Not every bag is built for a week in the woods. Sometimes, we just need a bit of help getting to work. Enter the commuter backpack. It holds everything you need for the day while still being small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of you.

There is a surprising number of gearheads who don’t properly invest in their commuting bag. It might be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but only the best commuter backpacks include features and quality materials that last longer and hold more while staying small.

You just need to get caught out in the rain with your laptop once to understand the value of a backpack that goes the extra mile to protect what you carry with you. Whether it’s water, lunch, essential documents, textbooks, or electronics, your commuter backpack needs to be able to carry it all.

Plenty of cheap bags don’t take care of all the details, and your shoulders will feel it.  It’s worth investing in one of the best gear haulers on the market to protect your health and your valuables better.

Not all bags are made equal, and you don’t want to end up with an expensive bag that just talks the talk. Read on to find out more about the best commuter backpacks on the market, so you can find the bag that helps you walk the walk.

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Product
Description
Best Commuter Duffel Backpack
Best Commuter Duffel Backpack

Osprey Arcane Duffel

  • > $$
  • > Made from recycled materials
  • > Multiple carry options
Best Overall Commuter Backpack
Best Overall Commuter Backpack

Aer Travel Pack 2 Small

  • > $$
  • > Front zippers are lockable
  • > Extra rain protection
Ethically Made Commuter Backpack
Ethically Made Commuter Backpack

Gulu Made Motivator Pack

  • > $$
  • > Loads of extra pockets
  • > Unique design scheme
Best Waterproof Commuter Backpack
Best Waterproof Commuter Backpack

Arc’teryx Granville 16 Zip

  • > $$
  • > Completely waterproof
  • > Minimalist design
Commuter Backpack For Hipsters
Commuter Backpack For Hipsters

The Backpack by Stubble & Co

  • > $$
  • > Water-resistant
  • > Super Stylish
Commuter Backpack For Students
Commuter Backpack For Students

Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

  • > $$$
  • > Weatherproof
  • > Lockable zippers
Best Commuter Gym Bag
Best Commuter Gym Bag

Aer Duffel 2

  • > $$
  • > Loads of extra compartments
  • > Fits a basketball
Best Business Commuter Backpack
Best Business Commuter Backpack

Nomatic Travel Bag 30L

  • > $$$
  • > Water-resistant
  • > Many carrying options
Best Commuter and Hiking Backpack
Best Commuter and Hiking Backpack

Osprey Quasar 28

  • > $
  • > Extra shoulder protection
  • > 13 different pockets
Most Versatile Commuter Backpack
Most Versatile Commuter Backpack

Osprey Centauri

  • > $
  • > Tons of different colors
  • > Adjustable sternum straps
Bicycle Commuter Backpack
Bicycle Commuter Backpack

Osprey Apogee

  • > $
  • > Durable protection
  • > Minimalist design
Leather Messenger Bag
Mahi Leather Explorer
Leather Messenger Bag

Mahi Leather Messenger

  • > $$
  • > Messenger style satchel
  • > Excellent Leather
Best Organized Commuter Bag
Best Organized Commuter Bag

Tropicfeel Shell

  • > $$-$$$
  • > Built-in wardrobe
  • > Protected Laptop Compartment

The Very Best Commuter Backpacks

Packed and ready for my morning commute.

From Berlin to Bolivia, we’ve consulted loads of broke backpackers to put together this list of the best backpacks on the market. Of course, everyone’s needs are different, but one of these packs is bound to make your commute easier whether you’re walking to work, jumping on the bus or flying about town on your fancy electric bike!

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#1 – Best Commuter Duffel Backpack – Osprey Arcane Duffel

Osprey Arcane Duffel Pack

Osprey Arcane Duffel is our pick for best commuter duffel backpack

Specs
  • Size: 18.5” x 12.2” x 10.6”
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs
  • Capacity: 30 liters

This duffel takes care of the details to make the bag easy to organize and transport, and recycled materials make this bag stand out. Made out of plastic bottles and durable fabrics, the bag is minimalist but it’s still supportive. It’s a duffel style bag, so don’t expect too many front pockets or water bottle holders, just plenty of lightweight storage space. 

With handles, shoulder straps, and a full-body sling, you can carry this duffel bag however you see fit. No matter how you hold it, the interior is easy to pack, thanks to the full zipper that allows the bag to open further. 

If you’re looking for a lightweight everyday duffel that can also fit underneath a plane seat, this weekend pack is built sturdy and packages in fun features that make it work for all occasions. 

