30 Best Everyday Carry Backpacks For Men

The backpack is such an innocuous-seeming item, people seem to forget exactly how important it can be. After all, for many of us it’s the container into which we stash all the gear we’ve deemed necessary to get us through the day. And we think that warrants a bit of consideration.

Yes, you could toss all of your gear into a supermarket tote, but doesn’t your EDC, tech, and whatever else you haul on the daily deserve a little bit more respect than being thrown haphazardly into a sack? We believe it does. And that’s why we’re so careful about the vessel itself. A backpack isn’t just a bag. It’s a cache, a case, a mobile base of sorts. And it is a reflection of the care you’ve put into selecting the ideal loadout of items to keep on you. The best gear for you should also go into the best bag – which is why we’ve put together the following collection of the 30 best everyday carry backpacks for men. Whether you haul ass up a mountainside or weave through the city streets on a bike every single day, there’s a backpack here for you.

Carhartt Legacy Backpack

You can’t go wrong with the quality of a Carhartt product. This American brand has been producing excellent workwear and accessories for over a century – and that’s not something that just happens. Need some proof as to what makes them special? Then check out their Legacy backpack. With around 30 liters of internal storage, a DWR-coated polyester exterior, a secondary external zippered quick-access pocket, and a dedicated padded laptop pouch and tablet sleeve, this men’s everyday backpack has everything you need and more.

Size: ~30 Liters
Material: 1200D DWR Polyester
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $43

Herschel Little America Backpack

Hershel gets major style points for integrating a classic (faux) leather strap system into this modern everyday backpack. And while a belt buckle-style flip top closure doesn’t offer the greatest rapidity of access, this one is a little bit tricky – as it actually functions with a drawstring magnetic snap. So, you get the benefits of a relatively quick-access system while pulling the wool over the eyes of any would-be pick pocket.

Size: 25 Liters
Material: Polyester
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $87

United By Blue Rift Backpack

One of the greatest things about United By Blue as a brand is that every purchase goes toward the removal of trash from the Earth’s waterways. And that would be excellent on its own, but it doesn’t hurt that they also produce some of the best carry items we’ve ever come across. Take, for instance, their Rift everyday carry backpack. Built from a water-repellant polyester, this men’s backpack features vegetable-tanned leather accents, several zippered external organizational pockets, a water bottle sleeve, a sternum stabilization strap, and so much more.

Size: 25 Liters
Material: DWR Polyester
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $88

Timbuk2 Spire Laptop Backpack

When an everyday backpack is designed specifically with carrying around your laptop in mind, you can definitely count on it to have the safety, security, and organization you need for all your high-tech EDC. Or at least that’s the case with Timbuk2’s Spire laptop backpack. In fact, this bag was designed specifically to house Apple products, and also has a storage strap on the exterior for U-Lock bike locks. So, if you’re a creative and a bike commuter, this water-resistant everyday carry backpack is an excellent fit.

Size: 30 Liters
Material: Water-Resistant TPU & Canvas
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $99

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

When a brand is well-known for producing some excellent rugged outdoor gear, you can bet that same quality and attention to detail filters down to their more toned-down everyday carry offerings. Take, for instance, Fjallraven’s Kanken laptop backpack. This men’s backpack has space in a dedicated pouch for a laptop of up to 15 inches, but isn’t bogged down by a bunch of extraneous features or pockets outside of that. In fact, this bag sits on the smaller end of the spectrum, with an internal volume of 18 liters, making it the ideal selection for fans of minimalism.

Size: 18 Liters
Material: Polypropylene & Vinylon-F
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $108

Heimplanet Monolith Minimal Daypack

While not a huge bag by any means, Heimplanet’s Monolith Minimal Daypack gets bonus points for its supremely clean aesthetic. Pared down to its basest elements without sacrificing functionality, this weather-resistant 18-liter everyday backpack doesn’t just look good – it also offers comfort and organization. This is thanks to its padded straps and back panel, MOLLE grid internal webbing, and integrated dedicated laptop sleeve.

