5 Best travel backpacks for men

When it comes to finding the best travel backpacks for men, there are three main things I always look for; comfort, durability and how many stand out features it has compared to other brands’ backpacks. While other factors come into play such as style and colour, I tend to prefer backpacks that I know will last me for many years to come, as well as allowing me to fulfil a minimalist lifestyle.

Some top travel backpack brands I’ve loved over the years include The North Face, Deuter and Patagonia but there’s always one brand that I inevitably revert back to and that’s Osprey.


What to expect in this piece

In this post, I’ve rounded up my top picks of the 5 best travel backpacks for men based on their features, purpose, comfort, versatility and durability. Before I got married and had my son, I did a lot of travelling around the world for a number of years; I feel that I have it on good authority on what makes a good backpack, and I’ve tried and tested my fair share of backpacks to help you make a decision on the best travel backpacks for men!

Osprey Farpoint 70L – best for long term travel

5 Best travel backpacks for men - Osprey Farpoint 70L – best for long term travel

Without a doubt my favourite travel backpack that I’ve ever used is the Osprey Farpoint 70L. Having travelled all over the world with me, I can safely say that this backpack has stood the test of time and has literally carried my belongings to various continents, countries and cities.

I like how spacious it is and how it works perfectly well when paired with packing cubes; I’ve been able to carry all my possessions more than comfortably in it for many years.

It’s also incredibly durable and has withstood a fair few beatings with being thrown from aeroplane to aeroplane, as well as being lugged around a plethora of different cities! I’ve found this Osprey backpack particular useful on my world travels as it comes with a detachable day pack; meaning that I don’t have to carry the huge 70L bag all day!

Pros

  • Lots of space to fit all my belongings in
  • Detachable day pack

Cons

  • I found it hard to get onto my back at first when it’s full
  • Not the cheapest backpack on the market

You can check the price here


Deuter Transit 50 – best for day trips and everyday use

When it comes to a backpack for day trips and hikes, I really couldn’t recommend the Deuter Transit 50 enough.5 Best travel backpacks for men

With so many compartments and storage space, this backpack really packs a punch when it comes to bringing all the essentials with me on a long hike.

There are numerous compartments conveniently located throughout the bag so I can bring spare shoes, plenty of food and water and even ensure I’ve got my waterproofs handy in case of a weather-related emergency!

While it’s not ideal for long term travel as it’s not quite as spacious as the Osprey Farpoint for example, it really is a great backpacking companion for treacherous hikes. The harness adjustment system and the padded hip belt and sternum strap ensure that I’m as comfortable as possible when carrying lots of weight on my back through various terrains and climates.

Pros

  • Lots of storage compartments to keep items separate
  • Adjustable straps for ultimate comfort

Cons

  • Not as lightweight as other competing models

You can check the price here


The North Face Recon – best for comfort and durability

5 Best travel backpacks for men - The North Face Recon – best for comfort and durability

The North Face have been a favourite travel brand of mine for a very long time now and that’s largely due to the fact that I rate their Recon backpack so much.

Arguably one of the most comfortable, durable and versatile travel backpacks I’ve ever used, the Recon backpack has many features that make it one of the stand out backpacks in the industry.

My favourite feature is the FlexVent™ suspension system; which provides me with back, chest and hip support so whether I’m using it to run out for groceries, or I’ve got a busy day in the city with lots of meetings, The North Face Recon is an excellent travel companion.

Unfortunately, it only has 30L of capacity which isn’t great for taking on much longer trips as it can’t fit a plethora of things inside, but it is ideal for business trips as it has many features suited for laptops and various other electronic equipment.

Pros

  • Extendable and adjustable compartments
  • Removable waist belt for added comfort
  • Ideal for businessmen

Cons

  • Not a huge amount of space

You can check the price here


Patagonia Ascensionist 40L – best for technical hikes and treks5 Best travel backpacks for men - Patagonia Ascensionist 40L – best for technical hikes and treks

If you’re looking for a technical backpack that will cater to all your adventurous needs, then look no further than the Patagonia Ascensionist.

With an abundance of features such as ice-axe holders (I’ve never used these but I’ve heard from fellow travellers that they’re a godsend in times of need!), a padded hip belt and back panel for extra comfort while carrying as well as the fact that it’s tear and abrasion-resistant, the Patagonia Ascensionist is perfect for taking on arduous and enduring treks.

If you are an avid climber, this backpack will never steer you wrong. The features and attributes of this bag make it the idyllic hiking, trekking and climbing companion and the many straps, belts and panels help it to alter the load to your centre of gravity so that it’s always in a suitable position.

