In Transit: 20 Best Laptop Backpacks

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Let’s face it. The era of the standard 9-5 workday is over. Today, in our ever-connected world, going to work means opening up a laptop computer either at a coffee shop or open office environment and punching away. And for entrepreneurs, this is more than reality; it’s a lifestyle. But not to worry, such a 21st-century model breeds creativity, encourages independent thought, and has carried us out of the punch-clock days of decades prior.

Today, tech rules. So it only makes sense that you treat your tech like you would your boss. With respect. Because without the proper care and maintenance, tech will turn on you faster than the office busybody. What you need is to coddle your tech, your laptop in particular. And unless you live under a rock, a laptop is your lifeblood, keeping you connected you to the outside world. Therefore, it’s imperative to find a backpack that not only fits a laptop but gives it a warm place to call home when you’re not plugging away on another caffeine-infused morning. Here are the 20 best laptop backpacks to consider.

Timbuk2 Rogue

Timbuk2 Rogue

Looking for a lightweight and water resistant pack that won’t break the bank? This pack might be the perfect choice. Based out of San Francisco, Timbuk2’s Rogue features polyvinyl fabric and fits up to a 15” laptop in its internal stretch pocket. Additional features include front zip pockets for small carry and internal organizers of pens, phones, and other necessary daily items.

Purchase: $54+

Fjallraven Kanken Laptop Backpack

Fjallraven Kanken Laptop Backpack

Weird name. Serious backpack. The Kanken is both synthetic and imported. It’s also the laptop version of their best-selling Kanken daypack. It features a padded compartment that protects a 13” laptop, and also come equipped with a removable seat pad, padded shoulder straps and from/side pockets. It’s the perfect smaller option for daily commuters.

Purchase: $70+

Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack

Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack

For a backpack that stays in style and won’t let you down, Herschel offers a fantastic option with their Retreat model. It features the classic cinch top and is a smaller version of their more popular Little America pack. Inside there’s a fully padded, fleece-lined 15” laptop sleeve pocket, magnetic strap closures with metal pin clips, and external sleeve pocket and reinforced base. The Retreat is a great option for both the commuter and office jockey.

Purchase: $80

RawRow Rope Canvas Cinch Top

RawRow Rope Canvas Cinch Top

With a smooth design and lightweight material, the RawRow canvas is tightly plied with polyester fiber for reinforced water resistance and rigidity. Internally, various pockets hold phones, pens, keys, and room for a 15” laptop while its durable Neoprene cushion protects your personal computer. It features a side zipper opening for easy access, external side pockets, and a genuine Italian vegetable-tanned leather strap for that extra style and comfort. There’s also an internal holding band for securing items such as water bottles and umbrellas.

Purchase: $119

AER Fit Pack

AER Fit Pack

More of an athletic personality looking to carry the gym essentials in something other than a duffel bag? The Fit Pack, from San Francisco-based AER, stores gym/work essentials without adding any extra bulk. It’s composed of a ballistic nylon exterior and features a separate compartment for shoes and dirty clothes, which is nice since you won’t have to worry about your laptop getting tarnished. The pack also stores your smaller items in its various interior pockets and a quick access top pocket.

Purchase: $120

MIS Backpack

MIS Backpack

An acronym for “Make It Simple,” California-based MIS works to create quality gear that performs well rather than look the part. Their backpack is no exception. Built on the same equipment that manufactures gear for military contracts, this pack features materials that are certified “Mil-Spec.” It’s an ultra-rugged option for those looking for a straightforward and sturdy design that can house up to a 15” laptop.

Purchase: $135

Topo Designs Rover Pack

Based out of Colorado, Topo Designs works to produce durable, no frills gear that serves it purpose, no matter what. The Rover Pack, based off the timeless silhouette of the beloved rucksack, features a rugged 1000D Cordura base for strength and a lightweight, water-resistant packcloth upper with cinch closure. Inside, an inner laptop sleeve keeps computers safe and secure in a low-profile design suited for anyone looking to keep their tech safe in style.

Purchase: $149

Patagonia Arbor Pack

Patagonia Arbor Pack

Conquer the outdoors with Patagonia’s 26L pack, a bag that’ll hold all matter of inventory from books to food to everyday carry items within its large flap pocket in the pack’s main compartment. There’s also a shell for any assortment of climbing shoes. Inside the bag, Patagonia raised the laptop sleeve off the base of the bag to protect the computer from any unwanted knocks and bumps from outdoor elements. The sleeve fits most 15” laptops as well.

Purchase: $150

Mystery Ranch Java Pack

Mystery Ranch Java Pack

What better way to organize your office carry than with pack named after a high-end coffee bean. The Java Pack safety secures any and all documents, electronics, and power supply; not to mention an adjustable computer sleeve for laptops up to 17”. It’s a durable and smaller option for the office jockey in all of us and comes in a variety of different colors options for buyers as well.

Purchase: $160

Chrome Industries Kliment Backpack

Chrome Industries Kliment Backpack

This daily travel and commuter backpack is a bit larger than some other options but offers superior organization capabilities both inside and out. It comes equipped with a padded laptop sleeve and ergonomic handles on the outside of the bag for when the train gets a bit too crowded to wear a pack. Its ample storage room also makes it the perfect weekend getaway bag.

