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 roll top bags. Paired with a suggested use case yet arranged in no particular order, these specially selected designs earned a spot on our list for an ability to blend function with attractive design. Because you gotta look good, even if no one's there to see ya.
Best Backpack for Ounce Counting Day Hikers: And Wander Dyneema Backpack
Made in Japan of extremely lightweight, tear-proof and waterproof DSM Dyneema composite fabric (aka 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 260 grams (!) and capable of hauling about 19 liters of cargo make it a perfect lightweight out and about pack.
$477 SHOP NOW
Best Backpack for Ounce Counting Thru-Hikers: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Junction
Maine's own Hyperlite Mountain Gear is one of the leading names in ultralight packs and the 2400 Junction is the go-to bag here at Field Mag for overnight and section hikes and quick strike day hikes due to its ample 40 liter capacity and low weight. Dyneema fabric keeps the weather out and weight down (to 854 grams). A bevy of features keep loads comfortable and secure on the trail.
$310 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Drybag: Filson Dry Backpack
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 Pack for Packing Down: The North Face Flyweight Roll Top Pack
This highly packable dry bag style roll top bag from The North Face is perfect for bringing along for just about any trip. Though it only weighs out to just 135 grams it's capable of 19.5 liters of gear. Small, yet mighty!
Price: $49 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Pack for the Eco-Conscious: Camelbak Pivot Roll Top Backpack
Hydration specialists Camelbak have come up with a jack of all trades with the Pivot Roll Top Backpack that's also made from 50% repurposed materials. Slide in a two liter reservoir and you've got a pack ready for a thirsty hike or go without for more casual, lightweight jaunts around towns and among trees.
Price: $60 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Backpack for Surfers: Patagonia Planing Roll-Top Pack 35L
Patagonia had surfers in mind when they designed the Planing Roll-Top Pack. A roomy main compartment swallows up cargo and keeps it all dry, thanks to poly-coated Cordura and taped seams, while an exterior mesh pocket keeps wet gear separated from items inside.
Price: $129 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Pack for Commuting: Fjallraven Ulvo Rolltop 23L Backpack
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.
Price: $135 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Backpack for Bike Commuting: Chrome Urban EX 2.0 Roll Top 30L Backpack
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.
Price: $140 SHOP NOW
Best Pack for City Cruising: North St Bags Clinton Backpack
The Clinton Backpack is handmade by North St Bags at their HQ in Portland, OR for everyday cyclists. Bombproof 1000 denier Cordura means this pack will hold up longer than your last set of Gatorskin tires. For lighter portaging, the Davis Daypack is another solid roll top choice from North St.
Price: $180 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Backpack for Minimalists: Snow Peak TPU Roll Backpack
Leave it to Japan's Snow Peak to offer one of the cleanest, most understated bags in the group. A single waterproof zippered exterior pocket is handy for quick access items while the main compartment of the 600 denier polyester bag stores up to 27 liters of gear, groceries, or sporks!
Price: $217.50 SHOP NOW
Best Roll Top Backpack for Mountain Biking: Mission Workshop The Hauser
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 convienent for organizing tools, tubes, and air.
$210 SHOP NOW