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If you’re considering purchasing a backpack, chances are you’ll be overwhelmed by the multitude of choices available. Moreover, lacking knowledge about backpack designs can make it challenging to make the right decision for your needs.

The good news is, we’re here to help you! In this guide, we’ll explore various backpack designs and styles, assisting you in selecting a backpack that precisely meets your needs!

Basic Daypack

In essence, a basic daypack adheres to a standard backpack design, featuring a grab handle, a pair of shoulder straps, a sizable front pocket, and the main compartment. Generally, they lack extensive features, and there is minimal variation in their sizes. Depending on the number and size of pockets, their capacity ranges between 20 to 40 liters.

Due to their simplicity, finding a basic daypack with an internal pocket can be considered fortunate. In comparison to other backpacks, ventilated and padded back panels are seldom present in these packs.

Everyday Backpacks

Just as the name says, these are backpacks that can be used for everyday activities such as work, school, gym, and many more. Undoubtedly, these backpacks are also the most popular ones since they come in various kinds.


In contrast to typical backpacks that employ a zipper closure, Rucksacks secure and cover their main compartments with a flap. This design offers various closure methods, such as a magnetic snap, a drawstring, or leaving it completely open. Rucksacks are commonly crafted from canvas materials.

Typically, the flap is fastened to the backpack using a magnet or a buckle. Compared to standard backpacks, Rucksacks are noticeably smaller due to their distinctive design, with a capacity ranging between 15 to 30 liters. They often feature a laptop sleeve and several external pockets.

Laptop Backpack

As the name suggests, laptop backpacks are primarily designed for storing laptops and come equipped with a dedicated sleeve for this purpose. However, these backpacks vary in types, offering removable, external, or internal sleeves. The sleeves are typically designed to accommodate laptops of various sizes, including 15.6”, 13”, 11”, or even 17”.

Laptop backpacks are commonly used as everyday backpacks, although you can also find laptop sleeves in certain backpacking and hiking models. When purchasing a laptop backpack, it’s crucial to ensure that your laptop fits into the sleeve—a key consideration.

Equally important is checking the padding of the sleeve. Opt for thicker padding to enhance shock resistance, ensuring your laptop remains protected even if the backpack is accidentally dropped.

Anti-Theft Backpack

At first glance, anti-theft backpacks may seem similar to common daypacks. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the zipper pullers and zippers are completely concealed—a key design feature of these bags.

Beyond the hidden zipper pullers, anti-theft backpacks incorporate additional security features. These may include locks on pullers, cut-proof fabric, multiple buckles, and belts to secure the pullers, and compression straps over the zipper.

High-end anti-theft backpacks often come equipped with RFID-blocking pockets, providing protection against electronic theft.

Duffel Backpacks

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These packs are precisely what they sound like—duffel bags with shoulder straps, allowing you to carry them like backpacks. While it might seem unconventional, they can serve as an excellent alternative to regular backpacks.

For those who frequent the gym, these packs may prove easier and more comfortable to carry than traditional duffel bags.

Alternatively, if you need a backpack with a larger capacity and appreciate the organizational features of a duffel bag, these packs are a suitable choice. Duffel packs come in sizes ranging from 30 to 20 liters and beyond, offering versatility for various activities.

Drawstring Backpacks

These packs are essentially gym sacks that come with drawstring shoulder straps and closures, making them a distinctive type of backpack. Admittedly, they may seem a bit unusual and not overly functional.

Typically, they are relatively small, with a capacity ranging between 10 to 25 liters. While this might not sound like much, it’s ample space for your gym essentials, explaining why many people opt for these as their gym backpacks.

The key to their popularity lies in their remarkable lightweight design. The largest drawstring packs weigh only a few ounces, making them incredibly convenient. Moreover, their compact size allows you to easily stow them in another bag, ensuring they’re readily accessible whenever needed.

In a broader context, these packs are ideal for travel. You can effortlessly tuck a drawstring pack into a larger backpack and use it to carry your essentials whenever you’re on the go.

Tote Backpacks

Typically, these are essentially tote bags that come equipped with shoulder straps, resembling the design of a classic tote bag. They feature two carry handles on top, along with internal and external pockets, complemented by a main compartment secured with a zipper closure. Additionally, they boast two shoulder straps for convenient backpack-style carrying.

While tote bags are primarily designed for women, often referred to as women’s packs, their capacity ranges from 15 to 35 liters, similar to that of an everyday backpack. Some tote backpacks even incorporate a laptop sleeve, making them a versatile choice for daily activities.

However, a common drawback is their comfort level when used as backpacks. Typically, the shoulder straps have minimal or no padding, resulting in a less comfortable experience.

Fashionable Mini Backpacks

Generally, these packs are petite, charming, and offer limited functionality. Primarily targeted as women’s backpacks, they can also be found in high-street clothing stores. These stylish backpacks are designed to complement your outfit, focusing more on aesthetics than practicality. Typically, they come with very small capacities, ranging from 5 to 15 liters, and can barely accommodate more than your wallet and phone.

Despite their limited capacity, a mini backpack can serve as a delightful alternative if you’re looking to replace your shoulder or tote bag. Moreover, they tend to be more comfortable to carry around compared to regular purses. However, it’s crucial to note that these bags cannot match the functionality of a traditional backpack.

Hydration Backpacks

Hydration backpacks are inherently simple. They are lightweight and compact, typically with a capacity ranging from three to a maximum of ten liters. This limitation stems from their primary purpose, which is focused solely on hydration. Only a few models feature an additional pocket for other essentials.

The primary function of these packs is to offer hands-free hydration, particularly useful during activities like riding where stopping to take a drink frequently may not be convenient. The main compartment is specifically designed to accommodate a hydration bladder and nothing else. Naturally, the backpack is equipped with a hydration bladder and all necessary accessories.

Biking Backpacks

There are various types of backpacks that are designed for biking or mountaineering. There are hydration packs, biking gear packs, and many more.

Biking Gear Backpacks

Compared to hydration backpacks, biking gear backpacks are much larger. It comes with a main compartment and an additional pocket or compartment with an organizational structure for storing your biking gear and tools.

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