As the summer draws slowly to a close, our minds begin to turn back to real life. We’ve enjoyed our travels, experienced the heat and the freedom and, as always, part of us will hold on to the memories of warmth until next year but it’s not all bad. With the turning season come new possibilities, the most important of which being sartorial. The dropping temperatures mean that it's acceptable to fish out your favourite merino wool pieces, overcoats and heavy trousers again; while summer is a time to enjoy lightweight pieces with no practicality other than breathability, autumn and winter require more from the wardrobe. Back to work means back to carrying which means back to backpacks, which isn’t as boring as it sounds. From premium men’s leather backpacks to more practical laptop backpacks and waterproof rucksacks, here are the best backpacks for men for Autumn/Winter 2019.

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Black Stealth Hajo Backpack
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Black Stealth Hajo Backpack

Ucon Acrobatics Black Stealth Hajo Backpack

When it comes to designs that perfect form and function, Ucon Acrobatics’ collection of modern backpacks is at the front of the pack. The label’s main design pillars shine through on the Hajo Backpack. This black rucksack features a phthalate-free TPE coating to the inside which makes the fabric waterproof and more robust. Within the back you’ll find a high quality neoprene laptop compartment with two additional mesh pockets for your phone and wallet complemented by a roll-top system that allows you to adjust capacity. To top it all off, it’s made from recycled polyester.

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Black Fin Waxed Cotton Rucksack
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Black Fin Waxed Cotton Rucksack

Ally Capellino Black Fin Waxed Cotton Rucksack

Ally Capellino’s ability to create stylish rucksacks that are supremely practical and durable never ceases to amaze us. The Black Fin Waxed Cotton Rucksack is as fashionable as travel backpacks come, featuring a pocket for anything you’ve ever needed: laptop, wires, iPad, bottles, sandwiches and enough room for a night away. In-keeping with the premium materials that we’re used to from Ally Capellino, this bag is made from water-resistant British waxed cotton and Italian bridle leather including a leather base to protect your valuables against the imminent wet ground.

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Black Melange Eco-Yarn Isar Small Backpack
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Black Melange Eco-Yarn Isar Small Backpack

Côte & Ciel Black Melange Eco-Yarn Isar Small Backpack

Côte & Ciel’s approach to practical accessories is uniquely creative. Rethinking the rucksack, throwing out the rules that they perceived to be in place, the Isar backpack boasts an almost alien form, fastening with a graceful wrap-around layer. Crafted from weatherproof Eco Yarn fabric, the rucksack consists of a front compartment with a pocket and compression straps as well as a separate back compartment with a padded 13” laptop sleeve.

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Navy Textured Harbour Rucksack
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Navy Textured Harbour Rucksack

Miansai Navy Textured Harbour Rucksack

While our previous three choices have approached the backpack from a more modern angle, Miansai’s Harbour Rucksack keeps it classic. Don’t allow the durable premium Italian cowhide leather and minimal construction fool you, look inside to find a protective laptop sleeve along with custom designed hardware. Premium and practical – we’re onto a winner.

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Black Invisible Two Backpack
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Black Invisible Two Backpack

OPPOSETHIS Black Invisible Two Backpack

Cut from OPPOSETHIS’ signature lightweight, weatherproof black nylon blend, the Invisible Two Backpack is perfect for all round daily use. Zip open to find a 15” laptop compartment, while three more pockets are invisibly sewn into the symmetrical trapezoidal form. The true beauty of this design lies in the details, YKK zippers are complemented by taped zips for optimum weatherproofing and the satisfyingly compact backpack is such thanks to the intelligently hidden pockets.

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