12 Best Under Armour Backpacks: Reviewed, Rated & Compared

For a company involved in producing a wide range of products, Under Armour is known far and wide for their high-quality, functional and beautiful backpacks.

In this article, I will review in detail and compare the features of 12 popular backpack models from this internationally recognised brand.

What Makes the Under Armour Brand Popular?

The Under Armour brand is known for its active wear production. They're particularly known for shoes, clothing, sports gear and more. However, they also make related accessories like backpacks, lunch boxes, and hats.

Their backpacks, just like most of their other products, are designed for daily use by individuals who are always on the move.

So if you’re an athlete, in college, or a business person, there are several Under Armour backpacks that will be just perfect for your daily activities.

The brand was founded in 1996 and it originally focused on performance apparel, but over time the brand became successful and popular.

Subsequently, they developed several other innovative products like the backpacks that satisfy day to day needs. Under Armour backpacks are suitable for work, travel and leisure activities.

The only downside to this brand is that they don't yet seemed to have joined the push for sustainability that many brands are making. 


Who are Under Armour Backpacks made for?

Unlike most brands out there, Under Armour produces distinct backpacks for Men, Women, Boys, and Girls.

Under Armour offers one of the largest collection of backpacks you've ever seen, allowing you the opportunity of many options when picking a backpack, provided you know exactly what you're looking for.

As well as making backpacks for various age groups, they make backpacks for work, school, leisure, and travel.

With their innovative designs, the use of quality materials and incorporation of essential features, they have been able to deliver backpacks that are perfect for these purposes. 


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What We Looked At

Materials

Backpack materials ultimately affect the durability. Furthermore, the material a backpack is made from will affect how it can be used, how it can be cleaned and for what purposes it's best suited for. If you're curious about which backpack materials are best for what, read this in-depth guide to buying backpacks

A large percentage of Under Armour backpacks are made from polyester; this makes them durable and easy to clean. Some other materials like nylon are also used and some backpacks have a special coating to make them water resistant.

Straps

If backpack straps aren’t padded or adjustable, using a backpack will become quite an ordeal. Under Armour backpack straps are adjustable and padded. These straps have been specially designed to reduce sweating and they're referred to as ‘HeatGear shoulder straps’.

It should be noted that not all Under Armour packs have straps, some models have just drawcords.

If you want to really know your onions about shoulder straps before you make an investment and risk achy shoulders, check out this guide

Size

Under Armour produces bags for different age groups and different activities, and there are several sizes of backpacks available. You should be certain about what backpack size will be suitable for you before buying.

Apart from knowing the height and width, you should also be concerned about the volume (liters) as this will determine the load any backpack will contain.

Compartments

Another important backpack feature is the number of compartments. In addition to this, you want to know if a backpack has a laptop sleeve or not before buying, especially if you're going to be carrying a laptop around.

You should also inquire about the number and placement of additional pockets. In our individual Under Armour backpack reviews, the compartments will be discussed.

Style Options

Under Armour backpacks are distinct looking. They have a unique style and they come in a variety of interesting colors. If you're familiar with the brand, their backpacks are easily recognizable.

They do also have some interesting models that stray from this typical Under Armour look, but generally, the backpacks are simple and not ambiguous in style.


12 Best Under Armour Backpacks Reviewed

1. Storm Recruit Backpack

Under Armour Storm Recruit Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water-repellent

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Everyday use, work

Colors Available

9 +

Size

19”x13”x10”

The Storm Recruit is designed with features that make it perfect for everyday use; the backpack is designed to provide enough space to carry all your stuff, to be comfortable and durable.

The backpack has adjustable, padded, HeatGear shoulder straps to ensure comfort. The water-repellent front will keep your items safe, and a soft-lined laptop sleeve holds your laptop (up to 15”) in place.

It's made from polyester which makes it durable, with two side pockets, and an abrasion-resistant bottom panel. Additional straps on the front make organization easier. This backpack is perfect for work, college, overnight business trips, and other everyday activities. 

2. Storm Hustle II Backpack

Under Armour Storm Hustle II Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water-Repellent

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Everyday use, work

Colors Available

13 +

Size

18”x13”x8”

(30.7L)

This backpack is durable, comfortable to carry and it also comes with enough space to help you carry items that you need every day. It has a tough, abrasion-resistant bottom panel, a soft-lined laptop sleeve that can hold up to a 15” laptop.

The top grab handle, large gusseted front laundry pocket, and many more features make this a solid work and gym bag. It's made from polyester and its UA Storm technology makes it element battling and water-resistant.

While it might not be big enough or strong enough for a college student who will be carrying a lot of books, it's perfect for work, overnight trips, and everyday use.

Apart from the two compartments, it comes with three interior slips and five exterior pockets, so you have abundant options as to where to keep all your things.

It's a solid choice for someone who commutes to work with a laptop, various clothes and valuables.

For a look inside, check out this YouTube review

3. Storm Big Logo IV Backpack

Under Armour Storm Big Logo IV Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

Water resistant

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Everyday use, work, school

Colors Available

2 +

Size

18”x13”x10”

Just like most Under Armour everyday backpacks, this backpack is made from polyester and has water-repellent front pockets. These exterior storage areas are lined with tricot to keep your items safe and dry.

