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Best School Backpacks

The best school backpacks in the world. Chosen by our specialist team of carry makers, designers and enthusiasts. Find the right one for you!

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Tom Bihn Synapse 25

This is a great everyday bag for the day-to-day commuters, business and school crew; it doesn’t feel too boring or square-ish and floats between the realms of casual and corporate like a nice fitted blazer would – and this pack took home the Carry Award for Best Carry-On, so you know it’s rad for tarmac-related […]

$195 EDITORS PICK
  • 8.5
  • HAVEN’T RATED
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Arc’teryx Blade 20 Backpack

Outdoor performance meets office functionality with the Blade 20, which deftly merges Arc’teryx’s technical design prowess with practical work features. A front organizer pocket keeps frequently used items within easy reach, while the clamshell main compartment provides space for tech and personal items. A dedicated padded laptop compartment and tablet sleeve keep tech safe, and […]

$169
  • 8.0
  • HAVEN’T RATED
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Trakke Assynt 17 Backpack

The Trakke Assynt 17 finds the sweet spot between outdoor durability and office-friendly aesthetics. Inspired by vintage mountaineering gear, the Assynt 17 is built by hand to be tough enough for outdoor adventures. The clean styling however lends itself to urban and work environments, allowing for added versatility. Inside is a laptop sleeve for your […]

$120
  • 8.0
  • HAVEN’T RATED
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Cote&Ciel Twin Isar

A design out of a French fashion house rather than a bag workshop, the Twin Isar always gets heads turning with its free flowing looks and interesting variations on access. This pack won our Best Work Backpack award and is a favorite in the office. If you think of yourself as a bit of a […]

$279 EDITORS PICK
  • 7.8
  • 9.5
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Gravis Metro

This is the Coke Classic of backpacks. Gravis tried to update the design, and rapidly had to reintroduce the original. This pack works well with little or lots, the pocketing size and zoning fits what you want it to, and the looks work in most environments. Even years after its design, it’s still just as […]

$114 EDITORS PICK
  • 7.8
  • HAVEN’T RATED
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Aer Fit Pack

Gym bags just don’t cut it in the office. The understated style of the Aer Fit Pack looks right at home in a work setting though – and does the job of two bags in one. The clever use of compartments makes this thoughtfully designed bag a great way to carry both your work equipment […]

$120 EDITORS PICK
  • 7.7
  • HAVEN’T RATED
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The North Face Hot Shot

For those that don’t know, the parent company of The North Face makes more backpacks than any other brand in the world. Think carry brands like Jansport, Eastpak and Eagle Creek, as well as accessories for Vans and Reef and lots of their other brand stable. So, ummm, they know a thing or two about […]

$109
  • 7.7
  • HAVEN’T RATED
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TOPO Designs Klettersack 15L

Topo’s classic. An ideal travel companion, workmate or pack mule for the daily hike in the hills, giving strong nods to days gone by. Solid hardware and construction, good organisation for small tools and tech. There’s a reason why this is Topo’s flagship.

$159
  • 7.7
  • HAVEN’T RATED
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