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The Best Backpacks for Men, from Daypacks to Commuter Bags

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Whether you’re on the prowl for a great hiking pack or looking for something sleek to carry to work, we’ve got you covered with the absolute best backpacks on the market right now. They’re functional yet stylish, contemporary, and outfitted with all the traditional features you’ve come to expect (and love) from this classic accessory.

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Filson Rugged Twill Ranger Backpack

Filson Rugged Twill Ranger Backpack

The Filson Ranger Backpack was inspired by vintage forestry packs, so it features a simple fold enclosure to accommodate both light and heavy loads. A cinch-top opening makes it easy to secure belongings while a rugged twill exterior works to protect those belongings from nasty weather or spills. All in all, a fantastic option for guys on the go.

Billykirk Standard Issue Backpack

Billykirk Standard Issue Backpack

If you’re on the prowl for a handcrafted pack that’s as stylish as it is durable, you should definitely give this beauty from Billykirk a look. Built with waxed sailcloth, this bad boy is water and abrasion-resistant, making it the perfect companion for outdoor treks. It’s also outfitted with a bevy of pockets, padded straps, and a separate organizer pouch that’s great for chargers and headphones.

Osprey Aether AG 70 Pack

Aether Pack from Osprey

No backpack round-up would be complete without an awesome hiking pack, and this one from Osprey takes the cake. Built with the brand’s anti-gravity technology (basically a suspended panel of mesh across the back for optimized comfort), the Aether AG 70 is lightweight yet can handle up to 60 pounds of cargo.

Topo Designs Rover Pack

Topo Designs Rover Pack

Tap into your inner whimsy with the Rover Pack from Topo Designs. Available in a series of playful color combinations and patterns, this accessory is ideal for the quirky fashionisto. With its timeless daypack silhouette, the Rover is built for any number of adventures, from library expeditions to early morning hikes.

JanSport Hatchet Backpack

Jansport Hatchet Backpack

While Jansport may conjure up memories of early morning slogs to middle school, the brand actually churns out a lot of very cool packs for adults. My personal favorite is the Hatchet Backpack, which packs a serious punch with its functional, no-frills design. Details include dual-side water bottle pockets, an organizer panel, tablet pocket, a side zippered stash pocket, a padded laptop sleeve, and side compression straps.

Rains Backpack

Rains Backpack

Minimalism is the name of the game with the Rains Backpack. Here, an ultra-sleek exterior gives way to a single, roomy compartment big enough to hold all your everyday essentials, including a 13-inch laptop sleeve. Though there aren’t a ton of pockets or enclosures, the pack does feature magnetic closings and carabiner details. It also comes in an array of fun, bold colors.

WP Standard Roll Top Backpack

WP Standard Roll Top Backpack

If you’re on the prowl for something slightly more sophisticated, take a peek at the Roll Top Backpack from WP Standard. While it’s as practical as any other bag on this list, there’s no denying its exterior of warm chocolate leather combined with elegant strap detailing make this pack a knockout in the aesthetics department.

Well, that does it for this guide! For more backpack inspiration, check out our guide to the best minimalist packs on the market. We’ve also got picks for travel backpacks and laptop bags.

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