I have a self-diagnosed bag problem. My closets at home are filled with adventure bags, duffel bags, school bags, climbing bags, and totes. So when a bag impresses me, I don’t take it lightly. The Yatra ($ 60) is my most recent bag obsession. Here’s why I like it.
No matter how much gear I stuff into the Yatra, it remains slim and close to the back. I can carry a laptop, a camera, and two puffies without feeling overburdened. Stylish leather and brass accents dot the shoulders, front latch, and front panel. I opted for the black and it goes well with most outfits. Inside, the bag is lined with a lovely Himalayan-inspired taffeta print, which adds another layer of style. I love the looks of the top-folding hook-and-eye closure—which I’ve never had trouble operating with one hand only.
The Yatra is loaded with features that make it great for every day. It has a laptop sleeve, four external pockets, and two internal organizational pockets. The back panel is beautifully padded (while still maintaining a low profile) and makes carrying a heavy load a little easier. Two side pockets hold my 18-ounce Hydro Flask securely, and the internal laptop sleeve kept my 13-inch MacBook Pro safe while I hustled around Outdoor Retailer for a week. I’m confident that the durable Cordura fabric, which is coated with a DWR, will resist tears and scuffs.
At $ 60, this bag holds its own when it comes to value versus cost. It’s a great everyday option, and for every bag you buy, one book will be donated to a Tibetan schoolchild.