5 Backpacks Made For the Urban Commuter

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Backpacks. 5 Backpacks Made For the Urban Commuter

Whether you’re traveling by car or you stick to public transit, having a reliable bag that you can carry all your daily necessities in is essential. While hip bags are becoming all the rage, backpacks still offer a more convenient carrying capacity and are perfect for your day-to-day routine. An added bonus? They double as excellent overnight bags for those well-deserved weekends away and are super practical.

If your old pack has seen better days and you’re ready for an upgrade, here are five suggestions of extremely practical, durable and most importantly – stylish backpacks.

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JanSport Hatchet 28L Backpack

Urban commutes are a breeze with the Hatchet backpack thanks to its variety of pockets and impressive features. Two side water bottle pockets keep hydration easily accessible and allow interior storage to be fully utilized for your belongings. The main top compartment opens wide enough to fit a 15″ laptop and makes it easy to find loose pens or spare socks floating around inside. A small front pocket is a perfect place to store quick snacks or a bus card while a small interior pocket keeps valuables like your wallet and keys safe. Add a splash of colour with the blue or pink model or keep the stealth look of the all black or grey and black model. 


Patagonia Black Hole 25L  Pack

If you’re living in a wetter climate and often encounter showers on your commute leaving your belongings soggy and damp, the Black Hole Pack is exactly what you need. Lightweight and weather-resistant, this ultra-tough backpack is ready for daily commutes both in the city and in the woods. Equipped with stretch-woven side pockets, a padded shoulder and harness straps as well as a 15″ padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment, this Black Hole is where all your belongings go to stay safe and dry. 


Osprey Arcane Large Top Zip Pack

Your favourite travel and hiking pack maker now offers a collection of stylish, urban packs with the same expertise you love. Osprey’s Arcane collection has a handful of styles and sizes to offer including the Arcane Large Top Zip pack. Crafted with premium waxed fabrics, this durable pack is sure to accompany you on a variety of adventures year after year. Stylish yet versatile, this backpack is right at home on the city streets.


The North Face Vault 26.5L 

For the minimalist fans looking for a functional backpack that meets their style, The North Face Vault meets all of your commuting needs. Available in a women’s specific model as well as a men’s model, you get a variety of colours to choose from and gender-specific features to enhance comfort and wearability. An internal sleeve keeps your laptop safe and secure while internal organization pockets keep small items organized and easy to find. If your commutes keep you out after the sun has gone down, the 360° of reflectivity keeps you visible and safe.


Thule Subterra 23L

This travel backpack is packed with all the necessary features to be your trusty daily commute companion or carry-on companion. From its sleek design and PowerPocket to its rolling luggage attachment and secure, organizational pockets, the Subterra is the backpack you always dreamed of.


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