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15 amazing backpacks you’ll actually want to use

Why would you ever carry anything with your hands, when all these backpacks exist?

Pockets just don’t cut it anymore.

1. The Thule Accent Backpack

Thule Accent Backpack in black against white. Via Thule.
[Image description: Thule Accent Backpack in black against white background.] Via Thule.
With a laptop sleeve as well as an additional sleeve for a second electronic, this is a backpack for the screen-dependent. 

2. Herschel’s Heritage Mid-Volume backpack

Mid-Volume Heritage Backpack in vintage floral black against white background. Via Herschel.
[Image description: Mid-Volume Heritage Backpack in vintage floral black against white background.] Via Herschel.
If simplicity is more your style, Herschel’s no-frills backpack comes with a large interior pocket and a smaller exterior pocket, both lined with Herschel’s signature stripping.

3. Fjällräven’s Kånken

Kanken backpack in frost green and peach pink against white background. Via Fjallraven.
[Image description: Kanken backpack in frost green and peach pink against white background.] Via Fjallraven.
Originally created to ease the burden of school children, the Kånken is meant to encourage a straight back. Fashioned out of Vinylon F, it’s durable, light-weight, and easy to clean. 

4. Madewell’s Transport Rucksack 

Transport Rucksack in English Saddle against white background. Via Madewell.
[Image description: Transport Rucksack in English Saddle against white background.] Via Madewell.
Love the chaos of having to pad blindly through your Transport Tote? The Rucksack is made from the same vegetable-tanned leather, but with a few more features. 

5. The JanSport Right Pack

Right Pack in Red Tape against white background. Via JanSport.
[Image description: Right Pack in Red Tape against white background.] Via JanSport.
If brand loyalty is something that turns your head, JanSport’s Right Pack boasts a lifetime warranty and might be the only backpack you’ll ever need. 

6. Carhartt Legacy

Legacy Backpack in Carhartt Brown. Via Carhartt.
[Image description: Legacy Backpack in Carhartt Brown against a white background.] Via Carhartt.
Hipster meets office worker in this sturdy pack. This heavy-duty option is water-repellent and – as an added bonus – easily matchable to your beanie of choice.

7. Rains Backpack 

[Image description: Black Rains backpack against a grey background.] Via Rains.
[Image description: Black Rains backpack against a grey background.] Via Rains.
This minimalist backpack is waterproof and has formal, magnetic closures. Inside, it features a laptop pocket as well as a designated phone pocket.

8. Sandqvist’s Hege

[Image description: Hege backpack in Earth Brown with Navy Leather against grey background.] Via Sandqvist.
[Image description: Hege backpack in Earth Brown with Navy Leather against grey background.] Via Sandqvist.
A combination of cotton canvas and leather, the Hege is a pricier option, but it’s definitely a more sophisticated design for commuting.

9. Moleskin ID 

[Image description: ID Small Backpack in boreal blue against a white background.] Via Moleskin.
[Image description: ID Small Backpack in boreal blue against a white background.] Via Moleskin.
Available in either boreal blue or slate grey, this small pack is great if you’re tempted to carry everything you own and need a bag to reign you back in.

10. Aer’s Tech Pack

[Image description: Aer's Tech Pack in black against white background.] Via Aers.
[Image description: Aer’s Tech Pack in black against white background.] Via Aers.
A part of the Aer’s work collection, this sleek backpack has a well structured body that is tech-friendly and weather proof.

11. Notabag

[Image description: Notabag in Raw (beige) color against white background.] Via Notabag.
[Image description: Notabag in Raw (beige) color against white background.] Via Notabag.
If you can’t shake your addiction to tote bags, this convertible option might be the only solution.

12. Everlane Modern Snap

[Image description: Everlane Modern Snap backpack in navy against a white background.] Via Everlane.
[Image description: Everlane Modern Snap backpack in navy against a white background.] Via Everlane.
This simple yet professional design dresses up the standard backpack without losing its simplicity and efficiency.

13. Topo Core Pack

[Image description: Core Pack in blue with red zipper pulls against white background.] Via Topo.
[Image description: Core Pack in blue with red zipper pulls against white background.] Via Topo.
With a tech sleeve as well as an ice axe loop, the core pack can be translated from workday staple to weekend companion with ease.

14. Bellroy Classic

[Image description: Bellroy Classic Backpack in Blue Neon against white background.] Via Bellroy.
[Image description: Bellroy Classic Backpack in Blue Neon against white background.] Via Bellroy.
An updated version of a popular Bellroy design, the Classic is made with environmentally certified leather and comes with a 3-year warranty.

15. Evergoods Civic Panel Loader

[Image description: Civic Panel Loader 24L in black against white background.] Via Evergoods.
[Image description: Civic Panel Loader 24L in black against white background.] Via Evergoods.
Colloquially known as the CPL24, this pack has a ergonomic harness that makes it ideal to carry however you commute.

Should you choose to carry a backpack, rucksack, knapsack, whatever you call it, remember that there’s a bag etiquette that extends to totes, briefcases, pet carriers, or whatever you’re shouldering: when in a shared space, like an escalator or a subway car, be mindful of those around you. If space allows, set your bag at your feet, in your lap, or swung round to your front to create more room. Even an inch makes a difference, especially during commuting hours. It’s about your behavior, not your bag. Feel free to carry as much or as little as you want, just be sure you’ll be able to do so courteously and without cross-checking someone. 

Whether you’re looking for a bag to transport a laptop from door to desk or something that can translate to after-work drinks, carry what suits your wants and needs, not anyone else’s idea of what you should be carrying. Their opinion on what you’re wearing is their burden, not yours.