A good backpack is a friend for life, so it’s worth investing a little extra time when choosing the right one.

You’ll want a backpack that you can wear for several hours if necessary, especially if you plan on taking it abroad.

When it comes to selecting the right backpack the range of options can seem a little overwhelming, but applying these simple rules will help you find the perfect carry-on companion.

There should be enough space to fit the essentials for work and a long weekend away. And as well as looking good, it should be well made enough to last.

The following backpacks have been chosen with the following criteria in mind: comfort, storage, style and practicality.

So read on for a mix of classic, streetwear and all weather options to suit a range of budgets.

The Verdict: Men's backpacks

If you’re looking for an everyday bag that will go with any outfit and won’t set you back then Peter Werth is easily the best option. While technically not the cheapest bag on this list, it’s both affordable and very stylish. If its a heavy duty waterproof number that you’re after then the Rains bag is hard to beat, combining Scandinavian design with rugged durability and those handy reflective details. Carhartt is another great option and while not fully waterproof this bag could go with you anywhere and boasts enough street style credential to pass mustard in the urban jungle too.

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