Backpacks aren’t just for camping in the woods anymore. Many men who have never started a campfire or set up a tent have a backpack for one reason or another. Beyond the outdoor lifestyle, backpacks are used for everything from carrying a few pieces of clothing for a quick trip to toting books around on a college campus. Among men, backpacks are among the most frequently used clothing accessories and bags. While we think this is primarily because these bags are just so useful for so many purposes, they can also be stylish and even attractive. Backpacks are also symbolic, suggesting that you are active, energetic and on the go. Some men even use a backpack for the gym instead of getting a locker. And there are specific work backpack models as well.
Long ago, men generally only carried a wallet around with them – since virtually everything they had on their person could be carried in a wallet. But that was then and this is now. These days, our society is more complex and there is a tremendous focus on mobility. You have to carry around far more than your father and grandfather did. Now, men’s backpacks are transporting laptops, chargers, tablets, notebooks, sunglasses and any number of other items. Having a well-designed and sturdy model makes toting around all this stuff much easier. The everyday backpack and the gear backpack are both now very trendy.
Some of the Best Backpacks
Of course, there’s no such thing as perfect backpacks for men. Each of us is different and we all have different needs. Works for someone else might be totally inadequate for you. So the following list is a quick review of what we think – from our perspective – are the five best backpacks available for men. We try to choose from a wide range of available models, and we included some that are focused on particular sports, while others are more general. So here are our five picks for the best backpacks for men.
Just a quick summary of backpacks before getting into the details. The Heritage Multipurpose Backpack by Herschel supply is a good general backpack for the average person who might be traveling around the city or traveling in general. The Sunhiker Cycling Hiking Backpack is a somewhat more specialized backpack, and works well for bikers – although it is less useful for hikers. The ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack is another rather unique backpack, since it is very lightweight and designed to be easily folded into a very small space.
Next there is the extremely rugged and high quality – if somewhat expensive – SA1908 Black TSA Friendly ScanSmart Laptop Computer Backpack, which is manufactured by the well-known SwissGear company. The last entry is also made by SwissGear – the Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack. Like the previous Swiss gear model, this sturdy, well designed model is made for laptops and is again rather pricey. These backpacks give you a nice range of sizes, styles and prices from which to choose. This will help you narrow down on the one that’s just right for you.
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Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Multipurpose Backpack
With their Heritage Multipurpose Backpack, Herschel supply has produced an excellent and personal backpack for the average man.
You’ll find that you can use it as you would other mens backpacks for carrying your stuff from place to place – whether it’s to and from work or just traveling around your city. It also works well for someone on the go who has to catch a quick flight and wants to pack light.
This backpack is solidly constructed and with the 10 different patterns and colors the manufacturer offers, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from to match your personal style.
This backpack is large and well-constructed and has plenty of room to carry a laptop and accessories. It is also solidly constructed out of long-lasting polyester with two small pockets built into the back and a larger zippered pocket also positioned on the back.
WHAT WE LOVE
- Big enough you can carry your 15-inch laptop
- Sturdy and well-constructed
- Highly versatile, meaning it can be used in many ways
- Includes media pocket and a headphone port
- Lots of convenient storage space for all your things
WHAT WE DIDN’T LOVE
The only significant problem with this backpack is the presentation images are misleading.
With regard to this, the product looks very different in reality than it does in the images shown in the ad selling it. The images make the colors look much more saturated than they actually are. In fact, the colors on the actual product are rather washed out. This is not to say that the backpack looks terrible – far from it. It’s just that it does not look exactly like the way it is being represented by the seller. It’s quite possible that you will actually prefer its actual colors.
Sunhiker Cycling Hiking Backpack
If you are a biker or hiker and you are evaluating backpacks for men, the Sunhiker Cycling Hiking Backpack is one you should definitely consider. Some of the interesting features it offers include it’s extremely durable, long-lasting construction and it’s comfortable mesh construction shoulder straps.
Another great feature about this backpack is the reflective strap incorporated into it. Safety is an important concern when you’re out hiking or cycling, and this makes it easy for others to spot you in the dark.
