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Urban backpacks Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Mar 2019)

Most urban backpacks are used every day, so it's important that the quality is high.

Unfortunately not all backpacks are of the same high quality, so it pays to spend some time checking the different brands and models before you choose your new backpack.


The Best Urban Backpack


Having checked thousands of urban backpack reviews, we can say that the Deuter Walker is the best choice for most people.

The Deuter Walker got a rating of 4.80 out of 5, while the average rating in the list below is just 4.03.

Deuter Walker
Based on 506,360 reviews, this is the best reviewed urban backpack.
Below is the list of all top 260 best urban backpacks. Great if the Deuter Walker above isn't your style.



The 260 Best Urban Backpacks


PS: We have checked 506,360 reviews to make this top 260 list!

RankUrban BackpackRating
1Deuter WalkerDeuter Walker
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4.80
23 reviews
2Ethnotek RajaEthnotek Raja
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4.80
22 reviews
3Patagonia Black HolePatagonia Black Hole
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4.58
1,393 reviews
4Osprey FarpointOsprey Farpoint
4.56
2,241 reviews
5Lowepro RidgelineLowepro Ridgeline
4.55
99 reviews
6Granite Gear ChampGranite Gear Champ
4.54
45 reviews
7Brooks PickwickBrooks Pickwick
4.52
27 reviews
8Think Tank AirportThink Tank Airport
4.50
451 reviews
9The North Face Iron PeakThe North Face Iron Peak
4.49
215 reviews
10Granite Gear VoyageursGranite Gear Voyageurs
4.49
80 reviews
11Sherpani SoleilSherpani Soleil
4.46
150 reviews
12Incase ReformIncase Reform
4.46
179 reviews
13Knomo BeauchampKnomo Beauchamp
4.43
84 reviews
14Osprey FlapJackOsprey FlapJack
4.42
155 reviews
15Osprey QuasarOsprey Quasar
4.40
512 reviews
16The North Face RouterThe North Face Router
4.40
607 reviews
17The North Face SurgeThe North Face Surge
4.40
6,183 reviews
18Dakine EveDakine Eve
4.40
516 reviews
19Burton FathomBurton Fathom
4.40
21 reviews
20Osprey CometOsprey Comet
4.39
440 reviews
21Under Armour RecruitUnder Armour Recruit
4.39
5,303 reviews
22The North Face ReconThe North Face Recon
4.38
15,710 reviews
23Dakine PromDakine Prom
4.38
7,439 reviews
24Osprey NebulaOsprey Nebula
4.36
516 reviews
25Thule CrossoverThule Crossover
4.36
1,257 reviews
26Jack Georges VoyagerJack Georges Voyager
4.36
24 reviews
27Osprey FlareOsprey Flare
4.34
25 reviews
28Tamrac AnvilTamrac Anvil
4.34
182 reviews
29J World CorneliaJ World Cornelia
4.34
2,212 reviews
30Deuter GigaDeuter Giga
4.33
47 reviews
31The North Face BorealisThe North Face Borealis
4.33
18,251 reviews
32Dakine ExplorerDakine Explorer
4.33
518 reviews
33Nike EmbarcaNike Embarca
4.33
52 reviews
34Osprey RadialOsprey Radial
4.32
208 reviews
35Dakine FrankieDakine Frankie
4.32
590 reviews
36OGIO RenegadeOGIO Renegade
4.32
2,509 reviews
37Timbuk2 CommandTimbuk2 Command
