Backpacks are often a necessity for any businessman. Gone are the days of leaving to go to work with only a pad and a pen in your hands. You never know when you may need to use your laptop to send an important file or when you may need different collateral to pass onto potential clients. There are countless reasons why it is probably a good idea for you to hang a backpack from your shoulders as it can store all the items that you can possibly need.

However, there are thousands of different backpacks available in the market, each designed with a specific audience in mind. For example, the bags that were designed with the needs of IT technicians in mind are admittedly not that roomy or great to look at, but you are guaranteed that all these backpacks will have a designated laptop slot. Similarly, the backpacks that were designed to cater to the demands of teachers may not have a designated laptop slot but will most definitely have enough room to carry so many books that they can fully furnish a small library.

Before we proceed further, it is important to understand that the different types of backpacks available in the market have different needs or were designed with a particular set of demands in mind. For example, one of the most common things that people look for in a bag is that it should have a lot of room i.e. slots and compartments where they can stash the items they need to carry with them. However, we have seen (from our own personal experience) that the bags that have a lot of room aren’t that stylish or durable. This means that while the people who buy these backpacks may be getting a lot in terms of comfort, they aren’t getting much as far as durability or style are concerned.

On the other hand, there are many backpacks that look great and are bound to give a great impression when walking into a sales pitch, but unfortunately, they aren’t durable at all and often break on the slightest unexpected contact.

This means that the world of backpacks has a problem. If you want one characteristic, you are bound to give up others. Most commonly, people select their backpacks based on capacity, comfort, durability, or style. Thus, if you were to buy, say, a comfortable bag, you can bet that it won’t offer much in terms of capacity and durability. Similarly, if you purchase a backpack that looks good, you may have to compromise comfort. Thus, it is important to realize that there is no backpack that is the jack of all trades.

The types of bags mentioned above make matters more complicated for people who just want to pick up a good product from the market. They might end up selecting a bag with a great capacity only to find out that it isn’t durable at all. To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of the best backpacks available in the market. What’s unique about our list is that every item has been selected with a particular criterion in mind. For example, the best backpack in terms of comfort may not be the best backpack as far as durability is concerned. This is why our list has an entry for each of the four main things that we found you (business guys) tend to look for in your bags – capacity, comfort, durability, and fashion.

Capacity

Best Business BackpackWhen it comes to capacity, no backpack comes close to the Swiss Gear multifunctional backpack. Admittedly, there were plenty of good options to consider in this niche, but we feel that nothing offers the features or the class delivered by this product. Right off the bat, there is plenty of room for you to store all that you could possibly need for your daily meetings. What we really love about the Swiss Gear backpack is that it can function as a common, everyday backpack and double up as a travel bag when you have a long day on the road. When being used as a normal backpack, it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb and perfectly blends in the office. However, if you want to venture away from your desk and use it as a travel bag, you’ll be pleased to know that it has additional external pockets, which can be expanded to different sizes so that you can store whatever you want.

A great feature of this backpack is that it is comfortable to carry around. There is extra padding on the shoulder straps, which makes it that little bit easier to carry around your heavy items. This backpack also offers tremendous back support, which is the industry norm for bags this size. All in all, the design is really ergonomic, which is something that we didn’t expect from a bag this size. Additionally, if you are a person who really enjoys music on his travels, we think you will really love the special compartment this backpack has for MP3 players, which can hold your iPod perfectly so that it doesn’t take any bumps or hits while you are on your trip. Furthermore, this product has a waterproof rain cover, which will protect your belongings from any unexpected travels.

Available in the market for a shockingly low price of 72.90 USD, the waterproof Swiss Gear multifunctional bag is an absolute bargain that you should consider picking up if you want a big backpack that can hold all of your essentials without the need to keep returning to your office after each meeting.

Functionality

Functionality Business BackpackOften people like to buy items that can perform a bunch of different tasks. The more tasks a product can do, the higher it will end up costing in the market. This applies to backpacks as well. After going through backpack after backpack, we saw that the products that offered a lot – costs a lot too! However, we were able to find a backpack that was highly functional yet didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Introducing the eBags TLS Professional Slim Laptop Backpack, which is the perfect fusion of fashion and functionality. Made out of polyester, this product is built to last. This is underlined by the fact that eBags offer a lifetime guaranty for this product.

Just because it focuses on functionality doesn’t mean that all other elements are chugged out of the window. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the eBags backpack is a very organized beast, which is very good news for businessmen everywhere. There are designated slots and compartments for books, documents, water bottles, and even compartments for a laptop and a tablet. The laptop compartment can easily hold the average work-sized laptop (i.e. 15.5-inch wide), while the tablet compartment can keep tablets of all sizes safe from damage. What we really love about this product is that it can be converted into a very respectable briefcase if need be.