Size: 18 Liters
Material: 500D Cordura Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $120

Bramble Outdoor Daypack

Functioning like a hybrid hiking backpack and urban hauler, Bramble Outdoor’s USA-made Daypack blends the styling and functionality of great outdoor gear with sleek and modern urban aesthetics. This can be seen in its simple-yet-secure cinched rolltop closure, hyper-light weather-resistant sailcloth exterior, and wealth of organizational pockets. It’s one downside from an everyday carry backpacks perspective is that this one lacks a laptop sleeve. It does, however, trade it out for a hydration pouch – so you can definitely take this bag out for a long hike if the mood strikes you.

Size: 18 Liters
Material: Dimension Polyant XPAC Sailcloth
Laptop Sleeve: No

Purchase: $129

MIS Backpack

While their name is short for “Make It Simple,” MIS operates on the distinct belief that simplicity and quality are not mutually exclusive ideas. In fact, all of their American-made offerings are constructed in a factory specially designed to create military-grade gear, lending even more ruggedness to their men’s backpacks. Their standard backpack has an easy dual-pocket format, comes equipped with PALS webbing for expandable options, has a dedicated padded laptop sleeve, and offers up 18 liters of internal storage.

Size: 18 Liters
Material: 1000D Dupont Cordura Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $135

Aer Fit Pack 2

For many of us, an everyday carry backpack isn’t just something in which we haul our computers, work gear, and a handful of tools – it’s the container we depend upon to store everything we need from the moment we leave the house until we return again. And that also means that gym gear is a part of the stuff we need to haul. Well, Aer’s Fit Pack 2 is the perfect bag for the job, with a water-resistant nylon exterior, 18.8 liters of storage, a laptop pouch, and – thankfully – a separate ventilated compartment for a pair of sneakers and/or workout gear.

Size: 18.8 Liters
Material: 1680D Cordura Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $135

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack

Mystery Ranch’s Urban Assault Backpack boasts one of the most unique closure and access systems we’ve ever seen in a men’s backpack. The 3-zipper opening offers up several benefits, including comprehensive and quick access to all the gear you’ve got stashed inside. The format also allows for select access to only the gear you want without the need to disturb the rest of the bag’s contents. Pair that with its organizational internal system, dedicated laptop pouch, stabilization harness, and you’ve got yourself a superb practical-tactical everyday backpack.

Size: 21 Liters
Material: 500D Cordura Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $139

Topo Designs Rover Pack

One of the smallest bags on our list, Topo’s American-made Rover Pack is still quite formidable when it comes to everyday carry – though it certainly fits best with minimalists who know how to pare-down their gear to only the essentials. And that remains true even if your essentials includes a laptop, as this backpack has a dedicated sleeve. It also boasts dual water bottle holsters on its sides, compression straps to keep everything locked down tight, and a water-resistant cloth pack upper. And that’s more than we can say for many much larger “more featured” backpacks.

Size: 16.2 Liters
Material: 1000D Cordura Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $149

Bellroy Classic Backpack

Yes, Bellroy got their start making men’s wallets. But, since they mastered them brilliantly, the time had come for them to move upward and onward. Naturally, they targeted another carry item category – men’s backpacks. This sleek and stylish gear hauler boasts a uniquely minimalist exterior. But don’t let its clean design fool you, the 17 liters of internal storage across a number of organizational pockets (including a laptop sleeve) is more than enough to keep everything you carry with you in order.

Size: 17 Liters
Material: Venture-Weave Polyester & Environmentally-Certified Leather
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $149

Incase ICON Slim Backpack

If ever there were a men’s backpack more suited to carry around a laptop and all its accessories and other tech items, we’ve yet to come across it. Yes, the Incase ICON Slim Backpack doesn’t have the most internal space of all our everyday backpacks, but it makes up for it with its tech-friendliness. You see, this bag features a roomy and separately-accessible padded and faux fur-lined laptop sleeve, a wealth of accessory-friendly pockets and pouches, and a super soft faux fur-lined small-item quick-access top pocket perfect for stashing your smartphone while you’re traveling. And all of that’s made even better when combined with its comfortable straps, padded back panel, and minimalist styling.

