THE FUNKY

New from Sweden, the 15 litre to 25 litre hard-shell Boblbee day-pack may make you look like the trendiest turtle in town, but it is ergonomically designed to provide impact protection and lumbar support.

Available in 10 different colours, there's space to strap on your snowboard or basketball, and a separate "sweat bag" to take all your smelly bits home in without polluting the other contents.

To buy: pounds 110 from Back2, 28 Wigmore Street, London W1H 9DF (0171-935 0351 or 0800 374 604 for mail order).

THE GLAMOROUS:

Despite the fact that it's made from nylon, the S Backpack is a chic little daypack that has just been launched in department stores nationwide.

Designed to look good around town rather than down on the farm, it is available in brown, black, and maroon and has a black leather trim and slinky silver zips.The 10- litre capacity should be just what a girl needs to hold her weekly supplies of Evian.

To buy: pounds 65 from Circa (0171-924 6180 for stockists or mail order)

THE PRACTICAL:

The Stowaway Sac is a handy little seven-litre bum bag that niftily expands when needed into a 25-litre daypack. It's made from durable Cordura nylon and has the kind of padded straps and back panel you'll need if you fancy stepping out on a long hike. Available in a combination of black and evergreen, you can get a peek before you buy simply by logging into the website at: www.eaglecreek.com

To buy: pounds 40 from Eagle Creek (01539 733842 for stockists or mail order)

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