Top 250 Best Reviewed Commuter And Business Backpacks - Buyers Guide 2018


Bringing your stuff back and forth to work might seem uncomplicated at first glance, but it's actually worth spending some time thinking about how you carry things.

After all, you will not just need to bring your stuff back and forth 1-2 times. Commuting goes on several times every week, so it's super important that you bring your stuff in a backpack that is comfortable and have room for everything without being too heavy.

To help you choose, we have checked 235,643 reviews to find the best reviewed commuter and business backpacks.

Check out the top 250 list below - and the top 3 most popular commuter and business backpacks, if you just want to check out some of the most popular models (the models that most people end up buying).
How we rate the bags

We have checked thousands of reviews, so we can show you the weighted average rating of all the bags.

Using the average ratings, you can check what all the reviewers think instead of just viewing the subjective opinion of one specific reviewer.

It's much simplier to find the best bags that way.



Top 3 most popular commuter and business backpacks 2018


Osprey Farpoint backpack
Osprey Farpoint
Rated 4.6 based on 402 reviews.

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Fjallraven Kanken backpack
Fjallraven Kanken
Rated 4.5 based on 5,765 reviews.

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The North Face Borealis backpack
The North Face Borealis
Rated 4.7 based on 11,553 reviews.

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Below is the top 250 list based on the thousands of reviews we have checked.


Top 250 commuter and business backpacks 2018


Jansport Impulse backpack
Jansport Impulse
Price range $
Jansport logo
5.0
3 reviews

Jansport Tilden backpack
Jansport Tilden
Price range $
Jansport logo
5.0
6 reviews

Jack Georges Voyager backpack
Jack Georges Voyager
Price range $$$$

5.0
4 reviews

Ethnotek Raja backpack
Ethnotek Raja
Price range $$$

5.0
9 reviews

Osprey Radial backpack
Osprey Radial
Price range $$
Osprey logo
5.0
35 reviews

Oakley Gearbox backpack
Oakley Gearbox
Price range $$
Oakley logo
4.9
9 reviews

Patagonia Ironwood backpack
Patagonia Ironwood
Capacity 20 l (1220.5 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.9
60 reviews

Mountainsmith Divide backpack
Mountainsmith Divide
Capacity 22 l (1340 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountainsmith logo
4.8
9 reviews

Granite Gear Champ backpack
Granite Gear Champ
Capacity 29.5-29.9 l (1800.2-1825 cuin)
Price range $
Granite gear logo
4.8
40 reviews

Knomo Beauchamp backpack
Knomo Beauchamp
Price range $$$

4.8
32 reviews

Granite Gear Voyageurs backpack
Granite Gear Voyageurs
Capacity 29.5-29.9 l (1800.2-1825 cuin)
Price range $
Granite gear logo
4.8
59 reviews

Osprey Questa backpack
Osprey Questa
Capacity 27 l (1648 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.8
53 reviews

Jansport Javelina backpack
Jansport Javelina
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.8
6 reviews

Patagonia Paxat backpack
Patagonia Paxat
Capacity 32 l (1953 cuin)
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.8
95 reviews

Patagonia Toromiro backpack
Patagonia Toromiro
Capacity 22 l (1342.5 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.8
68 reviews

Jansport Envoy backpack
Jansport Envoy
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.8
30 reviews

Fjallraven Raven backpack
Fjallraven Raven
Capacity 7-20 l (427-1220 cuin)
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo
4.8
226 reviews

Osprey Nebula backpack
Osprey Nebula
Capacity 34 l (2075 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.8
125 reviews

Jansport Cool Student backpack
Jansport logo
4.8
5 reviews

Lowepro Ridgeline backpack
Lowepro Ridgeline
Price range $$$
Lowepro logo
4.8
52 reviews

The North Face Recon backpack
The North Face Recon
Capacity 17-31 l (1037.4-1892 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
8,600 reviews

Dakine Eve backpack
Dakine Eve
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.7
84 reviews

Mountainsmith Wizard backpack
Mountainsmith Wizard
Capacity 29 l (1770 cuin)
Price range $$$
Mountainsmith logo
4.7
3 reviews

Osprey Flare backpack
Osprey Flare
Capacity 22 l (1343 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
87 reviews

The North Face Borealis backpack
The North Face Borealis
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
11,553 reviews

The North Face Router backpack
The North Face Router
Capacity 35-42.6 l (2135.8-2600 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
587 reviews

Sherpani Soleil backpack
Sherpani Soleil
2 bag types available.
Sherpani logo
4.7
49 reviews

The North Face Iron Peak backpack
The North Face Iron Peak
Capacity 28 l (1709 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
242 reviews

Patagonia Jalama backpack
Patagonia Jalama
Capacity 28 l (1709 cuin)
Patagonia logo
4.7
36 reviews

Under Armour Recruit backpack
Under Armour Recruit
Capacity 33.2 l (2025 cuin)
Price range $
Under armour logo
4.7
652 reviews

