35 Best Backpacks For Men

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You’ve likely used a backpack every day since grade school. Like a wallet or a keychain, it’s an essential everyday carry piece that goes with you wherever you go, whatever you do.

From work travel to vacation to your daily commute, perhaps you’ve always got it with you. In that instance, doesn’t it mean it would pay off to invest in one of the best backpacks for men? That means you’ll want something that pairs up with light wash denim for spring and summer, or with your favorite pair of inky blue selvedge for the colder months. And you’ll want something that can stand up to anything.

Whether you’re searching for a more technical piece with sport-inspired vibes and utilitarian construction, or something that simply looks sharp and gets you from point A to point B, we’ve got you all set with our list of the best backpacks for men.

GoRuck GR1

GoRuck GR1

With testing and real-life experience by Special Forces operatives the world over, the GoRuck GR1 is certainly tough and durable enough to handle your day-to-day adventures. For one, it’s got a lifetime guarantee — so that should be more than enough for you to consider buying it. It’s built in America to exacting specs, complete with reinforcement at high-stress points, plus CORDURA fabric — a preferred fabric among Special Forces operatives. Sold on it yet? It’s investment-worthy and adventure-ready (and then some). – Buy It

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Just as with the Peak Design Everyday Messenger, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is legendary among those who value ridiculously sturdy gear that gets the job done, no frills needed. Make no mistake, this bag raised more than $6 million on Kickstarter for a reason — from the innovative FlexFold interior dividers to the remarkably durable MagLatch closure system and premium, weatherproof exterior, it’s the most durable and eye-catching backpack that you could own — and that’s certainly saying something. – Buy It

Alchemy AEL008 Carry On Backpack

Alchemy AEL008 Carry On Backpack

For more than $300, you’re going to want to know exactly what you’re getting for your money. And with the Alchemy Equipment AEL008 Carry On, you’re getting a bag that can do it all, go anywhere and meet rigorous standards (including those of the International Aviation Transport Association). With different compartments for all your travel essentials — menswear, your clothing and your passport, to start — it comes in a functional and sleek black weave nylon-blend exteriorl. Meet your new favorite backpack. – Buy It

Mission Workshop Arkiv R8 Field Pack

Mission Workshop R8 Arkiv Field Pack

Some bags really do live up to their beastly, durable aesthetic, and the Mission Workshop R8 Arkiv Field Pack is one such bag. The modular design of the bag means you can add additions and extra functionality as needed, and it can be used as either a rolltop or flap-down bag — meaning it’s every bit as up for adventure as you are. With waterproof durability & enough space for a 15-inch laptop — plus the rest of your gear — it’s the only bag you need for the season ahead. – Buy It

Oakley Kitchen Sink

Oakley Kitchen Sink

Oakley really did throw everything but the kitchen sink into its aptly named backpack, fit for adventures — and plain old everyday life — the world over. With a plethora of sturdy zip pockets and padded shoulder straps for comfort, this bag looks like it’s built to carry just about everything — and with room for up to a 17-inch laptop, it nearly can do that. It even features a bottom shoe compartment and an abrasion-resistant bottom — the brand definitely thought of everything with this bag, make no mistake. – Buy It

Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo Backpack

Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo Backpack

If at first glance a backpack looks remarkably tough and durable, there’s a good chance that it can live up to the hype — that’s definitely the case with the Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo Backpack. Featuring the brand’s iconic seatbelt buckle closure and waterproof construction, it’s a tough bag built for camping trips, outdoor exploration and cross-city bike rides. Pick it up in any one of the many colorways available, or go with the city-friendly all-black color for super-sleek looks and a smooth ride. – Buy It

TAD Fastpack Litespeed

TAD Fastpack Litespeed

If you want a bag that can go anywhere you want — or need — to go, the Triple Aught Design FAST Pack Litespeed is what you need. It starts with the high-pressure nitrogen gas solution used in its construction, geared to provide what the brand calls “superior shock protection.” With its mil-spec Cordura fabric construction and tough exterior — not to mention a sleek black colorway — it’s the field-ready pack you need if the situation calls for durability and functionality that doesn’t quit. – Buy It

Arc'teryx Granville Backpack

Arc’Teryx Granville Backpack

Arcteryx does some of the best work out there when it comes to stylish, sleek and tough outdoor gear for every type of adventurer. The Granville Backpack is weatherproof and features the brand’s WaterTight external zipper construction, plus internal sleeve compartments for documents and your laptop. Security pockets and the top grab handle make it both safe and easy to use, too. Use it for work, use it for play — use it every day, as it can definitely stand up to it. – Buy It

