- Buyer's Guide
3 Affordable Backpacks Worthy of Your Daily Carry
Quality carry doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. But you do need to spend a little to ensure a worthy investment. The trick is finding a good balance between affordability and value for money.
So what constitutes value for money? Durable materials and construction, multifunctional designs and adaptable aesthetics will help you get the most out of your bag. And these are all qualities you’ll find in the packs below. Versatile, durable, comfortable and low-key in style, these backpacks are all worthy of your daily carry. And with their affordable price tags, they won’t hit your bank account too hard either…
Thule Accent Backpack 23L (US$ 99.95)
Thule’s 23L Accent Backpack works equally well as a day bag or travel pack for work or play. The clean silhouette moves easily between professional and casual environments, while thoughtful organization keeps your essentials within easy reach. The pack features dedicated tech storage for a 15″ laptop and 10″ tablet, along with a range of interior pockets for smaller items. The bag’s SafeZone compartment is ideal for storing fragile and valuable items, with a removable hard-shell cup for a phone or sunglasses and a concealed pocket behind the cup. The front side-access compartment is a handy stash for regularly used items, as are the water bottle pocket and smaller zippered side pocket. And for travel convenience, the pack also includes a pass-through sleeve for rolling luggage. Functional, adaptable, sleek, and durable, this is a great all-rounder for daily and travel use, from work to the weekend.
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L (US$ 104.98)
When it comes to rugged “keep on going” construction, Mystery Ranch bags are hard to beat. But that toughness is complemented by function and comfortable design, well demonstrated by the Urban Assault 21L pack. Inspired by military assault packs, the bag features Mystery Ranch’s legendary 3-ZIP closure for easy packing and access throughout the main compartment. Interior organization includes two zipped pockets, along with sleeves for a 15″ laptop and tablet. The lid pocket with key clip keeps essentials within quick reach,while the hard-wearing 500D Cordura and coated YKK zippers handle demanding use with ease. Tough enough for the outdoors, versatile enough for a range of urban day-to-day needs, and comfortable for extended periods of carrying, this is a solid choice that will repay your investment for years to come.
Aer Day Pack (US$ 125)
With its minimalist aesthetics the Aer Day Pack looks good in professional and informal settings alike. But there’s much more than just appealing looks here. The structured body creates a self-standing design for convenient access, with multiple pockets to keep your gear well organized. The pack is divided into two compartments, a main compartment for tech and documents, along with a front compartment for tools and EDC. The padded 15″ laptop pocket protects your tech on the move, while the quick-access top pocket keeps essentials at the ready. The comfortable design is also built with durability and weather protection in mind, featuring a water-resistant and coated front exterior and 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon sides. A sleek option for work and beyond, this pack is a worthy choice for those seeking clean styling and good organization for tech, tools and daily necessities.