History Tidbit

According to an article published by Time, “In 1938, when Gerry Outdoors invented the first backpack with a zipper, backpacks were still primarily in use for hiking, camping and alpine recreation. Between the 1930s and ‘60s, some kids also made use of canvas or leather bags with a single strap, miniature briefcases that were usually called satchels, for trips to and from school. Some students could also be seen carrying their academic luggage on their backs in squared leather bags, fastened shut with buckles.” At The Custom Bag Company, we offer custom backpacks wholesale including the styles mentioned below.

Backpacking Packs

Backpacks meant to carry heavy loads when backpacking or hiking over uneven terrain. Backpacking packs under 3,000 cubic inches are perfect for short day hikes. Between 3,000 and 5,000 cubic inches is suitable for 2-3 day trips. Packs over 5,000 cubic inches will hold an immense amount of gear and are perfect for longer expeditions.

Camera Backpacks

Backpacks with specialized compartments designed to hold and protect cameras and camera accessories.

College Backpacks

Backpacks designed with college students in mind. Many college backpacks include features like built-in laptop sleeves, MP3 player pockets, large compartments for books, and internal organizers.

Convertible Backpacks

Backpacks that can convert into other bag styles including wheeled bags or duffle bags. Convertible backpacks usually have stowable backpack straps, handles, and/or wheels.


Small or mid-sized backpacks designed for day use such as short hikes, school, or running errands around town.

Diaper Backpacks

Diaper bags worn on the back as backpacks.

Gym Sacks

Lightweight, drawstring bags designed for trips to the gym or sports practice. Gym sacks can be slung over one shoulder or worn as a backpack using the drawstring loops.

Hydration Packs

Bags especially backpacks that include reservoirs that hold water to keep you hydrated during various activities including walking, hiking, and biking. Water is drunk from a tube that runs from the reservoir. For winter sports, look for winter hydration packs that provide insulation to keep your water from freezing.

Laptop Backpacks

Backpacks with padded compartments designed to hold and protect a laptop computer.

Mesh Backpacks

Backpack made with a mesh material so you can see the bag’s contents.

Messenger Bags

Larger bags worn over one shoulder with the strap winding around the chest and lower back (like a cross-body bag). Once used by bicycle couriers, messenger bags have become a part of urban style.

Sling Bags

Backpacks with one strap that are designed to be carried on one shoulder.

Skateboard Backpacks

Backpacks with straps or sleeves for carrying a skateboard.

Ski Backpacks

Backpacks with ski and snowboard features including board straps, ski carriers, goggle pockets, winter hydration sleeves, and more.

Suspension Backpacks

Backpacks with support features to suspend the load and move it off the shoulders and onto the lower area of the back. These support features include waist belts, adjustable shoulder straps, and stiff internal frames.