Everki Titan backpack
Everki logo
4.7
136 reviews

Osprey Celeste backpack
Osprey Celeste
Capacity 29 l (1770 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
130 reviews

Mountainsmith World Cup backpack
Mountainsmith logo
4.7
9 reviews

Patagonia Black Hole backpack
Patagonia Black Hole
5 bag types available.
Capacity 25-32 l (1526-1953 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.7
1,212 reviews

The North Face Jester backpack
The North Face Jester
Capacity 26 l (1586.6 cuin)
Price range $
The north face logo
4.7
9,861 reviews

Dakine Prom backpack
Dakine Prom
Capacity 24.6 l (1500 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.7
6,693 reviews

Mindshift Gear FirstLight backpack
Mindshift gear logo
4.7
11 reviews

Kenneth Cole Reaction No Looking Back backpack
Kenneth cole reaction logo
4.7
40 reviews

Osprey Pulsar backpack
Osprey Pulsar
Capacity 30 l (1831 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
59 reviews

Herschel Dawson backpack
Herschel Dawson
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Herschel logo
4.6
118 reviews

Osprey Farpoint backpack
Osprey Farpoint
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
402 reviews

Osprey FlapJack backpack
Osprey FlapJack
2 bag types available.
Capacity 21 l (1282 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
79 reviews

The North Face Surge backpack
The North Face Surge
Capacity 33-38 l (2013.8-2319 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.6
3,931 reviews

Dakine Foundation backpack
Dakine Foundation
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
43 reviews

Dakine 101 backpack
Dakine 101
Capacity 28.7 l (1750 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
586 reviews

Sherpani Indie backpack
Sherpani Indie
2 bag types available.
Capacity 11.6-20.5 l (710-1251 cuin)
Price range $$
Sherpani logo
4.6
19 reviews

Deuter Gigant backpack
Deuter Gigant
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
14 reviews

OGIO Gambit backpack
OGIO Gambit
Capacity 33.6 l (2050 cuin)
Price range $$
Ogio logo
4.6
137 reviews

The North Face Haystack backpack
The North Face Haystack
Capacity 31.5 l (1922 cuin)
Price range $
The north face logo
4.6
982 reviews

Burton Prospect backpack
Burton Prospect
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Burton logo
4.6
531 reviews

Osprey Momentum backpack
Osprey Momentum
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
124 reviews

Osprey Flapjill backpack
Osprey Flapjill
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
125 reviews

Jansport Platform backpack
Jansport Platform
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.6
11 reviews

Timbuk2 Robin backpack
Timbuk2 Robin
Price range $$$
Timbuk2 logo
4.6
54 reviews

Burton Annex backpack
Burton Annex
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.6
83 reviews

Tamrac Anvil backpack
Tamrac Anvil
Price range $$$
Tamrac logo
4.6
171 reviews

Tumi Alpha Bravo backpack
Tumi Alpha Bravo
4 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Tumi logo
4.6
271 reviews

Jansport Digital Student backpack
Jansport Digital Student
Capacity 34.4 l (2100 cuin)
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.6
944 reviews

The North Face Isabella backpack
The north face logo
4.6
203 reviews

Dakine Garden backpack
Dakine Garden
Capacity 19.7 l (1200 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
722 reviews

Patagonia Petrolia backpack
Patagonia Petrolia
Capacity 28 l (1709 cuin)
Patagonia logo
4.6
78 reviews

Herschel Barlow backpack
Herschel Barlow
Price range $$
Herschel logo
4.6
6 reviews

Osprey Ellipse backpack
Osprey Ellipse
Capacity 25 l (1526 cuin)
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.6
67 reviews

Everki Beacon backpack
Everki Beacon
Price range $$
Everki logo
4.6
497 reviews

Kipling Seoul backpack
Kipling Seoul
Price range $$
Kipling logo
4.6
4,312 reviews

OGIO Soho backpack
OGIO Soho
Capacity 5.9 l (363 cuin)
Price range $
Ogio logo
4.6
1,248 reviews

The North Face Hot Shot backpack
The North Face Hot Shot
Capacity 30 l (1831 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.6
100 reviews

Think Tank Airport backpack
Think Tank Airport
Price range $$$
Think tank logo
4.6
85 reviews

Buxton Expedition backpack
Buxton Expedition
Price range $

4.6
22 reviews

Burton Tinder backpack
Burton Tinder
3 bag types available.
Capacity 25 l (1526 cuin)
Price range $
Burton logo
4.6
568 reviews

Herschel Mammoth backpack
Herschel Mammoth
Price range $$
Herschel logo
4.6
4 reviews

Eagle Creek XTA backpack
Eagle Creek XTA
Price range $$
Eagle creek logo
4.6
36 reviews

Everki Atlas backpack
Everki Atlas
Price range $$
Everki logo
4.6
316 reviews

Osprey Quasar backpack
Osprey Quasar
Capacity 28 l (1709 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
87 reviews

