Backpacks are Back!

 Backpacks are back, but the quintessential school sack isn’t just for carting books to class anymore. This fall, everyone from workweek warriors to library-bound coeds will be getting reacquainted with the awesomeness of two-strapped zippered packs for lugging around their loot. And the best part is, whether you’re bringing home the bacon or still scraping away on a ramen budget, all of our backpack picks have prices that are easy to swallow. Pictured Here:

Every school kid and off-road adventurer in Scandinavia can be seen sporting gear from Fjallraven. Now, in celebration of the brand’s big 5-0, you too can get in on the action with a limited numbered edition of its best-selling backpack.

Price: $75


Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack

From the far reaches of Canada comes Herschel Supply Co. — a barely three-year-old brand born from brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack as a tribute to their family’s century-long residence in Herschel, BC. The packs may be straightforward and lightweight, but in colors like burnt orange, they’re anything but low-key.

Price: $69.99

RVCA Canteen Denim Backpack

The skater set has long known the benefits of schlepping stuff around in backpacks. So, who better to snag a sack from than Costa Mesa-based skate-inspired brand RVCA? In 100% denim, this bag can really haul some heft.

Price: $54

HEX Academy Source Backpack

Perhaps HEX’s newness to the big, bad world of bags (the company is only a couple of years old) is what gives it an edge on innovation. Each carryall — including this wax-coated denim bag — is designed with both form and function in mind. Bottom line: You’ll never have to tote around a lame computer bag to get your army of electronics devices from place to place.

Price: $59.95


Dakine Contour 27L Backpack

Dakine may call Maui home, but the clean lines and sleek silhouettes of its backpacks aren’t what you’d expect from a brand with a bend toward boarding. The army green shell with contrasting camel suede trim is equally fit for the great outdoors and the office.

Price: $70

Vans Transient Backpack

Vans is best known for its canvas kicks, but the brand also has an arsenal of bags to its name, including this camo-colored skatepack. And though the focus is on alternative sports (it comes complete with padded storage space and straps for a regulation skateboard), this so-called transient can really travel anywhere.

Price: $50


ASOS Quilted Backpack

Being the UK’s largest online-only retailer packs some perks — like having an in-house design team dedicated to making some of the trendiest men’s accessories available anywhere. This quilted bag in beat-up, leather-like fabric manages to retain an authenticity that appears far more expensive than its surprisingly palatable price tag suggests.

Price: $59.61 

 JanSport Heritage Backpack

JanSport made a name for itself as the ’90s must-have for middle school. The backpack purveyor’s best work, however, took place over a decade earlier. And that’s precisely why we snatched up this circa-1980 top-loader with vintage woven logo patch.

Price: $55
 River Island Backpack

River Island is under the radar stateside, but with over 300 retail stores around the world, you can bet the British brand is backed by some decent design know-how. Its brown faux-leather ruck would top off a tee and jeans nicely, but it could work just as well with your workweek suit.

Price: $47.68

ASOS Backpack

Sometimes, a simple sack is all you need. And this military green one from ASOS provides just that: Its ever-so-slightly squared-off shape maximizes packing potential while the outer zip compartment lets you stash stuff in a pinch.

Price: $25.55 
Backpacks may have been brought back from the brink, and we’re thankful for that. One thing we have not missed, however, is the age-old debate over the relative coolness of wearing your backpack with one strap or two.