Backpacks are the new gym bags


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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


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Bess Bess Marlow Studded Backpack

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.



Herschel Herschel Supply Survey Backpack in Taupe

This Canadian company makes a wide array of practical backpacks with a mountaineer vibe that’s recently trending around the city.



Nike-Cheyenne-Vapor-Running-Backpack Nike Cheyenne Vapor Running Backpack

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.



Y-3 Y-3 Urban Lux Backpack

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.



FjallravenKanken Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

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 Haerfest C5 Capsul Backpack

Opening Ceremony’s lovely all-leather lozenge could be the deciding factor that inducts the backpack into the Luxury Handbag Hall of Fame.



Zobha Zobha Downtown Backpack

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.



Flight001 Chrisopher Kon for Co-Lab Elicia Backpack

Steal glances with this bright orange backpack that can be also converted to a messenger-style bag.



SweatyBettyRun Sweaty Betty Run Backpack

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.



Pendleton Pendleton Backpack

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.



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