Size: 14.5 Liters
Material: 840D Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $150

Alchemy Equipment AEL013 Minimalist Daypack

A lot of people talk about taking a minimalist approach to their gear, but nobody did it better than industrial designer Dieter Rams, father of the Bauhaus movement. This bag was designed specifically around Rams’ minimalist tenets – that function and form are one and the same. As such, it has an excellent unique style, but is not marred by an overwhelming number of bells and whistles. In fact, it’s best characteristic is its simplicity. It has a bare-bones interior with a laptop sleeve, just the right amount of internal and external organization, and is still made with superb high-quality materials.

Size: 20 Liters
Material: Fabric Upper & 3x PU Coated 900D Kodra Base
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $170

Aer Duffel Pack 2

To many folks in the know, Aer’s Duffel Pack 2 is one of, if not the best backpack of all time. And while we’re not quite ready to jump on such a definitive bandwagon, we can see their arguments. For instance, this everyday backpack is made from water-resistant ballistic nylon, has a wealth of pockets for all your gear (including a separate ventilated shoe compartment), has a dedicated quick-access everyday carry gear zippered pouch, and comes with a dedicated laptop sleeve. And that’s really just the start of it. To top it all off, this is definitely one of the best looking backpacks on the market. Really, no detail has gone unconsidered.

Size: 24.6 Liters
Material: 1680D Cordura Ballistic Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $170

DSPTCH Daypack

When a brand like DSPTCH says they’re going to make a bag centered specifically around day-to-day usage, you can count on them to deliver an excellent product. That’s exactly the case with their Daypack. As its name might suggest, this men’s everyday backpack has everything you need to haul your gear 24/7. This includes a dedicated laptop and tablet compartment, internal water bottle compartments (because everyone needs to stay hydrated), a quick-access exterior pocket, a water-repellant outer coating, mil-spec webbing, and so much more. Even better, this backpack comes with DSPTCH’s lifetime guarantee and was made right here in the USA.

Size: 22 Liters
Material: 1680D Ballistic Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $180

RYU Quick Pack Lux

With its somewhat futuristic beetle-like appearance, RYU’s Quick Pack Lux looks like something we might see in a sci-fi movie, like Blade Runner or Minority Report. But don’t worry, it’s definitely available in this day and age. A near-perfect balance of minimalism and functionality, this bag has 18 liters of internal space in which you can stash your gear. Plus, you don’t have to worry about it getting squashed or bending out of shape because this bag features a molded internal shell to keep it rigid even when its empty. And its comfortable leather shoulder straps are designed to contour to your body over time. This men’s backpack is a capable one, through and through.

Size: 18 Liters
Material: DWR Wax-Treated Face & PU-backed Polyester Cotton Blend
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $185

Arktype Dashpack

Made in the USA from American-sourced materials, Arktype’s Dashpack is a shockingly fully-featured everyday backpack for how clean and minimalistic its style is. For instance, the exterior is crafted from DWR-coated ballistic nylon, it features YKK’s AquaGuard zippers, has Duraflex Sliplok buckles, is loaded with a foam back and shoulder panels, and it has mil-spec webbing on the outside for expandable carry. Not to mention it’s internal 15″ laptop sleeve, a secondary tablet compartment, a hidden front vertical zippered pocket, and two external water bottle pockets. Honestly, the number of features this backpack has is practically absurd.

