After enjoying a long reign of popularity in the nineties, the backpack remained largely ignored for quite some time. As we all know, however, every fad comes full circle. After living under the shadow of messenger bags and totes, the backpack has made a mighty return and it's better than it ever was. It has moved far beyond something that students carry to a full-blown fashion accessory that combines form and function. With an endless array of fabric options like leather, canvas and even twill along with the many technical aspects you can choose from, it can be daunting task to shop for one. Lucky for you, we've put together a great list to help you decide. Turn the page to take a look at Freshness Curated: 10 Everyday Backpacks.
Produced by: Dan Hwang
Sweden-based company Haglöfs was founded in 1914 and is today the largest supplier of outdoor equipment in Scandinavia. The Vike 25 is made of waxed polycotton canvas and comes with two padded compartments to keep your laptop safe, along with a number of strategically placed pockets.
Volume: 25 LMaterials: Waxed polycotton canvas, 200 D Oxford polyamideFeatures: Aluminum trims, leather detailing, padded inner sleeve for 15” laptops and 11” tablets, one spacious main compartment, hidden outer pocket for travel documents, two zippered outer pockets
Seoul-based accessories brand RAWROW is a master of minimalism. Their super versatile R Bag 107 features leather and neoprene accents and can be carried upright or on its side, allowing you to switch up your look. It's casual style at its absolute best.
Dimensions: 18" x 12" x 5"Materials: Polyester, leather, neoprene, TPEFeatures: Water proof, coated fabric, holds a 15" laptop
DSPTCH started in 2010 with the intent of providing functional and durable accessories for everyday. Their Daypack is made of a durable and water-repellent 1680D ballistic nylon and features a designated laptop and tablet compartment, internal water bottle pockets and a built-in cord management system.
Dimensions: 13" x 17" x 7"Volume: 22 LMaterials: Water-repelling 1680D ballistic nylon, 410D nylon pack clothFeatures: Closed cell foam padding, Duraflex plastic hardware, laptop sleeve is designed for a 15" device
Sometimes, some of the best products come from people that decide to create something on their own. Launched on Kickstarter, the AER Fit Pack is made using a tough, water-repellent exterior and features slots for all your mobile devices and best of all, a separate pocket for your sneakers.
Dimensions: 18" x 12" x 7"Volume: 19 LMaterials: 900D heavyweight polyesterFeatures: Separate compartment for shoes or dirty clothes, front-load main compartment for spacious storage and easy access, fits up to 15" MacBook Pro, tablet pocket, quick-access top pocket for small items
Côte&Ciel has been known to make the most of their minimalistic designs, combining creativity and practicality into one and their Isar raw canvas backpack is the perfect example. It boasts a unique and unusual shape but comes with zippered inner compartments that will keep all your electronics nice and cozy.
Dimensions: 14" x 11" x 2"Materials: Raw canvasFeatures: Padded computer compartment fits up to 15" Macbook, hidden zipper pockets, pockets for convenient access to your belongings
San Francisco-based Mission Workshop aims to create gear that out-performs, while maintaining a clean aesthetic appropriate for your everyday needs. The VX Sanction Rucksack is made with a 1000 denier VX Cordura ripstop shell backed with a PET waterproof membrane and is as lightweight as it is handsome.
Dimensions: 12" x 18" x 5"Volume: 20 LMaterials: 1000 denier VX CorduraFeatures: PET waterproof membrane, lightweight urethane coated ripstop liner, YKK urethane coated zippers, large zippered pocket fits 15" laptop
As sneaker lovers, you already know that one can never go wrong with Nike. The ACG Responder is as awesome as they come with an X-shaped, four-way Nike Quad Zip system that allows you to completely open the bag for easy interior access and tons of packing room.
Dimensions: 20" x 15" x 7"Materials: Polyester, nylonFeatures: Hypalon quick-pull tab with Duraflex buckle for secure storage, drainage ports on bottom shed excess water or sand, paratrooper drop line attachments on bottom for secure attachment, fleece-lined valuables pocket for protecting fragile items
Colorado-based Topo Designs creates high quality gear and clothing that works alongside out rapidly moving lives while keeping the natural environment in mind. Their classic Daypack uses 1000d Cordura for the exterior and a coated pack cloth for the inner compartments and is an ideal companion for work or travel.
Dimensions: 12" x 19" x 6"Volume: 22 LMaterials: 1000d CorduraFeatures: Natural leather lash tabs, heavy duty metal hardware, heavy duty straps reinforced with seatbelt webbing, inner organizer pocket and laptop sleeve
Since its launch in 2008, GORUCK has been making their gear right here in the US, drawing inspiration from their experiences in the Special Forces. The military-inspired 21-liter GRO is built for intense conditions. It even comes with a bombproof compartment that can hold a "MacBook Pro or a hydration bladder".
Volume: 21 LMaterials: Military-grade, highly water-resistant materialsFeatures: Main compartment opens flat, internal pocket layout allows for optimal organization, 16" tall bombproof compartment next to your back is extra reinforced to securely take a laptop or hydration bladder into combat, external slant pocket provides quick access to keys, snacks, and other small items
Able Archer creates stunning designs inspired by the work of photojournalists, news writers and traveling professionals. The Rucksack is their take on the classic silhouette and features internal elastics and mesh pockets for storing everything you need to go about your day.
Dimensions: 22" x 12" x 5"Volume: 22 LMaterials: Mil-spec water resistant canvas exterior, nylon interiorFeatures: 15" laptop compartment with waterproof zipper, separate inner lining compartment, dual side-entry fast access storage panels with pockets, dual lined waist stash pockets for lens caps, filters and small items, flap passport pocket with magnetic closure