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Longchamp is known for its elegant bags, but who knew they also created a durable, versatile, and packable backpack that’s perfect for traveling? Read our Le Pliage Longchamp backpack review and find out why female travelers love this bag!
Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack Review
Written By: Mary Chong
There are various settings where I like to bring along my folding packable Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack. If you love the versatility and practicality of the Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag, you’ll love this backpack. It’s excellent for those just-in-case situations when you need to be hands-free but still look stylish!
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Dimensions Folded: 6″x6″
Dimensions Open: 10 ¼”W x 12 ¼”H x 4″D
Material: Similar to the Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag, the backpack is made of Polyamide canvas with a water-resistant coating on the inside. The trim is leather cowhide, and the adjustable straps are made of a webbed fabric with plastic attachments.
Weight: 0.5 lbs
Color: The backpack comes in over 12 colors, all with a brown leather handle and flap with metallic gold details, and brown webbed fabric straps.
Opening Type: The backpack opens at the top with a zipper. The zipper is covered with a decorative leather flap with a metallic gold snap and beige stitching.
Features: Inside the backpack, there is one small pocket (5.5″W x 6.5″H) at the very top near the zippered opening. The pocket fits a cell phone, business cards, or perhaps a bus pass and lip gloss.
Security: There are no enhanced security features with this bag. It does close with a zipper and a snap on the covered flap.
Travel Type: Perfect for carry-on, luxury, vacation, business, and city break traveling.
I’ve had my Longchamp Le Pliage backpack for a couple of years now, and it hasn’t shown any signs of wear, but I don’t use it daily.
I feel that since the main body of the backpack is Polyamide canvas that it should last quite a while, especially since the internal seams of the fabric are reinforced and covered with seam binding.
However, I feel the main stress points over time would be the corners and where the bag folds after long-term use.
Comfort and Mobility
The Longchamp Le Pliage backpack is very lightweight, but of course, the more you put in it, the heavier it will get. Plus, the webbed straps will pull on your shoulders since there is no added padding. I do find that the straps chafe a bit under your arms if you are wearing a sleeveless top.
The backpack holds a lot but it’s one big black hole, and since there are no organizational features inside, everything falls to the bottom of the bag. I suggest you use makeup bags or small packing cubes to organize your contents.
I typically use the backpack when I want to be hands-free but a bit dressy. So, it’s great for an urban setting. It’s a classic designer style that’s in high demand, and as a result, you’ll see a lot of knock-off versions and imitations everywhere you look.
The principal reason you want this backpack is that it’s collapsible, easy to clean, water-resistant and lightweight. It takes up very little space in your closet when storing, and it packs small inside your suitcase when traveling.
As mentioned, there are no organizational features inside the backpack other than the one single pocket for your cell phone. I wish that there were at least a metal ring or a tab inside so that I could attach my keys for easy access so that I didn’t have to rummage around the bottom of my bag to find them all the time.
I have the same problem with my Longchamp Le Pliage Tote. Another issue, which is mainly due to its popularity, is that there are a lot of knock-offs around, so the bag isn’t as designer exclusive as it once was. Be careful when shopping and ensure you are buying the authentic product.
I think the Longchamp Le Pliage backpack is an excellent bag for an urban traveller and it makes a great companion piece if you already own a Le Pliage Tote.
It’s something to throw into your suitcase for those opportunities where you want to be stylish and not worry about holding onto your purse — like when you need to wrap your arms around the waist of that cute Italian boy who just invited you for a ride on his Vespa.
Find out why so many female travelers also love the Longchamp Le Pliage Tote!
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For more travel purse ideas, please read:
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- Baggallini Hobo Tote Review
- Le Pliage Longchamps Tote Review
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- Best Anti-theft Travel Purses
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Author Bio: Mary Chong is a Canadian travel writer, food reviewer, and carry-on only traveler. Mary shares travel advice, helpful tips, honest reviews, and travel inspiration for destinations throughout the world on her website Calculated Traveller Magazine.