Our team felt this was the best men’s commuter backpack (and women’s) for several reasons. The first being just how lightweight it was especially when considering how much this bag can fit inside. The team also loved the different carry options that this bag facilitates and how well that works whilst commuting. For example, they used the backpack straps to carry the bag whilst walking to the tube station and the duffel option whilst negotiating the queues and train carriages.

Pros
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Multiple carry options
  • Works great with packing cubes
Cons
  • Not many pockets
  • No water bottle holder

#2 – Best Overall Commuter Backpack – Aer Travel Pack 2 Small

Travel Pack 2 Small

Our pick for best overall commuter backpack is Aer Travel Pack 2 Small

Specs
  • Size: 19” x 12.5” x 7.5”
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 28 liters

The Aer travel pack is a commuter backpack that can go anywhere. Whether you’re heading to work, sport, or vacation, this pack will get the job done better than the competition. The bag fits as a carry-on, has a separate laptop compartment, and even has a stowable shoe compartment so your wet trainers won’t ruin everything you own. 

In addition to protecting the rest of your clothes from damp shoes, the exterior of the bag features water-resistant nylon that is as durable as it is dry. Across the board, this bag is built tough with reinforced buckles, zips, and grips designed to last for decades. 

While the bag comes with a hefty price tag, its various uses and high-quality materials more than justify the price. 

Our team felt it was a close contender for the best backpack for work commuting, only falling short due to its slightly larger size for most people’s needs. However, what our team did love about the bag was how well it did carry larger loads when needed as well as how well its design functioned for longer business trips. They also loved the different organisation options for keeping their wires and other tech accessories in order.

Pros
  • Great for Airplane Travel
  • Front zippers are lockable
  • Extra rain protection
Cons
  • Shoe compartment is large
  • A bit on the heavy side

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    #3 – Ethically Made Commuter Backpack – Gulu Made Motivator Pack

    Gulu Motivator Pack

    Meet the ethically made commuter backpack: Gulu Made Motivator Pack

    Specs
    • Size: 19” x 12” x 9”
    • Weight: 2 lbs
    • Capacity: 25 liters

    Team up with the women of Gulu for your next commuter backpack, and you’ll receive a roomy pack with plenty of small pockets for essential details. The Gulu Made brand set up shop building a backpacking factory in Uganda and has entrusted the local community with making sustainable backpacks built to last. 

    These bags are designed and built by local tribes. The women of Gulu took modern comfort features into account, adding on water bottle holders and ten different organization pockets with an extra computer sleeve. 

    The Motivator is the most spacious Gulu-made pack on the market and offers everything you need to commute in sustainable style. If you are after an ethical product, this is a good one.

    Our team were big fans of this bag and one of the standout features in terms of the organisation was the 3 main sections of the pack. They just loved that their laptops could be placed in their own section at the back away from all their other gear, meaning it was easy to access when needed but easy to keep secure too. They also loved how the large main section fully zipped down allowing our team to configure their gear however they wanted, including things like camera and packing cubes.

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    Pros
    • Unique design scheme
    • Loads of extra pockets
    • Built for life
    Cons
    • Not protected against the weather
    • Not built for mountain treks

    #4 – Best Waterproof Commuter Backpack – Arc’teryx Granville 16 Zip

    Arcteryx Granville 16 Zip

    Arc’teryx Granville 16 Zip is one of the waterproof commuter backpack

    Specs
    • Size: 18.5” x 12.2” x 10.6”
    • Weight: 1.65 lbs
    • Capacity: 16 liters

    There’s no good reason to take a risk with your commuter backpack. Your everyday bag will have to get the job done rain or shine, and this lightweight Arc’teryx will make sure everything stays dry no matter the weather. 

    The waterproof technology is everywhere from the external pocket built for holding your cell phone down to the watertight zippers. Don’t expect any bells or whistles on this pack. A minimalist, monotone exterior only comes with one extra pocket. 

    Inside the main compartment, you’ll find a few more storage options. A laptop sleeve, mesh separators, and secret pockets make a convenient and dry space for everything you’ll need in a day’s work.  This is one of the best waterproof backpacks I’ve ever tried.

    For those of us in rainier climates carrying laptops and cameras on a daily basis, this bag was a godsend and our team really appreciated the additional protection. They also loved the lowkey sleek and modern appearance of the bag as well as the different pockets and organisational features both internal and external which made keeping everything organised super easy for such a compact bag.

