Top 3 Best Backpacks – Modern-Day Essentials

top 3 best backpacks

The world seems to be spinning faster and faster. There’s not a lot of time between your big meeting and the time the plane leaves for your vacation.

You’re going, going, going. Do you have everything with you?

Small bags and bulky briefcases just aren’t cutting it for commuters and jet-setters anymore. It’s much easier to sling a backpack over your shoulder or carry-on your luggage.

Luckily, designers have responded by combining the convenience of a backpack with the professionalism and functionality of the briefcase.

The backpack has been making a comeback in a big way. Tearable nylon has been replaced by world-class Italian leather. A single zipper has been replaced by multiple compartments that store everything from your passport to your presentation.

We know you don’t have a lot of time to read through the descriptions of every backpack on the market. You have a deal to close, a hike to conquer, and a train to catch.

So we’ve done the research and narrowed it down for you. No need to filter through dozens of bags online.

Top 3 Best Backpacks for 2020

These three bags offer durability, organization, and a sleek style that translates to the boardroom, the airport, and the great outdoors.

  1. Modern Day Briefcase - The Breton Company

  2. Konflux 25L - Kuhl

  3. Brain Bag - Tom Bihn

Any of these options will make you the envy of your colleagues and the people sitting across from you on the train. But the choice is up to you.

Take a peek at your options.

Modern Day Briefcase - The Breton Company

modern day briefcase

Backpacks don’t usually scream, “Take me seriously.”

Traditionally, backpacks have been more likely to say, “Hey! I’m in college.” or “Don’t trust me with your money.” At least, that’s the message that Joseph May felt that he was sending to industry professionals at an international conference in Milan.

He wasn’t ready to let go of the convenience of a backpack, but he knew it was time to grow up.

The Modern Day Briefcase was born.

Say goodbye to the nylon backpack. The Modern Day Briefcase is made from waxed canvas and the best Italian leather that you can buy. It’s durable, sleek, and versatile.

You can even choose from two sizes - the regular is 17” x 12” (and will fit up to a 17-inch laptop.) If you’re looking for something more compact, the small bag is 15” x 11” (and will fit up to a 13-inch laptop.)

It holds up in the jungle - the concrete jungle or the actual jungle. You’ll be able to hold everything you need for hiking, commuting, or traveling to your next international conference.

Once you get to your destination, you’ll be able to find everything you need with ease. The secure laptop sleeve will keep your computer just where you found it when you left for work. Eight internal pockets keep your keyboard, wallet, headphones, water bottle, and other precious cargo in place.

Sling this briefcase over your shoulders or hold it by the handle - the padded leather will keep you comfy and send the right message everywhere you go.

This briefcase isn’t just for the modern man. It's versatile look pairs well with dress shoes, high heels, or sneakers.

Don’t be afraid to book a hiking trip at the end of your next conference. The Modern Day Briefcase has you covered for your next adventure, wherever it takes you.

Konflux 25L - Kuhl

Konflux 25L - Kuhl

You don’t always hear “rugged” and “fashionable” in the same sentence - but they’re the first words that come to mind when you see this backpack.

The Konflux 25L harkens back to the days when Swiss military gear took the world by storm. But this isn’t just a rucksack. It’s built for the modern entrepreneur, jet-setter, day hiker, and on-the-go businessperson.

Inside the waxed cotton nylon shell is 25L of space. Pack everything you need for a red-eye flight or a trip to Red Rocks Canyon with ease. The bag is spacious yet compact, sitting at 19” high and 12” wide.

It’s the biggest of the Kuhl backpacks, giving you space for an extra change of clothes or a few square meals.

Fit your 15” laptop in the external sleeve for easy access at the airport or on the train.

The outside of the Konflux 25L also holds multiple pockets for secret and not-so-secret storage.

A stash on the shoulder straps will keep all of your accessories in close reach so you can look your best at a meeting or on a plane.

The side pockets are expandable to fit a water bottle or any extra items within reach.

Rugged enough for the road? Check. Stylish enough for your next conference? Check. Durable to guarantee long-time use? Check.

(It’s available at REI, so you can always get a replacement if anything goes wrong.)

Grab this strong and sturdy backpack in ink black or dark khaki - it will perfectly complement your new suit or your new hiking shoes.

Brain Bag - Tom Bihn

Use your brain when picking out a backpack.

Are you going to need to store a laptop?

A tablet? A laptop and a tablet?

Do you want to keep all of these electronics in your bag when you go through airport security?

Say hello to the Brain Bag from Tom Bihn.

Brain Bag

The bag was originally inspired by bags built to accommodate pilots. Pilots need to fit brochures, maps, tickets, a thermos, glasses - all of these capabilities are included in the Tom Bihn Brain Bag.

Flying is a breeze with this bag. No, really. It’s TSA-approved.

When you run this bag through the scanners at airport security, TSA officials can get a clear glimpse of your laptop, tablet, and all of the other items you can comfortably store in this 36-liter bag.

No need to rummage through your sack and remove all of your electronics.

The Brain Bag is 18.1" tall x 14” wide.

It can fit all of your belongings for a day trip or weekend getaway, but don’t leave it at home for longer trips. Condense it down to a thin laptop bag and stuff it in your suitcase for convenience on longer trips.

You can quickly access all of your essentials with this bag. The four external pockets, lash straps, and snapbook can fit and secure everything from an umbrella to your bike lock.

Show off your personal style with seven different color options. From burnt orange to deep blue to a classic black bag, you can customize your Brain Bag to fit your personality and match the occasion.

Tom Bihn also sells a wide variety of accessories to fit your Brain Bag. Add a padded waist strap or interior bag light to help make this bag as comfortable as convenient, wherever you take it.

To Sum it Up

Each of these backpacks have a unique style and different capabilities - but really, any of them will make a great accessory to your busy schedule.

Don’t let a traditional briefcase weigh you down or a smaller backpack keep you from bringing everything you need on your next trip.

Grab whichever bag catches your eye. You’ll be ready to hit the road in no time.