4.31
6,556 reviews
38Oakley GearboxOakley Gearbox
4.31
86 reviews
39The North Face JesterThe North Face Jester
4.30
19,850 reviews
40Burton TinderBurton Tinder
4.30
2,187 reviews
41Burton AnnexBurton Annex
4.30
358 reviews
42Kipling SeoulKipling Seoul
4.30
6,302 reviews
43Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar VistaRicardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista
4.29
1,506 reviews
44Everki AtlasEverki Atlas
4.29
604 reviews
45Osprey CelesteOsprey Celeste
4.28
233 reviews
46Patagonia IronwoodPatagonia Ironwood
4.28
60 reviews
47Jansport Digital StudentJansport Digital Student
4.27
1,111 reviews
48Mindshift Gear FirstLightMindshift Gear FirstLight
4.27
13 reviews
49Vera Bradley CampusVera Bradley Campus
4.27
3,256 reviews
50Jansport TildenJansport Tilden
4.26
10 reviews
51OGIO ClarkOGIO Clark
4.26
28 reviews
52Osprey DayliteOsprey Daylite
4.25
1,501 reviews
53Osprey NovaOsprey Nova
4.25
187 reviews
54The North Face PivoterThe North Face Pivoter
4.25
1,474 reviews
55Dakine MissionDakine Mission
4.25
1,389 reviews
56Dakine 101Dakine 101
4.25
805 reviews
57Mountainsmith DivideMountainsmith Divide
4.25
19 reviews
58Mountainsmith TourMountainsmith Tour
4.25
508 reviews
59Herschel RetreatHerschel Retreat
4.25
1,109 reviews
60Under Armour Storm ContenderUnder Armour Storm Contender
4.25
180 reviews
61Jansport City ScoutJansport City Scout
4.24
2,367 reviews
62Jansport Fox HoleJansport Fox Hole
4.24
27 reviews
63Thule SubterraThule Subterra
4.24
395 reviews
64Osprey QuestaOsprey Questa
4.23
290 reviews
65Dakine HadleyDakine Hadley
4.23
210 reviews
66Timbuk2 BruceTimbuk2 Bruce
4.23
30 reviews
67Osprey TaliaOsprey Talia
4.22
11 reviews
68Osprey OzoneOsprey Ozone
4.22
597 reviews
69Dakine CapitolDakine Capitol
4.22
798 reviews
70Mountainsmith World CupMountainsmith World Cup
4.22
29 reviews
71Herschel Pop QuizHerschel Pop Quiz
4.22
3,091 reviews
72Dakine 365Dakine 365
4.21
863 reviews
73Under Armour HustleUnder Armour Hustle
4.21
3,597 reviews
74Victorinox AltmontVictorinox Altmont
4.21
1,799 reviews
75The North Face Hot ShotThe North Face Hot Shot
4.20
102 reviews
76Jansport EnvoyJansport Envoy
4.20
186 reviews
77Patagonia PaxatPatagonia Paxat
4.20
97 reviews
78Everki BeaconEverki Beacon
4.20
509 reviews
79The North Face HaystackThe North Face Haystack
4.19
1,445 reviews
80Columbia TamolitchColumbia Tamolitch
4.19
196 reviews
81Burton ProspectBurton Prospect
4.18
1,016 reviews
82Carhartt LegacyCarhartt Legacy
4.18
1,144 reviews
83Briggs & Riley VerbBriggs & Riley Verb
4.18
137 reviews
84Dakine FactorDakine Factor
4.17
339 reviews
85Dakine GardenDakine Garden
4.17
1,387 reviews
86Jansport HatchetJansport Hatchet
4.17
1,030 reviews
87Jansport OdysseyJansport Odyssey
4.17
349 reviews
88Deuter GigantDeuter Gigant
4.17
46 reviews
89Jansport Big StudentJansport Big Student
4.16
113,030 reviews
90Dakine JewelDakine Jewel
4.16
1,887 reviews
91Dakine FoundationDakine Foundation
4.16
105 reviews
92Timbuk2 RambleTimbuk2 Ramble