Size: 15 Liters
Material: DWR 1080D Ballistic Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $189

Kletterwerks Flip Bag

Originally designed as a rucksack for scaling mountainsides, Mystery Ranch’s Kletterwerks Flip Bag is as simple as it is capable. In fact, if you really wanted to, you could definitely still use this one to hike up a hill or two. But, of course, if you’d rather just haul it to and from the office, the laptop sleeve, easy-access lid, and 23 liters of internal space is more than enough to get you though the day. As a couple of added bonuses, this everyday carry backpack also features a small lid pocket for EDC gear, heirloom leather tabs and accents, and is made right here in the USA.

Size: 15 Liters
Material: DWR 1080D Ballistic Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $199

The North Face Access Pack

Most people know The North Face as an outerwear and outdoor gear brand. So it may come as a bit of a surprise to some that they produced this handsome and stylish everyday backpack. Still, if you pay attention to the details, you’ll notice all the hallmarks of a brand that knows how to build something tough enough to take on the elements. For instance, it’s water-resistant, features a lightweight internal aluminum frame, has PU-coated zippers, and even comes with a dedicated mesh sunglasses pocket. But it also has some interesting and unique features that make it excellent for everyday usage – like a self-ejecting external-access laptop pouch, a quick-release spring-loaded main compartment, and a fully molded EVA foam body.

Size: 22 Liters
Material: 500D Polyester Nylon Blend
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $235

Triple Aught Design FAST Pack Litespeed

While its tactical styling isn’t necessarily for everyone, TAD’s FAST Pack Litespeed is still one of the most formidable men’s everyday backpacks ever built. Not only is it made from some supremely tough materials – like Invista Cordura, Hypalon, EVA closed-cell foam, and an HDPE frame sheet – but it also boasts some incredible functionality. That includes PALS webbing for expandable carry, a wealth of available optional accessory pouches (both interior and exterior), a number of anchor points to customize your carry style and preferred configuration, secure straps and buckles, and more. This mil-spec bag is definitely a sight to behold.

Size: 22 Liters
Material: 1000D Invista Cordura Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: No

Purchase: $245+

Lexdray Vienna Pack

Lexdray makes some really excellent backpacks and bags. Our only qualm: they do them in limited batches. That means once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. That does, however, mean we’re a lot more likely to spring for one of their bags when we see something we like – such as their Vienna Pack. Based on their popular Boulder pack, this everyday carry backpack is deceptively spacious, with 25 liters of internal room. It’s spread throughout several pockets – including a dedicated laptop pouch, six exterior zippered pockets, one internal zippered pocket, and one internal and one external snap pocket. This limited-to-500-examples bag is also water-resistant, breathable, and comes with a hideaway waterproof cover. By all accounts, not bad at all.

Size: 25 Liters
Material: 1680D Ballistic Nylon & 1000D TPE Fabric
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $259

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Most everyday backpacks have a similar form: one main compartment with a few dividers or internal pockets and maybe one or two external pouches. That’s about it. Even worse, their form is static – which means, if you don’t like it, that’s too bad; it can’t be changed. And that’s where the Peak Design Everyday Backpack stands out. Not only does this bag have a tough weatherproof exterior, a tuck-away strap system, and a neat MagLatch lid closure – but it also features an infinitely reconfigurable FlexFold internal divider system. That means you can customize the organization to whatever it is you’re carrying on any given day.

Size: 20 Liters
Material: Weatherproof 400D Nylon Canvas
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $260

Defy Bags Bucktown Backpack

Named for the neighborhood of Chicago in which these bags are masterfully handcrafted, the Defy Bags Bucktown Backpack is like the everyday carry bag version of brutalist architecture. That is to say, it’s straightforward, incredibly tough, and looks the part. The exterior is built from waxed Martexin heavy canvas – so water will just bead right off it – and it features metal hardware, a 2″ seatbelt strap handle, padded shoulder straps, and water-resistant YKK zippers. Inside, there are dual large pockets and a separate laptop pouch, offering just the right amount of organization for an uncluttered user.

