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The Transport Rucksack
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The Transport Rucksack
The Transport Rucksack
The Transport Rucksack
Product Details
What goes into the backpack version of our signature rich leather carryall? Here it is by the numbers... 3 ways to carry it: single strap, both straps or by the sturdy top handle. 4 pockets: one outside and three inside, making it oh so easy to stash your essentials. 24: the number of hours in a day that this bag looks cool. How often you'll reach for this one? 500 gazillion times. á
  • Made of Italian vegetable-tanned leather that burnishes with wear into a beautiful patina.
  • Please note: As it is made of a natural material, each bag varies slightly in texture and color.
  • Collar stud closure.
  • 3 interior pockets.
  • 4" handle drop.
  • 14 3/5"H x 10 3/5"W x 7"D.
  • Import.

The Transport Rucksack

Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 58 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Worth it! I've been eying this backpack for months, and when I started developing back pain from carrying my books and research in my purse, I decided it was time to buy it. It is even more soft and beautiful in person. I thought it would be stiff because it kind of looks that way in the photos, but it's extremely soft and carries a lot. It is elegant and grown-up. It does not have the gap in the back that people mentioned. I can carry my laptop, numerous books and notebooks, makeup bag, wallet, and much more in it. So worth it. March 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by exactly what I wanted I had been looking for a good quality leather backpack to replace my hobo purse for about a year. I'm a mom so I carry way too much stuff in my purses and no matter what kind of purse I bought, they would kill my shoulders. So I went on the hunt for a nice leather backpack but most of them were too small, too ugly or too expensive. I finally found this one and fell in love. I hadn't seen it in person but based on the quality of my friend's Madewell bag, I figured this backpack would be just as beautiful and boy was I right. It is exactly what I wanted, so chic, so spacious and made so so well (pun intended). oh and when you first get it the leather is a little stiff but I've had it for 2 weeks now and the leather is starting to get really soft and buttery - I have a feeling I'm going to love it even more as it gets more and more worn in. BUY IT! April 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great bag, poor clasp Let's start with the good stuff. It's gorgeous (I get compliments all the time), a generous capacity, comfortable and has just the right amount of pockets to keep me organised. I LOVE this bag But sadly, after 5 months of using it every weekday, the hole on the strap of leather used to secure the top flap over the main compartment will no longer hold because the leather has stretched too much. I feared this would happen, but just hoped it would be at least a year before it did. Despite this, I haven't given it a lower rating because I still use it every day for work. The draw string closure does keep my belongings secure and the inside zip pocket is large and deep enough for me to put in my short wallet, keys and phone. So even if things did fall out of the main compartment, my most valuable items are still secure. Therefore, all in all, I would still recommend this rucksack. June 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by go for it been eyeing this for a while now, and i finally got. i know its a bit pricey but i don't regret the purchase at all; i love this backpack. i purchased it to use for school; i was using the transport tote, which i also love, but all the things i was carrying got too heavy to carry on one shoulder. there is an inside zipper pocket, and two smaller pockets that can fit your phone, keys, and smaller objects. the inside is lined, and the straps are is stiff at first but after some wears it starts to soften. i purchased the black mainly because if it rains and gets wet i didn't want to see the rain spots on it like i know i would in the brown. i know others complain about how it fits on the back, or how it gaps, but i didn't find that. i do wish that there was a way to wear it higher up on my back, not a big deal it doesn't sit too low. if you're thinking about getting it just go for it. November 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by turned my hands and clothes black! Just received the black rucksack in the mail, after waiting months for it to be back in stock. been looking for a nice black leather backpack for awhile. i love madewell products! however, within 10 minutes of trying on and moving my wallet and books to the new backpack, i noticed my hands had stained black. i realized the black stains were coming from the new leather backpack! and since i was wearing the backpack, the straps had also stained my white shirt. i'm not used to good quality leather bleeding so much like this, or was this the polish they used that had not been properly wiped off before polybagging at the manufacturer? i really love the size and style of the backpack but not sure if i will keep because of the staining. June 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by You're Perfect, I Love You I lusted after this bag since I first saw it and have finally made it mine! I have the camel/cognac color (that nearly all of my leather goods are in) and it's wearing in nicely one month in - though I'm curious how it will fare over the summer in the sun and humidity. So far it is everything I expected: roomy, durable, comfortable and beautiful. Somehow it's ruined purses for me, I feel ridiculous slinging a bag over one shoulder but the backpack feels fresh and chic. I'm so glad I finally invested in it, if you're not sure if you should too - I'd recommend a hundred times YES. February 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Carries everything i need I bought the brown one as a gift to myself. When i first got the backpack i though it was little large but its actually a perfect size. Holds everything i need, clean well made and keeps me organized. March 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great piece for the cost This is a beautiful backpack. I purchased the tan, and the leather is very rich, making it appear like a far more expensive piece. I have gotten numerous compliments on it. The only thing I would change is the size. This would be far more useful piece if it were slightly larger with a separate laptop compartment. January 31, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great backpack! I have this in the oxblood colour to go with the big weekender bag. This makes it a great set! I always get compliments when I wear it. I didn't have any discomfort with this bag as others have reported. I love the colour and the overall feel of this bag. I've used it to store make-up and toiletries for weekend trips or just as a cool purse when I'm running errands around the city. The smaller pocket in the front is great for my keys and other frequent go-to items. This was a great purchase! November 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good bag Customer service was great on my order and gave me the discount promo on this item even though it was excluded. The leather on this bag is great quality, color is gorgeous. I really wanted to love the bag, but ultimately I ended up returning it. This was because it was a little too big for what I wanted to use it for, I couldn't come up with enough stuff to put in it. Secondly, I didn't like how unstructured the bag was. It looked great when it was stuffed with tissue paper, but once I put items in it that had weight it sagged and created a gap between my back and the bag. Also it was hard to close. If you don't mind how soft it is and want something on the bigger side, I definitely recommend. Just not for me. April 27, 2016
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