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7 Dope Backpacks from Amazon You Can Snag for Under $150

Last year, I waxed poetic about why you deserve an upscale vessel to store your stuff (you can read the article here). I equated a nice backpack—potentially a leather one—to the modern man’s briefcase. Sales of backpacks will skyrocket to around $2 billion annually by 2021, according to a Technavio report, and with the definition of “business casual” morphing to incorporate more khakis, backpacks are now acceptable in the workplace.

They’re also your perfect travel companion. Conveniently strapping your stuff to your back, they work with all kinds of urban commuting (like bike riding, walking or subway squeezing) and offer a hands-free life. While wearing a backpack, you can tap and scroll to your heart’s content.

Since backpacks are clearly the modern man’s everyday luggage essential, we’ve rounded up the most stylish but affordable options on the overwhelming marketplace of Amazon, defining the man who needs it, why we love it and what Amazon reviewers are saying.

Oh yeah, and they’re all under $150. You’re welcome.

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$119 / Amazon

Bopai Laptop Backpack

Best for: The Do-It-All Dude

Why we love it: This backpack has every pocket and gizmo you could ever want: a card holder conveniently in the shoulder strap, an invisible water bottle holder, a phone charging port, a laptop sleeve, anti-theft compartments intelligently hidden and more. It is waterproof, commuter-approved and quite possibly the most tricked-out backpack around.

Amazon reviewers say: “So excited to have found this bag on Amazon. The design is sleek, simple and professional. It holds my 15.6" Dell gaming laptop along with accessories perfectly. It’s just what I was looking for in a backpack for my gaming laptop.”- James

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$100 / Amazon

Herschel Little America Backpack

Best for: The Modern Savant

Why we love it: The iconic silhouette of this Herschel bag comes at such a reasonable price. Though not as tricked-out as some other options, this is a reliable and stylish backpack. It will never go out of style.

Amazon reviewers say: “This bag is really nice with nice pads on the back and shoulder straps, making it comfortable to carry even if it’s heavily loaded. The inside is pretty large and can fit a lot of stuff.” - Greg

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$109 / Amazon

Brass Tacks Waxed Canvas Backpack

Best for: The Rugged Traveler

Why we love it: Made of waxed canvas and leather trim, this backpack has a silhouette that is comparable to the Herschel but less polished. You have to break in the material, but that process just highlights the product’s longevity. You’ll have this pack for years.

Amazon reviewers say: “This is a solid messenger bag and my favorite (yes, even over my Coach leather messenger bag, which costs a lot more). The roominess and the storage potential are a plus, and I think this may be my go-to bag to use when I travel.” - Dennis

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$50 / Amazon

Leather Architect Black Backpack

Best for: The Style Minimalist

Why we love it: Made of 100 percent genuine leather, this $50 backpack is a steal. The construction is minimal, excluding harsh branding or logos. You can’t go wrong.

Amazon reviewers say: “It's a very nice-looking leather backpack at an amazingly inexpensive price. Very comfortable wide straps. Plenty of interior room. I love it!” - M

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$148 / Amazon

Calvin Klein Coated Canvas Backpack

Best for: The Brand Loyalist

Why we love it: If you feel more secure buying into a brand with long-standing clout, then this Calvin Klein pack might be for you. With multiple interior pockets and a sleek look, the design here is spot on.

Amazon reviewers say: “Worked great for travel! Was able to fit a week's worth of clothes and travel essentials inside.” - Amazon Customer

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$40 / Amazon

Champion Manuscript Backpack

Best for: The Fashion Rebel

Why we love it: First, the price tag. Second, the bold camouflage fabric and striking Champion logo are trendy but cool.  

Amazon reviewers say: “Exactly what I wanted. I didn’t expect it to come in literally 2 days, but I'm not complaining. It is made with strong materials and the straps are nicely adjustable. Overall awesome bag and I’m super excited.” - Austin

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$90 / Amazon

Diesel Discover Backpack in Surf Blue

Best for: The Stand-Out Adventurer

Why we love it: The striking blue color of this Diesel backpack takes the cake. You’ll stand out in a sea of neutrals with this electric hue. It fits a ‘15-inch laptop and has a handy front pocket too.

Amazon reviewers say: “Five stars. Amazing style, very good quality and fast delivery. A+++.” - Shai

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