Osprey Pixel backpack
Osprey Pixel
Capacity 22 l (1343 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
30 reviews

The North Face Vault backpack
The North Face Vault
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $
The north face logo
4.6
3,399 reviews

The North Face Microbyte backpack
The North Face Microbyte
Capacity 17 l (1037 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.6
333 reviews

Travelon Anti-theft backpack
Travelon Anti-theft
7 bag types available.
Capacity 15-32 l (915-1953 cuin)
Price range $
Travelon logo
4.6
23,084 reviews

Bellino Matrix backpack
Bellino Matrix
Price range $

4.6
19 reviews

Dakine Jewel backpack
Dakine Jewel
Capacity 26.1 l (1590 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
766 reviews

Mammut Xeron backpack
Mammut Xeron
Price range $$
Mammut logo
4.6
8 reviews

Patagonia Refugio backpack
Patagonia Refugio
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.6
1,515 reviews

Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista backpack
Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista
4 bag types available.
Ricardo beverly hills logo
4.6
335 reviews

Tumi Voyageur backpack
Tumi Voyageur
5 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Tumi logo
4.6
475 reviews

OGIO Newt backpack
OGIO Newt
Price range $$
Ogio logo
4.6
213 reviews

Dakine Mission backpack
Dakine Mission
Capacity 25.1 l (1530 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
1,161 reviews

Under Armour Hustle backpack
Under Armour Hustle
Capacity 30.7 l (1875 cuin)
Price range $
Under armour logo
4.6
3,307 reviews

Incase Reform backpack
Incase Reform
Price range $$
Incase logo
4.6
65 reviews

Jansport City Scout backpack
Jansport City Scout
Capacity 31.1 l (1900 cuin)
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.5
1,529 reviews

Victorinox Altmont backpack
Victorinox Altmont
Price range $$
Victorinox logo
4.5
919 reviews

Ogio Renegade backpack
Ogio Renegade
2 bag types available.
Capacity 29.5 l (1800 cuin)
Price range $$
Ogio logo
4.5
1,666 reviews

Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack
Oakley Kitchen Sink
Capacity 34 l (2075 cuin)
Price range $$$
Oakley logo
4.5
842 reviews

Vera Bradley Lighten Up backpack

4.5
545 reviews

The North Face Pivoter backpack
The North Face Pivoter
Capacity 27 l (1647.6 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.5
972 reviews

Timbuk2 Parker backpack
Timbuk2 Parker
Price range $$$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
31 reviews

Timbuk2 Bruce backpack
Timbuk2 Bruce
Price range $$$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
30 reviews

Timbuk2 Uptown backpack
Timbuk2 Uptown
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
190 reviews

Timbuk2 Ace backpack
Timbuk2 Ace
Price range $
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
140 reviews

Dakine Campus backpack
Dakine Campus
Capacity 32.8 l (2000 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
1,938 reviews

Dakine Factor backpack
Dakine Factor
Capacity 22.1 l (1350 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
206 reviews

Dakine Greta backpack
Dakine Greta
Capacity 23.9 l (1460 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
14 reviews

Jansport Fox Hole backpack
Jansport Fox Hole
Price range $$
Jansport logo
4.5
116 reviews

Jansport Hatchet backpack
Jansport Hatchet
Price range $$
Jansport logo
4.5
470 reviews

Fjallraven Kanken backpack
Fjallraven Kanken
Capacity 20 l (1220 cuin)
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo
4.5
5,765 reviews

Adidas Excel backpack
Adidas Excel
Price range $
Adidas logo
4.5
746 reviews

Herschel Pop Quiz backpack
Herschel Pop Quiz
Price range $$
Herschel logo
4.5
949 reviews

Timbuk2 Vault backpack
Timbuk2 Vault
Price range $
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
21 reviews

Pacsafe Metrosafe backpack
Pacsafe Metrosafe
4 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.5
2,287 reviews

Dakine 365 backpack
Dakine 365
Capacity 21 l (1284 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
450 reviews

Sherpani Camden backpack
Sherpani Camden
Price range $$
Sherpani logo
4.5
110 reviews

Carhartt Legacy backpack
Carhartt Legacy
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Carhartt logo
4.5
392 reviews

Dakine Capitol backpack
Dakine Capitol
Capacity 22.9 l (1400 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
697 reviews

Deuter Giga backpack
Deuter Giga
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.5
46 reviews

Everki Versa backpack
Everki Versa
Price range $$$
Everki logo
4.5
332 reviews

Osprey Daylite backpack
Osprey Daylite
Capacity 13 l (793.3 cuin)
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
947 reviews

Timbuk2 Jet backpack
Timbuk2 Jet
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
2,569 reviews

Deuter Step Out backpack
Deuter Step Out
Capacity 1.2-2.2 l (73-134 cuin)
Price range $
Deuter logo
4.5
6 reviews

Samsonite Tectonic backpack
Samsonite Tectonic
Price range $$
Samsonite logo
4.5
911 reviews

