We Got Your Back: 5 Backpacks For The Creative Adventurer

Words by Matthew Vanatta

A good backpack is more than just a mechanism for transporting personal items, it’s part utility tool and part fashion statement. A great backpack should travel as well in the wild as it does in the streets. It should match both your personal aesthetic and function in a way that helps you accomplish your goals and in some instances dreams.

While there are specialty backpacks that fit certain niche activities like cycling or backpacking, almost everyone can benefit from finding a quality daily driver that is both comfortable and cool. With a number of both specialty and apparel brands making backpacks an essential part of their line, it is now possible to find the perfect backpack that can take on the majority of life’s daily adventures.

Whether traveling to Rome or enjoying a day hike in the Cascades one of these quality made packs will make sure that your goods stay safe and secure even in the face of the elements.

1. Rains Backpack-

The Rains Backpack is perfect for those looking for a backpack that offers protection from the elements in a more contemporary design. Made by the same Danish brand that found success with their modern minimal rain jackets, the Rain Backpack is perfect for anyone that values design as much as function. The Rain Backpack also features an internal laptop and phone pocket and is made from water-resistant materials.

2. Roark Missing Link Wet/Dry Backpack 25L-

The Roark Missing Link Backpack is a no-nonsense dry pack that’s been field tested by the Roark Revivalists on many a surf trips, so we trust it’s good. Made from with a PVC tarpaulin shell, the Roark Wet/Dry Pack is big on performance without sacrificing style, ensuring that everything inside stays dry, or keeps wet things inside from getting you soaked. Whether you’re setting off to a surf break along the North Pacific Coast or cycling through the drizzling city, the The Roark Missing Link Backpack will keep your goods dry and safe from the elements.

3. Patagonia Refugio Pack 28L-

Patagonia Backpacks are revered for a reason and that reason is that they are made with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship and sustainable materials. The Patagonia Refugio Backpack continues in the tradition of Patagonia excellence offering a large enough pack all your daily necessities with organizational pockets, plus an extra coating layer in case the weather is temperamental. The Patagonia Refugio is perfect for jet-setters and students alike as it features a lined tablet sleeve and a dedicated laptop sleeve that doubles as a hydration reservoir, also making it a great option for light hikes and bike rides across town.

4. Topo Designs Y-Pack Backpack-

Topo Designs has become a favorite amongst creatives, adventures, and sustainability fans for its updated take on outdoor classics. Their packs have developed an almost cult-like following and for good reason, as their packs are as versatile as they are cool. The Topo Designs Y-Pack is a modern take on a classic flap pack and is made with 1000D Cordura, making it a perfect pack for those that prefer traversing trails as they do cruising through the city.

5. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack-

The Fjallraven Kanken Backpack is a nod to simpler times. With its understated minimal design, it is the perfect backpack for those that appreciate a traditional school style backpack profile and high-quality craftsmanship. Like all Fjallraven products the Kanken Backpack may be minimal in design but it is made with the highest quality materials and is water repellent to keep the elements at bay. The Kanken is a favorite amongst today’s creative class and for good reason as it is can handle a wide range of environments without sacrificing classic design.


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