The right backpack will take the weight off your shoulders.

Not literally, but it’ll keep you from worrying about not having your everyday necessities on hand. There is no other bag better suited for the daily commute and the office grind than the backpack, with all of its compartments and pockets and other organisational features. Your electronic devices, stationery, and whatever else you must have with you on the regular can all be safely stashed in it.

But functionality and form aren’t mutual, thankfully. Even though there are plenty of backpacks on the market, only some truly look good — or at least, not like their appearance was an afterthought. That’s why we’ve rounded up a handful of bags that have been designed optimally across several factors: practicality, style, and comfort. Below, see all the men’s backpacks that you (and your back) will grow to love.

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1
Herschel Supply Co 'Purcell' backpack

Show everyone else on your daily commute that you mean business with this Herschel Supply Co bag. The military-inspired design is made of durable, water-resistant canvas that will see you through stormy weather. It also features adjustable padded straps that are easy on the shoulders.

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Price
S$160
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2
Carhartt Work In Progress 'Kickflip' backpack

There’s nothing incomplete about this Carhartt Work In Progress backpack, which is made of water-resistant technical canvas. The bag will definitely come in handy on rainy days — and any other day when you’ve got an extra load to carry, because it comes with multiple pockets on top of a roomy interior.

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Price
S$150
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3
Brooks England 'Pickwick' backpack

This Brooks England roll-top backpack is made of coated cotton canvas and leather trims, so it’s both stylish and water-resistant. When you’re on the go, you’ll also appreciate that it stays securely on your back, thanks to the bag’s wide shoulder straps that can be buckled across the chest.

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Price
S$288
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4
Eastpak "Tecum M" backpack

You can’t get more pragmatic than this Eastpak coated nylon backpack. It features several zipped pockets and buckled straps to secure your necessities with. Inside, you’ll find a laptop compartment and another pocket, both sumptuously lined with velvet.

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Price
S$135
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5
Norse Projects 'Hybrid' backpack

This sleek nylon backpack is one for the minimalists. Its design is straightforward: zippered pocket at the front, slip pockets at the side, and a pair of detachable, padded shoulder straps for you to comfortably carry your stuff with. Said stuff includes your laptop, which can slide into the separate compartment inside the bag.

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Price
S$246
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6
Troubadour 'Explorer Bivy' tote backpack

If you can’t decide if you want a tote or a backpack, this Troubadour bag makes up your mind for you. The waterproof bag, made of nylon canvas, features a long top handle that easily folds over if you’d rather carry it by the shoulder straps instead. As a bonus, you’ll find multiple pockets all around the bag, too.

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Price
S$240
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7
Master-Piece Co 'Swish' backpack

Master-Piece Co combines form and functionality in this sturdy nylon canvas backpack. The Japanese label has fitted the bag with wide mesh pockets on the front and a pocket compartment on the inside, so your daily essentials will never be out of reach.

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Price
S$300
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Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.