Battle of the backpacks

Rhodia vs Moleskine

Jo decided to put two very different backpacks to the test to see which was the best. They are quite different in both style and price but since they are both backpacks and intended for everyday use, and being two of our biggest brands, it's a perfect excuse for a head-to-head battle. Sit back and prepare for the showdown - the Rhodia Laptop Backpack vs the Moleskine MyCloud Backpack.



Moleskine – This is a very stylish bag in a nice smart dark grey, almost black, with brilliant green and purple finishes inside. It looks good with subtle branding though the carry handles on the top are perhaps a little obtrusive. I would have preferred it with a single, more subtle strap but it makes it look like a certain Swedish rucksack which is currently in vogue. 9/10

Rhodia – Again, a stylish bag but a more solid look, less casual. The felt finish is unusual and the branding subtle. The inside is all brilliant Rhodia orange and even the zips carry the Rhodia logo. This looks like a cross between an executive bag and a backpack. 8/10



Moleskine - Lots of cool features here with plenty of zipped compartments to keep items safe. There is a handy collapsible bag clipped to the inside so you always have an extra bit of carry space plus a removable pouch for wet umbrellas or water bottles. There is a large karabiner-style clip on the outside to hang keys, though I am not sure I want my keys out, and plenty of places to clip items to. There is a padded phone pocket as well as padded pockets for a 13” laptop and a tablet and the main compartment has two zipped pockets plus two pen holders. The outside has two further zipped pockets and there is a strap on the back for slipping over a luggage trolley. A nice luggage label where you can store your contact details hangs on the side. 10/10

moleskine mycloud backpack      rhodia laptop backpack

Rhodia - Not quite as feature heavy as the Moleskine but still an impressive bag. There are two main zipped compartments of which the bigger, back compartment has a padded section for a 15” laptop. The front section features a large zipped pocket plus a Velcro-fastened pocket and spaces for three pens. There is also a key holder clip which is positioned inside the bag – seems a better arrangement to me. 7/10



Moleskine – with all its compartments and zipped pockets, this is a bag that will work well for organising your stuff. Where it scores less well against the Rhodia is in its construction. This is not well-padded on the back and the straps, though padded, are not as comfortable as the Rhodia. The base of the bag is made from a different more durable fabric which looks as if it would wipe clean and will be good for when you put the bag down in the wet. The bag is quite lightweight – a bonus for me as I don’t like heavy bags – but does mean it is not as solid. 7/10

Rhodia - This is a well built bag with a very nicely padded back. The arrangement of the straps means it sits quite tight on the back and is very comfortable to wear. The lack of outside pockets is offset by the good selection of compartments inside and you should be able to organise your stuff quite well here. The only negative is that the bag is a little heavy. For me that is a problem but if you don’t mind a little extra weight, your laptop and other items will be well protected. 8/10


Value for money

Moleskine – This is an expensive bag no doubt but it does look good and has several nice touches, especially the colourful contrasting lining. 7/10

Rhodia – This is a solid, smart piece of luggage and at nearly half the price of the Moleskine, it is very good value. You would be hard pressed to find something as well constructed for less. 10/10



Moleskine - 33/40 - click here to see more and buy

Rhodia - 33/40 - click here to see more and buy

The Moleskine is undoubtedly a very good looking bag with a host of cool features. It does sacrifice some of its internal space to laptop/tablet protection so you won’t get your shopping in here too. The Rhodia is smart in a more executive style and is solid and luxurious, but is an altogether bigger bag. If you want small and compact with lots of gadgets and on-trend styling then go Moleskine but if you want a great value for money bag which looks like it cost considerably more, the Rhodia is your bag.



Weight Dimensions Cost
Moleskine 1.1kgs 28cm x 35cm x 12cm £129
Rhodia 1.5kgs 32cm x 42cm x 12cm £75


4 thoughts on “Battle of the backpacks”

  • Iain A MacAskill
    Iain A MacAskill November 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I am intrigued by both backpacks. Do either meet carry on requirements for aircraft?

    • Dominic

      Hi - it really depends on what the definition of carry-on baggage is. I also can't vouch for rules from airline to airline, so I am quoting the BA website here. They allow for hand luggage to be up to 56 x 45 x 25cm and both bags are comfortably within this restriction. BA also allow for an additional handbag/laptop bag which can be up to 40 x 30 x 15cm and these bags will not fit within that 'extra' bag size.
      Sizes taken as of 4 Nov 2015 - see for more

  • Barney

    What stationary nerd doesn't like a backpack review : ) Nice write-up... but definitely needs more pictures! ( yes I know, there's a link to more of them... but a few home-made pics would be great )

    I like the use of the Ikea 'FJÄLLBERGET' chair in the campaign email's link to this article, that's a lovely looking chair : )

  • Mishka

    I prefer the look of Moleskine - love all the compartments and it's green/blue inside! :D

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