4.16
83 reviews
93Vera Bradley Lighten UpVera Bradley Lighten Up
4.16
840 reviews
94The North Face TallacThe North Face Tallac
4.15
90 reviews
95Dakine DetailDakine Detail
4.15
319 reviews
96Kenneth Cole Reaction No Looking BackKenneth Cole Reaction No Looking Back
4.15
54 reviews
97Dakine CampusDakine Campus
4.14
6,234 reviews
98Timbuk2 JetTimbuk2 Jet
4.14
562 reviews
99Pacsafe CitysafePacsafe Citysafe
4.14
1,345 reviews
100Tumi VoyageurTumi Voyageur
4.14
1,036 reviews
101OGIO NewtOGIO Newt
4.14
248 reviews
102The North Face MicrobyteThe North Face Microbyte
4.13
526 reviews
103Jansport WatchtowerJansport Watchtower
4.12
130 reviews
104Timbuk2 RobinTimbuk2 Robin
4.12
67 reviews
105The North Face VaultThe North Face Vault
4.11
4,928 reviews
106Fjallraven RavenFjallraven Raven
4.11
366 reviews
107Oakley Kitchen SinkOakley Kitchen Sink
4.11
1,724 reviews
108Everki TitanEverki Titan
4.10
148 reviews
109Brenthaven CollinsBrenthaven Collins
4.08
181 reviews
110Eagle Creek No Matter WhatEagle Creek No Matter What
4.07
2,185 reviews
111Timbuk2 QTimbuk2 Q
4.07
328 reviews
112eBags ProfessionaleBags Professional
4.07
18,379 reviews
113Jansport Cool StudentJansport Cool Student
4.06
429 reviews
114Pacsafe VenturesafePacsafe Venturesafe
4.06
1,165 reviews
115Fjallraven OvikFjallraven Ovik
4.05
64 reviews
116Kensington SecuretrekKensington Securetrek
4.05
799 reviews
117Granite Gear EagleGranite Gear Eagle
4.04
64 reviews
118Sherpani IndieSherpani Indie
4.04
19 reviews
119Adidas ExcelAdidas Excel
4.04
1,085 reviews
120Osprey PulsarOsprey Pulsar
4.03
90 reviews
121Fjallraven RucksackFjallraven Rucksack
4.03
723 reviews
122Pacsafe MetrosafePacsafe Metrosafe
4.03
2,688 reviews
123Herschel Little AmericaHerschel Little America
4.03
3,241 reviews
124OGIO SohoOGIO Soho
4.03
1,668 reviews
125Osprey ParsecOsprey Parsec
4.02
21 reviews
126Timbuk2 VaultTimbuk2 Vault
4.02
35 reviews
127Bellino MatrixBellino Matrix
4.02
25 reviews
128The North Face AccessThe North Face Access
4.01
93 reviews
129Burton KiloBurton Kilo
4.01
1,220 reviews
130Brics LifeBrics Life
4.00
160 reviews
131Solo AltitudeSolo Altitude
4.00
26 reviews
132Osprey SpinOsprey Spin
4.00
63 reviews
133Osprey MomentumOsprey Momentum
3.99
199 reviews
134Osprey CyberOsprey Cyber
3.99
211 reviews
135Osprey FlapjillOsprey Flapjill
3.98
477 reviews
136The North Face IsabellaThe North Face Isabella
3.98
508 reviews
137High Sierra SwerveHigh Sierra Swerve
3.98
20,471 reviews
138High Sierra TacticHigh Sierra Tactic
3.98
1,183 reviews
139Victorinox LexiconVictorinox Lexicon
3.98
117 reviews
140Oakley EnduroOakley Enduro
3.97
333 reviews
141Timbuk2 SpireTimbuk2 Spire
3.96
893 reviews
142Ogio CovertOgio Covert
3.96
84 reviews
143Jansport Right PackJansport Right Pack
3.95
17,433 reviews
144Hynes EagleHynes Eagle
3.95
6,376 reviews
145Tumi AlphaTumi Alpha
3.94
1,958 reviews
146Dakine TrekDakine Trek
3.93
150 reviews
147Jansport AgaveJansport Agave
3.93
677 reviews
148Timbuk2 ParkerTimbuk2 Parker
