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6 Best Travel Backpacks for Men

22 March 2016

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Your travel bag is one of the top essential items to consider when travelling. It's got to be durable enough to survive your travel plans and lifestyle.

Check out our eye for style top travel backpacks:

Kelly Slater Action Camera Pro Pro Pack

This water-resistant bag from Incase is especially designed for outdoor adventurers who want to conveniently carry their cameras and other electronic accessories. This rucksack has a spacious main compartment that can be customised with dividers to ensure a secured fit for your travelling essentials like GoPro, iPad and DSLR. The bag has been meticulously fabricated in protective ballistic nylon and poly non-PVC material that keeps it durable in wet environments. The signature Aqua Tiger Camo print on the removable rain fly is all set to take fashion and safety to a whole new level.

kelly backpack

For greater convenience, the bag comes with an integrated GoPro stand on the left strap, two adjustable straps for carrying the tripod, and a magnetic belt -- all of which are necessary to secure the accessories while on the move. Conclusively, this gadget-friendly rucksack is perfect for the gentleman who likes to capture random moments while on the go and the attachment point given for capturing moments lets you click perfect pictures wherever and whenever you want.

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Belkin Slim Notebook Backpack

Manufactured by Belkin International, the American consumer electronics giant better known for its connectivity devices, this rucksack features a slim shape that's perfect for notebooks with up to 15.4 inches of screen size. It opens wide with two zippers and presents a quite spacious interior. There are various compartments for pens, credit/business cards, external mouse and CDs, among other things. Of course, this bag includes the padded notebook compartment at the rear. The manufacturer even provides a removable pouch for power cords.

belkin backpack

On the front are small but ample-sized zippered compartments, one of which can hold your smartphone or MP3 player, complete with a matching grommet near the top for your headset's cable. When the straps are worn on the shoulders, the backpack can neatly and snugly position close to your back, yet the contoured cushioning on the outside will prevent your backside from feeling too warm. Comes in black with red trim, this is ideal hand luggage for securing notebooks and other gadgets while travelling.

KP Duffle

This isn't just an ordinary duffle bag, but a premium, high-quality bag designed and KickStarter-funded by the California-based company Keep Pursuing, Inc. This stylish bag is shaped like a small tennis racquet bag that still conforms to airline standards as hand luggage. This travel bag is made with high-quality, 100% water-resistant polyurethane leather with matching water-resistant zippers on its exterior and Ripstop Nylon on the insides.

duffle backpack

The KP bag features a variety of pockets and compartments to suit any travelling man. The main compartment is accessible through the top, zippered opening with a stylish-shaped hatch which also functions as a padded tablet compartment. The interior is lined with mesh pockets. Every duffle bag comes with a free small "Dopp Kit" pouch with small bottles for toiletries. There's also ventilated compartment for a pair of shoes with a separate opening from the main interior. Separate compartments for small items such as mobile phone cables and keys can be found on one side. Moreover, there are secret compartments to ensure the safety of your valuables. The bag also has open pockets to have quick access to your boarding pass, passport and related items. This bag is truly a versatile travel essential suitable for those who are always on the go.

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Tortuga Backpack

The Tortuga backpack is convenient for city travel, or for a weeklong trip due to its versatility and it conforms to hand luggage air travel requirements. This rucksack opens like a suitcase, and thus, it not only maximizes packing space but also allows convenient packing and removal of items. The zips are lockable, which provides added security. The hip belts also have pockets which provide safe storage for coins, cash and travel tickets. The bag is made of 100% nylon while the inside is lined with polyester.

tortuga backpack

Although the Tortuga products are designed with long-term travellers in mind, it's not meant for hiking and mountain adventures. The bags are packed with features that city adventurers will love. For one, the straps can be zipped away safely behind a cover, which protects them from getting damaged on airport luggage conveyor belts or getting hooked somewhere and slowing you down. The bag has a laptop sleeve which can accommodate up to a 17-inch laptop. The bag can also be carried either from the top or the side, for easy navigation along narrow pathways.

Osprey Fairpoint 40

This rucksack is the perfect companion for the adventurer who loves to brave the elements -- whether trekking through the mountains or constantly zooming in and out of airports. It's essentially a durable, versatile and compact bag.

The Osprey Fairpoint 40 comes with adjustable straps, padded shoulders and waistband and a sleek design -- all of which contributes to the even distribution of weight and ultimate comfort. One of its great features is the large zip panel that unzips like a suitcase and allows full access for packing and unpacking while utilizing every inch of space. Made with a special Nylon material and able to carry up to 40lbs of weight, the backpack can withstand just about anything.

osprey backpack

It is also perfectly sized for hassle-free travel through airport security and overhead storage. Its other key attributes includes a rescue whistle with an adjustable strap in case of emergency. The zippers are designed to be sturdy, lockable and discrete.

Minaal Carry-on

A longstanding favourite, the Cordura nylon, 35-litre Minaal backpack is a marvel of smart economy. It is somewhat smaller than other packs in its class but this makes it acceptable as hand luggage. This Minaal product is a big plus with international travellers.

The bag has five compartments that separately fit various items including a laptop, a tablet, A4-size documentation as well as a dedicated passport holder. A zippered segment will take in writing implements, cables and small accessories. Other great features of the Minaal are the magnetized zip-away straps, minimalist hip belt, detachable rain-cover and lockable YKK zippers enhance its understated ruggedness.

minaal backpack

The ability to open up fully horizontally, suitcase-wise, will make your packing and unpacking infinitely easier. Compression packing cubes may be a good idea if you find the soft-sided walls of the main compartment too flimsy.

The Verdict

Each travel backpack comes with a set of features that are designed to complements the travelling lifestyle – but the right one for you will vary depending on what you need. For the gadget lovers, the Kelly Slater or the Belkin is a great choice. For the off the beaten track adventurers, the Osprey is ideal. For the urban explorer as well as the business traveller, the KP duffle and Tortuga backpacks are a sound choice. For the long-term, frequent traveller, the Minaal is an investment that delivers great value for the money.

What are your top choices? Do you agree with our list?

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