If you have the displeasure of a hefty morning commute, you’ll know a tote bag just won’t cut it. Security, practicality and, of course, style are all essentials when looking for a new work backpack, making the search no easy feat. So whether it’s a designer backpack or a rugged, water-resistant rucksack you’re after, here’s our favourite Backpacks for Commuters in 2019.
Patagonia Arbor Classic Pack
Patagonia are the kings of balancing style and substance, and their Arbor Classic Pack is a modern classic of the genre. This sporty backpack is made from recycled polyester fabric with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, offering a perfect balance of weight and durability for everyday use. It’s equipped with a generous main compartment with a padded laptop sleeve to hold most 15″ laptops, while the ‘Human Curve’ straps make things as comfortable as possible on the shoulders.
SWIMS Hybrid Bag
One of our favourite brands around at the moment, SWIMS’ versatile Hybrid Bag is the best of all worlds and can be worn as a backpack, carried like a briefcase, or used as a messenger bag with tucked straps. Thanks to their Scandinavian roots, SWIMS have made their Hybrid out of water-resistant luxe nylon, while its sturdy D-rings, metal clips, and leather trims ensure durability. The expandable interior features multiple pockets, including one for your laptop.
Fred Perry Utility Rucksack
Website: Fred Perry
For something simple and effective, we love this Utility Rucksack from Fred Perry. Designed in a hardy Ripstop fabric, it’s fitted with two zipped utility pockets on the front and an internal laptop sleeve, as well as heavy-duty webbing straps. The padded straps and adjustable and ensure easy carrying all day long.
Pacsafe x Quiksilver Anti-Theft Wet/Dry Backpack
Protect your gear from city to surf in this versatile, lockable, water-resistant backpack from Quiksilver and anti-theft travel brand Pacsafe. An internal laptop sleeve doubles as a divider for wet/dry gear should you hit the waves (or more likely the heavens open) and external straps offer you the chance to attach things like jackets and sweaters. The backpack also boasts ‘high-frequency’ welded seems and anti-theft tech keep your gear inside and dry.
Vans Scurry Rucksack
Even if you forget about its rugged good looks, the Vans Scurry Rucksack is a performer. The 100% water-repellent backpack features one large compartment with a cinch and flap closure, a laptop sleeve that fits most 38cm laptops, and has ergonomic, padded shoulder straps for extra comfort – perfect for the urban commuter!
Chrome Terrace Brief Sling Bag
Website: Chrome Industries
For over 20 years, American start-up Chrome have been creating useful and durable gear for urban commuters, and their Terrace Brief Sling Bag certainly fits that billing. The Terrace offers both the shape and capacity of a flat file brief bag, as well as the practicality of a messenger-style sling backpack. It features a dedicated laptop sleeve, as well as cinch-down compression side straps which help determine the shape and size of your gear depending on your needs. A perfect all-rounder for the multi-tasking Joe.
Rains Rolltop Rucksack
Another Scandinavian entry in our list, the Rolltop Rucksack is Rains’ take on a cycling backpack. Made from Rains’ signature waterproof fabric, this functional backpack has a roll-top closure with an adjustable strap featuring a loop for a bike lock or similar. As well as a large main compartment, it has an easy-access front pocket and a side-access laptop compartment. This contemporary bag is completed with a padded backside, adjustable shoulder straps, a chest strap and original Rains hardware.
The North Face O2 Access Backpack
Website: The North Face
But if you’re looking to go all out, The North Face’s O2 Access pack is perhaps the most advanced on our list. 30% lighter than its predecessor and with more internal space, the bag is characterised by a steel exoskeleton which is designed to keep your tech safe and offer easy ACCESS (get it?) at the press of a button. The contrasting orange interior features four pouches and two zip entry pockets, and even ‘ejects’ your tech to make it more accessible. Externally, there’s some comfortable ‘FlexVent’ shoulder straps.
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