Purchase: $170

DSPTCH Daypack

DSPTCH Daypack

Don’t let the name fool you. The Daypack functions exactly as advertised. It maintains a commitment to the essentials of daily carry while offering additional features to set itself apart from the average daypack. It features a designated laptop and tablet compartment, internal water bottle pockets, and built-in cord management system. On the exterior, the Daypack boasts water-repelling 1680D ballistic nylon and closed cell foam padding rounds in the interior of this USA-made durable pack.

Purchase: $180

Incase Icon Pack

Incase Icon Pack

Incase has been in the business for almost 15 years, giving them a fair amount of clout in the field. And by the looks of their Icon Pack, they show no sign of slowing down. Their tech-optimized packs work for the creative spirits around the world. This pack in particular features dedicate compartments for a personal laptop, tablet, and smartphone alongside intelligent organization for any additional tech essentials. To keep things comfortable, Incase outfitted each pack with a compression molded back panel and padded shoulder straps with multiple adjustment points as well.

Purchase: $200

StreetLine BP 250

StreetLine BP 250

The StreetLine is made for the urban dweller in all of us. The design offers a slim, protective and efficient pack that transports your 13” laptop, tablet, and personal gear through the concrete jungle. The backpack features a custom blend of coated fabrics with the appearance of canvas with the moisture-repelling properties of a synthetic material. Multiple pockets peppered throughout the design also keep you small carry safe and secure while StreetLine’s two leather grab handles make it easy to change to carry mode if the bus if public transit is a bit too crowded.

Purchase: $200

Tom Bihn Brain Bag

Tom Bihn Brain Bag

Here, the name says it all. With the Brain Bag from Tom Bihn, carry two, three, or four laptops safety in this durable backpack. Each product is made in the USA and functions as the ultimate on-your-back student or business organizer. It consists of two main compartments and four external pockets large enough for water bottles or a small thermos. Buyers have the option to purchase the stock version or customize their own based on specific wants and needs.

Purchase: $200

Booq Boa Flow Graphite

Booq Boa Flow Graphite

For a durable and sleek option in the realm of laptop backpacks, the Booq Boa certainly delivers. Composed of a ballistic nylon exterior with water-repellent coating, the pack ensures your laptop will be safe from harm within the confines of its HD foam compartment. And for those artsy folk, there’s a bottom compartment with a removable protective frame for DSLR. Also on the sides, the Graphite hosts side pockets for phones, music players, and water bottles. What more could you ask for?

Purchase: $225

Alchemy Equipment AEL005 Daypack

Alchemy Equipment AEL005 Daypack

Outfitted with a unique design and protective EVA exoskeleton that encompasses the main compartment of the AEL005, the pack provides extra protection for any and all precious content ranging from cameras to computers (each pack features an internal laptop sleeve that fits up to a 15” inch personal computer). There is an adjustable sternum strap, embossed lining, and an airflow molded EVA back panel. Whether you’re cruising around town or out for a hike, this daypack will be an essential item for your daily carry.

Purchase: $260

Mission Workshop Rambler

Mission Workshop Rambler

Offering waterproof bag and technical apparel, California-based Mission Workshop created one good-looking expandable cargo pack. The Rambler features a water resistant main compartment that’s used in either ‘roll top’ mode or the more traditional ‘flap-down’ configuration. A front zippered pocket fits most 13” laptops or tablets while a rear rolltop compartment can house a 17” laptop. All within the pack’s weatherproof design.

Purchase: $295

Killspencer Daypack

Killspencer Daypack

Every one of Killspencer’s products is made to order in their Los Angeles workshop by a small team of master craftsmen. Their daypack, in other words, is quite the work of art. It’s perfect for carrying all the daily essentials and is made out of premium leather or waxed canvas with suede on the exterior and a computer compartment capable of securing a 15” laptop on the inside. And for increased comfort, each bag also features foam-padded leather or canvas straps.

Purchase: $350

Lexdray Whistler Pack

Lexdray Whistler Pack

For outdoor enthusiasts and bicycle commuters, here’s an option that provides ideal carry for cycling, snowboarding, skiing or hiking but still doesn’t look out of place in the office. It boasts an understated and stylish design that features a water-repellant fabric and zippers and secretly stores a waterproof cover for that extra protection in harsher weather. Inside, the Whistler Pack hosts a multitude of pockets and ample space for organizing all the belongings, including a laptop sleeve to keep your partner in crime secure in transit.

Purchase: $395

Cote & Ciel Isar Alias

Cote & Ciel Isar Alias

For those looking to really up their class, there’s the Isar Alias, a minimal backpack in graphite gray soft-grained leather. The shape and silhouette are both utterly recognizable as Cote & Ciel yet simultaneously utilitarian in form. The pack features a laptop pocket that fits up to 15” laptops and tablets as well as two zippered inner compartments. The back also hosts secure zips with leather pullers, gunmetal fastenings, and buckles that compliment the bag’s one-of-a-kind design.

Purchase: $750

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