Victorinox is known first and foremost for its Swiss Army knife, manufactured in Ibach, Switzerland since 1884. It is the largest manufacturer or pocket knives in the world and is a major manufacturer of bags and apparel, as well as watches and travel gear. Victorinox bags are generally geared towards the Swiss Army knife aesthetic — functional minimalism or pragmatism. In other words, they are designed to accommodate laptops and the other gear typical of a modern commuter. For help deciding whether a Victorinox bag of these styles is for you, consult our guide to choosing an everyday carry bag.
We decided to comb through the array of Victorinox offerings and choose the five best bags for 2017.
The Victorinox Altmont 3.0 is a vertical-zip laptop backpack made from high tensile nylon. It weights just 2.2 lbs and can accommodate laptops up to 17″ in size — the largest laptop fit offered by Victorinox. The bag itself is made of versatek fabric with a ballistic nylon base, among the strongest and lightest weight bag materials. Reviewers remark on its long-lasting good looks and durability, as well as its water resistance and plethora of small pockets for accessories, cables and dongles.
Some reviewers noted their preference for this flapover model. With looks similar to a messenger bag, the Victorinox Altmont 3.0 Flapover Laptop Backpack is made of the same high strength material as the Victorinox Altmont 3.0, but is considerably smaller at just 2 lbs and 12″ x 17″ x 4″. If you prefer the aesthetics of the flapover look, and do not need to carry a large (15″+) laptop, check out this model and save yourself some weight.
Moving down the weight and size ladder, the is still smaller than the Victorinox Altmont 3.0 Flapover Laptop Backpack and is made of the same nylon material. Weighing well under 2 lbs, it measures 19.5″ x 10″ and is designed to be worn slung over one shoulder and across the back. We have discussed sling bags in the past and outlined their relative benefits and detriments as against messenger bags or backpacks. In sum, the Victorinox Altmont Monosling is a great choice if your commute includes a bicycle, or you have minimal equipment and material to carry.
The Victorinox Architecture Urban Dunant Essentials Day Bag is made of the same nylon as above, but is lined with polystyrene foam to prevent damage to your gear. It is ostensibly designed as a day bag, but reviewers note its usefulness as a larger briefcase. Weighing a hair over 3 lbs, the bag is remarkably light for its size. Reviewers note it will easily fit under an airline seat, measuring 11.5″ high and 15.5″ wide.
The Victorinox Lexicon Professional Lasalle is a smaller briefcase-type bag, with similar looks to the Victorinox Architecture Dunant. It is made of the same ballistic nylon as much of the Victorinox line, and is designed to hold a laptop up to 13″ in diameter. Reviewers note its meticulous build quality, plethora of pockets, and leather finishes. The impact zones, complete with extra padding and more rigidity, help ensure your gear makes it to and from work (or on and off the plane) without being the worse for wear.