WHAT WE LOVE
- The nylon material used is water resistant
- Durable polyester construction makes this backpack rugged and long-lasting
- The backpack is relatively light weight, making it perfect for bikers
- Decent amount of storage space if you are not carrying too much
Another great feature of this backpack we think you might appreciate is that it is constructed using nylon material and is therefore water resistant. There are two mesh construction bottle holders on the sides of this backpack and a large zippered pocket at the back. It has a good deal of storage space as well.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LOVE
• Not quite as large as it appears in the images
The problem with this backpack is that it is simply too small for serious hikers. It’s fine for bikers who are going to carry too much anyway, but most hikers will need more equipment than this backpack will allow them to carry. Perhaps suitable for some day hikers, but not if you’re going any significant distance for more than a day. While it is well constructed and made of very durable materials, its design and colors make it unsuitable if you just want to tote things around the city. But it is probably a great backpack for bikers.
ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack
ZOMAKE has created an excellent lightweight backpack that is useful for a wide range of purposes and situations, making it one you might want to consider. It’s a surprisingly simple – even basic – design, but the interesting thing about this backpack is that you can compact it into a fairly small bag. The company offers this backpack in several colors, making it easy to get something that suits your tastes.
WHAT WE LOVE
- This backpack is extremely lightweight and compact
- It can even be compressed down into a back the size of a small envelope
- It is extremely inexpensive
According to the manufacturer, it is both waterproof and very lightweight. The tear resistant mesh construction in the shoulder straps helps to minimize sweating, which is always a problem when you’re out hiking in the heat and the sun. It also has a listed storage capacity of roughly 20 liters, which is a lot.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LOVE
- This backpack does not seem like it can hold much weight
In many ways, this is a pretty good backpack, but it has one serious drawback. The fabric used in the construction of this backpack is unusually thin. Obviously, it was designed so it could be compacted and carry around more easily. While this has certain advantages, the weakness of the
material is a definite disadvantage. Of course, if they had made the fabric somewhat thicker, it would not have been as easily compactable as it
actually is. And it’s also true that if you don’t expect to be carrying a lot of heavy things in it there really shouldn’t be a problem.
SwissGear SA 1908 Black TSA Friendly ScanSmart Laptop Computer Backpack
SwissGear is one of the best known and best respected backpack manufacturers on this list. This particular backpack was designed by SwissGear with a very specific purpose in mind.
This backpack was created with office workers in mind, since it includes a design and features best suited for that purpose. One of the reasons it is so popular with this particular market demographic is that it offers plenty of storage space for all the things they have to lug around with them.
The manufacturer has also included to side water bottle pockets and padded laptop straps to protect your computer and your data.
This product features to relatively large back pockets and to quite large main compartments. Also, the shoulder straps included with this backpack are quite comfortable, making it easier to carry the backpack and its contents.
if you’re looking for a high-quality backpack with plenty of space, this might be the one for you.
WHAT WE LOVE
- Extremely durable construction
- Lots of convenient storage space
- Laptop straps are included
- Has two pockets of water bottles, rather than one
Another positive feature of this backpack is that the manufacturer has incorporated high quality, sturdy zippers – instead of the easily broken ones that you will find on many cheaper backpacks.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LOVE
• This backpack is rather expensive
The average person is usually looking for a backpack that costs half as much as this one does. Would think that that would be a major roadblock to the company making any sales, but this model actually sells quite well. Clearly, this is because of its excellent construction, its durability and the amount of storage space it offers. In fact, this one is so good that if it was a bit less expensive, it’s sales would probably skyrocket.
SwissGear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack
Yes, it’s another SwissGear model. The simple fact is that if you’re looking for quality it’s difficult to ignore this company’s products. In this case, their product focuses on laptops. This excellent backpack offers extremely generous storage space. As large as it is, it is excellent both
for traveling and for use as your regular backpack when getting around the city.
