So you might be asking what is the best backpack? Well, that obviously depends on your own personal needs. But when looking for a great (everyday carry) EDC backpack there are three things you need to keep in mind.
You need to make sure it’s large enough to handle all of your gear. The best backpacks have padded slots for electronics, and enough pockets to easily access your smaller electronic and analog gear. You should also make sure it’s made from water-resistant material like waxed canvas or treated nylon. Even a little bit of moisture can render expensive electronics useless. And lastly, you want to make sure your backpack is going to be comfortable enough to haul around all day. This includes paying close attention to its weight and making sure that it has features like ventilation and padded shoulder straps.
The first backpack on our list is from one of the best backpack companies around, Jansport.
JanSport Right Backpack
Best Everyday Carry Backpack. The JanSport Right Backpack ($58) is a perfect all-purpose everyday backpack. Whether it’s to carry shopping, school supplies, gym equipment or pretty much anything else this backpack will do the job. It comes in a huge array of different colors and patterns and measures 18 x 13 x 8.5 inches so you’ll be sure to never run out of space. It also includes three zip-up exterior pockets and padded straps, a plush ventilated interior and a carry handle.
Carhartt Legacy Classic Work Backpack
Made from 100% pure polyester this stylish Carhartt Legacy Classic Work Backpack ($43) is perfect for everyday carry. It has a simple yet stylish lightweight design that you’re sure to love. It measures 12.5 x 18.25 x 9 inches so you’ll have plenty of room to safely store your belongings. It also features an external zip-up padded pocket, an internal laptop/tablet sleeve, an air meshed back panel for improved ventilation and contour fitted shoulder straps.
The North Face Vault Backpack
Bold, simple and stylish the North Face Vault Backpack ($55) is the perfect casual backpack, if you want to skip all the fancy extras and just want a way to safely and securely carry your belongings then this is the backpack for you. Its no-nonsense design is perfect for the minimalist. It measures 19-inch height and width of 13.5 inches and features an internal laptop/tablet sleeve and two mesh water bottle pockets. Whether it’s for the gym, shopping, school or anything else you can think of this backpack will always do the job.
Herschel Supply Co. Nelson Backpack
Available in a wide range of stylish colors and patterns the charming Herschel Supply Co. Nelson Backpack ($65) is the perfect everyday carry backpack and is both fashionable and functional. Whatever you need to carry you’ll be able to do it safely, securely and in style. With total dimensions of 18.5 x 12.25 x 5.5 inches this backpack has plenty of space and includes a variety of other features. This includes a fabric lining, a padded fleece laptop/ tablet pocket, leather zipper pulls, polyester construction, thick padded shoulder straps and a carry handle.
Aer Duffel Backpack
Best Commuter Backpack. The Aer Duffel Backpack ($150) is our favorite everyday carry commuter backpack! Whether you’re traveling from the gym, shopping or anything else this is the perfect backpack. Among its impressive array of features are a stylish black ballistic nylon exterior shell, ventilated shoe compartments, separate padded laptop and tablet pockets, twin side pockets designed for quick access, padded straps and handles and a padded mesh back panel for increased comfort. If you’re looking for a backpack that can take a beating and will still look great over time, the Aer Duffel should be at the top of your list.
5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Backpack
Best Tactical Backpack. If you’re looking for a hardcore tactical backpack for your everyday carry arsenal look no further than the 5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Backpack ($84). The Rush features an impressive array of specs including a water-resistant nylon construction, internal organizer and a huge 16 total pockets built both internally and externally. Each pocket on this backpack is designed for its own use and this includes a tablet/ laptop sleeve and a ventilated pocket for sunglasses. It also features increased customization options through the MOLLE webbing system and fully adjustable shoulder straps.