    Pros
    • Completely waterproof
    • Minimalist design
    • Reinforced straps
    Cons
    • Zipper is finicky
    • Not many external pockets

    #5 – Most Hip Commuter Backpack – The Backpack by Stubble & Co

    The Backpack by Stubble & Co

    Specs
    • Size: 31” x 38” x 14”
    • Weight: 1 kg
    • Capacity: 21 liters

    The Backpack is the classic multi-purpose backpack from British-based manufacturer Stubble & Co. It is made from water-resistant premium Tekwax® canvas, with a minimal design that ensures maximum performance and practicality without compromising on style. It features a protected 16” laptop compartment and two side pockets capable of holding a 500ml bottle or umbrella.

    The Backpack has a total capacity of 21 litres with drawstring closure to provide great storage flexibility. This backpack provides comfort, function and style for your everyday adventures.

    Our team just love how cool this bag looks with its matt black canvas material and metal G-hook closure. They just felt that it made the bag look so professional and smart whilst at the same time retaining a personal and trendy look. Aside from that they really loved the large open interior with a laptop-protected pouch that allowed them to carry all their gear with ease. The fold-over waterproof canvas top also gave them an added sense of security and protection too.

    Pros
    • Water resistant
    • Stylish AF
    • 16″ laptop pouch
    Cons
    • Doesn’t conform well to shoulder
    • Won’t stand out in a pile

    #6 – Commuter Backpack For Students – Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

    Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

    Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack is our pick for best commuter backpack for students

    Specs
    • Size: 18.5” x 12” x 9”
    • Weight: 3.2 lbs
    • Capacity: 27 liters

    With all the right reinforcements in all the right places, this bag will help carry your load. Extra cushioning in the shoulder pads help lug your books home from class, and it’s still small enough to fit underneath a seat. 

    Many bags can fit a laptop, but no models go further than this one to keep your electronics secure. An extra layer of ariaprene foam protects the laptop compartment, and lockable zippers make sure nothing accidentally slips open.  

    Our team felt this bag was a proper solid and durable pack that offered an awesome level of protection for their gear on the daily commute, whatever the weather threw at them! They were also big fans of the different pockets, zippered compartments and elasticated sections that are perfect for keeping all their wires, papers, pens, journals and other bits organised and accessible.

    Pros
    • Sternum Strap
    • Weatherproof
    • Lockable zippers
    Cons
    • Feels bulky
    • Expensive

    #7 – Best Organized Commuter Bag – Gregory Rhune 25

    Gregory Rhune Backpack

    The Gregory Rhune is the most organized commuter pack

    Specs
    • Size: 20.3 x 50.8 x 33 cm 
    • Weight: 0.925 kg
    • Capacity: 25 liters

    The Gregory Rhune brings a durable and sustainable approach to the everyday backpack concept. All fabrics used in this pack are made from recycled materials resulting in a 51% in the production cycles carbon footprint. 

    However, eco-credentials aside, this is a genuinely bloody good pack with an excellent  attention to details. Designed for an active user the Rhune packs have an integrated shoulder harness pocket that is perfect for ear buds, transit passes, or mints.

    The pack is accessed by a top-lid opening that pulls back – that’s not an opening style that I am too used to but it’s fine. Insider the pack, the main compartment is split into 3 handy compartments including a very generous laptop compartment.

    To the touch, the material used in construction of the Gregory Rhune feels quite strong and durable and yet, the pack feels very light to carry.

    Overall, this is a great backpack for commutes and for day travel. Our team agreed too and felt it was a great bag for when they had to carry quite a lot, they said it felt roomy and yet not bulky once fully packed out and also remarked on how comfortable the shoulder straps were even at full capacity.

    Pros
    • Made from recycled materials
    • Great organisational capacities
    • Nice and light
    Cons
    • Not cheap (yet not expensive)
    • Not great for hiking
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    #8 – Best Commuter Gym Bag – Aer Duffel 2

    Aer Duffel Pack 2

    Aer Duffel 2 is one of the best commuter gym bag

    Specs
    • Size: 21.5” x 12” x 8”
    • Weight: 2.4 lbs
    • Capacity: 24.6 liters

    Don’t let the name fool you – this is more than a simple duffel bag. Three separate straps allow you to carry the bag however you feel that day, giving you one less excuse to skip the gym. 

    An extra compartment prevents stinky shoes from spreading, and a top pocket lets you store your keys and flash your key card with ease. The bag is a hybrid model built for the gym and the office. 

