The best backpacks and laptop bags for style and protection
If you're looking for some backpack inspiration look no further, we've collected some of the most stylish and some of the most practical backpacks around. Some are limited editions, and some may be from brands you haven't heard of, but they all have one thing in common - they're great backpacks!
If you're looking for the best of the best, check out T3's guide to the best backpack, from more well-known brands.
And if you're planning a holiday, make sure you read our guide to the best travel backpacks.
But, without further ado, these are some of the most stylish and practical backpacks for men:
The new Booq Daypack is a slim, futuristic looking backpack. Capable of holding a 17-inch laptop, the Daypack also features two large exterior side pockets for a water bottle and umbrella. The long front zip also creates a wide, accessible opening, and there are plenty of pockets and dividers inside.
Brooks England Pickwick
Perfect for those trendy, retro cycling-types - this sack made by Brooks England screams heritage. Made from water-resistant cotton and featuring a roll-top design it's as durable as it is stylish. The backpack features an internal laptop compartment and secret pocket hidden on the back for valuable items.
Manhattan Portage x Alpha Industries
Manhattan Portage and Alpha Industries have teamed up to launch their first ever collaboration which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original M-65 Field Coat. Made from the same material as the legendary coat, and taking design queues from famous military garments these retro inspired bags are perfect for protecting your tech.
The tropical Jungle Rucksack pays homage to the classic military issued backpack used during the Vietnam War and the tactical MOLLE design is the military's 21st century version of the Vietnam-era technology known as ALICE (All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment).
From around £114 | Manhattan Portage
Paul Smith Cycling Jerseys
Paul Smith 'Cycling Jerseys' print backpack features a classic design and black leather trims with adjustable shoulder straps, gold Paul Smith signature embossed hardware and a mesh back. Internally the backpack features a zip fastening compartment and a padded slip pocket designed to fit the 13-inch MacBook. Finished with a Paul Smith signature tab, a black Paul Smith dust bag is included, because you know it's posh if your bag has it's own bag.
Herschel Pop Quiz
This rucksack from American brand Herschel comes in a variety of swish colours and with a whole host of useful features to boot. With space for up to a 15 inch MacBook, along with an iPad, both of which have separate fleece-lined pockets, this is perfect for hauling around your delicate Apple gear. There's plenty of internal space for accessories and even a special pocket just for your Ray-Bans.
This backpack comes from the prolific iPhone case manufacturer Incase. It's a stylish, minimal shell design with a multitude of pockets and dividers to keep your tech protected. It's made from durable 840D nylon and can fit a 15-inch MacBook Pro. Our favourite feature has to be the cable port for on-the-go access to portable power or audio.
Victorinox Altmont 3.0 Flapover
Victorinox is not only great at making little Swiss Army Knives, they're also adept at luggage. The backpack can fit 17-inch laptops, it's made from nylon, features seamless water resistant zips, and an attractive, Swiss design.
Sandqvist makes bags and packs of such aching Scandinavian sexiness that last time we went in its Berwick Street shop, we were asked to leave, as all our heavy breathing and gasps of pleasure was putting off the other customers.
The Roald, not to be confused with The Donald, is one of its larger bags and comes in Sandqvist's trademark heavy canvas, in a range of perfect colours, with leather detailing. There's a more daring yellow option, if you find the ninja black, special forces khaki and boyish blue a bit butch for your tastes.
Inside: a 15-inch laptop sleeve. Outside: ammo pouches for your battery packs, headphones, camera, etc. Around the back: "adjustable straps" with just enough padding. Oof!
Arc’teryx Granville Pack
This sleek and sophisticated pack is perfect for urban areas with extreme weather, you know, like London and Edinburgh. Made using “Advanced Composite Construction (AC²)”, the bag is seam taped and highly water resistant. The Granville features a zippered back panel for quick access to your laptop, and a top pocket with key clip.
This is a classic school backpack made more desirable by the Vans patch and punchy colours.
Louis Vuitton V Line Pulse
Designed for "the active man" this lightweight and ultra-mobile backpack is perfect for the more discerning buyer. Made from water-repellant calfskin leather, it also boasts multiple pockets to organise your busy life. Finished with the traditional Gaston V and quick release metal buckle.
£1,870 | Louis Vuitton
The JanSport Superbreak has been the number one selling backpack for students around the world for more than 30 years. It's affordable, made from durable Nylon, and kind of iconic.