Jansport Watchtower backpack
Jansport Watchtower
Capacity 28.1 l (1715 cuin)
Price range $$
Jansport logo
4.5
167 reviews

High Sierra Swerve backpack
High Sierra Swerve
Capacity 39.6 l (2418 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.5
17,767 reviews

Pacsafe Citysafe backpack
Pacsafe Citysafe
5 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.5
581 reviews

Thule Subterra backpack
Thule Subterra
2 bag types available.
Capacity 23-34 l (1404-2074 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.5
278 reviews

Incase City backpack
Incase City
Price range $$
Incase logo
4.5
240 reviews

Kate Spade Blake Avenue backpack

4.5
67 reviews

Dakine Detail backpack
Dakine Detail
2 bag types available.
Capacity 27.5 l (1680 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.4
163 reviews

Jansport Scout backpack
Jansport Scout
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.4
297 reviews

Granite Gear Superior backpack
Granite Gear Superior
Capacity 32 l (1950 cuin)
Price range $$
Granite gear logo
4.4
251 reviews

Timbuk2 Command backpack
Timbuk2 Command
2 bag types available.
Capacity 32 l (1953 cuin)
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
3,738 reviews

Timbuk2 Ramble backpack
Timbuk2 Ramble
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
33 reviews

Brenthaven Collins backpack
Brenthaven Collins
Price range $$

4.4
79 reviews

The North Face Kaban backpack
The North Face Kaban
Capacity 25.5 l (1556 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.4
136 reviews

Gregory Border backpack
Gregory Border
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.4
9 reviews

Thule Pack n Pedal
Thule Pack n Pedal
4 bag types available.
Capacity 24 l (1465 cuin)
Price range $
Thule logo
4.4
9 reviews

Travelpro Platinum Magna backpack
Travelpro Platinum Magna
2 bag types available.
Travelpro logo
4.4
747 reviews

Brics Life backpack
Brics logo
4.4
84 reviews

Osprey Ozone backpack
Osprey Ozone
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.4
472 reviews

High Sierra Powerglide backpack
High Sierra Powerglide
Capacity 38.5 l (2350 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.4
3,582 reviews

Fjallraven Rucksack backpack
Fjallraven Rucksack
Price range $$$
Fjallraven logo
4.4
295 reviews

Pacsafe Venturesafe backpack
Pacsafe Venturesafe
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.4
461 reviews

Tumi Alpha backpack
Tumi Alpha
6 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Tumi logo
4.4
322 reviews

Nike Brasilia backpack
Nike Brasilia
Price range $
Nike logo
4.4
8,801 reviews

Vans Van Doren backpack
Vans Van Doren
Price range $
Vans logo
4.4
19 reviews

Dakine Trek backpack
Dakine Trek
Capacity 26.3 l (1606 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.4
97 reviews

Jansport Odyssey backpack
Jansport Odyssey
Capacity 38.5 l (2350 cuin)
Price range $$
Jansport logo
4.4
282 reviews

Burton Kilo backpack
Burton Kilo
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.4
612 reviews

Thule Crossover backpack
Thule Crossover
3 bag types available.
Capacity 25-41 l (1526-2501 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.4
750 reviews

Timbuk2 Q backpack
Timbuk2 Q
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
327 reviews

Herschel Little America backpack
Herschel logo
4.4
2,477 reviews

Hynes Eagle backpack
Hynes Eagle
Price range $

4.4
2,181 reviews

Osprey Comet backpack
Osprey Comet
Capacity 30 l (1831 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.4
282 reviews

Mountainsmith Grand Tour backpack
Mountainsmith Grand Tour
Capacity 19 l (1160 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountainsmith logo
4.4
15 reviews

Jansport Driver backpack
Jansport Driver
Capacity 34.4 l (2100 cuin)
Price range $$
Jansport logo
4.4
15,023 reviews

Jansport Right Pack backpack
Jansport Right Pack
Capacity 31.1 l (1900 cuin)
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.4
17,746 reviews

High Sierra Access backpack
High Sierra Access
Capacity 45.1 l (2750 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.4
9,103 reviews

Eagle Creek No Matter What backpack
Eagle Creek No Matter What
5 bag types available.
Price range $
Eagle creek logo
4.4
1,817 reviews

Travelpro Crew backpack
Travelpro Crew
4 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Travelpro logo
4.4
1,455 reviews

OGIO Axle backpack
OGIO Axle
Capacity 29.5 l (1800 cuin)
Price range $$
Ogio logo
4.4
88 reviews

The North Face Access backpack
The North Face Access
Price range $$$
The north face logo
4.4
79 reviews

Columbia Tamolitch backpack
Columbia Tamolitch
Price range $
Columbia logo
4.4
96 reviews

Pacsafe Camsafe backpack
Pacsafe Camsafe
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.4
362 reviews

Osprey Nova backpack
Osprey Nova
Capacity 33 l (2014 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.4
23 reviews

