We all need that one essential daily bag securely to carry around our daily needs. And that's whether on the daily commute or a weekend hike in the countryside. That's where men's crossbody bags come in. Easy to access whenever you need something, securely against your chest for maximum security. Key is resilient waterproof materials - and of course essential style. We've come up with 7 of the best - and a few ideas, too.

Why you need a crossbody bag

Catwalk staples for several seasons now, crossbody bags are both fashion must-haves and functionally essential for your everyday. There is no better way of securing life's most important objects - electronics such as a tablet or smartphone, personal pieces such as keys and your wallet - than having them strapped across your front, safe at all times, and totally accessible, too. The best men's crossbody bags - and that goes for all of our recommendations - allow for ample storage within and have more than a modicum of personal style. You'll wonder how and why you lived without one.

    

What to look for in a crossbody bag

Start with the practicalities. How big is the largest compartment - and is that enough for your needs? Where will you put your phone and - if you carry one - tablet or laptop? Be sure to check the quality of the zipped closures, too. If you're going to be using your crossbody bag in all weathers, make sure there's at least a degree of water resistance. Materials are all-important, whether that's rugged recycled nylon or deluxe full-grain Italian leather. Match that with your personal taste. Adjustable straps are a no-compromise essential.

Best men's crossbody bags in 2022

There's no end of crossbody bags on the market, given both their practicality and their place in fashion. We've done the hard work for you and come up with the 7 best for you to choose from, depending on your needs and individual style.

Mismo Army Green Cross-Body Bag

Mismo founders Adam Alexander Bach and Rikke Overgaard have an enviable reputation for injecting Scandinavian style with substance into everyday accessories. Construction of this signature cross-body bag is of water-repellent cotton canvas with a durable and stylish bridle leather shoulder strap, adjustable to your preference. There's one large zipped compartment, outside slide pocket and leather patch phone pocket to the rear.

Rains Box Bag in Black

Simplicity in always on-trend black from the waterproof specialists at Rains, the Danish label whose response to the distinctly variable Scandinavian climate is to add form-follows-function style to an all-weather ethos. Crafted from the waterproof PU fabric that's a Rains signature with a versatile strap that allows the Box Bag to be worn as you choose or even as an everyday handheld bag. All that you need and absolutely nothing more equals effortless style.

Horizn Studios Gion Cross-Body M in Graphite

Horizn Studios say they create "smart luggage for urban nomads" and their Gion Cross-Body M lives up to that billing. It's designed easily to accommodate an A5 notebook, iPad Mini, your smartphone, wallet and passport, with room to spare. There's a zippered main compartment along with supplementary compartments front and back. Construction is from super-tough vegan taupaulin, both waterproof and durable.

Roderer Award Belt Bag

Deluxe construction here is of super-soft Italian leather, very much echoing Roderer's stated philosophy of creating "indispensable style companions". There's a two-way zip closure to the lined main central compartment, which features a zipped pocket within. A zipped pocket to the front caters for your smartphone. All hardware has a chic silver finish and there's the signature Roderer crown in polished steel as a final flourish. Adjustable webbing strap allows for waist or cross-body wear.

Nike Cross Body Bag

The classic sports option from the acknowledged masters of sportsgear and accessories. There's a five litre capacity to Nike's minimalist Cross Body Bag, accessed via an easily-reached zip pull. An additional zipped pocket to the front secures all and any smaller essentials, such as your smartphone and wallet. Construction is from durable nylon and polyester, which also forms the lining. An adjustable strap and the Nike swoosh completes an impeccable look.

Patagonia Stealth Sling

The go-anywhere, do-anything option from the super-rugged outdoor specialists at Patagonia. Capacity here is a hefty 10 litres, enough for a day's hike in all weathers. Take it wild-water fishing or just on your daily commute in the urban jungle. Sustainably constructed from recycled nylon ripstop with water resistant coating, designed to mould to your body. Whether you wear the Stealth Sling to the front or the back, this may be the only bag you'll ever need.

Arc'teryx Granville 10 Courier Bag

Classic courier bag in signature water resistant  AC² fabric from the demanding Canadian visionaries at Arc'teryx. Taped seams for extra weather protection are typical of the detailed Arc'teryx approach to looking after your daily essentials. Carefully curated internal storage allows for your 12 inch laptop, a tablet as well as your smartphone and whatever you need for your busy day at work, or out hiking. External pocket for wallet and keys, Strap adjusts to your choice of wearing options.

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