The Ultimate Guide to Backpack Types

Daypack (Basic)

A standard daypack featured a front-loading main compartment, a large front pocket, a set of shoulder straps, and a grab handle. They normally don’t have a lot of features and don’t come in a wide range of sizes. Depending on the size and number of compartments, their capacity ranges from 20 to 40 litres.

There aren’t many features in these packs, and you’re lucky if you receive an interior pocket. And, unlike some of the other packs in our list, these don’t usually include padded or ventilated backpanels.

Herschel Pop Quiz (shown), Fjallraven Kanken Classic, JanSport SuperBreak, Vaschy vs Herschel are all popular basic daypacks.


The main compartment of a regular backpack is closed with a zipper. The main compartment of a rucksack, on the other hand, is covered by a flap. And this concept may be implemented in a variety of ways: the main compartment could be closed with drawstrings, magnetic snaps, or even remain totally open. They are frequently canvas backpacks as well.

A buckle or a magnet is commonly used to secure the flap to the backpack’s body. Because of their design, rucksacks are generally smaller than conventional backpacks. Their capacity spans from 15 to 30 litres, and many include multiple extra compartments and even a laptop sleeve (like the one in the photo).

Backpack with Anti-Theft Device

At first glance, anti-theft backpacks appear to be ordinary daypacks. When you look closely, though, you’ll realise that majority of these backpacks lack zippers and zipper pullers. That is their most prominent design feature.

Cut-proof fabric, locks on pullers, compression straps over the zipper, and numerous belts and buckles that hold your pullers in place are all anti-theft measures that can be found on these packs. Furthermore, high-end anti-theft backpacks will include RFID blocking pockets, which will safeguard you from both physical and technological theft.

Pacsafe Metrosafe (shown), Travelon Heritage, and Travelon Slim Backpack are all popular anti-theft backpacks.

To learn more about the different types of anti-theft backpacks and the best-selling items, read our in-depth review.

Laptop backpacks are backpacks that have a laptop sleeve. Isn’t it rather straightforward?

However, these backpacks come in a wide range of styles. Internal, exterior, and even removable sleeves are all options. They can accommodate 11-inch computers, 13-inch laptops, 15.6-inch laptops (the most prevalent), and even 17-inch laptops. Their capacities range from 20 to 50 litres, depending on the size and type of pack. Yes, laptop backpacks are the most frequent everyday backpacks, but you may also find laptop sleeves in hiking and backpacking backpacks.

When purchasing a laptop backpack, make certain that the sleeve fits your laptop. That’s the first thing you should think about. The padding of the sleeve is the second thing to watch out for. The thicker the cushioning, the better the backpack’s shock-resistance, which will save your laptop if you drop it.

Backpacks with Duffels

These are exactly what they sound like: duffel bags with shoulder straps that can be used as backpacks. Even while that may sound strange, there are some features that make these an excellent alternative to a traditional backpack.

If you’re a gym rat, you’ll appreciate how much more comfortable and convenient these are than standard duffel bags. Or if you simply require a larger capacity backpack but prefer the organisational features of a duffel bag. Duffel bags come in a variety of sizes ranging from 30 to 120 litres, making them ideal for a variety of activities.

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