Tumi Sinclair backpack
Tumi Sinclair
3 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Tumi logo
4.4
21 reviews

Timbuk2 Especial backpack
Timbuk2 Especial
3 bag types available.
Capacity 2-50 l (122-3051 cuin)
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
494 reviews

Timbuk2 Cask backpack
Timbuk2 Cask
Price range $$$
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
17 reviews

Jansport Houston backpack
Jansport Houston
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.4
207 reviews

Timbuk2 Parkside backpack
Timbuk2 Parkside
Price range $
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
688 reviews

Ergodyne Arsenal backpack
Ergodyne Arsenal
Price range $$

4.4
247 reviews

Osprey Cyber backpack
Osprey Cyber
Capacity 26 l (1587 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.3
92 reviews

Granite Gear Sawtooth backpack
Granite Gear Sawtooth
Capacity 32 l (1950 cuin)
Price range $
Granite gear logo
4.3
92 reviews

Pacsafe Vibe backpack
Pacsafe Vibe
3 bag types available.
Capacity 4-40 l (245-2441 cuin)
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.3
226 reviews

Herschel Retreat backpack
Herschel Retreat
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Herschel logo
4.3
512 reviews

Jansport Agave backpack
Jansport Agave
Capacity 33.6 l (2050 cuin)
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.3
412 reviews

High Sierra Freewheel backpack
High Sierra Freewheel
Capacity 41.3 l (2523 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.3
3,154 reviews

High Sierra Aggro backpack
High Sierra Aggro
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.3
39 reviews

Granite Gear Cross Trek backpack
Granite Gear Cross Trek
2 bag types available.
Capacity 36 l (2196.9 cuin)
Price range $$
Granite gear logo
4.3
652 reviews

Granite Gear Boundary backpack
Granite Gear Boundary
Capacity 30.3 l (1850 cuin)
Price range $
Granite gear logo
4.3
44 reviews

Timbuk2 Spire backpack
Timbuk2 Spire
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.3
604 reviews

Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street backpack
Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street
5 bag types available.
Capacity 15.9-17.8 l (968-1089 cuin)
Price range $$$
Briggs & riley logo
4.3
89 reviews

Victorinox Lexicon backpack
Victorinox logo
4.3
22 reviews

Osprey Parsec backpack
Osprey Parsec
Capacity 31 l (1892 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.3
4 reviews

Dakine Switch backpack
Dakine Switch
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.3
6 reviews

Gregory Peary backpack
Gregory logo
4.3
4 reviews

Incase Icon backpack
Incase Icon
Price range $$
Incase logo
4.3
319 reviews

Kensington Securetrek backpack
Kensington Securetrek
Price range $$

4.3
153 reviews

Patagonia Yerba backpack
Patagonia Yerba
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.3
153 reviews

Jansport Baughman backpack
Jansport Baughman
Capacity 41 l (2500 cuin)
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.3
240 reviews

Jansport Recruit backpack
Jansport Recruit
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.3
26 reviews

High Sierra Modi backpack
High Sierra Modi
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.3
30 reviews

Timbuk2 Rogue backpack
Timbuk2 Rogue
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.3
482 reviews

Thule EnRoute backpack
Thule EnRoute
Capacity 21-27 l (1282-1648 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.3
454 reviews

Geoffrey Beene backpack
Geoffrey Beene
Price range $

4.3
423 reviews

Briggs & Riley Sympatico backpack
Briggs & Riley Sympatico
2 bag types available.
Capacity 17.8 l (1089 cuin)
Price range $$
Briggs & riley logo
4.3
209 reviews

Oakley Enduro backpack
Oakley Enduro
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Oakley logo
4.3
84 reviews

OGIO Bandit backpack
OGIO Bandit
Capacity 27.9 l (1700 cuin)
Ogio logo
4.2
349 reviews

Granite Gear Eagle backpack
Granite Gear Eagle
Capacity 29-29.1 l (1769.7-1775 cuin)
Price range $
Granite gear logo
4.2
51 reviews

Victorinox VX Sport backpack
Victorinox VX Sport
Price range $$
Victorinox logo
4.2
262 reviews

Nike Cheyenne backpack
Nike Cheyenne
Price range $
Nike logo
4.2
5 reviews

The North Face Wavelength backpack
The North Face Wavelength
Capacity 26.9 l (1642 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.2
12 reviews

Jansport Digibreak backpack
Jansport Digibreak
Capacity 25.4 l (1550 cuin)
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.2
1,145 reviews

Herschel Settlement backpack
Herschel Settlement
Price range $
Herschel logo
4.2
1,478 reviews

Timbuk2 Gist backpack
Timbuk2 Gist
Price range $
Timbuk2 logo
4.2
40 reviews

Timbuk2 Showdown backpack
Timbuk2 Showdown
Capacity 22 l (1343 cuin)
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.2
236 reviews

Pacsafe Ultimatesafe backpack
Pacsafe Ultimatesafe
Price range $$$
Pacsafe logo
4.2
6 reviews

