Review: The Small ISM Backpack

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Ever since I started to travel the world I’ve been looking for a backpack that’s both lightweight, organized, and stylish.

A while ago I found the perfect backpack for me – the small ISM backpack in gold. This is no doubt one of the best backpacks I’ve ever used during my travels.

Down below you can read more about the ISM backpack, pros and cons, and other useful information before purchasing:

Product information:

The ISM backpack is made of quality and durable materials. It’s water resistant and have memory foam back padding and straps (that are also adjustable and doesn’t dangle).

It has a leather flap on the side for phone charging, which makes it easy for you to stay charged on the go.

There are several pockets to stay organized. There’s a separate laptop compartment with two padded sleeves, one zippered pocket in the front, and two square pockets + one zippered pocket in the main area.

The backpack have black exterior made of full-grain leather & nylon, burgundy color interior, and gold YKK zippers & hardware.


  • 15″ H x 11″ W x 4″ D
  • Fits Laptops up to 13.5″
  • 1.3 lbs when empty
  • Holds up to 10.8L

ISM Backpack outside

ISM backpack inside

ISM Backpack charger

What I like about this bag:

When I was looking for a new backpack, there were a few things on my list that needed to be fulfilled.

One of the most important things for me during my travels is to stay organized, and this is something the ISM backpack helps me with.

I love that there are several organization pockets, both in the front, in the main area, and in the laptop compartment.

Another thing on my list was to have a separate laptop compartment. It makes it’s so much easier to go through the security control at airports, since you don’t have to move all of your stuff to get to your computer inside your backpack.

Last but not least I wanted to have a durable, comfortable, minimalistic, and stylish bag to travel with. This backpack was over my expectations – It’s simply beautiful and goes with every outfit.

I’ve used this backpack the last couple of months during my travels, and it still looks like it’s new. The quality is amazing.

ISM backpack organizers

ISM backpack

ISM backpack

laptop compartment backpack

Pros & Cons

Down below you can read about the pros and cons of the ISM Small Gold Backpack:

The pros

  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Organized
  • Backed by their lifetime warranty
  • Small and lightweight

The cons

I don’t really have any complaints about the ISM backpack. The only thing is that it isn’t wide enough to carry a big DSLR camera. However, they have a larger version of this backpack if you need more space.

I wanted a small backpack, since I do not usually carry the DSLR camera, so this one is actually perfect for me and my small camera gear.

What’s inside my ISM backpack:

  • 13” computer
  • GoPro + case + tripod
  • Harddrive
  • ISM powerbank
  • Jewelry case
  • Sunglasses/glasses
  • Passport
  • Hairbrush

In addition to this, I also have chargers, headphones, and a few other small things inside my backpack.

inside my ISM backpack

ISM powerbank

Is it worth the price?

It’s not one of the cheapest backpacks out on the market. However, you get what you pay for.

I’ve bought backpacks in the past that have been much cheaper, but not as durable as this backpack.

And in addition to the durability, it’s also comfortable, organized, and stylish. You can really see how much thought and effort they have put into this backpack, and that’s a combination that’s hard to beat.

I also think it’s great that the large backpack costs the same as the small one (235 USD). It’s really awesome considering that the large ISM backpack is bigger and fits up to a 15” laptop.

Do I recommend the ISM Backpack?

Yes, I can highly recommend this backpack for anyone who are looking for a small, comfortable, organized, durable, and stylish backpack to travel with. It’s great in all those areas.

Where can I buy it?

You can purchase the ISM Backpack directly from the ISM website. The larger backpack in black can also be bough on Amazon.


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