The Best Commuter Backpacks for Every Kind of Style

A great choice no matter your style. 

By Brittany Vincent
Filed Under Backpacks

We end up carting around a lot of stuff around with us. Since we end up spending so much time lugging our laptops, cameras, phones, and other tech goodies with us from place to place, it’s a good call to find a truly functional, rugged, and great-looking bag to make this happen—and protect our investments.

We found the best tech backpacks out there that’ll fit your laptop (and everything else you’ve got with you, too). If you’re ready to upgrade, check these out:

The Adaptable Option

The Peak Everyday Backpack is a svelte, adaptable option. Its dedicated laptop pocket ensures you have easy access to your tech without having to rummage through your bag. On a practical level, what we maybe love most is the MagLatch magnet-powered closure system, which keeps everything incredibly secure. But while the weatherproof materials will keep your MacBook and expensive equipment safe, this bad boy also looks like a stealth aircraft that works in nearly any setting.

The Easy Access Backpack

If you’re more of an urban cowboy, the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault backpack should be right up your alley. Crafted from ultra-tough 500D Cordura, this model is inspired by the same kind of rucksacks the military uses. It also features a unique triple-zip closure at the front of the pack, which puts everything within reaching distance. The lid pocket with key clip makes it easy to keep track of small items you don’t want to lose, and the two internal pockets ensure you can keep your valuables safe while out on a trek.

The Commuter Bag

This sleek, understated bag was created with commuters in mind, with smart load management and quick access to all your essentials. Throw it over your back and the floating, padded laptop compartment will ensure your computer is safe when you set the bag down. It’s got a spacious main compartment paired with a buckled closure to make things that much more secure as well. Its compression straps will ensure the weight on your back is evenly distributed so you can cart those gym clothes, iPad, chargers, camera, whatever you have to take with you together without having to stop for breaks (or subjecting your back to them.)

Best of all? It’s devoid of too many bells and whistles and won’t call attention to yourself if you’re trying to keep a low profile. If you’ve got to hoof it a while away too, it’s got a nicely ventilated mesh back panel to wick sweat away from your body. Functional and stylish—just how we like it.

The Durable Bag

If you want to make a statement with your bags, opt for this hulking pack, which can carry just about anything you need while on the go. It’s also eye-catching, with exterior gear attachment options that let you clip things on when you need quick access. With five handles and a max capacity of 28 liters, you can throw everything but the kitchen sink inside and still be good to go.

The exterior is waterproof to ensure your expensive electronics are protected, and there’s a special interior pocket for laptops up to 15” as well. If you’re thinking of hitting the trail, going mountain-climbing, or just need to make jaunt out into the city via subway (or foot), this is the bag that will end up surviving it all, no questions asked.

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