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7 Minimal All-Black Backpacks for Urban Commuters
When it comes to the urban commute, minimal all-black backpacks are hard to beat. Black is the most versatile colorway out there, adapting to scenarios like a boss. Pairing easily with any outfit. Plus we can’t deny the fact that all-black bags bring a subtle stealth and sleekness to your daily setup.
So we’ve hunted down 7 minimal all-black backpacks that keep you looking stylish for urban commuting.
Incase have built on the solid foundations of the Incase ICON Lite to create an even more complete pack with enhanced style, durability and comfort. The ICON Lite Triple Black adds a treated matte PU front panel to the mix, with a durable 840D nylon exterior for abrasion resistance. The pack also features coated zippers and a sternum strap for improved load carrying comfort. Inside you’ll find a faux-fur padded sleeve that snugly fits up to a 16″ MacBook Pro, protecting your tech in plush style. External pockets stash smaller essentials, while the padded top handle makes grab-and-go a darn good experience.
The style of the Arc’teryx Granville 16 Zip nods to the Arc’teryx Nomin, making this a more affordable option for fans of the Nomin’s super-clean silhouette. But the Granville 16 Zip is a performer in its own right. The highly weatherproof AC² construction and WaterTight™ zippers protect your gear from the elements, while there’s sufficient organization to handle a 15″ laptop, documents, work tools and smaller EDC gear without cluttering up the pack’s clean look and feel.
Tokyo-based Makavelic know how to combine streetwear vibes with athletic styling, while ensuring functionality isn’t left behind. And their Chase Rect. Day Pack delivers all of this. The top-loading main compartment is complemented by quick-access front pockets, side pockets, and a rear-panel laptop compartment. So your gear stays readily accessible whether you’re embracing the commute hustle or legging it through the streets headed to an after-work gig.
Japanese brand nunc (which means “now” in Latin) focuses on necessity in modern-day use, creating gear that is utilitarian yet still delivers an understated urban sleekness. Dual top and rear access to the main compartment, a front organization compartment, and a choice of quick-access pockets make retrieving gear nice and easy. In all-black, it’s a nailed minimal silhouette with lovely geometric panel work, all whilst donning a brand name known to very few.
Japanese brand AS2OV offer a great mix of build quality, functionality and style-conscious design. Case in point, their Canvas Backpack which combines a clean, boxy silhouette with durable nylon canvas construction and weatherproof zippers. Quick-access front pockets keep essentials at the ready, while the comfy padded straps and top and side grab handles make it easy to transport the pack over short and long distances alike.
It might not look it but this clever pack is concealing a variety of useful features within its stylish drapes. The Côte&Ciel Timsah features a 13″ laptop pocket and two external side pockets. And for inclement weather, the water-resistant pack also includes a stowable hood, so both you and your gear can benefit from shower shelter. If you’re after fashion-friendly aesthetics with commuter practicality, this Parisian-designed pack does it in style.
Yep, it’s going to put a dent in your bank balance. But if you’re playing in the realms of luxury and looking to impress, the Kastrup Backpack is a fine choice. The timeless style glides easily from the office to business trips and back again, with beautiful materials and expert craftsmanship dialing in the pack’s premium look and feel. It’s made with durable nylon and leather and offers a selection of quick-access and internal organization to keep your work tools or overnight travel essentials neat and within easy reach.
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