3.93
31 reviews
149Travelpro Platinum MagnaTravelpro Platinum Magna
3.93
1,410 reviews
150High Sierra AggroHigh Sierra Aggro
3.92
39 reviews
151Timbuk2 UptownTimbuk2 Uptown
3.92
395 reviews
152Timbuk2 AceTimbuk2 Ace
3.92
234 reviews
153Kensington ContourKensington Contour
3.92
1,942 reviews
154Dakine GretaDakine Greta
3.91
14 reviews
155Jansport BaughmanJansport Baughman
3.91
294 reviews
156Pacsafe VibePacsafe Vibe
3.91
453 reviews
157Herschel HeritageHerschel Heritage
3.91
1,529 reviews
158OGIO AxleOGIO Axle
3.91
151 reviews
159Adidas PrimeAdidas Prime
3.91
1,449 reviews
160Sherpani CamdenSherpani Camden
3.90
178 reviews
161Timbuk2 CaskTimbuk2 Cask
3.89
16 reviews
162Victorinox VX SportVictorinox VX Sport
3.89
561 reviews
163Everki VersaEverki Versa
3.89
412 reviews
164Incase CityIncase City
3.89
456 reviews
165Eagle Creek XTAEagle Creek XTA
3.88
36 reviews
166Dakine SwitchDakine Switch
3.87
42 reviews
167Timbuk2 EspecialTimbuk2 Especial
3.87
507 reviews
168Timbuk2 RogueTimbuk2 Rogue
3.87
515 reviews
169Ergodyne ArsenalErgodyne Arsenal
3.87
1,733 reviews
170Granite Gear BoundaryGranite Gear Boundary
3.86
44 reviews
171Cotopaxi BomaCotopaxi Boma
3.86
39 reviews
172Pacsafe CamsafePacsafe Camsafe
3.84
521 reviews
173Tumi SinclairTumi Sinclair
3.84
55 reviews
174The North Face KabanThe North Face Kaban
3.83
82 reviews
175Granite Gear SuperiorGranite Gear Superior
3.82
239 reviews
176Fjallraven KankenFjallraven Kanken
3.82
12,312 reviews
177Buxton ExpeditionBuxton Expedition
3.82
36 reviews
178Gregory BorderGregory Border
3.81
38 reviews
179Osprey PixelOsprey Pixel
3.80
335 reviews
180Timbuk2 ParksideTimbuk2 Parkside
3.80
767 reviews
181Nike BrasiliaNike Brasilia
3.79
8,161 reviews
182Jansport ReillyJansport Reilly
3.78
107 reviews
183Timbuk2 ShowdownTimbuk2 Showdown
3.78
288 reviews
184OGIO BanditOGIO Bandit
3.77
1,158 reviews
185Burton BravoBurton Bravo
3.76
98 reviews
186Burton KettleBurton Kettle
3.75
1,057 reviews
187Kenneth Cole Reaction ColombianKenneth Cole Reaction Colombian
3.75
7,120 reviews
188Jansport DriverJansport Driver
3.73
15,973 reviews
189Pacsafe UltimatesafePacsafe Ultimatesafe
3.73
10 reviews
190Eagle Creek AfarEagle Creek Afar
3.72
65 reviews
191Briggs & Riley SympaticoBriggs & Riley Sympatico
3.71
308 reviews
192OGIO TribuneOGIO Tribune
3.71
998 reviews
193Jansport HoustonJansport Houston
3.70
218 reviews
194Jansport RecruitJansport Recruit
3.70
36 reviews
195OGIO GambitOGIO Gambit
3.70
1,068 reviews
196Granite Gear BuffaloGranite Gear Buffalo
3.69
132 reviews
197Granite Gear SawtoothGranite Gear Sawtooth
3.69
98 reviews
198Timbuk2 SunsetTimbuk2 Sunset
3.69
213 reviews
199Incase IconIncase Icon
3.69
909 reviews
200Herschel SupplyHerschel Supply
3.69
18,401 reviews
201High Sierra AccessHigh Sierra Access
3.68
10,022 reviews
202Patagonia RefugioPatagonia Refugio
3.68
1,442 reviews
203Deuter StepoutDeuter Stepout
3.68
17 reviews
204Osprey PerigeeOsprey Perigee
3.67
38 reviews
205Clava VachettaClava Vachetta