    With a separate laptop compartment, you can keep everything together in their respective space, making Aer’s Duffel the perfect bag when you want to stop by the gym on the way home. 

    The team loved the multi-use aspect of this bag and felt that was a big factor for many of them feeling it was the perfect commuting bag for their needs. Those who loved to nip to the gym after work felt it offered the perfect one-bag solution that still looked the part in the office and avoided them having to drag along another scruffy-looking gym bag. The shoe section was particularly useful in keeping gym and business separate!

    Pros
    • Loads of extra compartments
    • Several carrying options
    • Fits a basketball
    Cons
    • Only comes in black
    • No rain protection

    #9 – Best Business Commuter Backpack – Nomatic Travel Bag 30L

    Nomatic Travel Bag 30L

    Meet the best business commuter backpack: Nomatic Travel Bag 30L

    Specs
    • Size: 19” x 19” x 13”
    • Weight: 3.3 lbs
    • Capacity: 30 liters

    Nomadic broke backpackers across the world have been using Nomatic for years. The technology we pack inside our backpacks is constantly improving, and travel bags like these provide the extra features to keep everything secure no matter what we take with us. 

    The thick 30Ls of volume are perfect for laptops, cords, and equipment. Various exterior pockets make security checks a breeze, and sternum and waist straps will keep the pressure off your shoulders. 

    This is one of the larger packs on the list, it’s a great business backpack for overnight trips.

    Our team felt it was the best commuter laptop backpack on the market due to the separate pocket at the back of the pack just for your laptop. Another feature they were a big fan of was the extendable section which meant our team could easily add extras to their bag when needed without being bulky, for example, picking up some bits from the supermarket on the way home or packing an extra hoody.

    If you want something a little smaller that still extends to 30l when needed, have a look at the Nomatic Travel Pack instead.

    Pros
    • Does a bit of everything
    • Water-resistant
    • Many carrying options
    Cons
    • Doesn’t ship to Europe
    • Heavy

    #10 – Best Commuter and Hiking Backpack – Osprey Quasar 28

    Osprey Quasar 28L

    Osprey Quasar 28 is our pick for best commuter and hiking backpack

    Specs
    • Size: 19.3” x 12.6” x 10.2”
    • Weight: 1.68 lbs
    • Capacity: 28 liters

    Packed full of easy-to-reach outside pockets, this bag has tons of fun features that make it a great companion on the way to work or the trail. The outside storage pockets all have different functionality, with two side pockets for water bottles or walking sticks and a scratch-free central pocket to protect your phone from rocky scrambles. 

    There is an included laptop sleeve, although at 14 inches, it can’t quite hold every laptop. However, this small size does have its advantages. The pack is so light, you can carry the bag in one hand, or use the included sternum strap when it’s full of gear. 

    To top it all off, an exterior layer of mesh doubles the amount you can carry, providing a convenient place for wet shoes or souvenirs. The quasar is quite simply, a great every day backpack that I quite literally use every single day.

    Our team liked that this bag was super versatile and that it could be used not only on the daily commute but for fun on the trails on the weekends. They felt it was a great way to save money buying several different packs when this one covers many bases. They felt the hard-wearing exterior and dark colour also meant that any potential damage or dirt from the weekend’s adventures won’t be seen.

    Pros
    • Can handle a beating
    • Extra shoulder protection
    • 13 different pockets
    Cons
    • Not the most laptop-friendly

    #11 – Most Versatile Commuter Backpack – Osprey Centauri

    Osprey Centauri

    Our pick for most versatile commuter backpack is Osprey Centauri

    Specs
    • Size: 18.1” x 11.8” x 10.2”
    • Weight: 1.4 lbs
    • Capacity: 22 liters

    Affordable, breathable, and lightweight, there are not many commuters that wouldn’t benefit from the Centauri on their backs. The slim bag doesn’t provide high-tech features but does offer plenty of pockets and padded protections. 

    Two separate internal dividers keep space for your computer and important documents, but a cleaner layout ensures nothing gets lost in cracks and crevices. While there’s not much weight on this bag, Osprey still found space for a hip belt to make the bag great for shorter runs. 

    This bag won’t win any awards, but its simple features do enough to help out in any scenario. Our team felt that for those looking for a simple, durable and smart bag that is super light and gets the job done wherever you use it, this is the one. They also liked the fact that there was an attachment for a light for those commuting on their bikes.

