Best Business Backpacks 2017

Backpacks get a bad rap sometimes. True, they’re typically a little less professional than similar leather briefcases, leather messenger bags or laptop bags, but they’ve got their place. Try running around an airport when you’re 1 hour late with a laptop bag barely holding onto your shoulder and straining to snap off, and you’ll understand why.

Not all backpacks are built alike, however. There are plenty out there that are perfect for a young professional, and easily acceptable for corporate meetings and business trips alike.

If you’ve been thinking about ditching your laptop bag, or tossing aside that LL Bean school bag you’ve had since college, this is the article for you. We’re going to take a quick look at some of the best business backpacks on the market, from various manufacturers and in tons of different styles.

Read on, and learn with us.


CASUAL AND LIGHTWEIGHT – Kopack Slim Business Laptop Backpack


This slim, attractive offering from Kopack certainly brings a stylish flair to your standard business backpacks, and has plenty of features to boot. It’s made of lightweight and tear-resistant nylon fabric, and has a unique, eye-catching texture that helps it maintain a casual vibe while still appearing classy and professional.

It comes both in a black style and a light grey heathered texture, allowing you to choose what would work best with your personal preferences and wardrobe.

It’s also fully featured with tons of pockets and bonuses, such as a sunglasses holder, water bottle holder, water-resistant seams, and a lockable dual-access zippers with anti-theft design.

Lightweight at only 1.56lbs, and with a laptop compartment that can hold up to a 15.6” slim notebook, this tear-resistant and comfortable laptop is the perfect companion whether you’re heading to the office for a normal workday, or on your way to an offsite meeting or business trip. Its slim style ensures you won’t look out of place, even among your briefcase-toting co workers, and the padded shoulder straps help you stay comfortable even on extended journeys.

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THE WORKHORSE – eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack


This laptop combines a slim design with a stunning array of compartments, holders, and special features. If you need to carry a lot of stuff with you wherever you go, and you like to stay organized while doing so (and let’s be honest, nobody likes fishing a VGA adapter out of a bunch of stray cables when they’re about to give an important presentation), this backpack is perfect for you.

Expandable so that it can hold plenty of items when you need it to, and maintain a low profile when you don’t, this bag comes in 3 colors; black, brushed indigo, and gray, and it’s crafted from a unique polyester blend that’s durable, attractive, and water-resistant. It also comes with a chest strap to help ease back strain if you load it up for long trips, and breathable vented mesh to keep your back cool even if it’s a scorcher outside.

This bag comes loaded with special features, including the ability to transform both into a briefcase and horizontal luggage – simply unstrap the backpack straps and tuck them away, and hold it using the side handle, or pull open the hidden luggage pull-handle from the top. This incredible versatility earns it high praise from us, as it’s adaptable to nearly any situation.

It, of course, includes a laptop pocket, up to 15.6+ inches, a tablet pocket, three separate mesh zippered compartments, pen holders, a separate accessories pocket at the bottom, and a side pocket for small items that’s also big enough to double as a water-bottle holder.

If pure versatility and organization are what you’re looking for, this backpack is perfect for you.

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Maybe you’re sick of black textile backpacks and synthetic meshes, pockets, and compartments. We get it. Sometimes all of these backpacks begin to run together, and you’re looking for something that will really help you stand apart from the crowd, or adapt to your personal vintage style.

This backpack will allow you to do just that.Designed with canvas, leather, and brass, this backpack takes classic stylings into the 21st century, with features such as a padded laptop compartment, large exterior and interior pockets, magnetic-snap closures and heavy duty zippers.

The natural canvas and leather design is a welcome change if you’re looking for something eye-catching that will still feel nice to wear and hold, and the interior of this pack comes with multiple item compartments, helping keep your stuff organized.

Large enough to accommodate a 15” class laptop, along with plenty of papers, documents, and accessories, and with adjustable, padded shoulder straps, this backpack comes in 7 different colors including gray, blue, navy, and even pink, allowing you a tremendous amount of choice when it comes to expressing yourself in a business setting.

If you want a brand new backpack with a vintage feel, and you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on some handcrafted Etsy backpack, this is just the bag for you.

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BEST POUND-FOR-POUND VALUE AmazonBasics Backpack for Laptops Up To 17-Inch


There’s a reason this backpack consistently sits at #1 on the best seller list. It’s fully featured, well-designed, durable, and an insanely good deal for the features that it offers.

Including large multi-compartmental organization features, a mesh water bottle pocket, external and internal compartments with nested item holders, and the ability to hold any 15.6” laptop (and some 17” laptops), this bag is certainly a bargain. There are bags four times its price that can’t offer half of its features.

The included laptop area is padded, and features a tablet compartment as well, if you typically travel with multiple devices. The entire bag is made out of a durable nylon fabric, and the padded shoulder straps and vented back help your bag stay comfortable and secure.

If what you’re looking for is an expandable, fully featured bag at a price that won’t break the bank, this backpack will be perfect for you.

