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The 8 Best Backpacks for Men to Carry to the Office, the Outdoors, and Beyond

Life is all about practicality these days. Since we tend to multitask, it’s essential we keep our hands free. Messenger bags can throw off your balance and slow you down. Briefcases radiate an air of authority and professionalism, but today’s backpacks have evolved to look more office-appropriate. For biking, hiking, commuting, and traveling, backpacks take the cake when it comes to transporting your belongings safely from one destination to the next.

To put it simply, backpacks just make the most sense. But as a fashion editor and stylist, let me be the first to tell you they can ruin an outfit real quick. There’s nothing worse than a guy that wears a backpack solely appropriate for soccer cleats or tops his shoulders with something more appropriate for a high schooler. Ahead, we curated a list of the best backpacks for men you can carry with finesse. As we sourced these selections from the best online men’s clothing stores, they come highly rated in durability and comfort without compromising style.

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Filson Dry Backpack

A dry backpack from Filson.

Filson makes this roll-top outdoor backpack an easy choice. They come in great colors, and they promise to keep your gear dry — even when fully submerged. Did we mention Jack Dorsey loves this backpack?

Day Owl The Backpack

A blue backpack from Day Owl.

Day Owl is a new backpack brand on the block. They launched earlier this year, creating the perfect backpack to tackle your entire day. In a waxed canvas with leather handles, this pack is simple on the outside and thoughtfully complex on the inside (in the best possible way). There is literally a pocket for everything, from an easily accessible top zip pouch for your keys or sunglasses to a padded back slot for your laptop, sleeves for your notebook, and, our favorite — a sized-to-perfection zip sleeve to fit a bottle of wine. The best part about this backpack is that it’s ethically made from recyclable materials. Day Owl is a brand you want to be supporting. 

State Bags Kane Double Pocket Backpack

A navy State Bags Kane Double Pocket Backpack.

We love a feel-good brand. And when it’s a brand dedicated to a specific craft, like backpacks, you know the quality is there. State Bags create backpacks for everyone. And for every bag purchased the brand gives a fully packed backpack to American children and families in need. Plus, most of their bags are made from 45% recyclable materials. The Kane Double Pocket fits a 13-inch laptop sleeve and both front and side pockets. Not to mention, with a luggage handle sleeve, it’s the perfect travel companion.

Cole Haan Zerogrand Slim Convertible Backpack

A Cole Haan Zerogrand Slim Convertible Backpack in Black Olive Camo variant.

When you pick up Cole Haan’s Zerogrand Slim Convertible Backpack, you’ll feel that it’s basically weightless. It’s all about ergonomics when it comes to the padded construction of the straps. It’s deceiving because while it remains ultra slim (just like its name), it can fit far more than meets the eye. With multiple pouches and compartments, it will keep you organized and prepared for anything. It’s weather-resistant and even has a side handle for when you want to give your shoulders a break. You can keep it classic in solid black or make more of a statement in a chic camo print. At a price like this, we challenge you to find a greater deal on a backpack of this caliber.

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Incase Commuter Backpack With Bionic

A gray commuter backpack from Incase.

Incase is a tech-driven accessory brand where you can literally shop the best bag for your device. The company specializes in creating the most durable, custom-fit, protective bags to carry your laptop, computer, camera, and more in the harshest weather conditions. The Commuter is perfect for heading to and from work. This backpack is equivalent to 26 plastic bottles recovered from our oceans. Do your part. Shop this bag and protect your tech.

Hunter Boots Original Top Clip Backpack

A Hunter Boots Original Top Clip Backpack on white background.

Best known for their rain boots, Hunter created an innovative all-weather backpack to follow suit. If you live in a rainy city, then this best-selling pack will be a gamechanger. It’s made from extremely water-resistant rubberized leather so you can rest assured your goods will remain dry. The parachute top clip also serves as a top handle adding an interest in style and ease of use. It’s deep and spacious with adjustable padded straps for added comfort. Plus, the rubberized leather means it will last forever. This baby is worth the investment.

Topo Designs Rover Pack – Tech

A blue Topo Designs Rover Pack – Tech on white background.

If you’re the outdoorsy type and keep up with cult-favorite products, then you probably have heard of Topo once or twice. The brand’s bags are so durable they deserve an award. This Tech version of their iconic Rover Pack is perfect for organizing everyday carry. It’s made to handle, protect, and organize your computer, camera, hard drives, and more. The laundry list of features includes a ruggedly tough nylon exterior, dual laptop compartments, and a water-resistant flap top for added all-weather protection. The best part about Topo is that all its bags are slim and minimal, providing you with exactly what you need to survive and thrive each day.

Away The Backpack

The Backpack with a black water bottle in its side pocket.

If you haven’t heard of the luggage brand Away, you’re living under a rock. It’s the Warby Parker of luggage, meaning their business model cuts retailer markups entirely. It’s a simple and chic brand that solves almost every issue you can possibly think of. And their travel backpacks are no different. They come highly rated and minimally designed to literal perfection. You’ll find thoughtful details including not one, not two, but three different large compartments, complete with organizational pockets and of course — a luggage handle sleeve that matches perfectly with the Carryon. This backpack truly does it all and is well worth the price. Trust us, buy this.

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