    Pros
    • Tons of different colors
    • Adjustable sternum straps
    • Quick reach pocket
    Cons
    • Not many extra features
    • No back ventilation

    #12 – Bicycle Commuter Backpack – Osprey Apogee

    Osprey Apogee

    Osprey Apogee is one of the best bicycle commuter backpack

    Specs
    • Size: 19.7” x 11.4” x 9.5”
    • Weight: 1.81lbs
    • Capacity: 28 liters

    You may have noticed the trend by now – Osprey makes tons of great commuter backpacks. The Apogee combines some of our favorite features from across Osprey’s backpack repertoire, making it a great bag to strap on if you wear clip ons to work. 

    We love this backpack’s Airscape ventilation system, a rare find on backpacks that feature a laptop compartment. The frameless back allows a better fit for biking, and the variety of pockets and volumes of dedicated storage allow you to fit a change of clothes easily. 

    You won’t find a gear hauler better suited for biking to work in this price range. There are even built-in blinker light attachments if you plan on working late!

    Our team felt this was a step up from the Centauri above with the addition of the compression straps and additional middle organisational section. They loved that it offered a better level of organisation as a result and made the weight distribution much better. They were also keen on the key hook which meant no more digging around in the rain for your keys!

    Pros
    • Two water bottle pockets
    • Durable protection
    • Minimalist design
    Cons
    • No hip strap
    • Not much external storage

    #13 – Leather Laptop Backpack – Kodiak Katmai Laptop bag

    Kodiak Katmai Laptop Bag

    The Harber London

    Specs
    • Size (Large): 14″ W x 11″ H x 3.75″ D
    • Weight: 1.81lbs
    • Capacity: 5 liters

    First up, this isn’t a backpack its a carry case. Sorry for misleading you but its such a cool bag that we just HAD to include it. Most of the commuter backpack we have featured in this post are pretty spacious providing room for gym bags, lunch boxes and changes of shoes. However, some commuters just really need a backpack for holds a laptop and nothing more.

    This beautiful, elegant slim leather backpack by Kodiak is perfectly sized for your laptop. It has a main laptop compartment with an internal pocket as well as front zipper pocket for cables, cards and keys. Its just a laptop pack so look elsewhere if you need a leather travel bag.

    Our team loved how stylish and professional this bag looked for the commute. The simple laptop case could carry everything they need without being too big or bulky. They enjoyed that the bag included several different pockets too so you can keep your wallet and travel card handy.

    Pros
    • Stylish
    • Durable protection
    • Minimalist design
    Cons
    • Limited Storage
    • No hip belt

    #14 – Leather Messenger Bag – Mahi Leather Messenger

    Mahi Leather Explorer

    The MAHI Leather is a great option for business travelers.

    Specs
    • Size (Large): 37 x 28 x 8
    • Weight: 1.81lbs
    • Capacity: 5 liters

    The eagle eyed amongst you will no doubt have spotted that this is NOT a backpack. It is instead a satchel/messenger bag that can also be carried like a briefcase by a leather handle. This makes it a great option for business and professional commuters who need to look a bit more formal.

    It’s made from top notch full grain leather and comes in a classic tan colour. Its storage options are fairly straightforward in that it has a main laptop/document compartment as well as 2 additional pockets for keys and cards.

    Complete with a fawn cotton lining, the Messenger Satchel includes a zip pocket at the back, an internal zip pocket, a leather pouch style pocket at the front and an extendable detachable shoulder strap.

    Another messenger bag, this one offers more room and protection than above for those wanting a similar style but with larger carrying needs. Our team loved the classic satchel style of this bag alongside the hardwearing and weather-resistant leather material. They loved the two-pocket set-up and felt the smaller front pocket was actually surprisingly big.

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    #15 Best Commuter Laptop Backpack – Harber London Commuter Backpack

    The Harber London commuter backpack is a great laptop ready backpack

    Specs
    • Size (Large): 43 x 28 x 14
    • Weight: 1.81lbs
    • Capacity: 16.85 liters

    This hugely stylish backpack from Harber London is designed for everyday urban living. It employs a safe and secure magnetic closing mechanism, comes with a padded laptop sleeve and utilises top quality materials throughout.

    Our team were quite taken with the two-tone style of the bag and just how stylish and hip it looked. They felt it wouldn’t look out of place in the cafes of Williamsburg! Another practical features they loved are the floating bottom of the padded laptop compartment. They also loved that the bag felt compact and yet at the same time felt roomy and offered massive amounts of storage.

