The benefits of having a backpack are endless: you’ve got free hands, weight evenly distributed on your back, and, unlike that old briefcase, it actuallys fits all of your stuff. The good news is that the classic knapsack isn’t just for 7th graders anymore. These days, you can get a backpack that actually vibes with the rest of your cool-guy look.
Really, the hard part is narrowing down your options. There are thousands of backpacks being sold at every price point and in an endless array of styles, silhouettes, textures, and colors that could work for multiple occasions. Since there’s no “one-style-fits-all” bag out there, we’ve done the work for you by sorting through the best in the business, and editing it down to 15 of the absolute coolest ones. Whether you prefer a rugged look, an all-black classic style, a simple bag for casual Friday, or a sporty pack to trek to the job and then your gym, you'll find the perfect backpack for you in our ultimate round up.
This top-of-the-line gym bag from AER can transition from backpack to duffel bag, has a ventilated and water-resistant shoe compartment to store your kicks, and is sealed with a waterproof zipper that streams down the middle (opposed to the top) for open-wide easy access. Plus, it's got a padded laptop sleeve with a section of mesh that runs along the backside so you can commute to work without worrying about getting a giant sweat stain on your crisp white shirt.
Make sure you take this rainproof backpack on one of these sweet cycling trips for summer 2016. It's built with cushioned shoulder straps you so can comfortably hold heavy loads, multiple pockets to rearrange your stuff, and has a compartement for a hydration bladder to cater to your on-the-go hydration needs. Plus, the gray and red hues add a sharp, contrasted style.
Upgrade basic trail gear to something a bit more stylish—that performs just as well. This Nixon pack, for example, is constructed with sturdy materials so you can haul heavy stuff on steep trails, padded shoulder straps for comfortable use, and multiple pockets to stash every small accessory you have. A bonus: it includes a laptop compartment so you can seamlessly transition to the urban setting, too.
The sophisticated polished navy hue coupled with the refined lines of this Want Les Essentiels bag will instantly upgrade your look, no matter what else you're wearing. It's pricey, but worth it if you can spring for it.
We labeled this Bryant Backpack by Michael Kors a "classic" for a reason—the cognac color will pair perfectly with every item in your wardrobe, and its clean, constructed silhouette will last for years. Talk about a good investment.
It's simple: you can't go wrong with a classic, all-black leather backpack. But this option from Paul Smith takes things to the next level by adding subtle (yet incredibly strong) two-tone stripes on the straps to set it apart from the rest. So, you know you’ll be the sharpest guy in the room.
One thing to note this season is that bright, baby blue hues are trending everywhere. Leave it to Coach to nail the trend by mixing it with other vivid tones in a relaxed silhouette to create a seriously eye-catching package. Not only does it work for this season, its fine craftsmanship is built to last.
Switch up your look with this utilitarian bag from United by Blue. Its brass hardware, deep green shade, and subtle leather detailing make it the ultimate blend of masculine and stylish—while its unconstructed shape make it look effortless without being messy. Plus, for every item sold, the brand will clear trash from major polluted bodies of water, so you're (kinda) saving the planet, too.
Make your commute more seamless than ever with The North Face's newest, sporty-yet-luxurious backpack: The Access Pack. Its tough outer-shell design is constructed to "spring open" your laptop for easy acccess, while its internal section features fleece pockets to safely store your gadgets and, built in "ejector tabs" that effortlessly surface any accessories that were stuck at the bottom. The pack also boasts water-wicking zippers to keep everything dry, a comfortable fit, and a laptop sleeve.
Keep casual Friday low-key and still manage to appear put-together with Fjallraven's iconic backpack. It's made with moisture-wicking materials, a cool minimal design, and will look great whether it's worn on your back or held in your hand. And at such an affordable price point, the brighter the color the better. (Hey, get two!)
This backpack has a built-in tracking device so you never lose your stuff and, if you want to pay a bit extra, it can "broadcast its own internet field" (in other words, it's go wifi!) so that you're connected at all times. Smart in style and in technology, this backpack really does it all.