3.67
4,075 reviews
206Timbuk2 LeaderTimbuk2 Leader
3.65
51 reviews
207Kate Spade Blake AvenueKate Spade Blake Avenue
3.64
134 reviews
208Briggs & Riley Kinzie StreetBriggs & Riley Kinzie Street
3.63
128 reviews
209Thule DeparterThule Departer
3.63
101 reviews
210The North Face WavelengthThe North Face Wavelength
3.62
13 reviews
211Alienware VindicatorAlienware Vindicator
3.62
1,332 reviews
212Jansport JavelinaJansport Javelina
3.61
38 reviews
213High Sierra PowerglideHigh Sierra Powerglide
3.61
5,046 reviews
214Dakine CaravanDakine Caravan
3.60
12 reviews
215High Sierra FreewheelHigh Sierra Freewheel
3.59
3,636 reviews
216Timbuk2 SwigTimbuk2 Swig
3.59
19 reviews
217Nike CheyenneNike Cheyenne
3.59
19 reviews
218Vans Van DorenVans Van Doren
3.58
20 reviews
219Granite Gear Cross TrekGranite Gear Cross Trek
3.56
690 reviews
220Samsonite TectonicSamsonite Tectonic
3.56
1,948 reviews
221Burton CadetBurton Cadet
3.55
159 reviews
222Timbuk2 TransitTimbuk2 Transit
3.54
149 reviews
223Pacsafe IntasafePacsafe Intasafe
3.54
175 reviews
224Apera LockerApera Locker
3.54
20 reviews
225Burton FrontierBurton Frontier
3.50
12 reviews
226Burton CurbsharkBurton Curbshark
3.50
10 reviews
227Travelpro CrewTravelpro Crew
3.50
2,986 reviews
228Mobile Edge ScanFastMobile Edge ScanFast
3.50
959 reviews
229Jansport SentinelJansport Sentinel
3.49
27 reviews
230Timbuk2 GistTimbuk2 Gist
3.49
45 reviews
231High Sierra ModiHigh Sierra Modi
3.48
50 reviews
232Everest ClassicEverest Classic
3.48
6,778 reviews
233Jansport DigibreakJansport Digibreak
3.45
1,950 reviews
234Herschel SettlementHerschel Settlement
3.45
1,541 reviews
235Samsonite XenonSamsonite Xenon
3.45
1,464 reviews
236Thule EnRouteThule EnRoute
3.44
906 reviews
237Thule Pack n PedalThule Pack n Pedal
3.43
252 reviews
238Osprey BitstreamOsprey Bitstream
3.39
23 reviews
239Mammut XeronMammut Xeron
3.39
18 reviews
240SealLine UrbanSealLine Urban
3.36
103 reviews
241Herschel DawsonHerschel Dawson
3.35
220 reviews
242Briggs & Riley ExcursionBriggs & Riley Excursion
3.34
29 reviews
243Samsonite VizairSamsonite Vizair
3.34
1,424 reviews
244Booq BoaBooq Boa
3.31
128 reviews
245Chrome RostovChrome Rostov
3.29
40 reviews
246Jansport PlatformJansport Platform
3.22
77 reviews
247High Sierra SportourHigh Sierra Sportour
3.22
351 reviews
248High Sierra RownanHigh Sierra Rownan
3.20
55 reviews
249BoardingBlue SpiritBoardingBlue Spirit
3.19
56 reviews
250Timbuk2 TuckTimbuk2 Tuck
3.18
192 reviews
251High Sierra XBTHigh Sierra XBT
3.17
1,271 reviews
252Thule ParamountThule Paramount
3.17
152 reviews
253High Sierra ChaserHigh Sierra Chaser
3.16
3,840 reviews
254Targus DrifterTargus Drifter
3.15
7,747 reviews
255Nike AlphaNike Alpha
3.14
69 reviews
256SealLine SealSealLine Seal
3.12
408 reviews
257Crumpler The Dry RedCrumpler The Dry Red
3.10
12 reviews
258Timbuk2 WalkerTimbuk2 Walker
3.08
42 reviews
259Pelican SportPelican Sport
3.06
720 reviews
260ONA The Camps BayONA The Camps Bay
3.01
29 reviews
How we rate the bags

