Whether it’s your first day of university or your third day on the Inca Trail as a duffle bag tragic, you might be thinking that your gym carry-all isn’t made of the right materials (in more ways than one).
Inspired in no small part by the evolution of sports-luxe and the growing intersection between athletic wear, street-style, and utilitarian sensibility, backpacks have attracted the lenses of street style photographers, and high-street designers as both a key collection piece and outfit accessory. Now you have options aplenty – whether its something affordable, business-ready, outdoor orientated or designer – to see you through one misadventure to the next.
While buying a backpack might not be your life’s most crucial decision (you haven’t quite decided between a vintage or new Porsche yet), finding a rock-solid central location for your belongings, earphones and sunglasses deserves a slice of your time, and maybe even your money.
This guide will help you navigate this expanding portion of the accessories market, whether you just need a pack for early morning pre-season training or a replacement for your old-fogey briefcase that makes you feel like the 50-something accountant you see on the bus every morning.