10 lightweight backpacks fit for every gentleman

Because traversing as light as possible is a gentlemanly nod to effortless style...

The backpack is still one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to go about your daily routine. And since we’re all busy multi-tasking between our smartphone, cardholder and coffee, it only makes sense to invest in a lightweight backpack.

The main advantage of a backpack is that you’re handsfree, with the weight of your belongings evenly rested on your shoulders (and you can actually bear more weight with comfort wearing a rucksack than any other type of bag, fact).

And so gentlemen, we’ve listed 10 of  the best backpacks to buy now – lightweight, effortlessly stylish with durability to last you through the morning commute and weekend getaway…

MKI 600 Rolltop Backpack

Simple, lightweight and secure, thanks to its 600D Poly Construction and roll-top closure for the main compartment and adjustable clip fastening. What’s more, a conveniently added carry-handle means you can switch between backpacking and carrying, too.

MKI 600 Roll-top backpack bag in black mens

Rains Backpack

What makes us love Rains’ backpack is the sleek, rectangular design and above all, it’s waterproof. Made from lightweight 50% PU, 50% Polyester with a generous 14.3L volume capacity, so it’s perfect for your laptop and work essentials. We’re also fond of this green tone, which is a refreshing alternative to black or navy.

Rains backpack with flap front mens

Fjällräven Kånken Backpack

More recently, Fjällräven‘s Kånken backpack has been spotted on the backs of the trendy urbanites, and was originally developed in 1978 to preserve the backs of Swedish school children. It soon became a common sight all over the country. Constructed from incredibly durable vinylon F fabric and features press stud secured canvas straps, an arctic fox logo badge that doubles as a reflector and carrying handles.

Fjallraven Kånken backpack in navy

A.P.C. Sylvain Backpack

A.P.C.‘s Sylvain backpack is made from shell sourced from France that’s completely waterproof in order to safeguard your essentials. The lightweight backpack is designed with a pared-back shape, making it suited to a variety of endeavours, not least your daily commute.

A.P.C. Sylvain Canvas-Trimmed Shell Backpack

Eastpak Pak'r Backpack

Unmissable, due to Eastpak‘s hard-wearing and classic designs, the distinctive Pak’r backpack is a worth investment for all your smart-casual ventures. Smooth tan leather accents offset the utilitarian black canvas construction, while the airy mesh back ensures you’ll stay cool and comfortable whether jet-setting or on the daily commute.

Eastpak Pak'r classic backpack with leather trims

Herschel Little America Backpack

Taking inspiration from classic mountaineering, Herschel Supply Co‘s Little America backpack is perfect for traversing the urban landscape, or even your weekend getaway. Holding up to 24 litres, this backpack is built to last, thanks to its durable and lightweight carry-all which is finished with leather strap detailing and a red striped lining.

Herschel Little America classic backpack with leather

Ted Baker Sportzi Neoprene Backpack

Perfect for the new season, Ted Baker‘s Sportzi backpack is constructed from super lightweight neoprene which offers unmatched comfort and durability. The a flap closure with a drawstring to the main compartment offers security, which is aptly finished in bright navy – and pairs well with a suit or dressed-down days.

Ted Baker SS17 Sportzi Backback

Moncler George Backpack

The label of choice for European climbers and skiers since 1952, Moncler specialise in making outdoor wear to the highest possible standard. Their George backpack perfectly encapsulates classic design for the modern gentleman and is ideal for everyday traversing.

Monclear George quilted backpack

Sandqvist Roald Backpack

Swedish label Sandqvist know how to design classic, durable backpacks for the discerning gentleman. Named after the celebrated Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, the Roald Backpack is constructed from a cotton and polyester blend canvas and holds a substantial 20L.

Patagonia Arbor Backpack

Lugging around a hearty amount of personal goods just became more comfortable with Patagonia‘s Arbor backpack. With up to 26L of space closed with a large buckle secured flap, the backpack is aptly designed with padded shoulder straps for extra comfort.

patagonia arbor 26l backpack

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