We have checked 506,360 Urban backpack 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.


Buyers Guide to Urban Backpacks


If you need a backpack that is going to be your daily companion, then you need an urban backpack to help you out. In fact, this can be one of the most invaluable packs you ever own. Of course, since it can be difficult to narrow down what bags actually meet the necessary criteria, it isn’t always easy to find what you are looking.

Due to all of the confusion surrounding these types of backpacks, we decided to simplify things for you. Here, you will figure out what to look for with these packs and to how to be able to choose the best possible options. Here is the guide that you need.

Urban Backpacks: Find the One You Need

It is becoming more common to take a backpack with you, regardless of the nature of your journey or your destination. If this is something that you too are interested in doing, you are going to need an urban backpack to sling from your shoulders. This article provides you with all of the material that you need to make the right decision:

What Are Urban Backpacks?

Before we move any further, the first thing we need to do is actually define what an urban backpack is. From the name of the backpack, you may have surmised that this is something to do with city living and you would be right. See, urban backpacks are packs that you can essentially carry with you wherever that you go in a city.

The main difference between these packs and those that are meant for the outdoors is that urban backpacks tend to be a little less rugged. Not to mention, they are also often quite stylish and don’t look out of place in most urban settings. At the same time, they perform the same function as any other backpack – help you to transport your belongings from one place to another with as much comfort as possible.

Matching the Urban Backpack to the Environment

The best way to find an urban backpack that is perfectly suited to you is to determine what you need it for. Then, you can consider the series of features that will be most useful to you:

Your Daily Commute

Do you want a backpack that will securely hold all that you need while you are traveling? Now, if you are journeying in a vehicle, there are too many specifics that you need to worry about. However, if you are a runner (or walker) or cyclist, you may need to think a bit harder about backpack choices. If you are running, you should find a lightweight pack that is made from breathable material and that clings to your torso well. Cyclists should think about getting smaller backpacks that sit well on your back and doesn’t move all that much.

For School

With this type of backpack, you need to think about organization most of all and depending on how much you need to carry, space too. So, look for medium to large backpacks that are sturdily built and that have comfortable carrying systems. They should be equipped with lots of pockets and compartments as well.

For Work

Interestingly enough, it is actually becoming more commonplace to find backpacks in the workplace. Of course, the big difference here is that these backpacks don’t look like the traditional models. Rather, they have a more compact and stylish appearance and can even be made from leather or canvas so that they look more sophisticated. These bags also tend to have a greater number of compartments for documents and files.

For General Use

Then, there are the urban backpacks that you simply take wherever you are going to – a grocery run, outings, and perhaps even overnight trips. These backpacks need to look good as they should be versatile enough to blend into most surroundings. It can also be helpful to have more durable bags as they will be used frequently.

What Size Do You Need?

Urban backpacks tend to run a little larger than most other types so you will usually only find ones that are medium sized and bigger.

  • 18 – 25 liters: these work well as urban daypacks and are perfect for anyone who is commuting by foot or on a bicycle. They are smaller in size so they fit well on your torso but will also be able to carry most of what you will need for the day.

  • 25 – 30 liters: backpacks of this size work well for those who want to lug around laptops, books, and various other documents. It is large enough to carry all of this but will also avoid looking bulky at the same time.

  • 30 – 50 liters: if you are the type to live out of your backpack, then you will find this size to be quite useful for you. in addition to your digital devices, you will also be able to carry clothes and some pieces of athletic gear as well.

While the capacity of the urban backpack is one thing that you may want to pay attention to, the actual size and length of the pack is another. For the most comfortable fit, look for backpacks that are able to sit lower than the base of your neck and end above your waist. This way, the size of the pack will not impede your movement in any way and the weight will be distributed evenly across your torso.

The Carrying System

The carrying or suspension system on most urban backpacks tends to be quite simplistic. After all, you are unlikely to be carrying too heavy a load and don’t want a backpack that looks overly bulky. With urban backpacks that are geared towards corporate or professional use, you may find an additional shoulder strap. This is relatively common with backpacks that have a more satchel-like design to them.

In most instances, though, you will find that shoulders straps are the main component of the suspension system on urban packs. You should look for ones with slightly wider straps and perhaps a little padding. This way, the packs will be more comfortable to carry, especially if they are a bit heavy.

There are a few that sport a sternum strap although this is more to keep the backpack closer to your body so that it doesn’t move around as much. These should be high enough on your chest so that they don’t result in chafing if you have your backpack on for an extended period of time.

It isn’t often that you see hip belts in urban backpacks and they tend to be quite thin and offer very little padding, if any. Just make sure that the hip belt can fit properly around your waist and that it rests just above your hip bone.