It has a tough and abrasion-resistant bottom panel, comes with two side water bottle pockets and a lot of additional features.

There's Molle webbing and a D-ring on the front panel for extra organization. The soft-lined laptop sleeve can hold up to a 15” laptop, making it a good choice for computer carrying school students.

This backpack is particularly stylish and beautiful, and it will serve your everyday needs. Some pros of this model include a padded back panel for optimal comfort and water-resistant material. 

4. Storm Undeniable II Backpack

Under Armour Storm Undeniable II Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water-Repellent

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Everyday use, travel, sports

Colors Available

3 +

Size

19”x11”x7”

The Under Armour Storm Undeniable II Backpack is undeniably distinct looking and it comes with a lot of interesting features.

The UA Storm technology delivers high water-resistance, foam reinforced panels provide extra protection, and a water-repellent front pocket to keep your valuables safe if you get stuck in the rain.

The abrasion-resistant bottom panel further ensures durability and it comes with adjustable HeatGear shoulder straps for extra comfort.

This versatile backpack is very suitable for high school students, college students, especially those that enjoy playing sports. This is because of the ample space available in the main compartment, allowing for a basketball or soccer ball plus a laptop.

The ergonomic foam-padded back panel will ensure comfort, the front chest strap buckles will keep it snug and perfect on your back. A superb choice for students or everyday use aimed at people who carry a ball, computer and more.

5. Women’s Multi-Tasker Backpack

Under Armour Women's Multi-Tasker Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water-Repellent

Who Is It For

Women

Best Used For

Everyday use, work,

Colors Available

4 +

Size

17.75”x4.75”X19.25” (26.6L)

This women’s backpack comes with two carrying options. You can either choose to grab it by the straps on top or you can choose to wear it like a backpack.

The main compartment zips shut with a custom puller and there's a soft-lined laptop sleeve that can hold up to a 15” laptop. The additional sleeve in the front panel that can fit an iPhone 6 which is great as it safely secures your mobile.

This pack is bigger than the regular backpack and it can be used for a variety of everyday activities. Some people have even used this adaptable backpack as a gym bag. The features incorporated into the design make it perfect for everyday use. 

However, despite all these interesting features, the backpack has only one compartment and a limited number of additional pockets so don’t expect to be able to carry a large amount of items.

6. Worldwide Mesh Backpack

Under Armour Worldwide Mesh Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Everyday use

Colors Available

1

Size

18.4”x11.6”x2.4”

The Worldwide Mesh Backpack is just the perfect backpack for school, with multiple zippered compartments, adjustable shoulder straps, a front pocket, and two side mesh water bottle pockets. The pack has a very attractive look which students really like and it definitely has enough space to fit all their books.

Made from polyester material, the backpack is really flexible and durable, and the secondary compartment comes with an interior sleeve. The backpack can also be used as a gym backpack and for a variety of other everyday activities such as sports like basketball, soccer and football.

The backpack is, however, not waterproof and it's not recommended for carrying laptops despite having a interior sleeve. It's more suitable for high school students looking for a stylish bookbag.

7. Unisex UA SC30 Backpack

Under Armour Unisex UA SC30 Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water-Repellent

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Sports, work, travel

Colors Available

3

Size

19”x11”x7.5”

(28.5L)

The UA SC30 is a highly durable backpack that can be used for a variety of activities, from school to work to overnight business trips. The UA Storm technology makes it tough and water resistant, so it's suitable for everyday use.

The backpack has a spacious main compartment, padded laptop and tablet sleeves, water-repellent pocket for valuables, one bottle pocket at the side, and a laundry pocket with expanding gusset. That really is a lot of features!

While this pack is suitable for a wide range of activities, some people might have a problem with carrying it around every day because of the very large interior space.

Nevertheless, if you overlook this fact, it's a very good backpack for everyday use. Personally, I would recommend it for men who need a work backpack and also require space for afterwork basketball, soccer, gym or other sports.

8. Striker Soccer Backpack

Under Armour Striker Soccer Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No

Who Is It For

Men, Women, Boys, Girls, Unisex

Best Used For

Sports

Colors Available

3 +

Size

19” x 8.5” x 16”

As you can probably deduce from the name, this one is a sports backpack. It comes with some of the features of other Under Armour backpacks, but with some added adjustments to make it the perfect soccer backpack.

The Striker Soccer backpack has a large zippered main compartment where you can keep your soccer kit and other stuff. The exterior drawcord mesh pocket can hold a soccer ball comfortably in place.

Padded shoulder straps and back panel are incorporated to ensure comfort which is helpful as your soccer gear may make the bag heavy. The zippered side organization pockets provide more space to keep your things safe and secure.

If you're looking for a durable and functional backpack to carry your sports uniforms and gear, the Striker Soccer backpack is perfect for you. The only discouraging fact about the backpack is that it's not waterproof, but with all other features, you'll surely enjoy this backpack. 

