The six best commuter rucksacks

Whether you walk, cycle, run or catch the train to work, a practical rucksack that will look smart in the office is essential

Whether you’re catching the train, cycling, walking or running to work, it’s worth investing in a bag that suits your commute. Here’s a selection of bags to help you strike the right balance between professional and practical.

1. The Osprey Radial

Osprey bags are rapidly garnering a reputation amongst active types and for good reason. The Osprey radial is the ideal choice for cyclist commuters. It features a padded pocket for your laptop, a key clip and a rain cover to cover all types of weather. It’s also smart enough to take into the office. It has inbuilt kick stand technology so it will stay upright wherever you put the pack down and it has a lid lock for attaching helmet to when not on the bike. The airspeed ventilated back system also keeps you cool as you head out on your bike in the summer months. At £126 it’s certainly an investment but worth every penny for the committed cyclist and those with active lifestyles.

Which type of commute does it suit? Runners and cyclists.

2. The Raven, by Fjallraven

The Raven by Fjallraven is a bag that is presentable for the workplace and yet stylish enough for the weekend. It does not have the frame or ample padding of a trail pack but this works in its favour since it prevents it looking to ‘backpacky’. The £85 price tag buys you a very versatile bag with a dash of Scandi chic thrown in for good measure.

Which commute does it suit?  A good fit for walking commuters and those catching the train.

3. Moleskin Metro Slim Backpack

For a refined look, try this bag from Moleskin. It features a padded back for extra comfort and yet the padding doesn’t detract from the compactness of the rucksack – ideal for those who like to travel light. It has a magnetic fastening strip and a strap which allows you to slip it over the handle of your suitcase, making it ideal for those with jet setting jobs or a taste for travel.

Which commute does it suit? Public transport, jet setters, paper-free professionals.

4. Samsonite Pro-Delux 5 Laptop Backpack

If you’re looking for a smart bag but don’t want to compromise on room or or comfort then the Samsonite business deluxe range combines all three well. One thing is certain – your laptop is not going to get damaged in this rucksack. It is gloriously padded both inside and on the back and yet maintains a professional, not overly bulky look.

Which commute does it suit? Those who undertake a lot of business travel, walking commutes and public transport.

5. North Face Ka-Ban Backpack

The North Face is best known for its high performance trekking and skiing gear but this urban commuter rucksack is ideal for city-dwellers who enjoy an active commute. It boasts a separate fleece-lined compartment for your laptop and is compact enough to be unobtrusive in the office.

Which commute does it suit? Runners and cyclists.

6. Wenger Reload 14″ Laptop Backpack

This bag comes in two sizes to suit both small and large laptops – 14 inch and 16 inch. At £64.99 it combines the smartness of a briefcase with the portability of a rucksack. A smart choice for the office with plenty of room for papers and books.

Which commute does it suit? Walkers or those using public transport.


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