Pack Mentality

10 Everyday Backpacks That Are Too Cool for School

For work, play, and every other day.

By Jenni Moore

The products listed here were independently selected by a member of the editorial staff. Should you choose to purchase a product through a link on this page, we may receive an affiliate commission.

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There are so many occasions when you might need a good backpack: school, work, hiking, camping, biking, traveling (remember when we did that?). Well, thank the retail gods for making sure there's a backpack for every occasion. When it's time to pack it in and head out, make use of one of these stylishly functional numbers.

JanSport Main Campus Backpack, JanSport


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Seattle-founded company JanSport has some of the most attractive, simple, and long-lasting backpacks in the game. If a JanSport craps out on you, the company offers a lifetime warranty to get your backpack repaired or replaced at no extra cost. This option is an updated version of a classic, with pockets for your laptop, water bottle, and whatever else you may need to carry.

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Chrome BLCKCHRM 22X Yalta 3.0 Pack, REI


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A Chrome backpack may just become your favorite belonging, especially if you're in need of a roomy commuter backpack. The rolltop style makes it easy to pack, while a laptop sleeve, front pocket, and side pocket help keep your stuff stashed. One of this backpack's best features is the "crossvent" back panel, which allows airflow on your back—especially ideal if you're working up a sweat.

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Topo Designs Light Pack, Evo


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Need something light for everyday use? This bag by Topo Designs might do the trick. Fitted with a laptop sleeve and key clip, it also comes in durable nylon. Fremont

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Adidas Originals National 2.0 Backpack, Nordstrom


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This snazzy and durable Adidas Originals backpack—featuring the iconic three stripes—makes a solid bag for books, the gym, or work. It's also got a back cushion, laptop pocket, two-way zips, and easy-access exterior pockets.

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Patagonia Arbor Lid Pack 28L, Patagonia


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This top-loading backpack is Fair Trade Certified sewn, has a padded laptop sleeve, exterior storage, and an interior organization pocket for small items. Bonus: It's made with 100 percent recycled materials.

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Commuter Pack Alt Carry, The North Face


This Commuter Pack with crossbody strap and water-repellant finish is great for a day hike or your typical Seattle commute.

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Biographer Backpack Charcoal, September


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A handmade waxed-canvas rolltop backpack at September is exceedingly useful and stylish with its wool-padded leather straps and adjustable baseline buckle connection. Ballard

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RAINS Waterproof Backpack, Prism


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This waterproof backpack offers the best of functionality and sleek, minimalist design. It has a magnetic and carabiner closure, plus a roomy main compartment and laptop sleeve. Thanks to an extra-durable matte polyester/polyurethane blend, it also hides dirt and scuffs. Ballard

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Seattle Mariners Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Cooperstown Collection Backpack, Mariners MLB Shop


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Own your hipster-retro look with this vintage-inspired Mariners pack. 

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Ripstop Nylon Backpack, Filson


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Want a pack that'll hold all the necessities a long trek demands? The tough and impressively spacious Ripstop Nylon Backpack at Filson is a good bet with its lightweight material and plethora of pockets.

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