The Men’s Edit: 8 minimal backpacks that are perfect for travel and everyday use

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Among the list of items every many needs in his arsenal, a minimalist backpack ranks pretty high. Whether you’re a frequent traveler and commuter or just prefer not to walk around with your hands swinging, carrying a simple backpack that adds little bulk to your frame can do wonders.

Once upon a time, the only available options were intrusive, attention-grabbing sacks that did nothing to compliment your look or the occasion. Recently, however, many more brands have stepped up and essentially reinvented the idea of the backpack.

The new aesthetic: minimalism.

Many brands now apply the common and timeless idea of everyday basics to the backpack industry, creating versatile and fashion-forward options without trying too hard.

And, luckily, this “less is more” approach doesn’t always come at a hefty price, with so many designers and brands creating affordable minimal backpack options for under $100.

For instance, this chic Hex backpack is currently on sale for $30 at Nordstrom. If you’re on the hunt for a more commercial and recognizable brand, the Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack is only $80 at Nordstrom, with one shopper saying it’s the “best backpack I’ve ever owned.”

On the other end of the price spectrum, there are a plethora of luxury backpacks that will instantly elevate your look while adding so much function to your daily life.

From the super trendy Rains Camp Backpack, equipped with a drawstring top closure and carabiner buckle, to the stunningly sleek Troubadour Adventure Slipstream Backpack that features ergonomic comfort and waterproof material, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

With prices ranging from $30 to $445, check out the eight best minimal men’s backpacks that are perfect for every occasion below.

1. Hex Exile Backpack, $29.96 (Orig. $49.95)

Credit: Nordstrom

2. Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack, $80

Credit: Nordstrom

3. Rains Mini Waterproof Backpack, $95

Credit: Nordstrom

4. Rains Camp Backpack, $110

Credit: Rains

5. Filson Dry Waterproof Backpack, $175

Credit: Filson

6. Troubadour Off Piste Backpack, $225

Credit: Troubadour

7. MZ Wallace Metro Backpack, $245

Credit: Nordstrom

8. Troubadour Adventure Slipstream Backpack, $445

Credit: Troubadour

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