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Freshness Curated: 10 Travel Backpacks

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Backpacks are no longer what they used to be and we here at Freshness take them very seriously. Once used to just carry books, they have now returned, mightier than ever, as an absolute must-have accessory in the modern man's closet. One of the most common uses for the backpack is obviously for travel. Long ago, the travel backpack was limited to just a few archetypal styles, made to be simple, lightweight and practical. Times, however, have changed and so have the environments we spend time in. The bustle of a concrete jungle can be as daunting as one in South America and laptops are now just as prevalent for backpackers as extra canteens are. Picking out a great bag that comes with the necessary technical elements while also maintaining a contemporary aesthetic is tough, but our team has picked out some of the most stunningly useful ones out in the market today. Following our post on 10 Everyday Backpacks, we bring you a list that will satisfy even the pickiest traveler with the perfect balance of form and function, whether you're hiking through a rainforest or jet-setting from city to city. Turn the page to check out Freshness Curated: 10 Travel Backpacks.

Produced by: Dan Hwang


Incase EO Travel Backpack

San Francisco-based Incase launched in 1997 with the aim of providing better quality and designs that meet today's lifestyle and technology needs. The EO Travel Backpack is versatile, weather-resistant and is able to carry all your devices and a change of clothes. It comes with a special compartment that fits a 17-inch laptop designed for a quick and easy airport screening.

Dimensions: 21.5" x 15" x 5"Materials: Triple coated weather-resistant front panelFeatures: Main compartment expands 35% for overnight travel, MacBook compartment opens flat to easily pass through airport security, sternum strap for comfortable carrying

Minaal Carry-On Bag

Dissatisfied with their gear, founders Doug and Jimmy launched Minaal hoping to create a more productive traveling experience. The Minaal Carry-On Bag features full-length zips, giving you instant access to all your things, while providing separate compartments that allow you to keep your electronics safe from damage. Additionally, it's sized to make sure it's easy to take on to any airplane.

Dimensions: 22" x 14" x 8"Volume: 35 LMaterials: 500D Cordura, 1000D Cordura, 210D Nylon Interior Lining, 2mm NeopreneFeatures: Main sleeve fits up to 15-inch Macbook Pro, second sleeve holds up to MacBook Air 11-inch, drink holder carries bottles of up to 3.5-inches, internally-bound seams

Aer Duffel Bag

Based in the great city of San Francisco, Aer seeks to "simplify the way you carry". Their Duffel Pack is built to pack all your gym and office essentials into one bag. It features a vertical zipper all the day down the front, giving you easy access to the interior, just as a normal duffel would but doubles as a backpack with comfortable straps on the back.

Dimensions: 21.5" x 12" x 7"Volume: 24 LMaterials: 1680D ballistic nylon exteriorFeatures: Ventilated shoe compartment, padded laptop and tablet pockets that a 15-inch Macbook Pro, waterproof zipper for the main compartment, adjustable sternum strap for comfort and stability, padded horizontal and vertical handles

Slicks Suit25

London-based Slicks started when founder Chris wanted to find a more practical bag for his commute. The Suit25 is said to be "the perfect solution to your everyday trip to the office". With a carefully designed interior, it comes with enough room to fit supplies, a change of clothes and most importantly, a suit. Concealed shoulder and hip straps allow you to carry it as a backpack or a briefcase.

Dimensions: 20" x 13" x 8"Volume: 25 LMaterials: 600D PU-coated nylon outer, 200D inner, EVA molded back panelFeatures: Suitcover and hanger included, hip and shoulder straps that can be stored behind the EVA back panel, spacious compartment stores 15-inch laptop

Aqua Quest Sport 30

Aqua Quest has been designing and manufacturing great waterproof gear since 1996. The Sport 30 backpack, available in charcoal and red, has been a favorite among campers, hikers and commuters alike for many years. Made with waterproof 400D RipStop Nylon, it comes with the comfort and durability of a high end backpack, all the while remaining weather-resistant.

Dimensions: 21.5" x 12"Volume: 30 LMaterials: Abrasion resistant Oxford 400D RipStop nylon with TPU lamination and DuPont DWR coatingFeatures: 100 percent waterproof, double bar tacked stress points and a full line of webbing loops for attachments, high visibility reflective straps and logo, fully adjustable


The North Face Refractor Duffle Bag

The North Face Refractor Duffle Bag is as sturdy as it sounds. It features a main compartment that zips opens at the middle, a security-friendly 15-inch laptop "lie-flat" compartment and a quick-access front pocket for tablets or books. Additionally, the stowable shoulder straps and side handle make it easy to transition from backpack to duffel.

Dimensions: 19.5" x 14" x 8"Volume: 28 LMaterials: 840D nylon, 600D polyester, 1000D polyesterFeatures: Dedicated 15-inch laptop pocket with neoprene sleeve that allows for checkpoint-friendly travel, clamshell main compartment with a mesh pocket and divider that makes packing clothes easier, die-cut ID window, external zipper and computer-cord pocket


Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack

Timbuk2 started in San Francisco back in 1989 and has since been manufacturing great products in the heart of the Mission District. The Command Laptop Backpack is a backpack solution for business travel. The TSA-compliant laptop compartment lets you breeze through security while strategically placed external pockets provide easy access to all your valuables.

Dimensions: 13" x 19" x 5.5"Volume: 32 LMaterials: Custom Timbuk2 print linerFeatures: Front zip pocket for small bits, internal organizer, large main compartment, tricot-lined floating pocket protects sunglasses or smartphone, channeled airmesh ventilated back panel, bottom compression straps for cinching, elasticized external side pocket for water bottle or U-lock


Heimplanet Daypack

Heimplanet aims to bring new ideas to traveling and accomplish things in creative ways. The Daypack from their Monolith Series is a great companion that can be used as both a backpack and messenger. Featuring two stowable shoulder straps and an additional single strap, it is as versatile as it is ruggedly handsome.

Dimensions: 15" x 11.5" x 6"Volume: 22 LMaterials: 840D ballistic nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon, titanium G-hooks, duraflex plasticFeatures: Padded laptop pouch, front carry system, water-repellent zippers, stow pocket for shoulder straps, padded messenger bag carry strap, zipper cords in various colors


Able Archer Rucksack

Inspired by the work of photojournalists, news writers and traveling professionals, Able Archer creates beautiful designs for the practical and stylish traveler. The Rucksack is their take on a classic silhouette and features dual side entries, internal elastics and mesh pockets for storing all your valuables and electronics.

Dimensions: 22" x 12" x 5"Volume: 22 LMaterials: Mil-spec water resistant canvas exterior, nylon interiorFeatures:, 15-inch 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


Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack

Based in Ventura, California, Patagonia is known for making excellent high-end outdoor gear. The Crag Daddy Pack provides easy access through a duffel style opening in the front and features an internal frame for easy carrying even when it's fully loaded. The removable frame sheet, made from lightweight aluminum, provides support for heavy loads and moves with you.

Dimensions: 25" x 10.5" x 9.5"Volume: 45 LMaterials: Super durable 630D Cordura nylon with polyurethane coatingFeatures: Massive main compartment with duffel-bag style opening, zippered stash pocket for guide books, stretch mesh water bottle side pockets, side compression straps, air flow-mesh shoulder straps and back panel, padded waist strap, adjustable sternum strap, large reinforced grab handles, internal stash pocket