9. Closer Baseball Backpack

Under Armour Closer Baseball Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water-Repellent

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Sports

Colors Available

1

Size

22”x16”x4”

(30L)

If you're into baseball, then you know you need to carry a lot of gear. With the Closer Baseball Backpack, you're provided with enough space and compartments to carry your bat, gloves, cleats and more.

The pack can securely hold up to three baseball bats. It has a top shoe compartment that's removable and a built-in fence hook for equipment organization.

Along with all this, the straps and laptop sleeve are padded, and the backpack is water resistant. While the backpack offers efficient storage options, it has only one compartment. The additional pockets and storage options, however, make up for this.

10. Compel Sling 2.0 Backpack

Under Armour Compel Sling 2

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water-Repellent

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Everyday use, work

Colors Available

1

Size

19” x 13” x6”

The Compel Sling pack might be different from the typical Under Armour backpacks in design, however, the features and materials do not differ much.

It has a soft-lined laptop sleeve that can hold up to 15” laptop, the crossbody strap is padded and adjustable. Similar to regular backpacks, the UA Storm technology makes it water-repellent.

If you like sling packs, then you'll surely like the Compel Sling 2.0 backpack for everyday use. The backpack is durable and efficient when it comes to organizing your items.

If you don’t like sling backpacks, however, you might not like this particular model and also, the volume might not be sufficient for students, especially if they have a lot of books.

11. Contain Duffel

Under Armour Contain Duffel

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water-Repellent

Who Is It For

Unisex

Best Used For

Travel

Colors Available

2

Size

10" x 22" x 11"

This highly adaptable pack can function as both a backpack and a duffel. It's suitable for leisure, travel, and any everyday activity which involves you carrying a lot of items. There's no compromise in terms of features as it's designed to be functional as both a backpack and a duffel. 

The shoulder straps are padded and adjustable. It comes with an integrated handle and sternum strap, two vented end pockets, one expandable for laundry and shoes, plus lots of other features.

The bag does get dirty easily and it's not the best pack for school or work.

If you ever need a bag to carry your gym gear, or a bag to carry your clothes and other items when traveling, you should consider the Contain Duffel. 

12. Boy’s Storm Scrimmage Backpack

Under Armour Boy's Storm Scrimmage Backpack

Quick Look - Bag Features

Waterproof

No - Water resistant

Who Is It For

Men, Women, Boys, Girls, Unisex

Best Used For

Everyday use, school

Colors Available

13 +

Size

18”x12”x8.5”

(26.6L)

The Scrimmage backpack is designed to be water-repellent and at the same time breathable. It comes with a soft-lined laptop sleeve, adjustable shoulder straps, padded back panel, and many other functional features. With all these features, the backpack is perfect for boys in elementary and high school.

Two zippered compartments and a quick stash pocket provide adequate storage options for school kids. The mesh pockets on either side are incorporated to hold water bottles, and the top grip handle offers another carry option.

However, the backpack might be a little too small for college students and workers, if they will be carrying lots of stuff. It's available in a variety of colors and styles so it's not restricted to only boys. School-aged girls can use this bag as well.


How Do These Models Compare?

Size

The Under Armour everyday backpacks reviewed are all quite similar in terms of their size, but the sports backpacks and the contain duffel differ offer increased storage.

Apart from the dimensions of the backpacks, another important thing to consider is the volume of these backpacks. Before you buy any backpack, you should have a rough idea of what the volume is and whether or not it will be suitable for you.

Price

Under Armour backpacks are not known for their high price. They're typically affordable and the models reviewed here are no different. Surprisingly, this affordability does not affect the quality of their backpacks. You can expect them to last a long time.

Most Under Armour backpacks cost no more than $85 and most of the ones reviewed here cost well below this price.

Functionality

Some of the backpacks reviewed can serve a variety of purposes. However, there are some, like the Closer Baseball Backpack, that are designed for specific purposes.

In general, the Under Armour backpacks reviewed are suitable for work, school, overnight and weekend travel and other everyday uses. Some of these backpacks are nevertheless adaptable and can be used outside their primary functions.


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Frequently Asked Backpack Questions

Are Under Armour backpacks good quality and durable?

Under Armour backpacks are strong and of good quality and most of them are waterproof.

Are Under Armour backpacks good for school?

Yes, there are several Under Armour backpack models that are suitable for school.

Are Under Armour backpacks good for sports?

Yes, there are a couple of great Under Armour sports backpacks.

Can you take this backpack + a carry-on bag on airplanes?

Yes you can, provided it doesn’t exceed the size allowed by your airline. Be sure to check with each individual airline what their carry-on policy is before flying. 

How do you wash or clean an Under Armour backpack?

It's recommended that a soft brush or cloth and mild detergent be used to clean the outside. The interior can be cleaned with a vacuum machine.

Where can you Under Armour buy backpacks at cheap prices?

You can buy Under Armour backpacks at cheap prices on Amazon.


Conclusion

Under Armour have continued to produce quality items across a wide variety of product categories.

Their backpack range is no exception with advanced design and technology implemented into every bag. For everyday use, these are a fantastic and affordable option.

Images via: https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/

  • Updated March 14, 2019
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