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FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS – Professional Gear Backpack for Cameras , Laptops and Accessories by USA Gear


Photographers have unique needs, and this bag is built with them in mind. Including a laptop sleeve, and a main compartment specifically designed for cameras and camera gear in mind, this is the perfect accessory for any on-the-go photographer who wants more than standard camera bags have to offer. It can open from the front, side, or top, depending on what accessories and equipment you need to access.

Fitting up to a 15.6” laptop, and including 8 accessory pockets, a rain cover, and a tripod holder with strap and foot holder, this bag will help you carry your DSLR, lenses, and tripods in style, and stash away your smaller items like flash cards, cables, batteries, and adapters in convenient compartments until you need them.

It’s also wearable sling-style and backpack style, depending on your personal preferences and needs, and includes a waist strap to help reduce load on your lower back.

Comfortable, convenient, and well-built, this is the perfect bag for professional photographers and hobbyists alike.

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TOTAL SIMPLICITY WINNER – Belkin Slim Polyester Backpack for Laptops and Notebooks up to 15.4”


If you really need a clean, professional looking backpack that’s lightweight and stylish, this is the backpack for you.

Built in high-quality polyester by Belkin, and with a plush, soft-touch lined interior that feels great and helps protect whatever you stash in it, this backpack is well-built, attractive, and has an almost seamless look that’s sure to turn heads when you want it to, and blend into the crowd when you don’t.

It comes with an extra separate power supply pouch to help you keep control of your cables and laptop accessories, and includes a headphone grommet to provide easy access to an MP3 pocket.

Weighing in at a feather-light 1.2lbs, and measuring 5 x 12.5 x 18 inches (L x W x H), this laptop is perfect if you’re not in the habit of carrying a ton of stuff, and want a low-profile, professional backpack to carry only what you need, and nothing else. The padded back straps and light weight of this backpack mean that even if you like to ride a bike, or have an extended commute, this pack will never slow you down.

Travel light. Travel in style. Travel in this backpack.

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CLASS + COMFORT + CONVENIENCE – ZUMIT 14 Inch Laptop Business Backpack


If you’re looking for a classy, leather accented backpack, but don’t want to pull the trigger on an expensive all-leather offering, this backpack from ZUMIT is perfect for you.

Combining classic leather stylings with a top-loading rucksack design and a Cordura 1000D oxford fabric that is tear-resistance and wear-resistant, this backpack combines high capacity utility with a classic look in both navy blue and black. High-quality YKK zippers function smoothly and easily, and the dual-zipper design allows you to lock your zippers if you’re concerned about theft and security.

A semi-rigid design helps keep your items safe, and the included laptop sleeve can hold up to a 14” notebook, though some users report safely storing up to 15.6” laptops with no issues. Two side pockets allow storage of small items, and two internal dividers help keep your internal storage organized. The front pocket is perfect for a tablet or for laptop accessories, or a phone charger, and its frontal location allows easy access when you need to grab some of your stuff on the go.

Ergonomic back cushioning and padded straps round out the featureset of this backpack, and make it as convenient as it is stylish. Its slim design ensures that, even fully loaded, it won’t be swinging around behind you uncomfortably, or banging into anyone in crowded areas. Suitable for the coffee shop, airport, and conference room alike, this classy backpack is sure to be a hit.

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FOR THE ONE-BAG TRAVELER SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900


If you’re a frequent traveller, you’ll know the struggle when it comes to checking a bag. Interminable lines. Weight limits. The struggles of missing your important luggage, and being stuck with just one outfit for a 5-day business trip.

If you’re looking for a bag that can hold all of your essentials for a business trip, or a weekend trip. The SwissGear 1900 is perfect for you. It can hold an unbelievable amount of stuff; one user reports stashing 12 shirts and underwear, a sweater, jacket, pair of pants, and 5 pairs of socks, along with the standard complement of a laptop and toiletry kit, as well as accessories.

The quick-access 17” laptop compartment also ensures that you’ll be able to quickly and easily remove your laptop at TSA checkpoints without having to unpack your entire bag. This backpack also features technology to help x-ray machines scan your items effectively and correctly, meaning less wasted time in lines, and more time to relax before your flights.

The interior of this bag also features 3 separate compartments, so you can separate your clothing from your business essentials, and don’t have to worry about unpacking your entire bag just to get to one specific device or accessory. Standard side and front pockets are included, as well as water bottle mesh storage side pockets, and a sunglasses holder.

And despite its size and bulk, this backpack weighs in at under 3 pounds, and smart strap design and weight distribution help keep you comfortable, even on extended trips.

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While it’s not completely comprehensive, hopefully this article has given you a good idea of the different styles and sizes of backpacks on the market right now. Backpacks may have fallen out of favor in business circles over the last couple decades, but with the ever-increasing number of young people in the workforce, and greatly expanded offerings from different manufacturers who have begun operations over the last few years, we predict that the humble backpack isn’t going anywhere, even in the highest-class boardrooms and offices.