Backpacks have long dominated schoolyards and hiking trails, but it was only recently that high-end brands thrust the campus staple into department stores. Now that satchels are a perfectly acceptable choice for grown ups, the market has flooded and finding the right one – something practical and good looking without the designer price tag – can be tricky. Here are nine of the best backpacks out there right now.
Saturdays Surf NYC Greg Backpack
The Greg Backpack by Saturdays Surf NYC is a grown-up take on the school pack. The two main interior compartments are lined in fabric to protect your belongings, and the straps are padded to relieve your shoulders. The pack comes in several colorways, including a steel blue or red marble, but the solid cream-colored canvas pops against the the black leather trimmings. Pair it with chinos, boots, and a chambray button down, and you can go from the office to dinner and out for a drink without changing a thing. [$125; saturdaysnyc.com]