Choose your own adventure with one of these great backpacks
Backpacks: They’re not just for kids any more! Whether you’re an active adult who likes to go on weekend hiking adventures or a commuter with a lot to carry to and fro, a reliable backpack is a great solution. It will keep you organized, carry your essentials and can be stylin’, too.
From throwback knapsacks with a refined collegiate feel to rugged packs for your upcoming trip, we’ve rounded up some styles that will totally have your back.
(Now, if Mom could just pack our lunch. And leave a little inspirational note. Are we asking too much?)
Best backpack for backpacking
An ultralight, yet supportive backpack pack comes with lots of extras that will accompany you on your trips–whether you’re climbing a mountain in Colorado or taking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This pack features removable sleeping pad straps, cord tie-offs that let you strap an ice axe or flashlight or other tool on the outside and a flapjacket for weather protection. Osprey Exos 58 pack, $219.95, rei.com
Best backpack for commuting
This stylish, leather backpack with pretty gold zippers almost gave us reason to go back to school. (Then we started thinking about midterms and tuition.) Trust us, you don’t have to be enrolled in classes to carry this backpack around. It’s a perfectly suitable alternative to a briefcase, and is great for carrying your important documents, chargers and other office must-haves. Michael Kors Rhea leather backpack, $223.50 on sale, nordstrom.com
Best backpack for pool days
Colorful triangles on canvas and faux leather details make this cheerful backpack the perfect companion for a trip to the pool or beach. Pack your snacks, a good book, a towel and sunscreen and get to lounging! We also love this backpack as a carry-on for travel, quick hikes and day trips. Women’s triangle-print backpack, $29.99, target.com
Best backpack for the gym
Feel silly lugging your earbuds, headband, deodorant and a sweatshirt in a big ol’ gym bag? Go lighter, with a backpack perfect for the fitness center. Upside: You won’t have to wrestle against the locker to make this bag fit inside. We love this Adidas backpack because you can carry along a ball for the days that your trip to the gym includes a little pick-up basketball, or an intramural volleyball or soccer game. Plus, a wet-dry shoe tunnel helps keeps cleats or shoes separate from your gear. Adidas Estadio team backpack, $49.99 on sale, footlocker.com