When you’re in the market for a backpack or a classic business brief, there’s no one “best” choice for you. The best choice for you will be determined through your own personal preference.
Backpacks are still fairly popular, especially among Millennials. Many business users enjoy the hands-free flexibility the shoulder straps provide. However, there are still some industries — finance, banking and law for example — where a briefcase is perceived to have more seriousness and gravitas than a backpack.
Once you’ve determined what you want, and how you’re going to use your new portable office, there are a few important features you should consider when making a selection.
- Comfort: Examine the shoulder straps for cushion and adjustability, and make sure your handles are comfortable. The Crew™ Executive Choice™ 2 backpack and Platinum® Magna™ 2 features padded shoulder straps, as well as leather carry handles.
- Breathability: Look for backing material that allows airflow so heat won’t build up on your back. The contour of the design should maximize airflow as well.
- Storage: With its large internal cavity, a backpack can also function as an overnight bag, eliminating an extra carry-on. Make sure to get a backpack that has both a padded sleeve for your laptop, and a larger compartment for clothes.
- Convenience: Checkpoint Friendly backpacks are a big favorite among business travelers. They feature a padded laptop compartment that lays flat when unzipped. This lets you pass through security screenings without removing your laptop.
- Connectivity: Our Executive Choice 2 backpack is a favorite among business travelers because of the external USB port for charging mobile devices. Just plug in a power bank in the dedicated pocket, and plug your charging cord into the port in the back.
Business briefs also provide functionality in a streamlined design for those whose jobs require more intensive paper management, or just want the look and convenience of a brief. Features to look for include:
- Expansion Options: While the brief is sleeker and slimmer than a backpack, those who travel with folders and files will appreciate a built-in organizer that expands when you need it.
- Durability: The handles of a brief get considerably more use than the strap, so they should be well-made and ergonomically designed for comfort. The cushioned shoulder strap should be made of high quality materials as well, especially since you may find yourself lugging your brief on your shoulder at times.
- Weight: Your business brief should be lightweight, yet made of durable materials. There’s no point in adding extra weight to the amount of papers and equipment you’ll be carrying.
- Protection: If you travel extensively, look for an RFID identity theft protection pocket for your passport and credit cards, to thwart identity thieves with RFID scanners.
- Connectivity: Like our Executive Choice backpack, our Executive Choice slim brief features an external USB port with an internal dedicated battery storage pouch (battery not included) for easy access to power without the need to fish out multiple cords.
What features do you look for in a briefcase or backpack? Is comfort a big deal, or do you focus more on style? Share your thoughts in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or in our Twitter stream.