasticized document compartment inside – helps to stay organized
  • Front storage pocket with key clip, with zipper concealed by a flap (a great security feature)
  • Internal media pocket with a headphone port for added storage options
  • Dimensions: Classic (18″ x 12.25″ x 5.5″), Mid-Volume (16.25″ x 10.5″ x 4.5″)
  • Size (Capacity): Classic (21.5 litres), Mid-Volume (14.5 litres) – versatile for various purposes
  • Weight Just 0.65 kg – very light for everyday use

Who Can Benefit From This Type of Backpack?

An appropriately sized backpack with timeless design can benefit any lifestyle and can perfectly serve various purposes. Be it for travel, school, work or even just moving around. Here as examples:


If you are a student but somebody who prefers to pack light, this backpack will allow you space/capacity you need for your stuff and the flexibility to mesh with the school crowd.


If you are a professional who needs something to carry a laptop, sweater, or snacks during your daily commute, the classic design of this bag would be a perfect fit.


In our earlier post, How To Enjoy Your Travel – Our Five P’s, one of the tips is to travel light.  The Herschel Heritage Backpack is perfect for this – daypack for your day’s essentials. Its internal sleeve can fit up to 15-inch laptops, and it also has an internal media pocket equipped with a headphone port. Pack your smaller necessities in the single front pocket, which comes with a key clip.

Herschel Heritage Backpack - Uses of Backpack


Classic Design and Practical Features

The bag’s design is classic yet stylish and available in a wide range of unisex applications. It boasts of practical features that attract customers of all ages. Its front pocket can fit anything (be it a phone, keys, or pens). The main pocket has a divider that can take a laptop, folder, or books. It also has a smaller pocket on the inside – perfect for pens and small items. One customer shared that she found the bag “with ample space and functionality while looking stylish and minimalistic.”

High Quality and Workmanship

Customers of this backpack praise its high quality and artistry. Many find it very useful for daily commute, school, and work (with the right storage space). One customer indicated: “I was afraid that the bag might have a tear because of the laptop and a textbook, but it seems like it’s sturdy enough.”


Many customers like the sturdy material durable (100% polyester and leather) material, which ensures it stands up to daily use without breakage. Besides, it comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty that Herschel on all its new products.

Overall Value

At USD64.99, this backpack is well priced for all its practical features, classic design, usability and durability, particularly if you compare it with similarly-priced counterparts.
Pros and Cons


Lack of Organizational Features

Some customers have expressed slight disappointment with the apparent lack of organizational features and pouches as compared to other bags. However, this is part and parcel of Herschel’s overall design. It provides flexibility for customers to pack their pouches within the backpack.

Difficulty in Opening Front Pocket Zippers

Some customers find it difficult to open the zippers on the front pocket as a flap conceals it. On the other hand, we consider this as a great security feature as this will make it easier for you to notice if somebody is trying to open it.

Where and How Can This Be Purchased?

As mentioned above, Hershel has a presence worldwide, from Hong Kong to Dubai to Paris, operating 10,000 points of sale in retail locations in 72 countries in 2016. If you are someone who would like to see and feel the product before purchasing, it should not be difficult to find a retail location.

If you are somebody who likes to do their shopping online, you can go to the Herschel website (click the logo below). Alternatively, you can also get them from Amazon, one of the leading internet retailers, who usually have the Herschel Heritage Backpack at an excellent price.

Final Thoughts

The Herschel Heritage Backpack has a very passionate following, and it is understandable. It is such a useful and functional bag in a design that appeals to all genders and serves multi-purposes, of high quality and available at a reasonable price point.  Check out your various Herschel Heritage Backpack options as well as their latest deals – click on the banner below!


We hope you found the above review useful. If you have any questions or want to share your insight and experience on this backpack, we encourage you to leave your comments below.

Herschel Heritage Backpack


Design & Style


Functionality & Features


Quality & Durability





  • Classic Yet Stylish Design
  • Practical Features & Functionality
  • High Quality and Workmanship
  • Reasonable Price Point


  • Lack of Organizational Features
  • Difficulty in Opening Front Pocket Zippers
Comments (12)
Todd Matthews
July 28, 2022

The pros definitely outweigh the cons here and I’m glad to see that this backpack displays plenty of durabilities. I’d be a shoo-in for this thing and with one of the cons simply being difficulty using the zipper, it’s one I can bypass, along with the lack of organizational compartments. Durability is the first thing I look for in these backpacks and I’m glad to have found one that doesn’t break the bank and will last me a while. Overall, it’s a good product. 

    July 28, 2022

    Thank you Todd for your comments and insights.  Fully agree the cons are really not that significant in the whole scheme of things and can easily be remediated.

July 25, 2022

Thank you for a great article about the Herschel Heritage Backpack. I have been looking for a new backpack and came across your article, this was the first time I had heard of this brand and after reading your very in depth review, feel I know all I need to about the features of this backpack. You have included a great amount of detail and the score and pros and cons at the end is a great idea.
Many thanks

    July 26, 2022

    Hello, Justin!

    Glad that this provided you with all the details on this product to enable you to have an in-depth knowledge and facilitate your decision, should you wish to consider getting one.
    Thank you as well for your kind words on how we presented all the information.

July 25, 2022

Hi thank you very much for this review. As we see that we cannot travel overseas, I strongly believe that we will be doing a lot more travel within or close to home and that is when such a backpack will come in handy.
What I do like about this is the security features. I am usually worried to use a backpack but this ticks off all the boxes and is great for my shoulders and back. Really well explained.

    July 26, 2022

    Hi Mariella,
    Yes, in the light of the current global situation triggered by COVID-19, overseas travel is virtually at a standstill. But this backpack is very useful not only for travel but even for day-to-day move around. And of course, it will be handy if you start travelling, currently locally but in hopefully beyond in the near future.

July 25, 2022

I really found this post interesting about Herschel heritage backpacks, and I must admit I knew very little about this company before reading your post other than their company name. Would this backpack be a good choice for a younger person in their teens, I was thinking maybe my nephew would this backpack with summer coming soon.


    July 26, 2022

    Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for your affirmative comments and glad that this post has introduced you to this company and their excellent products. This backpack is very popular and, in fact, has some sort of a cult following among the young ones. It will surely be a great choice for your nephew.

July 25, 2022

Herschel Heritage Backpack – One of the best products from the company. Though every product comes with a flaw in it. But it doesn’t mean it’s a bad product. Securing such rating means something.

    July 25, 2022

    Hi Md Mohiudin,

    Thank you for your comments and affirmation. Indeed, if a product has a certain “flaw”, you look at ways to mitigate such. And a key consideration would be your intended use for that product.

July 23, 2022


Thanks for this review, as a proud Canadian I always want to support Canadian businesses, and as a backpack aficionado (I much prefer backpacks to handbags or purses) I love these reviews to help me choose the best backpack for me.

I am super impressed by the security features, as they are often missing in a backpack and I really think a key clip should be standard in all backpacks – there is nothing worse than rummaging around trying to find your keys that have fallen all the way to the bottom. The lack of organisational features can be overcome by using a stand alone organiser – do you know of any that would go well with this bag?

Thanks in advance!

    July 25, 2022

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you so much for your comments and insights. We are glad you loved our review and found it useful. We are also proud to support and recommend this Canadian business. Their designs have a lot of following worldwide, a testament to the value they provide to the customers.

    Regarding your question on a stand-alone organizer that would go well with this backpack, it all depends on your need and intended use. Several online market places like Amazon offer a lot of choices. alternatively, if your need is just to have pockets to store small pieces like pens/pencils, even a simple DIY project can do the trick. What do you think?

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