Slicks Pack Modular Backpack

Slicks Pack – Modular Backpack

The Slicks Pack Modular Backpack does everything you need it to do, and it does so with minimal style and prime utility top of mind. It’s part of the brand’s system of modular bags, so it works seamlessly with other pieces like the Slicks Trip Cover or Suit Cover. Among other bonuses, it features interior tie-down straps, a protective laptop compartment and a hidden shoe pocket — grab everything you think you need, and then some. This bag can take it all. – Buy It

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

For under $130, what type of bag do you think you can get? Well, you can get some serious bang for your buck with the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack. With tactical functionality and tough style in mind, it might be the best value on the market. Starting with an amply sized interior compartment with mesh organizer pockets, the wraparound webbing platform carries that functionality through to its exterior, too. Sound too good to be true? Buy the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack and see for yourself. – Buy It

MIS Backpack

MIS Backpack

Gallantry makes the list yet again with its MIS Backpack, another functionally minded pack that checks all the boxes in terms of functionality and utility. Starting with the Olive Drab color and continuing through to its water-resistant denier nylon exterior, bonus features like a padded laptop sleeve make it an even easier bag to purchase. The YKK zipper is also self-repairing — a unique feature that should come in handy if you run into tough situations (which you can certainly take on with this bag in tow). – Buy It

Lexdray Copenhagen Pack Bag

Lexdray Copenhagen Pack Bag

The latest venture from Lexdray plays off the idea of the backpack you used to carry in grade school every single day –yet the Copenhagen Pack takes a more nuanced and yes, grown-up approach to that idea. It’s lightweight and features a front zipper pocket for even more carrying potential. A mix of military-grade hardware and weather-resistant fabric — plus seven exterior pockets and an exterior snap pocket — provide you with all the space you need for your daily haul. – Buy It

GoRuck GR2

GoRuck GR2

If you thought the GR1 Ruck from GoRuck was an enviable bag, wait until you see the GoRuck GR2. Based off medical rucks used by Special Forces, it’s every bit as durable and tough as you would expect. Built like a duffel bag with eight pockets and three compartments, it uses materials that are up to Special Forces specs, and the construction is all tough and American-made. The built-in field pocket is another handy touch — among many that make this bag great. – Buy It

Mifland Rolltop Rucksack

Mifland Rolltop Rucksack

Bags like the Mifland Rolltop Rucksack instantly scream quality, classic style and durability — all at first glance. Make no bones about it, the Mifland Rolltop Rucksack does everything you’d expect a bag that costs nearly $500 to do. It starts with supple leather that supports the brand’s ethos of both luxury and understated minimalism — Mifland’s products are made by hand, and it’s that care and attention to detail that makes them such an applause-worthy brand, no matter where you go with this bag. – Buy It

AER Duffel Pack

AER Duffel Pack

Being able to grab and go is critical with any bag and any part of your everyday carry — not to mention a backpack you’re going to use every single day. The AER Duffel Pack meets that aim quite nicely. And the ballistic nylon of this bag adds yet another potential selling point — as if you needed that many. The ventilated shoe pouch makes this bag a gym bag as well as an essential part of your everyday carry, and it’s available at a standout price. – Buy It

Filson Ranger Canvas Backpack

Filson Ranger Canvas Backpack

Don’t think we forgot about Filson, a brand that continues to make waves when it comes to excellent, hard-charging outdoor gear. If you’re acquainted with the brand’s classic outerwear and dependable apparel — but not the brand’s bags — you’d do well to check out the Filson Ranger Backpack, a bag that works every bit as hard as you do. The combo of leather-trimmed twill is both luxurious and functional, sleek and city-ready. Get it now and use it from day to night. – Buy It

Tumi Alpha Bravo Shaw Deluxe Backpack

Tumi Alpha Bravo Shaw Deluxe Backpack

If the lauded accessories makers at Tumi say a product is “deluxe,” then there’s a good chance it meets that description quite ably. The Shaw Deluxe Water Resistant Backpack is unstructured and yet packed with all kinds of functionality, from the two-way zip closure to top carry handles and easy-to-adjust shoulder straps (not to mention a slick black color). The leather trimming adds a suitably sleek touch, while the padded laptop compartment ensures reliable performance in addition to stylish looks. – Buy It

