So, you need to run somewhere…with your laptop, huh?
We’ve got you covered. We went out and found the best backpacks with additional laptop padding for runners. Whether you’re run commuting, running to the park to do some writing, or just plain running with your laptop for fun (though that last one is kind of weird), you’ll love these backpacks.
We looked for the intersection of two main criteria:
- An awesome running backpack
- Specific compartment or padding for a laptop
It wast that simple (if you call hours of research and testing and calling manufacturers simple). Anyways, here’s what we came up with.
Top 5 Running Backpacks with Laptop Sleeves
|2||North Face Surge II||$$$|
|5||Nike Cheyenne Vapor 2||$$|
Should You Really Be Running With a Laptop Though?
Okay, so you’ve looked through our list and you have your eyes set on one of those beauties. But should you really be running with your laptop?
The short answer is probably not.
The long answer (which is probably more to your liking) is if you’re going to run commute with your laptop stowed away in your backpack, at the very least know a little bit about your hard drive.
(Note: if you know absolutely nothing about your hard drive, the most common is HDD, but it’s not safe to assume anything)
There are two basic hard drives:
Hard Disk Drives (HDD)
Essentially this is the type of hard drive that most PC laptops use, you can read about it here.
To keep it short and sweet, when you think about HDD, think about spinning/moving disks in your hard drive.
Solid-state Drives (SDD)
With SSD think no spinning/moving disks in your hard drive. You can read more on SSD here.
If you’re not sure what your laptop is, read this article.
So, why does this matter?
Ultimately the last thing you want is a hard drive (that has spinning disks) bouncing around your back. Yes, you can shut the computer down, but there is still a larger risk with HDD over SDD.
If you are going to run, make sure your laptop is off fits snugly in your pack to prevent any additional bouncing.
We don’t recommend you run with a laptop (even though we do it). But if you do, go get an Osprey Quasar. We don’t normally say this. But…this backpack is far and away the best standard running backpack built with additional padding to carry a laptop.
It’s not to say the other backpacks on the list aren’t good. We wouldn’t have included them if we thought that. For example, we love the Deuter Giga at it’s price point, but the Osprey Quasar just takes the cake.
As always, if you’ve had a good or bad experience with any pack on this list (or not on the list) be sure to leave us a comment below so we can look into it!