Plenty of pockets
Hard to reach water bottle compartment
Back doesn’t have mesh for airflow
When heading out on an adventure—whether that means you’re exploring a new city solo or riding rides at Disney World with the whole family—you’ll need a bag to organize and protect all your essentials. Under Armour is known for its sturdy, sporty athletic wear and accessories, so we tested the brand’s Hustle 3.0 Backpack ourselves to see if it lived up to its reputation. Read on for our honest review.
Design: Sporty and roomy
True to Under Armour’s focus on athletics, the Hustle 3.0 backpack boasts a sporty look and storage designed to make gym-going easier. These features transition well for all-day excursions: there are two exterior side water bottle pockets, a bottom zippered pocket designed for sneakers or dirty laundry, exterior straps for hooking key rings, and a top padded handle.
This bag is great for stashing away extra clothing for multiple people and has plenty of pockets and compartments for all of your essentials.
Inside, there are three roomy zip-up compartments: a main pocket that contains a lined sleeve for laptops up to 15 inches, a middle section with two additional pockets, and a smaller outer pocket with a soft fabric lining. We found the center compartment was most convenient for organizing spray-on sunscreen, travel-sized hand sanitizer, baby wipes, and other most-used essentials, while jackets, diapers, and soft toys usually ended up in the main section.
Save for the water bottle pockets (which we found too far to reach while wearing the bag), the backpack’s many compartments mean your gear is easily accessible and organized. Adding more peace of mind is the brand’s proprietary HeatGear water-repellent fabric, which kept our stuff dry when we sprayed the bag with water to mimic rain or splashing during testing. We also thought that the bag was easy to clean, too, as most minor stains and light dirt wipes off easily.
The brand’s proprietary HeatGear water-repellent fabric kept our stuff dry when we sprayed it with water to mimic rain during testing.
Portability: Stands on its own
Weighing just 2 pounds, the backpack has light padding on the shoulder straps and back for comfort. We wished that it had mesh padding to increase airflow, but we still thought that it fared surprisingly well during a moderately hot summer afternoon at the zoo. However, we packed lightly, so we can see how a big stack of textbooks and a laptop might be an uncomfortably heavy load.
We wished that it had mesh padding to increase airflow, but we still thought that it fared surprisingly well during a moderately hot summer afternoon at the zoo.
The bag also does well standing on its own, thanks to the padded back and the gusseted laundry/shoe pocket that lends some structure (assuming everything inside is distributed evenly), thanks to its abrasion-resistant bottom panel.
Price: Worth the buy for its features
At an MSRP of $54.99, we can safely say that the Under Armour Hustle 3.0 backpack is worth the price tag for its durability and versatility. Cheaper off-brand options on the market didn’t seem worth the gamble as their features weren’t as robust and their quality was questionable.
Competition: Plenty of more stylish (and pricier) options
There are other more affordable bags on the market, such as AmazonBasics’ Sports Backpack ($33 MSRP) which has similar features and is roughly the same size, and JanSport’s SuperBreak backpack ($36), a popular option that’s smaller and has fewer pockets and organization options. North Face’s Jester backpack ($69 MSRP) is slightly more expensive and offers comparable features such as the side water bottle compartments and interior pockets, though it’s missing a bottom shoe pocket.
In terms of portability, the Herschel Dawson ($65 MSRP) and the Fjällräven Kånken bag ($80 MSRP) are two that we believe are comparable. Both are well-known brands and considerably more stylish (as well as pricier) than Under Armour’s Hustle 3.0 backpack. The Herschel bag has an inner laptop sleeve, a drawstring closure, a magnetic strap, and two front pockets for storing frequently used smaller items or snacks; we reach for it for trips that don’t require as much packing. The Fjällräven is an ideal option for minimalists with its inner laptop sleeve, side pocket, and outer zipper pocket, and its boxy shape is also great for diapers and packing cubes.
Overall, the Under Armour Hustle 3.0 Backpack is an affordable and versatile pick for a day-long excursion. It’s great for stashing away extra clothing for multiple people and has plenty of pockets and compartments for all of your essentials. This bag also has added value as a school carryall, so it’s bound to get plenty of use in other ways.
- Product Name Hustle 3.0 Backpack
- Product Brand Under Armour
- MPN 1294720-P
- Price $54.99
- Weight 2 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 9.3 x 13.6 x 18.9 in.
- Color Black/Silver, Graphite/Silver, Green Typhoon/Green Typhoon, Midnight Navy/Silver, Peach Horizon/Techno Teal, Red/Silver, Royal/Silver, Stealth Grey/Quirky Lime, White/Graphite, After Burn/Peach Horizon, Dark Maroon/Magma Orange, Desert Sand/Black, Graphite Medium Heat/Black, Grey, Lime Twist/Silver, Navy, Static Blue/Radio Red, Tropic Pink/Silver, White/Red
- Capacity 30 L