DSPTCH Daypack

DSPTCH Daypack

When you start with water-repellent ballistic nylon and finish off a bag with designated laptop and tablet compartments, the results are bound to be pleasing. Closed cell foam padding also helps to protect your gear on the interior, and mil-spec webbing and Duraflex plastic hardware take care of the details just fine. And for $180, it’s tough to find a piece that comes with a lifetime guarantee — yet, the DSPTCH Daypack gives you all of this for one low price. – Buy It

Killspencer Utility Backpack

Killspencer Utility Backpack

Utility has gotta be the name of the game when it comes to your daily backpack, and Killspencer knows this too well. The Utility Backpack is handsome, striking and still performance-ready (with an investment-worthy price tag, to match). Made with premium full-grain leather and mil-spec webbing for toughness and durability, the Utility Backpack also features enough space for a 15-inch laptop. The lining is waterproof, too — Killspencer has thought of every last detail, and then some. That’s as good as it gets. – Buy It

Mission Workshop Vandal

Mission Workshop Vandal

For pairing up with its commuter-friendly gear, Mission Workshop has cracked the code with the travel-friendly Vandal Bag, an effective complement to whatever you’ve got in store this spring and summer. With a lifetime guarantee and a flexible interior that can expand and contract, it’s like getting two bags for the price of one. Plus, throw in the carbon fiber reinforced internal frame suspension system and front-zippered pockets with enough space for a laptop, and you’re all set for anything life throws at you. – Buy It

Lotuff Leather Backpack

Lotuff Leather Backpack

Before you spit out your coffee (or beer) at the sight of a backpack that tops a grand, know that Lotuff makes perhaps the best backpacks out there in terms of quality and style for your hard-earned cash. The Leather Backpack is simply named and yet beautifully appointed, available in three handsome shades of leather. This is also as close to a dressy backpack as it gets — it’s got the type of continental style that can go anywhere in the world without missing a beat. – Buy It

The North Face Router Transit Backpack

The North Face Router Transit Backpack

If you want a bag from a brand that’s made gear to scale mountains, then you want a bag from The North Face. Featuring the type of technical specs and quality construction that defines The North Face — alongside an affordable price — this is the bag to pick up in advance of your next camping or hiking trip. The fleece-lined pockets team with the FlexVent suspension system to keep both you and your gear comfortable and in good shape. – Buy It

AER Fit Pack

AER Fit Pack

The AER Fit Pack is aptly named, if only because you can fit all the gear you could possibly need for a full day into it — and then some. For the low price of $120, you get a bag with four helpful and handy compartments, including space for office supplies, small items and a moisture-resistant compartment designed for gym clothes. The ballistic nylon gives this bag another dimension of toughness, too — it’s up for any summer plans you might have. – Buy It

Herschel Supply Barlow Trail Large Backpack

Herschel Supply Co. Barlow Trail Large Backpack

Herschel Supply is known by adventurers and explorers the world over for its quality, style and plain simplistic, easy-to-use design. Those qualities hit a new level with the Barlow Large Backpack, a sleek and minimalistic take on your everyday bag. Complete with the brand’s signature logo patch, plus a drawstring closure and external slip pockets, it’s the right amount of functionality for getting you all around the city, out into the country and back. With its tough nylon exterior, it’s the sleek and simple bag you need now. – Buy It

Lexdray Ibiza Pack

Lexdray Ibiza Pack

Named for its association with the famous nightlife of Ibiza — and its DJ parties — the Lexdray Ibiza Pack is a favorite of music fans and regular commuters alike, as it should be. The brand says it “strategically measured” and designed this bag with the needs of a DJ in mind, including laptop space and room for all the other gear one might need to put on a killer show. That means it’s more than fit for your daily adventures, including military-grade hardware and weather-resistant fabric. – Buy It

PX Urbanwear Invisible Backpack Two

PX Urbanwear Invisible Backpack Two

The first thing that comes to mind about the PX Urbanwear Bag is the notion that yes, it’s designed with stealth and invisibility in mind, no questions asked. It’s the type of sleek gear that Urbanwear specializes in, and the Invisible Backpack Two is just the bag to buy. Featuring 21 liters of carrying capacity and made with toughness built right into small details like the waterproof zipper, it features both a separate laptop compartment and a shoe compartment — what more do you need? – Buy It

