Trying to find a cool backpacks that can fit your styles can be a real challenge, so at FSB, we have done the hard work for you by finding the 10 coolest backpacks that are available to buy online. The backpacks that we have reviewed in this list will make you stand out from the crowd and look great, while still being comfortable and functional. If you are looking for cute backpacks for college, follow the link. When looking for the coolest backpacks, we looked for backpacks that fit the following criteria:
A cool backpack has to be stylish, so this we looked for backpacks that don’t just look good, but also stand out from the crowd with cool, unique designs, quality materials and preferably multiple colors so you can find a color that suits you.
A poorly made backpack won’t look cool a few months later, so we made sure that all of the backpacks on this list are good quality and won’t fall apart after a few months of use. Many of these backpacks also include a lifetime warranty, so if you get one of these you will never have to worry about it breaking again!
A truly cool design will look good now and still look good years into the future, that is why the backpacks that we have listed here are based on designs that are not gimmicky.
How much will a cool backpack cost me?
A cool backpack will usually cost less than $100, we have backpacks listed here within the $50-60 range, but you probably don’t want to go any lower than that as cheaper backpacks are not normally built to last, though you can sometimes find them cheaper on offer. A good backpack is an investment, and any one of the backpacks that we have listed here should last you for years to come. Some of the more expensive backpacks on this list include a lifetime warranty, so when you find the perfect cool backpack, you won’t have to worry about buying another one again!
The Top 10 Coolest Backpacks
The Herschel Supply Co Retreat
The Herschel Supply Co Retreat is a very cool backpack and is very popular at the moment among the college crowd. It is very stylish, has a retro look and is very comfortable. The Herschel backpack is made from canvas, and is available in several different colors.
As well as looking great, the Herschel is very functional and includes a laptop compartment to keep your expensive laptop safe and secure and a number of pockets for keeping items in. The large, main compartment is closed using straps and flaps instead of zippers, which helps to protect the items in your backpack from the rain as the main place that water usually gets into your backpack is through the zips and seams of the bag.. The main compartment is very easy to access as it uses a magnetic clip to secure the flap.
The backpack is built to a very high standard and even includes a lifetime warranty, so you won’t have to worry about it breaking!
Ibagbar Canvas Backpack
The Ibagbar Canvas Backpack is another cool backpack, with a stylish retro look. The backpack is made from canvas and it is available in three different colors; black, brown, & grey, the colors suit the style of the backpack well and add the the retro look of the backpack. The grey version of the backpack looks especially good as brown leather zips look great with the grey canvas material.
With a capacity of 25 litres, the Ibagbar Canvas Backpack should have enough space for most people unless you like to carry around a very large amount of stuff with you. The back of the bag and the shoulder straps are very well padded, making this a comfortable backpack to use all day.
There are many different compartments and smaller pockets for storing your possessions in this backpack includingre two zippered pockets at the from, two side pockets, an pocket that is zippered and two normal inner pockets.
Fjällräven Kånken Backpack
The Fjällräven Kånken (don’t worry I can’t pronounce the name either!) is a very cool backpack that is becoming quite popular at the moment among trendy people. It is a really great backpack in both looks, build quality and functionality. There are multiple sizes from 13L to 20L and colors to choose from, so this backpack is ideal whether you only need to carry around a few items or you have a heavy laptop to carry in the laptop sleeve that is in this backpack.
The backpack has a cool retro look that is very minimalistic and stylish. It is very comfortable to wear, and is designed to either be worn like a normal backpack or alternatively it can be carried like a suitcase.
There are enough pockets for most people in this backpack, with one large compartment and a smaller compartment on the front of the bag, though some more inner pockets would have been nice.
The North Face Borealis Backpack
If you are looking for a more traditional and functional backpack that still looks cool, then The North Face have got you covered! This backpacks looks great and is available in a huge variety of colors, many of them with slightly different designs and patterns.
The North Face Borealis Backpack can fit laptops up to 15 inches in size in it’s laptop sleeve and contains two large compartments and one smaller compartment. There are also a large number of smaller pockets inside, such as a fairly large zipped pocket which is useful for items that need extra protection from the elements or other items in the backpack, such as a cellphone and other small pockets for items such as pens.