Nike Alpha backpack
Nike Alpha
Price range $
Nike logo
4.2
41 reviews

OGIO Tribune backpack
OGIO Tribune
Capacity 40.1 l (2450 cuin)
Price range $
Ogio logo
4.2
548 reviews

Fjallraven Ovik backpack
Fjallraven Ovik
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo
4.2
29 reviews

Osprey Perigee backpack
Osprey Perigee
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.2
12 reviews

Granite Gear Buffalo backpack
Granite Gear Buffalo
Capacity 32 l (1950 cuin)
Price range $
Granite gear logo
4.2
126 reviews

Burton Bravo backpack
Burton Bravo
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.2
59 reviews

Burton Kettle Pack backpack
Burton Kettle Pack
Price range $
Burton logo
4.2
62 reviews

Eagle Creek Afar backpack
Eagle Creek Afar
Price range $$
Eagle creek logo
4.2
52 reviews

Samsonite Vizair backpack
Samsonite Vizair
Price range $$
Samsonite logo
4.2
786 reviews

Samsonite Xenon backpack
Samsonite Xenon
Price range $
Samsonite logo
4.1
1,226 reviews

Dakine Caravan backpack
Dakine Caravan
Price range $$
Dakine logo
4.1
6 reviews

High Sierra Sportour backpack
High Sierra Sportour
2 bag types available.
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.1
176 reviews

Burton Kettle backpack
Burton Kettle
Price range $
Burton logo
4.1
284 reviews

Pacsafe Intasafe backpack
Pacsafe Intasafe
2 bag types available.
Capacity 20 l (1220 cuin)
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.1
126 reviews

Timbuk2 Tuck backpack
Timbuk2 Tuck
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.1
133 reviews

Burton Cadet backpack
Burton Cadet
Price range $
Burton logo
4.1
66 reviews

High Sierra Chaser backpack
High Sierra Chaser
Capacity 37.1 l (2264 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.0
3,274 reviews

Timbuk2 Leader
Timbuk2 Leader
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.0
71 reviews

Thule Departer backpack
Thule Departer
Capacity 21-23 l (1282-1404 cuin)
Price range $
Thule logo
4.0
58 reviews

Jansport Sentinel backpack
Jansport Sentinel
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.0
15 reviews

Burton Curbshark backpack
Burton Curbshark
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.0
16 reviews

ONA Camps Bay backpack
ONA Camps Bay
Price range $$$$
Ona logo
4.0
8 reviews

Apera Locker backpack
Apera Locker
Price range $$

4.0
18 reviews

Solo Altitude backpack
Solo Altitude
Price range $

4.0
26 reviews

Briggs & Riley Excursion backpack
Briggs & Riley Excursion
Capacity 22.8 l (1391 cuin)
Price range $$
Briggs & riley logo
4.0
35 reviews

High Sierra XBT backpack
High Sierra XBT
2 bag types available.
Capacity 38.5-41 l (2350-2500 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.0
1,270 reviews

Kensington Contour backpack
Kensington Contour
Price range $

4.0
399 reviews

Osprey Bitstream backpack
Osprey Bitstream
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.0
8 reviews

Timbuk2 Transit backpack
Timbuk2 Transit
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
3.9
71 reviews

Mobile Edge ScanFast backpack
Mobile Edge ScanFast
Price range $$

3.9
227 reviews

Targus Drifter backpack
Targus Drifter
Price range $$
Targus logo
3.9
2,297 reviews

Burton Frontier backpack
Burton Frontier
Price range $
Burton logo
3.8
4 reviews

Alienware Vindicator backpack
Alienware Vindicator
Price range $$

3.8
149 reviews

Thule Paramount backpack
Thule Paramount
Capacity 24-29 l (1465-1770 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
3.8
79 reviews

High Sierra Rownan backpack
High Sierra Rownan
Price range $
High sierra logo
3.8
37 reviews

Timbuk2 Swig backpack
Timbuk2 Swig
Capacity 20 l (1220 cuin)
Timbuk2 logo
3.8
13 reviews

BoardingBlue Spirit backpack
BoardingBlue Spirit
Price range $

3.8
43 reviews

Booq Boa backpack
Booq Boa
Price range $$$

3.8
40 reviews

Jansport Reilly backpack
Jansport Reilly
Price range $$
Jansport logo
3.7
7 reviews

Bugatti Vail backpack
Bugatti Vail
4 bag types available.
Price range $$
Bugatti logo
3.6
18 reviews

Dakine Compass backpack
Dakine Compass
Price range $$
Dakine logo
3.5
8 reviews

Jansport Helios backpack
Jansport Helios
Price range $$
Jansport logo
3.5
4 reviews

Crumpler Dry Red backpack
Crumpler Dry Red
Price range $$$
Crumpler logo
3.4
8 reviews

