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Our Favorite Japanese Backpacks Part II
With its flair for fashion deftly merged with practicality, not to mention commitment to quality manufacturing, Japanese urban carry is some of the best in the world. And we dig it. So much so that we couldn’t fit our favorites into just one post. So following on from part I, we’re dishing up part II of our favorite Japanese backpacks below.
and wander finds the sweet spot between outdoor and EDC design with the X-Pac 30L Backpack. This lightweight and water-resistant pack offers good access throughout the main compartment, along with a choice of handy quick-access pockets and the versatility to move between outdoor and urban pursuits.
Weighing in at just 225 grams, this Cuben Fiber backpack is a great option when you want to shed excess carry weight while still enjoying functional features. The rolltop opening gives you the flexibility to adapt to a range of loads, while quick-access pockets keep frequently used essentials within easy reach.
The premium price tag is undeniable (and so is the amount of times this silhouette has ‘inspired’ others), but the urban style is solid with this visvim Jute 20L backpack. Crafted with a combination of Italian jute fabric and UK suede, the pack features a 15″ laptop compartment, side and top entry, along with exterior storage options for quick-access and bulkier items.
Eye-catching and multifunctional, this handsome heritage-vibe pack adapts to a variety of day-to-day or overnight carry needs. A wide U-shaped opening provides ready access for packing and retrieving your gear, with interior storage for a laptop and convenient exterior pockets and attachment points for keeping frequently used and smaller items within easy reach. Hobo collaborated with Japanese tent maker ARAITENT to make the pack, so you know it’ll perform well when weather strikes.
Looking for access with a nod to the outdoors? Look to this collaboration offering from Hobo and Wild Things. Made with durable, water-resistant X-Pac nylon, the bag provides easy access with a wide-opening main compartment. Exterior attachment points let you tailor your carry setup to changing needs, while an interior sleeve provides storage for your tech.
Durable, highly water resistant, and versatile, this Porter pack is a fine option if you like flexible carry that can adapt to EDC and travel needs. The pack is made with 500D Cordura nylon, a GORE® Fabric for Bags waterproof membrane, and sealed seams to help keep the elements at bay. A rolltop closure gives you the flexibility to play with different loads, and multiple quick-access organization options keep the essentials at the ready.
The HEAD PORTER x HAVEN Mil X-Pac Rucksack salutes military inspiration while keeping the aesthetics understated enough for day-to-day urban needs. Made with lightweight yet durable and water-resistant X-Pac laminated ripstop, the bag offers a top flap and drawstring closure, along with multiple pockets and straps to help keep your gear tidy on the go.
A limited edition release celebrating Yoshida & Co.’s 80th anniversary, this striking pack features a print by London-based artist James Jarvis. The 24L pack includes a rolltop drawstring closure and a mix of interior and exterior organization, all brought together with expert craftsmanship.
master-piece are masters at fusing street style with topnotch construction and practical design, and this pack is no exception. The bag exudes quality with its durable leather construction, partnered with distinct aesthetics and a range of useful features such as dual access options and a mix of interior and exterior pockets and attachment points.
Crafted with durable 1680D ballistic nylon, this water-resistant pack will stand up to the rigours of daily use while also offering convenient access to the main compartment. Plus it gets creative with thoughtful pocket designs to help keep the contents secure.
Guaranteed to draw admiring glances, this fine piece stems from a collaboration between master-piece and the denim experts at FDMTL. Combining ballistic nylon, patchwork denim and vegetable-tanned leather, the pack brings flair to your carry setup while offering handy exterior pockets and reliably durable construction.
Want a pack that melds urban cool with everyday functionality? This backpack hits the mark, pairing urban-friendly styling with multiple compartments for organization and storage for up to a 15″ laptop.
If money is no object and luxurious packs are your passion, this Missoni x Porter backpack is certainly worth checking out. A thoughtful merging of Italian style, Japanese craftsmanship and practical design, the pack features a drawstring and flap closure, a choice of pockets, and plenty of casual-chic charm.
When Arc’teryx and Beams team up, awesomeness ensues. Case in point, this collaboration Sebring marking Beams’ 40th anniversary. A nifty blend of urban and outdoor inspiration, the pack provides a versatile design with multiple organization options and quick, fuss-free access to your gear.
Like your packs with visual impact? This pack certainly catches the eye, but also delivers on functional features too such as a choice of top and front access, solid construction, and useful pockets and attachment points for organizing your day-to-day carry items.
Worried about the weather soaking your gear? This completely waterproof daypack has you covered with its ultrasonic welding and weatherproof fabric and zippers. The wide opening allows for easy packing and access, with pockets to keep smaller items in check. And with its low-key aesthetics this pack blends into a variety of settings, from city streets to boat trips.
This stylish offering from Descente Allterrain and Porter exudes city chic, complemented by practical features for everyday use. Quick-access exterior pockets store smaller items within easy reach, while a laptop finds a home inside the main compartment. In addition, the pack features Boa system dials for conveniently adjusting the shoulder strap length.