Whether you’re travelling by bike or taking 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 our five suggestions for extremely practical, durable and most importantly – stylish backpacks.

Top 5 Commuter Backpacks

Chrome Urban Ex Rolltop 28L Backpack

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Urban commutes are a breeze with the Urban Ex Rolltop 28L Backpack from Chrome. The main compartment has a dedicated 15″ laptop pocket and is quick to access making easy to find loose pens or spare socks floating around inside. A watertight quick access compartment is a perfect place to store valuables like your wallet and keys. The bar handles on the front give you extra hauling options, and are a perfect spot to store your lock.

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Arc’teryx Index 15 Backpack

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If you’re hitting the open road and you’re thinking you might need some extra storage, the Index 15 Backpack is exactly what you need. This ultra-tough backpack folds into its own front pocket and is ready for daily commutes both in the city and in the woods. Equipped with an internal stash pocket, adjustable shoulder straps and top and bottom handles, the Index 15 is the perfect lightweight option for every commute.

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Osprey Arcane Large Top Zip Pack

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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.

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The North Face Vault 26.5L

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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.

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Thule Subterra 23L

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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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Commuting With Your Essentials

Getting from point A to point B isn’t always a walk in the park. Whether you manoeuver the urban landscape with your bike or by public transit, you want something that can carry everything you need. Schoolwork, gym clothes, a laptop, no matter what you’ve got in your pack, when you’re bringing it with you it’s essential cargo.

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