You might be wondering that because of the features listed thus far, this bag would probably weigh a lot and be a nightmare to carry to the office every day. However, this could not be further from the truth as it not only weighs less than most backpacks in the market (i.e. only 3.6 pounds), but it is also very comfortable to carry around. The ergonomic design of the eBags TLS Professional Slim Laptop Backpack means that it doesn’t strain your shoulders when you hang it, while its weight means that it is as light as a feather. All these features may have encouraged other companies to sell this product for a high price, but not eBags which has made it available in the market for just around the 109.99 USD mark.

Fashionable

Fashionable Business BackpackNo matter what people say, style matters. You’ll come across many businessmen who will very nonchalantly say that they don’t care about fashion or style, but don’t let their words fool you. How you present yourself to future clients matters… a lot! This fact applies to backpacks as well because there many people who have very bluntly said that they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a bag that’s ugly. Fortunately, Crazy Ants has come up with a solution that will calm down fashion-conscious businessmen everywhere. We are, of course, talking about the Crazy Ants 15.6-Inch Laptop Business Bag for men.

Just one glance at this product and you will know that it is like nothing else on this list. The design of this product is exquisite, which will definitely enable you to make a bold fashion statement when you wear it outside. However, if you think that this backpack is all show and no substance, you couldn’t be more wrong. What we learned when we used this backpack was that it was highly functional as well. The water-resistant exterior and interior of the backpack were a very nice touch and for that, we laud Crazy Ants.

What surprised us the most was that this product was very comfortable to use. Despite being a product that has been known for its style alone, the Crazy Ants 15.6-Inch Laptop Business Bag for men doesn’t strain your shoulders or your back if you carry it on your shoulders for too long. Moreover, the handle of the bag is padded, which means that even if you are holding it in your hands, you fingers won’t hurt. This backpack also has 7 different pockets and compartments, which should prove to be sufficient for even the heaviest of packers. There are many backpacks in the market that are far more fashionable than the Crazy Ants 15.6-Inch Laptop Computer Business Bag, but we feel at 36.99 USD, none of them offer half the features that it does, which is why it is our pick in terms of fashion.

Lightweight

Lightweight Business BackpackThe last aspect that working people tend to consider when buying a bag is how light it feels when they hang it across their shoulders. The weight of the backpack can often be the factor that can make or break a deal. I know of a friend who didn’t buy a briefcase bag (which had everything that he wanted) simply because it was too heavy. Fortunately, backpack companies across the world are wiser to this fact and are now launching products that feel light to carry around. None of the backpacks in the market incorporate this more than the Bronze Times Premium backpack.

Weighing in at a staggeringly low 1.7 pounds, this is the lightest product that we have reviewed thus far. It gives new meaning to the phrase ‘as light as a feather’ and is often the go-to choice for people who like their bags to be light. However, just because this product is light doesn’t mean that it is weak or prone to wear and tear. Made from pure nylon, this backpack is both water repellent and tear resistant. Furthermore, the handle of this bag is made from aluminum, which means that it won’t be coming off anytime soon, while the shoulder straps are padded with mesh, which means that it won’t strain your shoulder.

What is truly amazing about this bag is that despite being lightweight, it still has a lot of storage space. The laptop compartment is so huge that it can hold laptops as big as 15.6-inch without any problem whatsoever. It has 8 different compartments and pockets, which only add to the storage provided by this backpack. Furthermore, this product is available in six different colors, so there is a high chance that you can find a color that speaks to you the most. Available in the market for around 44.99 USD, the Bronze Times Premium shockproof canvas backpack is one item that you should pick up if you like your backpacks to be lightweight and durable.

Wrap up

We have provided a list of what we feel were the best business backpacks the market has to offer. There are countless other types of backpacks that you could need, and while these items would do you well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are specialist items designed specifically to meet your demands. Hence, if you are a business man that likes for, say, a bag that’s lightweight, focus only on that parameter and ignore the other lucrative features of the product. Granted that a product in the same price range could offer you good features like more compartments and a better mesh padded shoulder strap, if it weighs more than your initial choice, it would be wiser to ignore the second option.

Looking at the different products listed above, it is obvious that there is no product that is perfect for all needs. There isn’t a backpack available in the market that has great storage space, is lightweight enough so that it doesn’t strain your back or your shoulders due to prolonged usage, is highly functional, and looks good on your back as well. It would be unrealistic to think that such a product could ever exist. Instead of moping around that the perfect backpack doesn’t exist yet, it is much smarter to lower your expectations and get the best item as per your needs.

Hence, when buying a backpack, it is important to analyze what you would use that product for and buy an item that checks all of your requirements. If you get any added benefits, consider them a bonus, but do not miss out on the bag that primarily targets your needs and doesn’t have a lucrative benefit (such as a separate compartment for an MP3 player or a designated pocket for keeping water bottles).