10 Stylish & Waterproof Roll Top Backpacks for Everyday Use
Design-minded unisex bags for everyday carry both in the city and on the trail, and made in the USA, UK, Japan, and Sweden
Annie Kluger & Bob Myaing
Whether trekking in the woods or through city streets, a practical, well-designed backpack is the perfect accessory for comfortably carrying all your essentials—from a laptop and spare layer to reusable water bottle and so on. Enter the following ten stylish bags—paired with a suggested usecase yet arranged in no particular order—specially selected for their ability to blend function and attractive design.
Best Backpack for Ounce Counting Day Hikers: And Wander Cuben Fiber Backpack, 25L
Made in Japan of extremely lightweight, tear-proof and waterproof cuben fiber, this simple yet functional backpack by Japanese outdoor lifestyle brand And Wander is as easy on the shoulders as it is on the eyes. Weighing just 225 grams (!) and capable of being packed down and stuffed into it’s own stuff sack (or other luggage), it’s the perfect adventure pack in the city and out.
$380 SHOP NOW
Best Backpack for Ounce Counting Thru-hikers: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Summit Pack, 30L
Leave it to Maine-based Hyperlight Mountain Gear to design the ultimate lightweight pack for outdoor exploration, with four daisy chains for attaching gear, and shock cord lacing for additional storage. The roll top design is essentially one large main compartment with enough space to accommodate all of your essentials, whether backpacking for multiple days (or thruhiking—HMG is a staple on trails like the PCT) or simply lugging your laptop to work in a rain storm. At this capacity, it doesn’t get any more lightweight.
$195 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Pack for Everyday Carry: Millican Smith Roll Pack, 15L
Made in the UK for everyday use, this modestly-sized bag by celebrated British bag maker Millican features pockets for both your laptop and other, smaller valuables, and functions as well in the urban setting as the great outdoors. Made of weatherproof Bionic canvas—entire bag is 65% recycled and 30% stronger than regular canvas—the Smith not only looks good, but it functions in all weather conditions and is approachably priced.
$145 SHOP NOW
Most Stylish Roll Top Pack: Sandqvist Nico, 17L
Made of durable and waterproof coated polyester, this sleek roll top backpack from Swedish bag maker Sandqvist, is as equally rugged and stylish, making it ideal for daily use in and around the city. With an internal laptop sleeve, multiple water resistant pockets, and compression straps on the sides to secure your load, your morning commute has never looked or felt so good.
$250 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Pack for Commuting: Fjällräven Ulvö Rolltop, 23L
Legendary Swedish outdoor brand, Fjällräven, keeps functionality and style in mind with all of their sleek designs. The Ulvö Rolltop, made of recycled nylon, is as useful for your morning commute as it is for weekend outdoor adventures. The lightweight design shrinks and expands as needed and can carry up to 23 liters of gear.
$135 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Backpack for Bike Commuting: Chrome Industries Urban EX Rolltop, 28L
Chrome Industries has long been a favorite among on-the-move city dwellers and it’s no surprise why. With an adjustable size feature, interior sleeve for a laptop, and five different ways to carry it, this backpack lends itself to endless urban adventures.
$140 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Pack for Packing Down: Outer Shell Foldable Backpack, 14L
When packed down, this minimal bag from Outershell Adventure packs down to just 6" x 3" and weighs only 4 ounces. Each slender bag is made from upcycled windsurfing and kiteboarding sails, which are, of course, extremely lightweight, strong, and near waterproof. Consider this the best little bag you never knew you needed.
$70 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Drybag: Filson Dry Pack, 28L
Polyurethane coated nylon may not be the lightest weight fabric, but it's definitely a solid choice for keeping your stuff super dry—and a welcome departure from Seattle's Filson, a brand known best for old school fabrics liked waxed cotton canvas. Perfect for a day out on the river, or just around town when it's coming down cats and dogs.
$175 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top for Mountain Biking: Acre Supply Hauser, 10L & 14L
Pack up to 3L of water in the hydration bladder and hit the trails. Lined X-Pac fabric and waterproof zippers make this pack from SF's Mission Workshop a great pack for epics when you don't know what mother nature is going to throw at you. The included tool roll is super convient for organizing tools, tubes, and air.
$210 SHOP NOW
Best Pack for City Cruising: Road Runner Roll Top Backpack, 22L
This medium roll top from Los Angeles's Road Runner Bags may not look super tech, but it's put together with some smart features that make it great for every day commutes and errands. Are twelve colors enough to choose from? Also available in small and large sizes.
$195 SHOP NOW
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Originally published 21 May 2019. Updated 10 February 2020.