Fall Trends5 Smart Backpacks for Hauling All Your S#!t
The best way to tote your gear—whether you're a college student or a corporate warrior.
When you're a kid, going back to school is as simple as letting your parents buy all the items on your homeroom teacher's checklist and stuffing them into a canvas rucksack. But when you're a grown man pursuing a higher education (or just trying to make it to the office on time), different considerations apply. You need a bag that's not only big enough to tote around all of your gear, but also durable enough to deal with daily commutes. Most importantly, it needs to be just as stylish as you are.
That's what Reddit user tomabbott99 is looking for. He turned to the r/MaleFashionAdvice community for help finding a bag that'll carry all his books and a laptop, but that "won't fall apart after a week." Below, our humble suggestions for some of the best backpacks on the market.
Everlane's Modern Commuter Backpack is the stuff dreams are made of. It features two sizeable zippered compartments (that way you can separate your computer from your gym shorts), plus its cotton twill exterior is lined with nylon inside, making it easy to clean when your salad dressing inevitably pops open.
Everlane, $68, available at everlane.com
There's a reason nylon is the material of choice for so many backpack makers: it's lightweight and durable as all hell. This one from Michael Kors is accented with leather details, which makes gives it a grown up and luxurious edge.
Michael Kors, $200, available at mrporter.com
Jack Spade has been making covetable bags for longer than we can remember—and this backpack is no exception. The brain opening up top ensures it'll be easy to squirrel away massive quantities of the things you need to get through your day.
Jack Spade, $298, available at jackspade.com
Of course if you want something that will really last, go for the leather. This backpack from Coach is a little more expensive than the rest, but it's worth the investment. Plus, its standout color and racing stripes will ensure you never get your pack mixed up with someone else's.
Coach, $595, available at coach.com
For the ultimate in luxury, reach for Shinola's Runwell backpack. This leather bag is lined with sturdy cotton canvas and features two large zippered compartments, padded straps for comfort, and pockets for both your laptop and your phone.
Shinola, $995, available at shinola.com