This backpack’s storage can be further expanded by using the elastic bungee on the front of the backpack, this is useful for carrying items such as an extra coat. There are also two pockets on the side of the backpack for carrying water bottles.
This is a very comfortable backpack, with plenty of padding on the shoulder straps and back, and there is some mesh lining to help keep you cool.
SealLine Urban Backpack
The SealLine Urban Backpack is a futuristic and cool looking backpack that has several unique features that make it a really great backpack. One of the best features of this backpack is that it is completely waterproof! Once the bag is fastened properly, you can even use it in a rain storm and your possessions will be kept dry. The SealLine backpack also shrinks and grows depending on how much you put in it, so it is ideal if you carry around a variety of different things on different days and you don’t want to buy both a large and small backpack.
As this backpack has a roll down enclosure, it is really quick and easy to put your stuff into the bag and take it out again as it has a very wide opening.
The Chrome Barrage
The Chrome Barrage backpack is a backpack that was originally made for bike messengers, but it is extremely cool and functional for other people too. As well as being cool, the build quality of the backpack is second to none. In fact, Chrome Industries are so confident about the build quality that this backpack comes with a lifetime warranty!
The Chrome Barrage is available in 5 different colors, and comes with a roll down enclosure, similar to the SealLine backpack that makes putting your stuff in or taking it out quick and easy. Another great feature of this backpack is that the storage can be expanded, it starts out at a respectable 22 litres, but can be increased up to a huge 34 litres with some easy adjustments to the roll top. This can then be expanded further using the cargo net on the backpack. The Barrage is also waterproof, so this is great if you live in a rainy area!
This is a fairly expensive backpack but it is worth the cost, with the lifetime warranty you will never have to worry about a broken backpack again!
EcoCity Vintage Canvas Backpack
The EcoCity Vintage Canvas Backpack has a very cool, retro look that is available in five different colors that all look great; coffee, army green, khaki, gray and black. The coolest thing about this backpack is that it is made from eco-friendly materials such as canvas, so this is a great backpack if you are environmentally conscious.
This backpack uses straps to and a flap that covers the main compartment instead of a zip, and a drawstring is used to tightly close the compartment. There is a lot of space in a the main compartment, but it may not be big enough if you have a large 17 inch laptop that you need to carry around with you.
Kinmac New Bohemian Backpack
If you like backpacks with really cool patterns on them, then this might be the backpack for you. The unique designs on this backpack (and there are a lot of them) will guarantee that you will stand out from the crowd.
The Kinmac backpack also includes a padded laptop sleeve, that will keep a laptop that is up to 15 inches in size safe and plenty of space for other items too. There are lots of pockets on the inside and outside, including side pockets to keep water bottles.
This is an extremely comfortable backpack it has what Kinmac call “massage straps”, these are straps that are textured to provide extra comfort when you are carrying heavier items.
Hotstyle Vintage Canvas Backpack
The Hotstyle Vintage Canvas Backpack is a minimalistic, vintage & very cool backpack that is made from water resistant canvas and is available in five great colors. Similarly to some of the other canvas backpacks on this page, the Hotstyle backpack uses a flap and draw-string to close the main compartment of the backpack, this method of closing a backpack is great to keep the rain out. The main compartment can also be easily accessed using a zipper on the side, which is useful if you want to get something from the bottom of the backpack without removing everything else.
This backpack is also comfortable to wear, with a generous amount of padding on the shoulder straps.
Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack
It may be unfair to the other brands, but I have to include another Herschel backpack in this list. Why? Because they make really cool backpacks, and this is another one of my favorites! The Herschel Pop Quiz backpack looks more modern than the Herschel Retreat backpacks, but the colors that are available (and there are a lot of them) give this backpack a slight retro feel, while maintaining an overall modern style. Like the Retreat, it is built to a very high standard and includes a lifetime warranty.
With a padded and fleece lined laptop compartment, this is an ideal backpack if you need to carry an expensive laptop with you. There are lots of other great features too, including a fleece-lined sunglasses pocket, a media port to run your headphones through and waterproof zippers, as on most backpacks the zippers are where the water gets through to your stuff in the bag.