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Good news for those whose gym bags are simply not footing their heavy workout loads—the backpack is back, and in a big way. Seen on runways and streets this season, the backpack is your solution for toting all of your gym gear around town and for making your chiropractor happy.
We scoured the racks for the cutest and most functional backpacks to take you from home to work to workout—without sacrificing your style or your posture. —Jamie McKillop
Photo: Free People
For the rebel within us all, this rugged backpack features two large front zipper pockets and two side pockets that fit all the gear needed to workout like a badass.
This Canadian company makes a wide array of practical backpacks with a mountaineer vibe that’s recently trending around the city.
The Cheyenne is like a Swiss knife of backpacks: there’s laptop sleeve in the main compartment, a zip pocket at the base for shoe storage, an adjustable media player pocket, space for a 70-ounce water reservoir, and even a packable rain cover in the top zip pocket.
This chic carryall could easily be mistaken for the latest “it bag.” But like the entire Y-3 line, it’s extremely fitness-use-friendly, and comes with elastic straps on the bottom to secure your yoga mat.
No longer exclusive to fashionable college students for use as a book bag, the Fjallraven Kanken, offered in various colors and sizes (this one is 17”), is the perfect rucksack for any class, be it barre or boot camp.
Opening Ceremony’s lovely all-leather lozenge could be the deciding factor that inducts the backpack into the Luxury Handbag Hall of Fame.
Yogis can now go hands-free, and easily tote her mat through tourist-filled Times Square or ride a bike to class with this backpack.
Steal glances with this bright orange backpack that can be also converted to a messenger-style bag.
Sleek and compact, Sweaty Betty’s Run Backpack also includes expandable storage space and room for a hydration pack to fuel you on those long marathon training runs.
On a gray day, a pop of color from this Southwestern-print wool backpack from Pendleton might help get you up and out the door to that early spin class.