Granite Gear Splitrock backpack
Granite gear logo
3.3
7 reviews

The North Face Yavapai backpack
The north face logo
2.0
3 reviews

Osprey Talia backpack
Osprey Talia
Price range $$
Osprey logo

Jansport Tulare backpack
Jansport Tulare
Price range $$
Jansport logo

Lowe Alpine Core backpack
Lowe Alpine Core
Price range $$$
Lowe alpine logo

Burton Gorge backpack
Burton Gorge
Price range $$
Burton logo

Burton Fathom backpack
Burton Fathom
Price range $$
Burton logo

Brooks Pickwick backpack
Brooks Pickwick
Price range $$$
Brooks logo

Jansport Broadband backpack
Jansport Broadband
Price range $
Jansport logo

Heimplanet Monolith backpack
Heimplanet Monolith
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Heimplanet logo

Osprey Palea backpack
Osprey Palea
Price range $$
Osprey logo

Gregory Muir backpack
Gregory Muir
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Millcreek backpack
Gregory Millcreek
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Tarifa backpack
Gregory Tarifa
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory I-Street backpack
Gregory I-Street
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Workman backpack
Gregory Workman
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Jansport Ashford
Jansport Ashford
Price range $
Jansport logo

Jansport Shotwell backpack
Jansport Shotwell
Price range $$
Jansport logo

Burton Switchup backpack
Burton Switchup
Price range $$$
Burton logo

Ortlieb Vario backpack
Ortlieb logo

Ogio Clark backpack
Ogio Clark
Capacity 26.2 l (1600 cuin)
Price range $
Ogio logo

Flowfold Denizen backpack
Flowfold Denizen
Price range $$
Flowfold logo

Moshi Helios backpack
Moshi Helios
Price range $$




Review Summary

235,643 reviews of bags checked.

Average rating is 4.5 out of 5.
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Top 10 commuter/business backpack brands

The 10 highest rated commuter/business backpack brands based on the 235,643 reviews we have checked + the highest rated bag from each brand.

BrandAverage ratingTop commuter/business backpack
Knomo4.8Knomo Beauchamp
LowePro4.8Lowepro Ridgeline
The North Face4.7The North Face Recon
Mindshift Gear4.7Mindshift Gear FirstLight
Kenneth Cole Reaction4.7Kenneth Cole Reaction No Looking Back
Tamrac4.6Tamrac Anvil
Patagonia4.6Patagonia Ironwood
Mountainsmith4.6Mountainsmith Divide
Dakine4.6Dakine Eve
Kipling4.6Kipling Seoul



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A good portion of your life is spent commuting to and from work or school. This is why it can pay to have the right pack on your shoulder. You will be able to make sure that you have everything that you need to succeed each day but also make certain that you are comfortable.

Since commuter backpacks are only now gaining popularity, you will be hard pressed to find any help on finding the right one for you. This is why we have taken hold of the reins. In this guide, we look at the type of commuting you might do and consider all of the features you should have in your perfect backpack. See it all here.

Your Guide to Finding the Best Commuter Backpack for Your Journey (Buyers Guide)

There is a lot that you need to think about when choosing a commuter backpack. Due to the many different ways that people travel, it is not a one size fits all situation. This is why you need to consider each scenario and feature to determine which capacity, style, and design is ideal for you. Here are all of the things you will need to keep in mind:

How Do You Commute to Work or School?

The first thing you will need to narrow down is just how it is that you get to work. Here are some of the more common ways to do so and some of the backpack attributes you should consider:

Commuting by Public Transportation

Most people use the bus, train, tram, or another form of public transportation to move around. While this is a more affordable way of traveling there are several things to think about. This includes the size of the pack, how easy it is to travel with the pack, and just how comfortable it is as well.

Run Commuting

If you use your own two feet to get you where you need to go, you are a part of a rapidly growing group. With this type of commuting, you need to take weight, comfort, and movement into consideration. Since you are relying on your own strength, you need a pack made from lightweight material that is also strong. You will also need a fairly compact pack to minimize its movements on your back. Last but not least, it needs to be comfortable and breathable as well.

Commuting on Bicycle

If you are riding around on a bicycle, you do have a few more options in terms of backpacks. That being said, you will also have to find one that will stay securely on your back throughout the ride. You will also need one that is small enough to not interfere with your riding. Also, considering your destination, a decent capacity and organization features are also important.

Best Commuter Backpacks

Where are You Commuting To?

Where it is that you are traveling to each day is also significant. This will determine the style of the backpack that you choose.

Commuting to a Corporate Office

So, if you are heading to a workplace that is very strict with the dress code, then you need to pay special attention to how your backpack looks. First and foremost, you should focus on the overall style. Stay away from backpacks that are a throwback to your school days or anything that looks hipster. Instead, opt for boxier styles so that they mimic handbags or briefcases. You should also stick with either leather or canvas materials. These may be heavier and not as durable but they do make up for this with style points. Last but not least, stick with neutral colors like black, gray, navy blue, and brown. These will match your suits better.

