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16 best work backpacks for men

13 Best Work Backpacks for Men

When it comes to seeking out the best backpacks for work, there’s a fine line between looking like a grown man and a 4th grader. That’s why we’ve compiled a list for you to take the guesswork out of selecting your next daypack. Whether you work in an office, in hospitality, retail or any number of professions, there’s bound to be a bag or two to meet your needs and price range. Also, in case you were wondering, every backpack on the list can carry a laptop. Though it’s certainly not one size fits all. Here’s our list of the best men’s backpacks for work:

Chelon everyday leather backpack

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1. Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

This stylish, minimalist leather bag amounts to love at first sight for any modern professional. It features an interior sleeve that supports up to 13-inch laptops, an easy-access interior zipper pocket, two side water bottle pockets, and an exterior zipper pocket for quick access to essentials. The full-grain pull-up leather will develop a rich and unique patina over time. Available in brown and black, Chelon currently ships exclusively within the United States.

Dimensions: 393mm x 266mm x 139mm
Weight: 1.58kg
Volume: 14 litres
Price: $329 USD

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Best backpacks for work norse projects

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2. Rains Rucksack

This daypack offers unparalleled back support and intuitive accessibility managed by a sophisticated design. Whether commuting to work, class or travelling for a couple of days, Norse Projects Rucksack can handle your goods. It includes a padded compartment for laptops, two side pockets with flaps and signature carabiners, and snap compressions at the top for a secure and comfortable fit. Available in a variety of colours including black, blue and taupe. There’s a reason you might find these on the back of many stylish men.

Dimensions: H41 x W26.5 x D14cm / H16.1 x W10.4 x D5.5 inches
Material: 100% polyester with polyurethane coating
Volume: 13 liters / 3.4 gallons
Price: $125 USD

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Best backpacks for work bellroy tokyo tote

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3. Bellroy Tokyo Totepack Compact

While it might not be the most popular Bellroy bag, we think this one blends the best of both worlds. Remaining stylish while offering all the features you need on a daily basis, the Toyko Totepack is a compact, streamlined pack, perfect for city workers who like a classic look and crave plenty of features. Scaled-down a size for shorter days in the modern-day hybris working environment you’ll find all the essential features inside, including; a padded laptop sleeve for devices up to a 13-inch laptop. notebook, pens, tablets and whatever else you may need for day-to-day. The vertical front pocket is great for one-handed essentials and with five colours to choose from the choice is yours.

Dimensions: 400 x 270 x 140mm
Weight: 700g
Volume: 14 litres
Price: $219 AUD

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Carl friedrick bowen

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4. Carl Friedrick Bowen Backpack

This minimal pack made from Italian Vanchetta leather is perfect for any gent looking to make a statement. It features two main compartments with a wide zipper for accessing the main section and a separate padded laptop compartment for easy access. Every tooth of the Raccagni zippers has been individually brushed and polished before assembly. The leather front features a vertical zip pocket for frequently accessed items. Inside, the backpack contains a zip pocket, two fabric pockets and two penholders. It’s a comfortable pack with adjustable full-leather straps.

Dimensions: 390mm x 320mm x 150mm
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: $1050 AUD

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Best work backpacks for men charger backpack

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5. Rains Charger Backpack

This sleek backpack looks to take design cues from stealth fighter jets, combining a unique aesthetic with practical features to carry and protect your everyday essentials. Inside, you’ll find space for a 13-inch laptop, while the exterior is protected by Rains waterproof PU coated signature fabric. Adjustable straps aid with the fit, while the attachment points allow you to carry gear externally should you need any more space.

Dimensions: H 45 x W 26 x D 12cm / H 17.7 x W 10.2 x D 4.7 inches
Material: 100% polyester with polyurethane coating
Volume: 14 liters / 3.7 gallons
Price: $155 USD

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Aer tech pack

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6. Aer Tech Pack

The Tech Pack is designed to organise and protect all your technology essentials. It features multiple compartments and a structured body that remains upright when you set it down. The Tech Pack can hold laptops up to 15.6-inches, has a quick-access top pocket for essentials and an exterior water bottle pocket. This Aer bag features a water-resistant front, ballistic nylon sides and a padded mesh back panel for enhanced comfort and breathability.

Dimensions: 480mm x 320mm x 180mm
Weight: 1.49kg
Volume: 18.5 litres
Price: $200 USD

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Sandqvist bernt backpack

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7. Sandqvist Bernt Backpack

This water-resistant urban backpack is constructed from eco-friendly polyester and features leather details. It’s a versatile and practical bag that jumps from the office to the weekend hike with ease. The laptop compartment can fit up to 13-inch models, plus there’s the main compartment, another outer pocket for quick access, two water bottle pockets and two inner mesh pockets for valuables. Berner is available in 5 colourways.

