20 Snazzy and Ultra-Functional Backpacks for Every Budget

20 Snazzy and Ultra-Functional Backpacks for Every Budget

If you’re ready for your next great adventure, these modern backpacks will take you there.

Whether you're commuting, hiking, or taking classes, our favorite picks below are stylish, affordable, and will cover whatever journey awaits.

Under $50

Herschel Supply Co. Classic Mid Volume Backpack
A true classic, this medium-sized Herschel Supply Co. backpack is the sleek, slightly scaled-down version of the functional storage staple.
Baggu Drawstring Backpack
Our classic Drawstring Backpack, now with wider straps and reimagined exterior pockets.

Under $100

Béis The Backpack
Make weekend trips and overnight stays easy and hands-free with a multi-function travel backpack designed with an interior mesh pocket and laptop compartment. Padded backpack straps make for comfy carrying when you're waiting for the train or walking through the airport.
Topo Designs Water Repellent Light Backpack
Durable, water-repellent 420-denier tech fabric means lasting appeal for this compact backpack that's ideal for short hikes, campus life or daily commutes.    Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom...
Thule Changing Bag
Make diaper changes easier with this bag that carries everything you need, including a changing pad, and attaches to your stroller so it's always ready. ...
Fjällräven Kånken Backpack
Meaning arctic fox in Swedish, Fjallraven began 50 years ago in Sweden making a framed backpack design that carried loads comfortably. This innovation helped make the outdoors accessible to a whole new generation of people and launched a movement to protect wild places.
Baggu Small Sport Backpack
A backpack for all seasons and all phases of life—for school, for work, for life in general.
Timbuk2 Tuck Laptop Backpack
The key to a great cycling backpack is a waterproof and durable exterior (remember, you will be out in the elements en route to work). Luckily for you, this color-blocked Laptop Backpack from Timbuk2 fits the bill.

Under $200

Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack
Great Dakotas come in small packages too. Sometimes you don’t want to carry around a bunch of baggage, which is why the Small Dakota is perfect for you.
Bellroy Tokyo Totepack
Casual yet professional, versatile yet simple – the Tokyo Totepack is a subtle chameleon that fits in wherever your day takes you.   Enjoy the comfort of carrying on your back, or tuck in the straps and hand tote when you need to look a little sharper.
Timbuk2 Convertible Backpack Tote
An elevated tote with a chic military look, the Tote Rucksack is mostly tote and a little bit backpack. Tuck-away backpack straps transform it from refined tote to slightly sportier backpack, making it hard not to wear everywhere.
Matt & Nat Fabi Backpack
Backpack with adjustable straps. Top flap with magnetic snap closure. Expandable gussets at the top to widen the opening. Small zipper pocket on back for security.  Interior: 13” laptop compartment, smartphone pocket, logo-embossed Vintage patch.

Under $500

Bellroy Duo Totepack
For all the duality that exists in your day-to-day. Just a laptop, notebook, pen and phone? Clip in the sides to slim things up. Unclip again to add clothing, lunch and more. Hand straps let you carry the Totepack with professionalism, while comfortable straps untuck to turn it into a backpack.
Cuyana Leather Backpack
Crafted in Italy from soft Italian leather, our rendition of the essential backpack considers every little detail. We designed this piece for versatility—carry it by the classic back straps, or detach them both and carry it as a shoulder bag with the detachable top shoulder strap.
Cuyana Convertible Satchel - 15 Inch
From a backpack, to a crossbody, to a top handle bag—our Convertible Satchel with adjustable straps is a versatile wonder. Streamlined in shape and crafted from full grain Italian leather, it wears beautifully over time with a memorable soft hand feel.

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