Women Specific Backpacks

There are many urban backpacks that are available in women sizes. This usually means that the backpacks are a bit smaller and that the straps are suited for a woman’s body. If you are a bit taller or have a more narrow or athletic physique, you may be able to use traditional backpacks. On the other hand, if you are short or petite women-specific backpacks may offer more comfort and support.

How Durable Should Your Urban Backpack Be?

Now, since you aren’t scrambling through rugged terrain or walking through brush, you may feel that you don’t need a backpack that is all that durable. If you are using your backpack simply to carry papers and files and don’t abuse it too much, you may be right.

However, if you want an urban backpack for school, commuting, or general purposes you will need a slightly sturdy pack. In terms of school use, the main thing to pay attention to here is the stitching of the backpack. Since at times you may need to cart around heavy books, for instance, you need to make sure that your bag will not split in half. Here, double stitching or welded seams will come in quite handy.

If you take your urban backpack everywhere and leave it all over, you are going to need one that is made from tougher material. In this instance, rip-stop nylon will serve you well. Not only is it abrasion resistant, should any tears appear, they will not get any larger.

Since there is a chance that you will have to deal with rain at least some of the time, you will need to have an urban pack that will repel water. it is unlikely that you will require a full-blown waterproof backpack as you will always be close to some type of shelter. Nonetheless, getting a backpack made from water resistant material will help to protect your belongings in a drizzle.

If you are outside a lot and live in an area with a lot of sunshine, you may want to look into a material that has been treated to be UV resistant. This way, the fabric of the backpack will not degrade as quickly and you will be able to maintain its appearance more easily.

Other Features

Here are some of the additional elements that you may want to appraise in an urban backpack:

Laptop Sleeves/Compartments

If you want an urban backpack for either school or work purposes, you should definitely look for a laptop compartment. These keep your device in place and also protected against most minor dings and scratches. Some backpacks even have space for tablets and similar devices as well.

External Pockets

If you use your backpack to travel with, having external pockets can be quite useful. This ensures that everything that you need is within easy reach. It also helps to further organize and arrange your belongings more systematically.

Water Bottle Holders

Most urban backpacks aren’t outfitted with hydration sleeves as this isn’t what they are usually meant for. At the same time, you should always check for water bottle holders if you tend to walk or run around with your backpack on.

These are the aspects that you need to look for if you want to invest in an urban backpack for yourself.

33 More Urban Backpacks


Classic urban backpacks and models that haven't yet got enough reviews to be ranked.

RankUrban BackpackRating
1Patagonia JalamaPatagonia Jalama
4.10
36 reviews
2Patagonia ToromiroPatagonia Toromiro
4.19
72 reviews
3Patagonia YerbaPatagonia Yerba
3.85
152 reviews
4Patagonia PetroliaPatagonia Petrolia
4.00
78 reviews
5Bugatti VailBugatti Vail
3.29
18 reviews
6Osprey EllipseOsprey Ellipse
4.21
125 reviews
Osprey PaleaOsprey Palea
The North Face YavapaiThe North Face Yavapai
Dakine CompassDakine Compass
Gregory MuirGregory Muir
Gregory MillcreekGregory Millcreek
Gregory TarifaGregory Tarifa
Gregory I-StreetGregory I-Street
Gregory PearyGregory Peary
Jansport AshfordJansport Ashford
Jansport BroadbandJansport Broadband
Jansport HeliosJansport Helios
Jansport ImpulseJansport Impulse
Jansport ScoutJansport Scout
Jansport TulareJansport Tulare
Mountainsmith WizardMountainsmith Wizard
Lowe Alpine Core
Granite Gear SplitrockGranite Gear Splitrock
Burton GorgeBurton Gorge
Burton SwitchupBurton Switchup
Burton Kettle Pack
Heimplanet MonolithHeimplanet Monolith
Herschel BarlowHerschel Barlow
Herschel MammothHerschel Mammoth
Tumi Alpha Bravo
Herschel ParkerHerschel Parker
Ortlieb CommuterOrtlieb Commuter
Hynes Eagle Urban Commuter

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Last updated on March 17, 2019