The 11 Best Backpacks for Men in 2023

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated March 15, 2023

The 11 Best Backpacks for Men in 2023
Courtesy of Chrome Industries

A great backpack is worth its weight in gold.

There’s only so much you can carry around in your pockets, and on your days off work, there’s no way you want to be hauling around a business briefcase.

But a backpack, now that’s an everyday item you can use for school, nights out on the town, mini-vacations, road trips, and so much more. Heck, the right backpack can even be work-friendly, the one-bag-to-rule-them-all solution to carrying your EDC items.

Below, we’ve collected a list of the most versatile everyday backpacks from some of the best brands on the market.

These bags are sleek, stylish, sturdy, and ultra-functional. Whether you’re looking for something to take to work, school, or just have on hand for that next trip, give these backpacks a look, and I guarantee you’ll find one that suits your needs (and your budget) just right.

Best Overall Backpack

Boundary Errant Pack

Why did I choose it?

Small enough to be light but tough enough to handle the rigors of your daily commute, hike, or bike ride. The Errant Backpack has everything you want—plenty of space, interior organization, a dirty clothing/shoe compartment, RFID protection, and luggage pass-throughs. The perfect companion for your daily adventures.

Best Minimal Backpack
Bellroy Apex Backpack

Most Rugged Backpack
GoRuck GR1

Best Backpack for Photographers

Best Inexpensive Backpack
Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo Backpack

Best Overall Backpack

Boundary Errant Pack


Use this bad boy on your daily commute or regular business trips, and you’ll find your daily gear is both safer and better-organized.

Don’t let the 22-liter size fool you—it’s got an impressive amount of storage space inside, with more than enough pockets and compartments (including a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve, zippered main compartment, padded tablet pocket, stretch mesh pockets, quick-access external pockets, a zippered bottom compartment for your clothing or shoes, and a huge water bottle side pocket) to make it a breeze to keep all your gear neat while still being easily within reach.

The durable exterior loops allow you to attach other accessories to the backpack, and the luggage pass-through makes it a breeze to carry with your suitcase or spinner.

There’s even RFID protection in a hidden pocket to keep your credit cards and passport safe. Pretty much an ideal EDC backpack.

Best Minimal Backpack

Bellroy Apex Backpack


It’s no overstatement to say that this beautiful backpack by Bellroy is close to the “apex” of quality construction and design. Though it’s designed to be loaded from the top, the multiple magnets built into the frame allow you to unravel and re-fold it according to your preferences, packable from multiple angles.

There are no external or internal pockets to get in your way, just a simple, no-frills design with plenty of storage space for all your gear.

Made from an ultra-tough water-resistant recycled nylon and finished with genuine environmentally certified leather accents, it’s a true work of art that blends form and function to perfection.

Most Rugged Backpack

GoRuck GR1


The GR1 by GoRuck took the ultra-durability of the packs used by U.S. Special Forces and blended in a modern, chic vibe that makes it at home everywhere from Times Square to the Santa Monica Pier to the streets of Baghdad.

The flat-opening design allows you to see everything inside at a glance, and the MOLLE webbing allow for total customization of the bag’s layout. The laptop compartment is “bombproof”, with a hard plastic frame that shields your electronics (and your back) all day long. However, if you want to trim down the weight, the frame can be removed to make the backpack divinely lightweight.

The 1000-denier Cordura nylon is tough and water-resistant, and the bag is just the right size and shape to be TSA-compliant to fit under airplane seats. Take it anywhere and everywhere—you’ll always be glad you have it.

Best Backpack for Photographers



Photographers, world-travelers, parents, and working professionals, this one is for you. The PRVKE backpack was designed specifically for those with a lot of delicate equipment to haul around, adding multiple interior and external compartments to make gear organization simpler and safer.

The upgraded back panel and shoulder straps maximize comfort and reduce the strain on your back, even if the pack is fully loaded.

Thanks to its hidden passport pocket, you’ve got instant access to your most critical documents. It’s weather-resistant, ultra-secure, and lined with soft fleece to shield your equipment from bumps, bangs, scratches, and impact.

Best Inexpensive Backpack

Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo Backpack


If you’ve got a lot of gear to carry but don’t want to upsize to a duffel bag or suitcase, this is the perfect backpack for you.

It’s built with a cargo net compression system that will let you tighten the backpack to keep extra items packed in snugly, or expand the net to fit a bike helmet, water bottle, hard drive, and other large-sized accessories.

