You don’t need the most technical pack to navigate your way around the city but certain features can make your commute easier. We found five bags that marry comfort with function, helping you get where you need to go.
Filson Ranger Pack ($215)
This rugged twill and tin cloth pack has retro Boy Scout charm, a slot for your laptop, and a roomy 27-liter capacity. We like the cotton lining inside the pack, which is like a hug for all your things.
Velomacchi Giro ($180)
Velomacchi makes gear for motorcyclists, but this 35-liter rolltop pack has bike commuter written all over it. It’s waterproof, has a dedicated laptop sleeve, and there’s even a pouch for a hydration bladder.
Gregory Baffin ($100)
Gregory might be known for super tech backpacks, but the Baffin has street smarts in a weather-resistant package. We like the laptop sleeve, which is suspended so you don’t accidentally bang a computer edge while tossing the bag around.
Cotopaxi Cusco ($100)
The shell of this pack is made from repurposed canvas and the bright color pattern makes a statement. It’s also water resistant and has expandable front pockets and a super comfy harness system.
Millican Smith Roll Pack ($175)
The Smith is a svelt 18 liters, but don’t let the streamlined design fool you. This pack has your daily needs covered, with a padded laptop sleeve, dedicated phone pocket, room for an extra layer and commuter friendly touches, like removable waist and sternum straps and a bike light clip.