Let’s face it carrying a backpack can make lugging around your gear a whole lot easier. Sure, messenger bags and briefcases are cool. But the weight of your load isn’t going to be evenly distributed across your body. And proper alignment is important! Yes, you can carry a backpack without looking like your going to kindergarten. Whether you’re schlepping around town or traveling across the country, these backpacks are for grownups.
Filson is the quintessential town and country brand. Explorers of all kind favor these high-quality carryalls. Their Ranger backpack is both sophisticated for city and casual for the burbs. With padded straps and drawcord closure, it’s perfect for the weekend. But come Monday, it’s back to business with an interior divider and room for a laptop.
Keep it super clean and classic with Herschel Supply Company’s Heritage Backpack. This low profile look has become the poster child for what every cool kid backpack should look like. It’s not overdone, covered in logos or blingged out with bells and whistles, making it one of the better backpacks for adults. And of course, there’s room to tote your hipster beard oil and your favorite lumberjack shirt too.
If you’re an avid cycler, ditch the messenger bag and keep your weight evenly distributed with a backpack like the Osprey Escapist 32 Pack. Designed with side-release buckle compression straps to stabilize a bulky load, it’s both comfortable and safety conscience. There are helmet and blinker light attachments and a built-in rain cover.
The Frequent Flyer
We love this handsome Eddie Bauer Stowaway Packable 20 Daypack because it’s made of super durable but lightweight ripstop nylon that actually sheds moisture. It folds into a smaller front pocket for easy stowing. And it’s only 30 bucks!
Dads change diapers and lug them around too. But you don’t have to roll up to daycare with a bag covered in cartoon characters. The ErgoBaby Anywhere I Go Backpack Diaper Bag in black has thirteen pockets for bottles, diapers, and binkies. And it comes complete with a wipe down pad so that you don’t have to lay down junior anywhere gross.