Our Waxed Canvas and leather strap backpack gives the strength and durability of full leather but is lightweight and at a more affordable price.
Waxed canvas was developed to protect the Scottish fishermen from the elements in the 15th century. In recent years, it has become popular thanks to the same reason it was developed for, durability, water-resistance, but most importantly, it looks damn fine. Our backpacks repel heavy rain, but will not be waterproof if submerged. In addition, the waxed canvas patinas over time, meaning scuffs, marks and creases give character which continues to develop with age.
Waxed canvas has a great texture and is not sticky and damp to the touch. Additionally, the waxed canvas does not need to be washed but may need a rewax over time. To test if your bag needs a rewax, spray with cold water. If after five minutes, the water has beaded and rolled off, it is still working. If the water has soaked in, it’s time to re-wax.
Like shoes, our waxed canvas backpacks will need to be broken in and will take time. However, they should not be heated to hasten the wearing in and they should never be ironed as it can remove the wax.
In conclusion, the best thing about our Canvas and leather strap backpack? It only gets better with age.
The technical stuff
- Modern waxed canvas is not a combustible material
- It is a strong material which is resistant to tearing
- Water-resistant, but not waterproof if submerged
- Waxed canvas does not stain easily
- Patinas with time, giving a unique look
- Do not wash, instead, clean with a damp cloth and cold water, then air-dry.
The Baxter & Black difference……
At Baxter & Black, we not only sell stylish waxed canvas backpacks we can also repair and rewax them. All bags are guaranteed for 12 months after purchase.