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Regardless of how on-trend chest rigs, neck pouches, and side bags are right now, backpacks remain the most functional of bag types, and therefore one of the most essential all-round accessories.

Being the only day-to-day accessory that’ll allow you to carry any substantial amount of belongings hands-free, brands such as Raf Simons and 1017 ALYX 9SM, have recently breathed new life into the essential – Raf with his dope line of poster-printed Eastpak bags and Matthew Williams’ label with its iconic rollercoaster buckles.

And while dropping designer bucks on a backpack will surely turn heads on the daily, securing the perfect piece can be done on a shoestring, too. Brands such as Carhartt WIP, The North Face, and Eastpak remain classics for their functionality, all coming in at under $200, while the more avant-garde designs of Paris brand Cote & Ciel also make for super affordable, stand-out baggage.

Take a look at all our favorite backpacks for every budget below.

Under $200


Carhartt WIP






The North Face






Awake NY


$200 and up

Poster Backpack

Raf Simons x Eastpak



1017 ALYX 9SM


Rider Backpack

Dior x Kaws


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