LowePro Tahoe BP 150
LowePro was started by Greg Lowe, a photographer/mountaineer/filmmaker from a small Colorado town, when he developed an internal-frame backpack to protect his camera equipment. The Tahoe BP 150 will keep all of your photographic gear and a tablet protected in a lightweight, sporty shell.
This bag from MRKT has a heavy Japanese influence and is made of dense felt and VEGN leather (ie: unlike £5 notes, it's not made from cows).
It'll take up to 13 big inches of laptop with ease, with room for your J-Pop CDs, original Neo-Geo cartridges, sushi knives, kimonos and suchlike. Domo arigato.
MRKT makes a wide range of bags. They all put striking twists on traditional backpack, briefcase and satchel forms, and are generally named after hip-hop and electronica acts, as far as we can tell. Splendid.
Nike Vapor Energy
Perfect if you constantly find yourself in the gym, this 'pack from Nike includes a 'wet' and 'dry' compartment to keep sweaty clothes away from your precious tech (and dry clothes). It opens wide for easy access, and has a shoe compartment capable of fitting up to size 15 sneaks. The shoulder pads are made from Max Air for lightweight shock absorption.
New for AW16, the Penfield Fox is an ingenious piece of kit. Made from a fully reflective fabric, the entire pack lights up making you more visible in the dark. Apart from that, it's business as usual, with a classic design and padded shoulder pads.
Offering plenty of protection for your kit, the Thule Stravan boasts room for a 15-inch laptop and tablet, both of which are housed from the elements under a storm flap. We're big fans of the main compartment, which fully zips open and makes packing/unpacking much quicker.
Aquapac Wet & Dry
Ideal for for traveling, biking, and activities such as stand up paddle boarding, this waterproof pack will ensure all of your precious belongings stay dry. The TPU-coated fabric with taped seams and roll-seal top will keep water out, and an internal divider will separate wet and dry items of clothing (or dirty and clean). It's comfortable as well, with Removable back support/seat and chest and waist straps.
Manfrotto D1 backpack for DJI Phantom
If you like to carry all of your tech around on your back like a little futuristic turtle, this backpack is for you. There's space for a laptop, tablet, camera gear, and DJI drone. There's probably even space for a VR headset. It's modular, with interchangeable dividers, features a water repellant coating, and has a fold out rain protector.
If you don't carry a drone everywhere, maybe you don't even own a drone? We'd suggest you go for the new Off Road Stunt backpack, which is more lightweight and durable.
TBD | Manfrotto
STM Velocity Prime
The lightweight Velocity Prime backpack contains plenty of space for organisation. The contoured zip allows easy access to all your tech, and there's even a handy quick access pocket. The Prime comes complete with STM's SlingTech System, which cradles your laptop/tablet and protects it from drops.
£65 | Amazon
Overboard Pro-Light Waterproof
If you happen to commute on a boat, or stand up paddle board, this 'pack from Overboard is perfect for you. It's IP66 rated, meaning it is waterproof, snow proof, dirt proof and sand proof.
This 12-litre daypack is compact and lightweight, but still includes plenty of space for tech you'd rather not get wet.
It's a seamless electronically-welded design, with a simple sealing system making it fully submersible. It also has plenty of useful features, such as a whistle buckle, buoyant straps, and quick-release elastic webbing.
If you're an 'Urban Commuter' these 'sacks from PKG are for you. They give protection and security, with everything waterproofed, lightweighter and versatile. PKG was sounded in Canada, with to goal to combine simplicity, versatiliity, and functionality into something that's inherently fashionable. We'd say they've done a good job.
There are two new ranges this season, Black and Tan, and Ascot. The designs are inspired by chinos and vintage neckwear (respectively), encapsulating the everyday gentleman.
From £98 | PKG
Lat_56 BC_01 Briefcase
It may not be the MOST attractive bag, but if you're after the ultimate protection for your laptop - look no further.
Made from military-spec EVA foam the BC_01 can hold a 13-inch laptop with enough expandable space for documents and overnight clothing.
There's plenty of interior pockets, helping you stay organised, and the company boasts it'll handle "anything from an acid rain downtown downpour to a tropical typhoon".
Lat_56 is based in Scotland, and the bag comes with a five-year lifetime guarantee, so you can expect top quality craftsmanship.