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack

The aptly named Urban Assault Backpack from Mystery Ranch really is geared toward taking on the most challenging city environments, whether you’re an average commuter or a hardcore biker — or hiker. With a Cordura exterior and 3-zip closure, it’s got everything from an internal laptop sleeve to YKK zippers for extra durability. Fixed harnessing is yet another handy design feature on this bag, which you’ll surely want to use a lot given that it’s priced right at under $140. – Buy It

Topo Designs Rover Pack

Topo Designs Rover Pack

Let the Rover Pack bring you wherever you need to when it comes to outdoor adventures — if the heritage and quality of Topo Designs is to be trusted, it can go anywhere. Made with tough touches like Cordura fabric and YKK zippers, it’s exactly what you should look for in a bag — that is to say, it’s streamlined. It’s even designed with an inner laptop sleeve, although we’d wager you’ll want to take this bag out on the trail quite a bit more than to your desk. – Buy It

Joshu + Vela Zip Backpack in Black Leather

Joshu + Vela Zip Backpack in Black leather

Some backpacks defy convention and simply look, well, supremely stylish and well-made even at first glance. That’s the type of reaction the Joshu+Vela Zip Backpack inspires, what with its investment-level quality and unique style potential. Featuring veg-tanned Hermann Oak leather that’s waterproof in addition to its excellent looks, this backpack is minimal, well-designed and richly crafted. It’s also complemented by a heavy-duty brass zipper and solid copper rivets — can you say “must-have”? Bring this bag wherever you go — especially the office — and get ready for compliments. – Buy It

Bramble Outdoor Daypack

Bramble Outdoor Daypack

When Huckberry backs a, well, backpack and sells it on its site, you know it’s got to have the goods to go far. The Bramble Outdoor Daypack lives up to that mantle and then some, featuring the technical features you’d expect from a lauded outdoor brand. It’s certainly the backpack to take on your next hike. Exterior zippered pockets and an exterior pocket for your water bottle provide maximum carrying ability, and an internal zippered pocket finishes off its design features quite nicely. – Buy It

Filson Roll-Top Backpack

Filson Roll-Top Backpack

It wouldn’t be a list of the best backpacks for men without including Filson and the brand’s Roll-Top Backpack. Add Filson to your list of brands to shop, and know that it’ll be hard to pass up using this bag every single day, for all of your adventures and throughout your daily commute. In a handsome Otter Green color, it’s finished off with saddle-grade bridle leather accents for extreme durability and toughness. Despite those design touches, it retains its rugged good looks and features a soft cotton lining. – Buy It

Tumi Alpha Bravo-Knox Backpack

Tumi Alpha Bravo-Knox Backpack

Tumi never fails to disappoint with its stylish, sleek and highly functional gear made for the road ahead. The Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack checks all the boxes in terms of toughness and extreme durability, made with 100 percent ballistic nylon to protect each and every essential part of your everyday carry. Whether you use this bag to haul your laptop or use the Add-a-Bag sleeve to attach it to your carry-on for travel, it’s the right way to go for long-lasting toughness. – Buy It

Gucci Backpack

Gucci Backpack

If you thought Gucci only made loafers and luxurious resort wear, think again. The brand is putting its signature stamp and unique blend of luxury and quality into a stellar, stylish and instantly recognizable backpack. It’s a slim backpack with the brand’s trademark striping, and it’s the kind of piece sure to draw envious looks no matter where you go. It’d probably look best alongside white jeans, a grey polo and perhaps some Gucci driving loafers on your next luxury vacation — or just a cross-city commute. – Buy It

Madden Equipment Daylite

Madden Equipment Daylite

When it comes to the three high-quality, functional and uniquely colored options of the Madden Equipment Daylite, you really can’t go wrong. With true Colorado roots in mind and technical function paramount, Madden Equipment focuses on bags that are both “durable and timeless,” and the Daylite fits the bill in that regard. It’s what the brand calls a “day-and-a-half pack,” what with features like an internal hydration sleeve and even ice axe loops built in. It’s up for anything, truly. – Buy It

This Is Ground Venture Backpack

This Is Ground Venture Backpack

From its well-crafted, handsomely designed and nearly essential small leather goods to larger pieces like its stunning Venture Backpack, This Is Ground has firmly established itself as a leader at the intersection of design and function. And the Venture Backpack certainly backs up the hype, with the durable specs and strong style to go with it. It’s a handsomely appointed bag with enough space to fit a MacBook and its own Wi-fi field to match. Talk about having everything you need within arm’s reach, right? – Buy It

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