Size: 23 Liters
Material: Martexin Heavy Waxed Canvas
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $289

GoRuck GR1 Backpack

GoRuck’s GR1 has a bombproof laptop compartment – literally. Enough said. Seriously, though, this is one incredible bag. It was actually taken into the field (we’re talking combat conditions) by actual Special Forces soldiers and tested for toughness. Not only that, but it is also rated to carry up to over 400 pounds without tearing or breaking, features a MOLLE-webbed exterior, can carry a hydration bladder, and opens super wide for easy full access. This is the kind of men’s everyday backpack you buy once – because you’ll never have to buy another again.

Size: 21/26 Liters
Material: 1000D Cordura Nylon
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $295

Cote & Ciel Nile Backpack

Cote & Ciel’s Nile Backpack almost doesn’t look like what it is: a fully-featured rucksack with an integrated 15″ laptop pouch. And a big part of the reason is that its exterior is built from an entirely unique material known as MemoryTech. This fabric, you see, garners its name from its “uncanny” ability to mold to the touch. And while it has a spacious main compartment, it also features a secondary smaller pocket. Even better, it’s got a hideaway integrated rain hood for use in less than ideal weather. If you’re in the market for an everyday carry backpack and you want something off-the-beaten-path, this is the bag for you.

Size: ~30 Liters
Material: MemoryTech
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $325

Able Archer Rucksack

While the Able Archer Rucksack surely isn’t what you might call a normal-looking bag, its appearance doesn’t accurately speak to its real capabilities. And this is by design, as it features dual side entries for discrete, fast, and ambidextrous access to the gear inside. That capability is only further bolstered by the comprehensive and expandable grid system that gives the exterior such a unique appearance. If you like a little bit of tactical styling on a tech-friendly urban hauler, you can’t go wrong with this everyday backpack.

Size: 22 Liters
Material: Mil-Spec Water-Resistant Canvas
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $350

Mission Workshop The Rhake Backpack

Mission Workshop makes some of our all-time favorite backpacks, and if you take a look at their Rhake, it’s easy to understand why. This American-made weatherproof laptop bag has so many excellent features, it might actually be quicker to list what it can’t do – because it isn’t much. For example, on top of its dedicated laptop pouch, it also has a secondary tablet pocket. Plus, there’s a document pouch, waterproof zippers throughout, a hidden sip-up water bottle pocket, an expandable rolltop closure on the main compartment, Arkiv rails for modular attachments, and a number of other smaller organizational pockets and sleeves. This men’s everyday backpack is definitely a bang-for-your buck option if there ever was one.

Size: 22 Liters
Material: HT500 or MultiCam Black Camo Cordura
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $365

Filson Journeyman Backpack

Folks in the know understand that, if you’re looking for top-quality American goods, turning to Filson is never ever a bad idea. And their Journeyman Backpack is proof-positive of that fact. Made out of cotton, tin cloth, moleskin, and featuring a poly-cotton liner – this bag is equal parts handsome and rugged. But it isn’t just a looker, it also offers up some excellent carry options, thanks to its expandable interior capacity (20-23 liters), padded laptop sleeve, front external-access pocket, and more. And it doesn’t hurt that this bag was made right here in the USA.

Size: 20-23 Liters
Material: Rugged Twill, 15-oz. Oil Finish Tin Cloth, & Moleskin
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $395

Killspencer Special Ops Backpack 3.0

If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury out of your everyday carry backpack, then you’re just not going to do better than the Special Ops Backpack 3.0 from Killspencer. Crafted from premium full-grain leather here in the USA, this clean minimalist bag is about as slick looking as they come. And while it’s not the most spacious men’s backpack on the market, it still has plenty of features to make it worthwhile – including a laptop pouch, a unique vertical-access zippered external pocket, a dedicated passport pouch, and a fire-retardant interior lining.

Size: ~13 Liters
Material: Full-Grain Leather
Laptop Sleeve: Yes

Purchase: $500

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