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    Best Commuter Backpacks
    NameCapacity (litres)Dimensions (CM)Weight (KG)Laptop Compartment (Y/N)Price (USD
    Osprey Arcane Duffel3046.99 x 30.99 x 26.920.86Y140
    Aer Travel Pack 2 Small2848.26 x 31.75 x 19.051.50Y200
    Gulu Made Motivator Pack2548.26 x 30.48 x 12.70.91Y
    Arc’teryx Granville 16 Zip1646.99 x 30.99 x 26.920.75Y180
    The Backpack by Stubble & Co2178.74 x 96.52 x 35.561Y145
    Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack2746.99 x 30.48 x 22.861.45Y225
    Gregory Rhune 252520.3 x 50.8 x 330.93Y119.25
    Aer Duffel 224.654.61 x 30.48 x 20.321.09Y170
    Nomatic Travel Bag3048.26 x 48.26 x 33.021.50Y279.99
    Osprey Quasar 282849.02 x 32 x 25.910.76Y129.99
    Osprey Centauri2245.97 x 29.97 x 25.910.64Y80
    Osprey Apogee2850.8 x 30.48 x 25.40.82Y100
    Kodiak Katmai Laptop bag535.56 x 27.94 x 9.530.82Y199
    Mahi Leather Messenger537 x 28 x 80.82Y151.50
    Harber London Commuter Backpack16.8543 x 28 x 140.82Y228

    How and Where We Tested To Find The Best Commuter Backpacks

    To test these packs and compile our list of best commuter bags, we took each one of them out and gave them a proper test ride. To do this we gave each bag to various members of our team over an extended period of time so they could take them on various different trips to many locations around the world.

    Packability

    A backpack is primarily designed to carry your gear, so packability was one of the main areas where we judged these bags. When it came to selecting the best commuter bag, we awarded points for how well each one maximised its space and how easily they allowed effective packing.

    It’s not only packing that is important, but unpacking too. We awarded points for how well each pack made it to retrieve items quickly and easily from each bag. When it came to commuter bags, that was especially important for items like travel cards, headphones and wallets.

    Weight and Comfort of Carrying

    No one wants to be carting around a super heavy backpack, having uncomfortable straps that dig in and a pack that unevenly distributes its weight over your back is no fun at all. A good commuter backpack enables you to pack inside it heavy papers and laptops whilst remaining comfortable for a potentially long journey where you’ll be carrying, wearing and holding your pack at various points.

    With that in mind, we awarded full marks for packs that minimise weight and maximum carry comfort.

    Functionality

    In order to test out how well a pack fulfilled its primary purpose we used it for this purpose. So when it came to the best backpacks for commuters, well, we used them whilst travelling to and from workplaces. For us, when it came to the functionality of commuter packs, being easy to carry on and off transport and negotiating crowds with ease were top priorities.

    Aesthetics

    When it came to selecting the best commuter backpacks, looks were super important to us. A pack that will be used in and around the workplace needs to look sleek and professional. With this in mind, we chose packs with a minimal amount of colour and external features.

    Durability and Weatherproofing

    Whilst commuting it’s likely you’ll be bringing along expensive and important documents, laptops, hard drives and other gear you really don’t want to get wet! The chances are you’ll also be standing at a bus stop or walking from the underground station to the office in all kinds of weather.

    As such, we tested each bag on its ability to keep its contents dry and safe by pouring over a pint or two of water and checking the inside! Equally, with everyday use, these bags need to be durable and strong. So we looked at the various pressure points where packs often fail, inspected the seam sewing quality alongside the materials used, the traction of the zips and how well other hardwear faired over time.

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      Final Thoughts

      Whether your commute takes you through city streets or snowy pastures, the backpacks on this list offer lightweight protection and stylish features that help you carry more with you. 

      Whether you want all-around performance or best-in-class features, these bags run the gambit of industry-leading commuter backpacks. 

      Stay organized and stay ahead of the game with the right backpack on your shoulders. Decide what you want out of your bag, and find out what the best gear haulers on the market can do to ultimately decide which bag is best for your arsenal. You can even easily combine one of these bags with a stylish and lightweight travel purse to keep your wallet and passport handy if needed.

      You’ll likely be using your commuter backpack more than any other bag in your kit, so make a list of demands, check it twice, and gear up properly with the bag built for you. 

      Hopefully, you’ve found the best commuting backpack for your needs. Let us know below.


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