Welcome to our 2019 skater guide to choosing the best skateboarding backpack. In this guide, we share the top 5 best skateboarding backpacks for shortboards, longboards, cruisers, and the newer electric boards that are making a splash.

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I’m an old school manual rider, but I do know a thing or two about the electric boards that kids are riding these days. Either way, a deck is a deck, depending on the length of your board, there are packs in our top 5 to accommodate your needs, wants, and desires.

Below are several key considerations we made when choosing our top 5 selections:

  • Secure carry straps (no weak velcro here)
  • Width and length restrictions
  • Laptop compartment
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • Functionality
  • Smell-proof
  • Anti-theft features
  • Materials
  • Pocket arrangements

Now, let’s check out the packs!

Top 5 Best Skateboarding Backpacks

Backpack Features & Highlights
#1 Best Skateboarding Backpack for Shortboards

 

#1 Skunk Nomad Smell-Proof Backpack

Skunk Nomad best backpack for skateboarding

  • All things considered, the Skunk Nomad is the best backpack for skateboarding currently on the market, particularly for shortboards
  • 100% smell proof backpack (activated carbon shell and 2 carbon filter outer pockets)
  • Combination zipper lock at the main compartment to keep your most treasured possessions safe inside while you skate
  • Double waterproof sealed zipper
  • Internal laptop sleeve with velcro closure
  • Quick-access zip top pocket
  • Definitely the most stylish appearance, your friends will get jelly
  • Mesh water bottle side pockets
  • Dimensions: 18″ Height x 11″ Width x 6″ Depth
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#1 Best Backpack for Electric Skateboards

 

#2 GoRide Tech Electric Skateboard Backpack

GoRide Tech the best skateboarding backpack for electric boards

  • The GoRide Tech backpack was made with the electric skater in mind, however, it works quite well for all boards including shortboards and longboards (for longer boards there’s an option to add a strap and connect it to the existing load distribution straps at the top of the bag)
  • Ultimate weight distribution and back comfort with adjustable shoulder straps, hip belt, and shoulder strap
  • Truck straps at the bottom of the bag to anchor your board
  • 2 adjustable board straps and wide velcro pass-through sleeve
  • 2 large side pockets for water bottles or gear accessories
  • Dedicated laptop compartment with vertical zip closure
  • Designed to hold boards up to 38″ long, 10″ Wide, and 17.5 lbs
  • Plenty of internal storage space with an easy-access zip pocket in the top panel
  • Dimensions19″ Height x 11″ Wide x 6″ Depth
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Our #1 Pick for Longboards

 

#3 Monark Supply Longboard Sling Bag

monark supply best skateboarding backpack for longboards

  • The perfect longboard backpack for boards 27″ or longer
  • Lightweight and worn as a sling bag
  • 2 adjustable carry straps (option to wrap the bottom strap around the wheels and truck)
  • 1 large storage pocket and 1 small zip pocket (large enough to hold a tablet)
  • Also works well with Boosted boards and other electric cruiser boards
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Our #1 Pick for Everyday Use

 

#4 Nike SB RPM Skateboard Backpack

nike sb rpm best skateboard backpack 2018

  • Of the skate packs in our top 5, the Nike SB RPM is the best one for everyday use and shortboards
  • Premium Nike materials including water-resistant 600D polyester will stand the test of time
  • 2 adjustable velcro carry straps (perfect for shortboards)
  • Enough room and internal organization to use as a backpack for school
  • Fully padded shoulder straps with an adjustable sternum strap that allows for vertical adjustment as well (a key feature for us)
  • 2 water bottle side pockets with outer zip pockets
  • Dedicated padded laptop compartment
  • Semi-secret stash zip pocket at the top of the bag near the shoulder straps
  • Dimensions17.7″ Height x 9.4″ Wide x 5.9″ Depth
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Our #1 Hemp Pick

 

#5 Dime Bags Skatepack

dime bags skatepack best backpack for skateboarding

  • Dime Bags, one of our personal favorite brands, is a Colorado-based company that manufactures a wide range of top-notch hemp backpacks and smell-proof gear
  • The Dime Bags Skatepack is built with signature Dime Bags soft hempster fabric that’s super durable compared to regular hemp
  • 2 adjustable thick buckle carry straps perfect for shortboards or shorter longboards
  • Contoured shoulder straps for extra comfort
  • Plenty of storage space between 4 main compartments and 2 water bottle pockets
  • Internal laptop sleeve
  • Internal secret stash pocket that Dime Bags doesn’t advertise (you’ll discover it when you receive your bag)
  • Includes smell/spill-proof baggie
  • Removable velcro logo for discreet ninja mode
  • Dimensions19″ Height x 14″ Wide x 5″ Depth
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How to Choose the Best Backpack for Skateboarding

When choosing a pack, there are several things to consider before you make your final selection:

  • Your board type
  • Board dimensions and weight
  • Planned uses (e.g. everyday, school, cruising around the city)
  • Extracurricular activities (if ya get my drift)
  • Style

Depending on which type of board you own, there are packs in our Top 5 that suit your needs.

If you own a shortboard, there’s no reason to use a longboard pack. As a matter of fact, the longboard sling bag above won’t hold a shortboard. We recommend the Skunk Nomad, Nike SB RPM or Dime Bags Skatepack for shortboards.

The GoRide pack has the most secure board locking system with its double-strap design and wide velcro closure. The GoRide pack is also suitable for longboards if you choose to add an additional strap to hook into the existing load distribution straps at the top of the bag

Style and Function

Style matters. The reason we didn’t load this list up with a ton of packs is the lack of style in a lot of skateboarding backpacks.

We checked out Dakine, Element, Burton, DC and several other popular skate brands. The appearance of the bags in those collections just doesn’t match the stylish appearance of the Skunk, Nike SB, and Dime Bags packs.

What do you plan to use your bag for?

Before you buy, take a second to brainstorm how you plan to use your bag and where you plan to wear it. One of the downsides of the Skunk Nomad bag is the word “Skunk” on the strap. It’s probably not the best bag to wear in more conservative parts of the country or to school.

The beauty of the Dime Bags logo is it’s removable and allows you to add your own custom velcro logo. Obviously, Nike is A-OK to wear anywhere, including school. For this reason, we chose the Nike SB RPM as our #1 everyday pack and/or daypack for skaters.

Laptop Compartment/Sleeve

Outside of the Monark Supply sling bag, the packs in our Top 5 are also the best skateboard laptop backpacks currently on the market. They all hold laptops up to 17″.

If your laptop is larger than 15″, be sure to double-check that the pack of your choice will accommodate laptops larger than 15″ before you buy.

Comfort

We don’t choose packs for any of our guides that don’t meet our comfort requirements. If we find negative trends written by current owners reporting an uncomfortable experience, we won’t include the bag in our guide.

Of the bags in our Top 5, the Nike SB RPM and GoRide packs have the most comfortable load distribution systems w/ adjustable sternum straps.

One feature we like about the Nike bag is the vertical adjustments on the sternum strap. This allows people of varying heights to find the sweet spot that’s most comfortable for them.

Bottom Line

We’re confident that our Top 5 picks are the best skateboarding backpacks currently on the market in 2019 and won’t be dethroned anytime soon.

No matter what type of board you own – shortboard, longboard, cruiser, old school, or electric – the packs in our Top 5 will secure your board and give you a comfortable fit.

Keep in mind, the Skunk Nomad pack has a combination zipper lock at the main compartment to keep your possessions safe while you’re away from your bag or in transit. We’re big on anti-theft backpacks to keep those pesky pickpockets at bay.

Other than that, enjoy your new skateboard pack!

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