backpacks

Case Study: The Backpack

Discerning gym goers are trading in their single-strap options for two — a win for physiology and style.

It’s a beautiful thing when fashion and function align. Case in point: The backpack. Suddenly it seems the once passé carryall — eschewed for its pure utilitarianism — is being strapped on the backs of the most discerning gym goers. And the best part? It makes you look good and feel good. “A symmetrical load is always better for your spine,” says Luke Bongiorno, physical therapist and managing director of NY SportsMed & Physical Therapy, who is a big fan of trading in your single strapped version for a double. “Distributing the load evenly promotes a healthy spine, muscle balance and efficiency.” 

But clearly one size doesn’t fit all. Check out our picks to suit every gym style at Details.com.

mulberry
1

Sleek and chic

Mulberry Henry Leather-Trimmed Backpack. $780.

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g star
2

Minimalist

G-Star Matt Backpack. $100.

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herschel
3

Hipster

The Herschel Supply Co Brand Pop Quiz. $69.

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jcrew
4

Laidback

Wallace & Barns Rucksack. $298.

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saturdays
5

Surfer

Cotton Rucksack-Duck. $230; SaturdaysNyc.com

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Obey Noreaster Duffle Backpack
6

Rugged

Obey Noreaster Duffle Backpack. $57.

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Kånken
7

Quirky

Kånken 15" Laptop. $110.

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jackspade
8

Techy

Camp Nylon Rucksack. $160.

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Photography by Tommy Ton/Trunk Archive

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