Trust me, this Monos backpack is the best ever for work and travel — and it's on sale
Yes, this backpack is expensive. However, it's worth it: Here's why.
In the work-from-home versus work-from-office debate, I am decisively pro-office. As an extrovert who spends a lot of money on clothes, I need to leave my home to A) stay sane and B) justify my spending habits.
Metro Backpack$238 $265Save $27 with code
Carry-On Plus$265 $328Save $63 with code
Compressible Packing Cubes$99 $110Save $11 with code
Carry-On Pro Plus$320 $374Save $54 with code
Check-In Large$373 $462Save $89 with code
Metro Duffel$252 $280Save $28 with code
Hybrid Check-In Medium$427 $475Save $48 with code
Hybrid Trunk$490 $545Save $55 with code
Because I either walk or bike to work, the Monos Metro Backpack has become one of my most-used accessories. And let me tell you: It is the best.
💵 Price: $265 CAD/$200 USD — save 20% with code MEMORIAL
⏰ Tested for: Four months
⭐ Our rating: 5/5
🛍️ Reasons to buy: This work and travel-friendly backpack is as practical as it is stylish. The backpack has a separate laptop compartment, several versatile interior pockets and a built-in trolley sleeve
✋ Reasons to avoid: Even on sale, the backpack is pricey. Additionally, the vegan leather version is heavier than some bags, so if you want to avoid extra weight, you may want to grab the nylon version or try a different brand
To read why I think the Monos Metro Backpack is worth the hype and shop Monos' Memorial Day 20 per cent off sale, scroll below.
Is the Monos Metro Backpack worth the hype?
Ok, hear me out. Yes, this is an expensive backpack. However, if you use a backpack almost every day as I do, I think it's worth it — here's why.
The Monos Metro Backpack is water and scratch-resistant and made from vegan materials. It has a dedicated 15-inch laptop compartment and a hidden back pocket with a quick-access magnetic closure, perfect for your passport, wallet and more. A stretchable, waterproof privacy compartment in the bag can store things like shoes and a bagged lunch. The bag has a removable Metro Classic Kit and a trolley sleeve to secure it to a suitcase handle while travelling.
In the photo, it looks brand new, right? It's not. The backpack has been my carry-on bag, grocery store companion, and a daily accessory when I trek to my office — all without any indication of wear and tear. My colleague recently asked me: "Did you just get this? It looks brand new." That's how fresh and pristine it looks. The bag has earned me several compliments from strangers and inspired a close friend to buy her own Monos backpack. If the light purple isn't for you, shoppers can choose from classic colours, including black, ivory and mahogany.
After four months of almost-daily use, I've only noticed two downsides for the backpack. The first is its obviously high price tag. Even on sale, the vegan leather version of the bag rings in at $238 (the nylon is slightly less expensive: $240 regularly, $216 on sale). Furthermore, the backpack is on the heavier side. I own the vegan leather version so I can't speak to the nylon, but it's not the lightest bag in the world.
Monos Memorial Day sale: Save 20%
Now through May 29, Monos shoppers can save up to 20 per cent off sitewide on luggage, bags and travel accessories with the code MEMORIAL at checkout. To shop highlights from the sale, scroll below.
Compressible Packing Cubes
Carry-On Pro Plus
Hybrid Check-In Medium
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