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Black Leather Backpack

Paul Smith, $595

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Large Travel Backpack

Rains, $225

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Expandable Backpack

Descente Allterrain, $419

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Commuter Backpack

2XU, $86

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Best Black Backpacks in 2019


Whether you’re commuting to work or going for a leisure hike, having a reliable backpack that will protect your essentials and not hurt your back is important.

If you're an enthusiast of minimalist aesthetics like me, plain black is hands-down the most versatile color that complements any outfit when it comes to backpack.

When you’re trying to find the perfect backpack for yourself, you need to weigh up the overall usability with the cost. Some bags are just a visage of quality with a high price point. You want to make an investment, so here we’ve done all the groundwork to help you get exactly what you want and need in a backpack.

How to waterproof a backpack

No matter what activity you need your backpack for, there is always a chance of getting caught in the rain. If the bag you decide on is only water resistant, you’ll want to take further steps to help fortify your backpack against the elements.

Rain cover - A simple solution to a tedious problem. Some bags will come with a rain cover, but you can always purchase one if it doesn’t. These are a great option if you don’t mind the lack of accessibility to your bag. It can also help prevent theft because your bag will be completely encased.

Plastic Liner - Another basic solution is to purchase a bag liner that can keep your important contents dry and protected. It won’t keep your actual bag dry but if you’re stuck without another option, it will do the trick.

Waterproof spray - These sprays are designed to make fabric repel water. Most will do this without altering the feel, color or look of the fabric. They are relatively simple and easy to use.

What is anti-theft backpack

Some designs will have loops for locks to be added to help keep all the compartments secure while you’re traveling. As mentioned, a rain cover can also double as protection against theft and gives you added peace of mind.

If you want a step beyond a lock, look for backpacks that have well-concealed zippers. Your backpack is far less likely to be a target of theft by making the access to your backpack less blatantly obvious.

Ergonomic features a backpack should have

To protect yourself from any back pain or potential injury, make sure that your backpack has strong, padded straps to help keep it in the best position. Having dense padding on the back can protect you from being prodded from the contents of your bag.

Another great feature to look for is the sternum strap. This strap should be adjustable and will fix your bag in place. This can also help keep your contents secure and avoid any damage, especially if you’re going to do a decent amount of walking. If you plan on a lot of hiking or physical activity, get a bag with a sternum strap and a waist strap to add that extra layer of security.

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Compartments that backpacks should have

Depending on what the primary use for your backpack will be, you’ll want to be looking for a range of different types of compartments. If you need a safe bag for traveling to and from work, having a well-padded and secure compartment for a laptop is essential.

Another important pocket that you’ll want to look for is a secure space for your phone with access to your headphones or charging cable. This will keep your phone protected while allowing you to still use it or charge it.

Some bags even have collapsible compartments to help create a larger main space if that’s all you’re needing at the time.

Travel backpacks

Rains Large Travel Backpack

Rains Large Travel Backpack

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Rains ‘Large Travel Backpack’, great for traveling in any weather. Can convert to a backpack and has a lot of storage space, for just under USD$230.

Kopack Anti Theft Laptop Backpack

Kopack Anti Theft Laptop Backpack

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KOPACK ‘Waterproof Anti Theft Laptop Backpack’ is a simple yet useful option. It’s not only waterproof but is anti-theft too. For around USD$50, this is the perfect compact backpack for travelling around the city.

Markryden Anti Theft Laptop Backpack

Markryden Anti Theft Laptop Backpack

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Mark Ryden ‘Anti-theft Laptop Backpack’ is a sleek backpack that keeps all your valuables safe and secure in its different compartments. It is also water-proof and its high-quality straps will help protect your back and shoulders.

Urban backpacks

Sandqvist Marius Canvas Roll Top Backpack

Sandqvist Marius Canvas Roll Top Backpack

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This bag has a sturdy reinforced base and leather details and is constructed out of 100% cotton. The roll top secures with a zip that is also fastened with a leather belt buckle. The main section has a cushioned 15” laptop compartment and the front features two zip pockets for convenient storage. This bag is a great option for everyday life, costing only around USD$250.

Snow Peak Waterproof Roll-top Backpack

Snow Peak Waterproof Roll-top Backpack

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Made of 100% waterproof polyester to protect all your belongings, this bag is both stylish and durable. It features a main compartment with a roll top that has a secure Velcro fastening. The front has a convenient zip compartment that displays the subtle Snow Peak logo. This reliable and functional bag is around USD$240.

2XU Commuter Backpack

2XU Commuter Backpack

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This multi-compartment backpack offers lots of sections to store all your essentials and offers a padded compartment for a laptop. There are two side slip pockets and a front zip pocket. The back is cushioned for your comfort and the nylon exterior makes it water resistant. Great value for money, for only around USD$90.

Business backpacks

Descente Allterrain Expandable Backpack

Descente Allterrain Expandable Backpack

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If you want to avoid the bulkier silhouettes of most other waterproof backpacks, this may be the perfect bag for you. Made of strong, waterproof polyester, this bag offers a main zip compartment with specific sections for your laptop and other important items.

The bag is made to be lightweight with cushioned straps to help protect your back. The sleek style makes it coordinate well with suits and office attire.

Costing around USD$240, Descente Allterrain Expandable Backpack is an investment that won’t let you down.

Fashion backpacks

Paul Smith Black Leather Backpack

Paul Smith Black Leather Backpack

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Paul Smith ‘Black Leather backpack 191260M166001’ is for those who are after luxury. This stylish bag is made of grained leather, with pale gold-tone hardware and eye-catching multicolored straps.

For just under USD$600, this bag will give you a place to store your essentials without the standard bulkiness of other backpacks.


My Selection

Black Leather Backpack

Paul Smith, $595

Buy

Large Travel Backpack

Rains, $225

Buy

Expandable Backpack

Descente Allterrain, $419

Buy

Commuter Backpack

2XU, $86

Buy