If you want to have a backpack that helps you carry your laptop around in a safe and secure way, you would have a hard time finding a better one.
It is certainly well constructed and likely to be very resistant to wear and tear over time. And the generous storage space and organized layout
are a major plus as well. Of course – as with any of the Swiss gear products – it is a bit pricier than much of the competition.
WHAT WE LOVE
- Several outer pockets with zippers
- Plenty of well laid out storage space
- Sturdy polyester construction
- Straps that incorporate mesh to minimize sweating
One of the most appealing features about this backpack is its robustness. There are two very large compartments, as well as a padded inner liner to help protect your laptop. The sides of this model also feature two mesh pouches and two fully zippered pockets. On the back of the backpack there is a single large zippered pocket and a sturdy handle that makes the backpack easy to carry by hand.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LOVE
• Not a very attractive design
There is actually very little to dislike about this backpack. It is a truly excellent product that offers a number of useful features. But the one drawback is its appearance. However, if appearance doesn’t mean that much to you or you can simply ignore it because of the high quality of this backpack, you’ll be able to get a lot of use out of this product on a daily basis.
Selecting the Right Backpack
Unfortunately, most people consider the design of a backpack before they even start thinking about instruction and its functionality as compared with the alternatives. While there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting your backpack to look good and to fit your personal style, it’s also essential to look at the quality of the materials used, the design and the features you will get. When you’re deciding which backpack you want to buy, you have to view it as an investment – and you’ll want to get value for your money. Below are some of the things you need to consider:
Many backpacks incorporate only a single large compartment, while others might have two. If a backpack is intended for a laptop, in most cases it will have a padded inner wall incorporated into its design and will also have more than a single compartment. After all, you need somewhere to put your mouse, flash drive, headphones and so on. Keep in mind that not all backpacks are really appropriate for laptops. Generally speaking, laptops are extremely sensitive to any impact, which means that any backpack carrying a laptop needs to have a specific compartment designed for that backpack. This should include either a padded wall or padded straps – or both. Remember that however expensive your backpack may be, it almost certainly cost you far less than your laptop. This should make it clear which of the two needs to be your priority.
While backpacks for men tend to be larger than those women usually purchase, there’s no point in buying more backpack that you actually need. Toting around a laptop in a backpack that’s large enough for an expedition into the woods just makes you look ridiculous. So if you’re just using a backpack to go from your home to your office and back again, buy one that actually suits your needs. Figure backpacks are best used by guys do a lot of traveling. For them, in addition to carrying laptops, they may have to carry a change of clothes, documents and so on. In that case, you might be justified in getting something quite a bit bigger.
People often have a tendency to equate the price of a product with its quality. This is sometimes true, but not always. It is possible to occasionally find a very high quality backpack at a reasonable price. And in the same way, you can find yourself paying a ridiculous amount for a backpack only to discover that it is poorly constructed and not particularly long-lasting appearances can be deceiving when it comes to backpacks, so look at the details of the materials that were used and how backpack is laid out. Also consider the reputation of the manufacturer. If a particular backpack was manufactured by company known to produce duds, you might want to steer clear of it. Make sure that when you are investing in a backpack that you make comparisons between at least several by different manufacturers before making your decision. That way, you have the best chance of actually getting a bargain..
So to wrap it up, choosing a backpack might seem like a relatively straightforward proposition. You go online, look at the pictures of some you happen to like and randomly pick one. This approach of course is a guarantee you will probably get something you’re not fully satisfied with. It’s very important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of any backpack you are considering. Backpacks have moved beyond the rugged outdoor types and school campuses and become a part of everyday city life. They are an actual investment – particularly when they are carrying something valuable like a laptop or a digital pad.
But all backpacks – as you can see above – are not made the same. There are different materials used, different designs and different purposes. The same backpack that you might select for carrying your laptop to your office would not necessarily be the right one for a hiking trip – and vice versa. Use the above to help guide you in making your choice. We believe that these five backpacks listed above represent a range in quality, price and utility, meaning any of them can be the right choice for you depending on your needs.