Pros

  • Excellent for technical outdoor activities
  • Plenty of useful features

Cons

  • Not ideal for smaller trips

You can check the price here


Tortuga Outbreaker – best for city breaks and carry-on luggage

Another one of my favourite travel backpack brands is Tortuga; simply for the fact that they’re actually avid backpackers themselves so they know exactly what men need and want when it comes to a vast range of backpacks for travelling.

The Tortuga Outbreaker is a frontloading backpack which means you can easily access your belongings without having to navigate through a maze of straps and buckles. It is however, loaded with plenty of zipped compartments inside the backpack, allowing you to separate your belongings accordingly.

I don’t have one anymore but I’ve used this backpack for many city breaks in the past, and while it may not look the most spacious model in this list, I’ve managed to pack an entire two week trip into the Tortuga Outbreaker!

Pros

  • Many features including a lockable padded laptop sleeve, making it perfect for business trips as well as city breaks
  • Zipped compartments allow you to keep everything neat and organised

Cons

  • Not ideal for longer backpacking trips
  • Can sometimes feel like it has been over-engineered

You can check the price here


Closing thoughts…

In summary, every one of these travel backpacks for men are ideal for varying needs, wants, purposes and uses. While I have used and loved each and every one, my personal favourite still remains the Osprey Farpoint 70L backpack. It’s served me well on many trips around the world and fits everything I ever need in. It also comes in a female version so you can get one for your partner or spouse if they also like it!

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12 thoughts on “5 Best travel backpacks for men”

  1. Patagonia Ascensionist 40L seems like an amazing backpack… I am going camping for a few weeks and I definitely need a high-quality backpack for all my stuff.

    I have one question for you… I will be carrying my laptop with me and I definitely need it to stay dry no matter what (obviously). Is Patagonia Ascensionist waterproof or does it have any waterproof compartments or not?

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    • Hi Xaric,

      Thank you for your comment. 

      The Patagonia Ascensionist is not waterproof. Water-resistant, yes. But not waterproof! 

      If I were you, I would – in conjunction with the Patagonia Ascensionist – invest in one of those dry bags made specifically for laptops like this  or an all-purpose dry bag like this one (which a friend of mine actually has). The 10L size should suffice for a typical laptop.

      Hope that was helpful, but if you have any more questions, you are welcome to get in touch.

      Cheers

      Femi

      Reply
  2. Being in the military, I didn’t think you would mention a backpack that was better than the ones we get issued but I was wrong.  Granted, our travel back packs are extremely durable, but not detachable. That’s a feature I’ve never know I needed until now.  I live in Arizona and these backpacks are perfect for hiking.  

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    • Hi Ibrahim,

      I agree with you. I can see how you will want to be equipped with topmost quality when it comes to military gear, including backpacks. If I may ask, are your backpacks custom made or are they widely available brands that the public can purchase? I ‘m curious if only to see if they are something I consider in future posts.

      Many thanks

      Femi 

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  3. Thanks for this roundup of good-looking backpacks for men. It’s just in time for back-to-school season, and it’s a great idea to get one that will be durable enough to last all year. I’m a big fan of patagonia brand, and recently wrote an article that highlighted their excellent recycling program. Did you know that they accept all Patagonia products for recycling by either mailing items to them or dropping off at a Patagonia retail store or participating dealer? Also, you can trade in used gear to get credit towards new gear with the Worn Wear program… just a couple of extra points for the brand if someone was on the fence about investing in one.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hi Aly,

      Thank you too for sharing those extra benefits of the Patagonia brand. The recycling one is particularly appealing when you consider the increasing importance of taking care of the environment.

      Appreciate the contribution.

      Cheers

      Femi

      Reply
  4. I suppose some people make consider the higher price a con.  However, if you are really looking for a quality backpack and one that will serve your needs well, I believe you should expect to have to pay a higher amount. Like the old saying saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”  It really is an investment and if it doesn’t break down quickly, it will probably save you money in the long run.

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  5. Hi! I personally love the The North Face brand. But in this occasion, the travel backpack that best suits my needs is Deuter Transit 50.

    In contrast with The North Face Recon, Deuter has so many compartments and storage space available. It almost doubles The North Face concerning the amount of space, and this has made me make up my mind. Thank you very much!

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  6. I’m searching for a new backpack for my upcoming business travels, so your recommendations here are very helpful. I personally interested with The North Face Recon. My question is, I will travel to tropical countries. Does it equipped with raincoat or have waterproof feature? I will carry my laptop and some other electronic devices, so I must make sure if it will be safe from rain (or heavy rain) in my destination. Thanks

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    • Hi Alblue,

      Thanks for your comment. 

      Regarding your question – No, the North Face Recon is not waterproof. My recommendation would be to get yourself one of those dry bags made specifically for laptops like this, or an all-purpose dry bag like this one; a friend of mine actually has one of these – the 10L size should suffice for a typical laptop.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Kind regards

      Femi

      Reply

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