These 18 commuter backpacks break the mold, providing the space, style, and durability you’re looking for. From canvas bags with plenty of storage space to waterproof satchels made for bulkier items, these bags offer a little bit of everything for the average consumer, making life on two wheels that much easier.
When choosing a commuter backpack, you want to look at five qualities of it: Versatility, reflective details, a comfortable and secure harness, ample organization and storage, and water resistance. Each of these bags is top notch in most or all of those categories.
Despite its smaller size, Timbuk2’s bag can carry a laptop and iPad and is outfitted with genuine leather binding for extra durability. Machine washable nylon stands up to daily wear and tear and an insulated interior even keeps your water bottle from sweating all over your items.
Comfortable harnesses remain in place regardless of how fast and hard you’re pedaling, ensuring you don’t have to think about losing the bag during your ride. The Assynt 17 is a durable bag that will keep your most valuable items protected wherever you’re going. Two sturdy nylon straps keep the top flap closed and secured.
Described as “tech-optimized,” the ICON series backpack is crafted with airflow channels that provide a little extra cushioning for your gear. Padded shoulder straps with a series of adjustments promise a comfortable fit no matter your size or body build. The ICON is built to feel customized for each buyer.
Several exterior attachment positions and compression straps allow you to customize the wear for maximized comfort. Whether you’re commuting on a bicycle or taking the train, the Bernal will serve you well with its sturdy build and flexible design. Made from nylon and a stretch polyspan and including a top-lid closure, removable hipbelt, and dual side compression, there’s plenty to draw attention to Boreas’ Bernal biking backpack.
Used either as a roll-top or flap-down configuration, the Rambler can double its size, going from 1,350 cu. In. to 2,700 cu. in . for when you’re in need of extra storage. Each compartment is waterproof thanks to urethane coated zippers, waterproof material, and a reinforced carbon fiber frame suspension.
A front zippered pocket is large enough to fit up to a 15” laptop and tablet or slip a 17” laptop into the rolltop compartment.
Flap, boot, front, and side panels allow you to customize the biking laptop backpack for what you need, whether you’re traveling with the bare essentials or with everything you need for the day. The airmesh ventilated back panel and roll-top closure keep your items dry while delivering on a cushioned interior intended to prevent unwanted damage and increase the bag’s total volume.
A removable panel and removable sunglasses shell is a fun addition that makes the Nomatic Backpack a versatile build. Additions like RFID safe storage, magnetic water bottle pockets, and 20 additional features all come together for an incredibly useful and durable product that can expand from 20 liters to 24.
A Crushproof SafeZone protects sunglasses and other fragile items while a removable 15” laptop compartment provides padded protection and a tablet sleeve for extra storage. If you’re tired of having to rummage through bags to find the items you need, a high-visibility interior lining keeps you from having to struggle to find what you’re looking for.
The Convertible Backpack is outfitted with everything a cyclist could ask for and is a versatile product that’s all about being what the consumer needs. The simple-looking design is large enough to store your personal electronics but remains manageable to ride with.
Your items will fit perfectly in the 15” laptop or hydration pocket while the bucket-style opening and lid with small pocket further improves upon the qualms of having to shuffle through a bag to find what you’re looking for. The heavy-duty back panel promotes a better airflow while you’re on the move while padded shoulder straps and sternum belt are a comfortable wear.
Chances are, it’s all three qualities. Store up to 17” laptop and enjoy easy access via the large roll top compartment. More than just a commuter pack, Ethnotek’s custom designs are intended to call back to the traditions of Hindi culture, which is where the name Raja (or king) comes from.
Right-side and left-side pockets, custom laptop compartment, large main compartment, and padded shoulder straps come together for the best commuter pack of its kind.
A ventilated 3D mesh was used to create a comfortable back system and provide a steady and even airflow for maximum comfort while riding. Additional features include a cell phone pouch that fits on your shoulder strap, waist belt, comfortable shoulder straps, and removable tablet/laptop sleeve make this a great buy for every cyclist on the go.
Ample organization and a built-in kickstand makes it easy to zip open this bag and sort through your possessions. Beyond the AirSpeed design, Osprey knew it didn’t have to go overly fancy with the Radial 34, and while it’s otherwise simplistic in nature, that doesn’t mean it isn’t equipped with the storage you need. Padded sleeves are great for your valuable electronics while a front attachment is included to clip your blinker light onto.
The water-resistant cotton canvas is detailed with vegetable tanned leather. Though it is a simple build, the day pack features a tool pocket to keep your bicycle repair tools and an additional rear pocket for your smaller personal items, like your wallet, cellphone, and any daily essentials you’re used to carrying with you.
The 20 liter capacity is somewhat on the smaller side, but the Italian-made commuter bag is large enough to fit the daily essential items.
Everything you need for your daily commute will fit within the padded laptop sleeve, U-lock pockets, and accessory compartment. The wide-mouth compartment makes it easy to sort through your items while the adjustable two-strap harness promises a comfortable fit no matter your shape or size.
The best part of the MEC Travel Light Daypack is how comfortable it is to wear, thanks to the height-adjustable sternum strap and contoured shoulder straps with mesh lining. Even on the hottest days, Boreas’ daypack isn’t a chore to lug around the city.
The material is stonewashed and water resistant, but most importantly, it’s also reflective. If you’re cycling at night, with an Archie on your back, drivers you share the road with should have no problem seeing you.