The 10 Best men's rucksacks

Keep your hands free for the important stuff with these bags that are suitably smart, sporty or casual

1. Rapha


Panels that follow the curve of your back (while letting in air to prevent sweat) a laptop sleeve, and a stowaway rainproof cover make for the ultimate cycle-to-work bag.

2. Fjallraven Kanken


Look like a Scandi schoolboy, if not a fjallraven (Arctic fox), with this jaunty pack from the 50-year-old Swedish brand. An outer newspaper pocket completes the package.

3. Mulberry Postman's Lock


With its fine leather styling, this is likely to be a touch smarter – and dearer – than your postie's bag. But it's capacious, and easily converts from messenger bag to backpack.

4. London 2012


Now the Games are gone, it's worth a gamble that this will become a souvenir classic. If not, who cares – it's cheap and a fine gym bag for inspired people of any generation.

5. Herschel Little America Mountain Bag


Channel your inner American Boy Scout with a classic knapsack from Herschel that combines heritage with modern touches.

6. Asos


For those who favour simplicity over outdoorsy "heritage". This bag is made of canvas and has a decent-sized front pocket and a zip – and nothing more.

7. Ally Cappelino Wiggo


The tribute to our Bradley, the Tour de France and Olympic hero, is a simple affair and you needn't wear it riding, but it comes with a waterproof cover just in case.

8. YMC v Chapman camping rucksack


You'll be excused if you don't head for the hills with this limited edition rucksack, but it'll serve you just as stylishly in town.

9. Aiguille Midi


Handmade for Albam by Kendal climbing company, Aguille Alpine Equipment, this pack has a generous 30-litre capacity and should last a lifetime.

10. JanSport


My JanSport has survived more than a decade of travel without even managing to look dirty. This durable red number makes an ideal school or aircraft carry-on bag.