If you’re reading this, you’re either here to upgrade your everyday shoulder-slung carrier or you’ve finally decided to invest in a high-quality backpack. Either way, we have exactly what you need. While buying a backpack might not be a crucial life decision, finding a rock-solid central and safe location for your everyday tech, books and other accessories is something we’ve accidentally taken for granted. And backpacks have moved away from just being sporty, or clunky and even over-the-top, there are stylish, minimalist ones that are now great for work and play and give out a much more elegant and sophisticated vibe. We’ve searched the web for some of the best backpacks for men, and here are the ones that topped our list.

The trend of backpacks actually stems back to a couple of decades, where JanSports introduced a lightweight everyday carrier. Things were much simpler then, one compartment and a secondary zip up front for quick access. Obviously things are much more complicated today, as we focus on durability and premium fabrics. The classic oval shape was great for functionality, but this was before the mainstream laptop era, so the cargo on-board was primarily books and folders.

As for men, we don’t require multiple bags to suit various causes, it’s usually one bag for everything. Be it the city hustle, weekenders or even mini vacations. So what should a man look for in a backpack? If you ask us, it’s a combination of space, utility, style and ease of use. Now that we’ve established that, we can delve into the on-going backpack trends. Today, the best backpacks for men seem to revolve around black leather or denim fabrications. In terms of form, the edges are squarer and often boast of a few vibrant zip tags, which is something we highly advocate you look out for as well.