Dimensions: 450mm x 280mm x 160mm
Volume: 20 litres
Price: 149 EUR

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Hex supply signal backback

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8. Hex Supply Signal Backpack

Hex has a great range of bags with most suitable for work, yet the Supply Signal pack stands tall thanks to its timeless design. It incorporates padded and faux fur lined storage compartments for a 13-15-inch laptop with a zippered tablet pocket on the front of the bag. The main internal storage compartment is spacious and includes an organiser for pens and cards. Supply Signal is made from canvas with genuine leather details.

Dimensions: 457mm x 330mm x 114mm
Volume: 17.25 litres
Price: $90 USD

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State kane double pocket

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9. State Kane Double Pocket

This robust utilitarian backpack has it all. The laptop sleeve fits models up to 15-inches. The extra roomy main compartment has space for all your everyday gear, gym outfit, and a change of clothes if heading to the spot straight after work. One side pocket fits a large 17oz S’well water bottle or smaller, while the front pocket is ideal for quick access to essentials. perfect for the rain, the State Kane Double Pocket is constructed with a water-resistant, rubberized fabric.

Dimensions: 17″ H x 13″ W x 6″ D
Weight: 1.37 lb
Volume: 18 litres
Price: $90 USD

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Topo designs daypack classic

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10. Topo Designs Daypack

This stylish silhouette is the ideal travel companion, schoolmate or pack mule whether you’re commuting through town, across campus or hitting the trail. The internal sleeve fits most 15-inch laptops with internal organisation panels, side water bottle pockets, an exterior pocket for quick-access items and a padded back panel for additional comfort. The 1000D Cordura exterior is durable and resilient, and the natural leather lash tabs are perfect for securing extra gear or attaching a bike light. There’s a wide range of colours to choose from.

Dimensions: 482mm x 279mm x 127mm
Volume: 21.6 Litres
Price: $99 USD

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Brooks pickwick patchwork 1

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11. Brooks Pickwick Patchwork

A light backpack for those who cycle to work, it’s made from a ripstop fabric woven using a special pattern that creates a highly reinforced material able to withstand rips and tears. It’s also waterproof and exhibits a remarkable strength-to-weight ratio. Internally, this back fits a 15-inch laptop with the organisation for small items as well as two outer pockets with two-way stretch material. Vegetable-tanned leather details and custom alloy hardware complete the look.

Dimensions: 480/550mm x 310mm x 150mm
Weight: 980 g
Volume: 12/26 litres
Price: €280

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Best backpacks for work bellroy oslo backpack

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12. Bellroy Oslo Backpack

Equipped for the open road, dressed for the job. This bag has the performance you need while shifting through life’s environments with a padded internal pocket to fit a 13-inch laptop, space for all your charging accessories, a document slip large enough for an A5 notepad and quick access to storage space all around. Hidden, clean, and never in your face, Bellroy makes some of the best work backpacks in the business and the Oslo is a standout.

Dimensions: 300 x 440 x 160mm
Weight: 650g
Volume: 16 litres
Price: $179 AUD

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Best backpacks for work north street davis 1

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13. North St Davis Daypack

Rainproof construction and attention to detail are key highlights on this daypack. Like the majority of packs on this list, the bag has a slim and lightweight hourglass design perfect for everyday use. There’s space for most 11-13-inch laptops and whatever else you need for a day at work or play. What sets North St designs apart are the upgrade options. Both front and rear internal soft Velcro rows allow for numerous accessories including organiser and laptop sleeves. The Davis Daypack is available in a wide range of colours, both standard and limited edition. Most importantly these bags are made to order.

Dimensions: 600mm x 457mm x 254mm
Weight: 540g
Volume: 20 litres
Price: $140 USD

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General FAQ

What are the best work backpacks for men?

The best backpacks for work include the Classic Backpack Plus from Bellroy and the Tech Pack from Aer. These two options are vastly different but offer enough in the way of storage, function and design to get you and gear around in a practical, stylish manner.

Can I bring a backpack to the office?

While a leather portfolio may look the part, many of us would rather the practicality of a backpack. Backpacks are accepted in most offices but don’t necessarily scream success. Unless you carry a Montblanc or Louis Vuitton, an ordinary backpack may not impress a client or boss who favours bespoke suits.


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