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Top 10 Men's Work Backpacks

Functional Backpacks You Can Carry To The Office and Beyond

Functional Backpacks You Can Carry To The Office and Beyond

Just because you’re out of school, doesn't mean the backpacks are going away. Backpacks have been, and always will be, a functional accessory. Especially for those who commute, it’s crucial to have a sturdy pack with you to carry your essentials to and from the office. Backpacks are easier to carry than a shoulder bag and don’t cause as much strain on your back and shoulders because of their comfortable features. For the guys out there, we turned to our algorithm to find the best work backpacks that they’ll love. Every guy’s style is different, but when men are shopping for work backpacks, it’s safe to say they are looking for a few things—it needs to be sturdy, reliable and spacious. Men need a backpack they can depend on when they’re packing away the important things like a laptop, charger, food and other personal items needed for the workday. Shop our 10 best men’s work backpacks ahead to find the one that’s best for the guy in your life! Opening image: @aer_sf

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May 9, 2019

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Carhartt Legacy Standard Work Backpack
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Carhartt Legacy Standard Work Backpack

WHY YOU NEED IT: It's durable, water resistant, and includes a padded laptop sleeve

USERS SAID: "I've had it for well over a year now, and it shows almost no signs of wear. I use it daily for bringing a few basic tools and paperwork to work. It gets thrown around in different vehicles all the time and is still as good as new [...] It's great. Worth every penny."

Solo Reade Vintage Columbian Leather Backpack

USERS SAID: "After hauling a semi-durable nylon bag for 3 years daily to work and through about 30 international trips, I really was looking for a slightly larger capacity, definitely a more business formal look and something sturdy. This bag has pleased me on all accounts. The leather is a very nice look and feel and is sturdy."

BEST FOR: Professional use, business trips

Aer Fit Pack 2 Backpack

FUN FACT: There's a convenient external shoe compartment ideal for guys on the go

BEST FOR: Commuting, travel, quick overnight trips

The North Face Jester Backpack

LOVED FOR: Reflective bike-light loop, water bottle compartments, and adjustable external bungee cord

BEST FOR: Athletes, modern-day explorers, and urban adventurers

Timbuk2 Spire Backpack

FUN FACT: This bag features a waterproof roll-top plus an on-strap bottle opener 

ABOUT THE BRAND: Timbuk2 is a San Francisco original, founded by bike messenger Rob Honeycutt in a garage. Since its inception in 1989, the brand has designed quality bags, packs, and accessories, evolving from the original bike messenger company to a pioneer of sustainable made-in-America products.

Everlane The Modern Snap Backpack

LOVED FOR: The fit, comfort, and quality

USERS SAID: "I've had many backpacks over the years, and this one is by far my favorite. The design is simple and sleek, and it is insanely spacious. It is perfect for a student and holds all the essentials: 15" laptop, notebook(s), water bottle, etc. I highly recommend this backpack for anyone looking for a durable, comfortable backpack with a simple yet elegant design!"

The North Face Recon Backpack

LOVED FOR: Comfortable straps, back support, durability

USERS SAID: "Great backpack! Very strong and sturdy with lots of pockets and compartments to help keep everything organized. Not an inch of wasted space in the design. Well built and should last a very long time."

Matein Travel Laptop Backpack

LOVED FOR: Its storage space, pockets, and laptop compartment

FUN FACT: Don't worry about forgetting a charger, there's a built-in USB port outside and a cable inside. Pretty cool, right?

Fjällräven Kånken Laptop Backpack

WHY YOU NEED IT: The cool, functional, stylish design and multiple bright color options

ABOUT THE BRAND: Fjällräven means "arctic fox" in Swedish, honoring the highly adaptable predator that lives in the Swedish mountains under harsh conditions. From the small town of Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven has now expanded to every corner in the world. 

Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack

LOVED FOR: The overall look, design details, and durable fabric

WHY YOU NEED IT: It includes an internal media pocket with a headphone port for convenient music listening while you walk or ride

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