We love tote bags, duffel bags, and even messenger bags. But it is still tough to beat the sheer efficiency of a backpack. The balanced load, the hands-free freedom, the easy-to-access storage compartments are not easily replicated in other bag styles.
It doesn’t matter if you’re headed to work, the gym, or on a weekend trip, a good backpack will serve you well. But you don’t want one that makes you look like you’re still in elementary school (with one exception, more on that below). You need a bag that reflects your style and taste.
So with back to school season upon us, here are eight backpacks that will get you to school or wherever you may be going looking sharp.
Everything InCase makes, from its iPhone cases to laptop sleeves, has a super clean, minimal design. Their backpacks are no different. The new Reform bag has an almost seamless look but also features the ideal storage solution for everything you need. Instead of simply padding the top and bottom of your laptop, it wraps your computer in 360-degree protective cage and opens conveniently to make accessing everything simpler.
SPRAYGROUND LIVEST ONE
If you’re looking for a bag that is going to turn heads, then Sprayground is what you need. This backpack is a tribute to legendary rapper Biggie Smalls and features a replica print of a Coogi sweater.
DAKINE SEMESTER 28L
This bag boasts plenty of pockets but doesn’t feel over-designed. There are fleece-lined areas for your tablet and sunglasses and a padded laptop sleeve plus two water bottle holders. And the tan and red colorway gives it a cool vintage hiking look.
WANT LES ESSENTIELS DE LA VIE KASTRUP
There’s nothing wrong with a little luxury in your backpack, especially if you’ve moved past the days of pop quizzes and beer bongs. The Kastrup is crafted from a gorgeous cognac-colored leather and comes with a custom padlock to keep its contents secure.
FJALLRAVEN KANKEN LAPTOP
What started as a bag for Swedish school kids in the 70s grew into one of the most recognized bags around the world. The great thing about the Kanken is that it has two straps on top, so that when it’s not on your back you can easily carry it as a tote bag and still balance your load. The military-style vibe of the forest green is tough to beat.
HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. PARKER
The unique indigo camouflage pattern on the Parker will keep those summer memories fresh in your mind. But it also has a padded laptop sleeve so you can get to the job at hand. The diagonal zipper on the front pocket and the full-grain leather zipper pulls add style points.
No, this bag doesn’t have integrated Tinder functionality. But if you wear it in your profile pic, the style could help you get some more right swipes. The Tinder blends outdoor style with street functionality and comes in more than dozen colors. This one with its red, white, and blue straps is our favorite.
L.L. BEAN DELUXE BOOK PACK
Everybody had this pack growing up. But aside from indulging a little nostalgia, this bag is also an incredible way to organize your life, with two roomy main compartments to hold your big stuff and a front pocket for smaller things. And now that you’re a little older, you can be more creative with your monogram choices. May we suggest “STUD”?