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Vans, The North Face

Backpacks are a versatile bag of choice for those of us who are truly unable to travel light. They are a savior on the go, especially now that flexi WFH has become the popular way of working after lockdown, and requires lugging your laptop and the rest to and from the office. They can work just as well as a gym bag as they do on a hike or weekend getaway. So it is decided that backpacks are the MVP of the bag world.

Much more stylish in adulthood too, compared to the gear we took to school there are so many chic options to choose from, with cleverly concealed pockets and compartments in colorful patterns. The USP of backpacks is both their comfort and their space – like Mary Poppins’ Magic Bag, you can store your laptop, running shoes, and a spontaneous grocery store all in one go.

Team Cosmo have tested some of the best styles of backpacks to see how convenient these baby carriers are in our daily routines and to help you decide which one is right for you. Scroll down to check out our publisher reviews.

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The north face

£ 90.00

“I could fit pretty much anything in this bag. It has two large, deep compartments, a fleece-lined sunglasses pocket, a removable belt, reflective details for safety if you use the bag for biking or riding. run in the evenings, as well as a quick access smartphone pocket and external bottle holders. It’s also available in classic black, but I love that lush purple hue. “- Jessica, artistic editor


Fjällräven Tree-Kanken backpack


£ 119.99

“I love the look and design of the Fjällräven bags, but I was pleasantly surprised but also how functional it was. I used it as a duffel bag and found it more comfortable than expected, same with all my kit and toiletries inside. There are straps at the bottom to attach a jacket or yoga mat, belt loops on the front for bike lighting, and a reflective logo. , this new “Tree-Kånken” model is made of 100% vegetable fabric.

“It was more spacious than I expected, with a large main compartment, front section and side water bottle pocket; but as a person who tidies everything from snacks and keys to balm lip and emergency pants in my bag, I also liked a few small pockets to help organize my multitude of unnecessary junk. If you’re looking for a balance of style and substance, the Fjällräven Kånken backpacks are a great option. “- Claire, editor-in-chief


Best waterproof backpack

RAINS Rolltop Backpack Black


£ 89.00

The Rains waterproof backpack is a favorite for a reason – not only does it keep your stuff dry (check mark), it also has an undeniably chic look (double check mark), which makes it perfect for running errands around town by. unpredictable weather. It also has some cool features, like an extra shoulder strap to help evenly distribute the load, as well as a secret compartment on the back designed to store your valuables. While the top clip is a bit difficult to remove. opening on the go, having a secure closure also means the bag is a bit more secure. ” – Natasha, fashion editor


Patagonia Arbor Roll-Top Pack


£ 109.99

The large main arbor compartment rolls up and closes with a clip – more streetwear than a hostel. It has padded shoulder straps, zippered pockets for small items and loops for hanging clothes. accessories. I hate when backpacks don’t have a side pocket for a water bottle, but this one had two – so one more for a small wand. Or just me? “- Hannah, editor-in-chief


Backpack at the best value for money

Pak’R® Padded Black Pearl


£ 50.00

“Where was this backpack when I was a student? Not only do I feel like it’s going to last for years, thanks to its durable material, it’s also a great price. Its padded shoulder straps have me allowed to stay surprisingly comfortable carrying a large amount of camera gear inside. Although spacious, I wish there was an extra compartment inside the bag to keep things a bit more organized, but it’s definitely the everyday bag I’m looking for. “- Tyra, Junior Video Editor


The Roll Core Pack 20L


£ 70.00

“I love the Core Roller Pack so much that I have it in two colors – the bright options are perfect for summer days and the darker ‘night’ shade works all year round. It’s roomy, with a large main compartment, interior laptop sleeve and plenty of hidden pockets to hide your belongings. I can confirm that it faces both grubby pub floors and long hikes and does it well unharmed. Made from 100% recycled materials, I can carry my water bottle, bike lock and laptop in it without a problem. ” – Sophie, reservations editor


Black forest hiking bag


“This issue has all of Sandqvist’s minimalist style credits, handy sleeve pockets and – most importantly for us serial overwrappers – plenty of space. As someone who enjoys having a meal of three dishes, water, thermoformed bandages and a change of top on most of my hikes, having that much room, plus padded shoulder straps to stop the irritation, that’s the dream. ” – Amy, editor-in-chief


Karina backpack

“It’s the perfect everyday backpack – it has a laptop sleeve inside and a storage pocket on the front (you’ll never lose your lip balm again). essentials and love the gorgeous rust shade. A word of caution, the soft cord material may not hold up well in the rain. “- Rebecca, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

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