Backpacks are essential for safely carrying your items, but did you know that the size and shape of your body can drastically change the way the backpack performs? If your body type is broader in the shoulders, it can be tough to find a pack that fits exactly where it needs to without placing undue pressure on your shoulders and lower back.
We’ve reviewed ten of the best backpacks that fit well with the basic male form and support weight evenly. They all offer excellent storage and organization solutions, and will serve you well for years to come.
Our first backpack is inspired by military style rucksacks. It has a three-zip closure that allows you to open the interior much wider to see all the contents. It comes with a built-in laptop sleeve plus a tablet, so your electronics are separated.
It has two internal zippered pockets for storage and a zippered section on the lid. It’s made of Cordura fabric, a durable material that resists tears. It has a fixed harness style and a small handle on the top to carry it.
Who it’s for: Military enthusiasts
The Osprey has a large front zip panel for better access to everything inside the storage compartment. The design helps center the load between the harness and the hips through a well-designed hip belt. The mesh material reduces sweatiness and chaffing during periods of transport.
It has a mesh interior pocket for keeping smaller items away from the main compartment. A front pocket provides further storage, and compression straps keep things from moving while you’re on the go. It has a padded laptop sleeve inside.
It has top and side padded handles to give you better options for carrying. Durable nylon is water resistant and resists tearing. It boasts a carry weight of up to 40 pounds, so you don’t have to sacrifice any of your essential items when traveling.
Who it’s for: Backpacking travelers
Filson’s pack takes its inspiration from old forestry packs. It’s a rugged green canvas with a top flap and two buckle closures. The expansion panel allows you to adjust the top of the pack for different levels of storage.
It has a padded back and padded, daisy chain style shoulder straps. The top flap is water resistant and helps keep rain and dust off your gear while you’re out. It comes with an interior divider to keep things organized, but the laptop compartment doesn’t offer as much protection as others. It can accommodate laptops of up to 17 inches, however.
Who It’s For: People who travel tech-lite
SwissGear’s backpack is a TSA friendly pack that opens completely flat, so you don’t have to remove your laptop for scanning. It features multiple compartments with four main pockets and water bottle pockets on either side.
The shoulder straps are contoured and breathable. The back panel is mesh to encourage air flow, and side compression straps help keep the bag in place even when you’re moving. It has an easy access chamber to get to your devices including laptop and tablet. It fits a laptop up to 17 inches.
Contoured shoulder straps help distribute weight evenly, while a mesh panel helps with breathability. It has side compression straps to help keep things in place even if you’re moving around.
Who it’s for: Frequent travelers
The Q is a midsized laptop bag with compartments for both your laptop and tablet. The front panel unzips for organization of smaller items. The bottom zip pocket stores smaller, flat objects like power bricks or other small items.
It has padded straps and a ventilated back panel that helps with breathability. It fits a laptop up to 17 inches, and the internal pocket itself is good for a change of clothes or shoes. It has a custom strap design for better support. The padded front pocket is the perfect size for smaller tablets such as an iPad mini.
Who It’s For: Students, particularly those in technology degree tracks
The Optimum is a 600 denier polyester bungee style backpack with a large main pocket plus a smaller pocket for organizing smaller items such as phones or keys. Mesh side pockets store water bottles, and the interior has a padded space for a laptop. Adjustable padded straps help redistribute the load and ensure that you can wear the backpack in comfort for extended periods.
There’s a reflective trim to help with visibility at night and a smaller profile that helps with balance. It’s good for commuters on public transport or bike commuters. Thanks to the bag’s front Bungee details, you can also attach additional items such as water bottles or sleeping bags via carabiners.
Our next bag has a highly water-resistant finish, keeping your stuff dry even when you’re battling the elements. It has an abrasion resistant bottom and a softly lined sleeve for a laptop inside.
The front pocket helps you organize smaller items and prevent them from getting damaged in the rain. The shoulder straps adjust for better support and help distribute weight evenly across the shoulders and back, reducing pressure points.
It has space for two side water bottles and a space near the bottom to store shoes or extra laundry. It doesn’t have a sternum strap to stabilize the straps, but it’s durable and gives you plenty of storage.
Who it’s for: All-weather commuters, students
The Arbor has another highly durable, highly water-resistant finish in a clean, school-bag style. It has a padded laptop sleeve, a large front flap with clip enclosures and padded straps. The drawstring helps close the bag up when you don’t have it packed all the way, and a large inner compartment gives you space for books or other gear.
The zip pocket under the top cover stores things like wallet, earbuds, and other small but essential items. You can adapt it to hold a hydration reservoir. It doesn’t have as much reinforcement along the straps as some other bags, so this one is better suited to light day packing such as office commutes or a basic work bag.
Who It’s For: Working professionals
Our last backpack is an ultra-rugged pack made of Cordura ripstop nylon. It has a large main compartment, a padded laptop sleeve, and pockets for smaller amounts of storage. The front pocket has a daisy chain feature for attaching carabiners and other smaller organization tools.
The straps are injection molded and attach to a mesh back panel for comfort and breathability. It also has a sternum strap and hip belt for stabilization. The material is highly water resistant, and the pack accommodates plenty of gear without feeling overloaded. The only downside we see is that it will never stand upright no matter how you pack it, which would be a nice feature for this type of pack.
Who it’s for: Hikers, rugged outdoor enthusiasts, people who need extra protection for gear