The Best Backpacks of Summer

The coolest backpacks for summer's weekend travels, outdoor concerts, and evening picnics are rugged and outdoorsy with girly accents and unusual prints.

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Rachel Comey's uber hip hiking backpacks are perfect for last-minute weekend excursions -- or treks around the urban jungle. Pick one up at Opening Ceremony .
J. Crew
J. Crew's sporty new "fleurette" backpack combines hardcore utility and function with a flirty floral print. We love the extra pocket space and the durable nylon material. $148 at J. Crew .
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The inimitable Fjallraven Kanken backpack is a perfect in-between size: not too small (a la 1996), and not so big that you'll slip a disc. Accessorize with a water bottle and trail-mix. $65 at Assembly .
This classic knapsack by JanSport reminds us of school days past -- heck, we can practically smell the pencil shavings. Best of all, this vintage style includes an original woven logo from 1967. Available through the Jansport website .
Duluth Pack
Minnesota-made Duluth packs are simple, functional, and stylish. Plus, they're available in a range of fabulous candy-colored options. Our pick? Bright mandarin orange. available at .
LL Bean
LL Bean's ultimate rough-n-tumble rucksack is fashioned from tobacco-colored leather and waxed cotton canvas. Designed to take a serious beating, you'd be hard pressed to find a more durable (not too mention stylish) backpack option. $149 at LL Bean .
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This chic leather satchel from Slow and Steady features a D-ring closure and convenient bucket-shaped design. Available for $230 at Opening Ceremony .
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Free People's hippie-chic rucksack has bohemian, "Summer of '69"-type appeal. Featuring messy leather stitching, brass grommets and beaded trim, it's a perfect option for outdoor summer concerts. Lighter not included. At Free People.
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For just $70, Topshop's washed leather backpack is a high-style steal. With a braided leather top strap and zip-front pockets, we think it's destined to become the most versatile handbag in our arsenal. Available at Topshop .
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Valentino's high-fashion knapsacks feature watercolor prints and big, girly bows, perfect for a stylish picnic in the park or a quickie weekend trip to the spa. Sadly, they're not available yet, but the resort collections will start hitting stores in November (holiday gifts, anyone?).
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