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THE BEST PACKS FOR THE CITY IN 2020


When it comes to exploring the streets of some undiscovered metropolis, or taking the 9-5 in your stride, you need a pack that can keep up. With all the space and features you need, and nothing you don’t need to weigh you down, here are our favourite packs for urban adventures. 

Arc’teryx Blade 28

Suitcase and day pack in one? Believe it. The Arc’teryx Blade 28 is built to meet every need while travelling in the city. Overnight-sized and featuring an easy in-out laptop pocket, compartment dividers and a concealed passport/ticket pocket, the Blade is built for business.

Arc’teryx Granville 10

Congratulations – you just found the ultimate work bag. Minimalist aesthetic meets durable weather protection in this clever design, featuring intuitive internal design with space for your laptop, phone and day’s gear, as well as an external pocket for valuables. 

Fjallraven Vardag 25

Lightweight, convenient and timelessly stylish, your weekend escapes need this pack. Inspired by the classic ‘70s design and crafted from Fjallraven’s cornerstone G-1000 material, it’s built to stand up to all your urban adventures and look great doing it.

Osprey Nebula 34

The best of the mountains and the city come together in this everyday hero from the pioneering pack-makers at Osprey – and heroic it is. AirScape backpanel and webbing hipbelt take inspiration from this pack’s outdoor-dwelling cousins, while a padded laptop sleeve, stretch front pocket and garaging to tidy loose straps make it right at home on the commute. 

Osprey Arcane Large Day Rucksack

Like your packs functional, minimal and sustainable, too? Then you’ll love this. Constructed from 500D Bluesign Recycled Polyester Packcloth, the Arcane is built to be everything you need in the city - and nothing more. Expect serious versatility and unrivalled longevity.

Patagonia Refugio

On-the-go organisation meets city-ready styling. The Refugio features a large main compartment with a padded tablet sleeve and separate laptop compartment, which also holds a hydration reservoir when you go from streets to peaks. A zippered second pocket, front section and side pockets keep all your gear exactly where you need it. 

The North Face Surge

The ideal pack for your commute, the Surge features a tech-ready design including a dedicated mobile office compartment to take care of business on the move. But don’t think it’s all about functionality - the FlexVent suspension system features custom injection-molded shoulder straps, a mesh back panel and a breathable lumbar panel for maximum comfort, too.

The North Face Isabella

Ultimate spaciousness in a sleek package – the Isabella is everything you expect from a city pack and more. Featuring fleece-lined pockets to protect your tech, organisers for just about everything else and a women’s-specific fit just in case you weren’t convinced, your 9 to 5 just got a whole lot easier.


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