A backpack is the best, most efficient, and most comfortable way to carry your stuff—there’s a reason why you don’t see people hiking on the Appalachian Trail with a tote. But finding the right one that works for you and your lifestyle isn’t easy. Whether you’re commuting to an office or school, running to your local coffee shop, or going on a weekend trip, a good backpack will look good and keep your stuff organized. It’s easier on your neck and shoulders than an overstuffed purse or briefcase (and miles better than trying to hold everything in your hands).
Whatever your needs, we have a fit and functional backpack for you. We inspect backpacks for a suspended, padded laptop sleeve; durable fabrics and high-quality zippers; and versatile storage options. Don’t see anything you like here? Check out our other guides, including the Best Recycled Bags, Best Laptop Totes and Purses, Best Messenger Bags, Best Camera Bags, and the Best Travel Bags.
Updated January 2024: We added the North Face Jester, the Road Runner Slacker Day Pack, the Solo machine washable backpack, the Cariuma laptop backpack, and the Patagonia Ultralight Tote Pack. We also added some accessories.
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