The number of backpacks out there is endless, and they range in price from under $50 to several hundred, but finding a life-changing bag isn’t easy. Whether you’re back to commuting to an office or school, working from coffee shops, or going on a weekend trip, a good backpack will carry and organize your stuff. It’s also easier on your neck and shoulders than an overstuffed purse, duffle, or briefcase.
Whatever your needs, we have a fit and functional backpack for you. We inspect backpacks for a suspended, padded laptop sleeve; durable fabrics and water-resistant zippers; and versatile storage options. Don’t see anything you like here? We also have a guide to the Best Laptop Totes and Purses, Best Messenger Bags, Best Camera Bags, and the Best Travel Bags.
Updated April 2022: We’ve added the cheap Out of the Woods Paper Backpack, Patagonia’s Black Hole, the Monos Metro, and the Fjallraven Kånken Totepack as picks. We also added a few more bags to our honorable mentions: the Timbuk2 Division, United By Blue’s Transit Pack, and Troubadour’s Explorer Ridge.
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