20 Snazzy and Ultra-Functional Backpacks for Every Budget
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20 Snazzy and Ultra-Functional Backpacks for Every Budget

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By Samantha Daly
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
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
Baggu Drawstring Backpack
A simple canvas satchel for daily essentials. Roomy, but still neatly sized.

Under $100

Béis The Backpack
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 Light Backpack
Topo Designs Light Backpack
Cool throwback color blocking defines a compact backpack built from lightweight, durable tech fabric.
Everlane Modern Snap Backpack
Everlane Modern Snap Backpack
This twill backpack features a contrast base that’s screen printed 11 times for durability and protection against wet grass and dirty floors.
Thule Lithos Backpack
Thule Lithos Backpack
Padded sleeves dedicated for both your laptop and tablet are built inside the main compartment of this durably made ripstop backpack for easy organization and protection. Breathable mesh-padded back and straps enhance the comfort of carrying a heavy load.
Fjällräven Kånken Backpack
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 School Backpack
Baggu School Backpack
A sturdy backpack for commuting and traveling, with padded straps for comfortable wear. Padded interior pocket to holds a 15" laptop. Exterior zip pockets keep small items organized and easy to grab.
Timbuk2 Tuck Laptop Backpack
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
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
Bellroy Tokyo Totepack
Casual yet professional, versatile yet simple—the Tokyo Totepack is a subtle chameleon that fits in wherever your day takes you.
Timbuk2 Convertible Backpack Tote
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.
DSPTCH Daypack
DSPTCH Daypack
Lightweight daily carry bag from DSPTCH. Features multi-function pockets, designated laptop and tablet compartment, internal water bottle pockets, and built-in cord management system.
Moleskine Vertical Nylon Device Bag
Moleskine Vertical Nylon Device Bag
Contemporary bag from Moleskine. Webbing carrying handles. Adjustable webbing shoulder straps. Breathable air-mesh back. Wraparound two-way water-resistant zip closure. Heat-sealed front zip pocket. Interior zip pocket. Padded 15" laptop compartment.
Matt & Nat Fabi Backpack
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.
Rains Drawstring Backpack
Rains Drawstring Backpack
A stylish backpack for sightseeing and train hopping. Waterproof fabric protects your belongings. Synthetic fabric is sturdy and lightweight. Main compartment holds all your essentials for a day on the town.

Under $500

Bellroy Duo Totepack
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
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.
Tumi Voyageur Hagen Backpack
Tumi Voyageur Hagen Backpack
Modern style and functional design come together for a backpack that’s as versatile as it is elegant.
Cuyana Convertible Satchel - 15 Inch
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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