Commuting to College or Low-key Workplace

If you don’t have a lot of style rules imposed upon you, there are a lot more options for you to choose from. Here, it is better to choose materials that are tougher and easier to maintain like nylon or polyester. The color and design are entirely up to you. If you want your backpack to stand out, you can go for something that is bold and bright. However, if you are more concerned with it matching all of your outfits, look for one in neutral tones.

What Capacity Do You Need?

Now, the precise capacity that you need is dependent on what you need for your work or school day. However, the most common capacities for commuter backpacks are often between 10 liters and 30 liters. Sometimes, they may go up to 40 liters, if you want to carry a lot of items with you.

  • 10 liters: a backpack of this capacity is good for someone who wants to carry their laptop and little else. There may be space for a few documents or files but that is about it.
  • 20 – 30 liters: these are the best capacities for those who would like to take their laptop, books, documents, and may be even other devices with them.
  • 30+ liters: few people actually need quite so much space but it can be useful for commuters who like to carry changes of clothing, food, etc. each day to work or school in addition to their computer and books.

Of course, you need to be able to fit everything that you need into your commuter pack. Still, the rule of thumb with commuter backpacks is to never get one that is larger than what you absolutely need. This guideline is in place for a couple of reasons:

For instance, if you work in a corporate environment, the last thing you want to do is to step into work with an overly large, unprofessional bag. Also, if you are running or cycling, a backpack that is too big will hinder your movement and make your commute quite uncomfortable. For those that are using public transportation, a bulging bag will just take up more space and probably hit fellow passengers in the face.

Organization Features

Commuter backpacks, in most instances, have to function as school bags, laptop bags, and briefcases. This means that there need to be various organizational features both internally and externally. Here are some of the things that should be a part of the design:

  • Laptop sleeve: it is quite unlikely that you are working or schooling anywhere that doesn’t require a laptop. This is why you need in addition to checking for a laptop sleeve, you should also discern the fit. Your laptop should snugly fit into the built-in sleeve and not move around. Also, the diagonal length of the laptop should be similar to the length of the backpack.
  • Internal sleeves: look for a smaller sleeve where you can securely keep your phone in during your commute. Additionally, having slim pockets to store pens, keys, and flash drives can also come in handy.
  • Built-in earphone line: if you listen to music while you commute, you probably don’t want to carry your phone or music device in your hand. A built-in earphone line can help with this as you will be able to run the line from the device stored in your bag to the outside.
  • Hydration pockets: if you aren’t using public transportation, you are going to need to rehydrate quite often. This is why you should look for external pockets, especially mesh pockets where you can store water bottles.

Suspension System

There are two reasons that the suspension system (how the straps are positioned) are important on commuter backpacks. First, the straps will determine just how comfortable your pack is as well as how the weight is distributed across your torso. Also, a good suspension system will prevent your backpack from swinging wildly while you run or cycle each day.

Shoulder Straps

The first thing that you should consider with shoulder straps is the width. While they should be in proportion to your own shoulders, a wider strap is always better. This spreads the weight out so that the strap won’t dig into your skin. A padded strap also helps to improve how comfortable a pack is on your shoulders.

Sternum and Waist Straps

While you may not use these straps too much on a regular backpack, they are absolutely imperative when it comes to a commuter pack. This is because these are the straps that will make certain that your backpack is held as close to your center of gravity as possible. In turn, this makes it easier for you to maintain your natural posture. Not to mention, these are the straps that are responsible for making sure that your bag doesn’t move around while you are running or cycling.

Women Specific Straps

There are backpacks that are geared towards the female form, complete with straps meant for shorter torsos and wider hips. If you are going to be cycling, running, or even walking to work these packs can be quite useful. This is because they will make sure your backpack sits where it needs to without drifting below your waist and impeding your movement. If you are really petite, youth backpacks may be an even better fit for you.

Weatherproof Features

Regardless of how you commute to work, there is a good chance that your backpack is going to need to have to withstand the elements. This includes the heat, the sun, and the rain. Here are the features you should be looking for:

Water Resistant Capabilities

It is unlikely that you are going to need a commuter backpack that is entirely waterproof unless you are planning on dealing with daily downpours. In most instances, a water resistant bag will do just fine. These bags may be made of polyester and nylon with waterproof coatings or waxed canvas. You should make sure that the zippers have been similarly protected against the rain.

UV Light Resistant

If you live in a place that is quite sunny for most of the year you may find that most backpacks look worn out or begin deteriorating after a while. This is because of the constant exposure to UV degradation. Polyester is typically the best material for such weather conditions although some backpacks may have coatings that are UV resistant as well.

Ventilation

In warm weather, the sun is not the only thing that you need to be concerned about – you also have to stay as cool as possible. This means that you have to look for packs that allow for ventilation on your back. The best design for warm weather is padded panels on the rear of the packs which allow for space between your back and the materials. This allows for greater air flow.

These are all of the details and features that you will need to consider when choosing a commuter backpack for yourself.


Last updated on May 23, 2018

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