The welded waterproof liner keeps the contents fully protected from rain and snow, and the rolltop opening ensures it’s as weatherproof as possible—not to mention convenient to access and pack/unpack.

The abrasion-resistant exterior fabric will withstand years of daily commuting, cycling, or zipping around town on your e-scooter. And just so you know it’s top-quality, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty that guarantees repair or replacement in case of even the slightest damage.

Filson’s Journeyman Backpack


The Journeyman Backpack by Filson is made using “Tin Cloth”, a unique proprietary fabric made by saturated a tightly-woven cotton canvas with paraffin wax. The result is a backpack that is both incredibly sturdy and waterproof enough you can stride confidently through even the heaviest rain.

The backpack features a back panel made of twill that will reduce chafing/rubbing and prevent heavy sweating. It even gives the backpack some structure so it’s easier to pack and will prevent shoulder/lower back strain.

It’s got a dedicated sleeve for a 15” laptop, multiple interior pockets for organizing your EDC gear, and ample space for everything you could want to carry to work, on holiday, or out camping.

Mission Workshop Rhake


Mission Workshop’s Rhake backpack is the overnight bag you’ll want on your next camping trip, holiday, or road trip. Thanks to its roll-top design, you’ve got easy access to all your gear and plenty of expandable storage in case you need to pack for a few days.

The purpose-built internal and external pockets are perfect for organizing all your EDC gear: phone, laptop (up to 17”), chargers, sunglasses, water bottle, and tablet.

The two shoulder straps are equipped with Arkiv rails that allow you to clip on even more MW accessories—including the utility pocket and weatherproof cell phone pouch.

Best of all, the back panel is designed with a luggage pass-through that will allow you to slide the pack over the handle of your rolling luggage for easy transportation.

DSPTCH Ruckpack


Based on a military design, the DSPTCH Ruckpack is the ultra-durable backpack you’ve been looking for.

Made of insanely tough 1680-denier ballistic nylon, this bag can withstand scratches, drops, rips, and punctures.

The Duraflex hardware will last for years without breaking or rusting, and the mil-spec webbing will keep everything tightly secured and in place no matter how active your daily travel.

It’s made in the USA and backed by a Lifetime Guarantee, so you know it’s a bag that can handle daily motorcycle, e-bike, and electric scooter rides.

Best of all, its many interior and external compartments and pockets make it a breeze to organize all your EDC items just the way you want them, accessible at a moment’s notice.

Hardgraft Well-rounded Leather Backpack


If you’re looking for a true luxury item and don’t mind spending a bit more, you’ll love this backpack—a work of fine leather-crafting art.

The backpack is made from the most luxurious Italian washed vegetable-tanned leather, and it feels buttery soft to touch right out of the bag. The more you use it, the more beautiful it will become as it develops a gorgeous and unique patina.

It’s one of the smaller backpacks on our list, which makes it perfect for touring the city in style and comfort. Thanks to the fully adjustable padded leather straps, you can adapt it to sit on your back just right to match your outfit and complete your look.

Aer City Pack


Sling this bad boy over your shoulder on your next day out in the city—whether for work or pleasure—and you’ll be ready for anything.

Its profile is beautifully streamlined so it doesn’t stick out while riding public transit or navigating crowds, and it weighs just 2.5 pounds so it won’t drag on your shoulders after a full day of sightseeing and exploring.

Made of 160-denier Cordura ballistic nylon, it’s tough as nails but still looks elegant and practical. Multiple pockets—including a 16” padded laptop sleeve, quick-top access pocket, exterior water bottle pocket, smart tracker pocket (for Tile/AirTag trackers), and interior organization compartments—make it beautifully easy to keep everything organized and in its place.

Heimplanet Transit Line Travel Pack


Keep it simple and ultra-stylish with this backpack by Heimplanet. The Transit Line Travel Pack is chic enough to match with your work outfit but sturdy enough that it can handle a weekend vacation, road trip, or camping trip with ease.

It’s made using both waterproof fabric and water-repellent zippers, and your contents will stay dry even in a heavy downpour. The clamshell opening makes for easy packing and allows you to see everything inside at a glance. There are also plenty of pockets and compartments—including two external zipped pockets, an elastic water bottle pocket, a 15” laptop compartment, and multiple interior compartments of varying sizes.

You’ll love how comfortable the backpack sits when belted across your chest and waist, but you can remove these straps to make it a standard-looking backpack (shoulder straps only). OneBaggers will love its practical and versatile design.

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