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Rugged Leather Backpacks for Men

Here at The Real Leather Company, we’re passionate about making mens backpacks that are built to last. Our backpacks are a throwback to a time when quality was king and hard work was the order of the day.

If you are looking for something a bit more rugged for your adventures, leather backpacks are a great choice. The Rucksack offers a 100% premium leather look and is perfect for weekend adventures. The Standard is an all-around customer favorite. It works just as well at the office as on a long hike. The Compact offers the best of both. It has a fine leather flap and adjustable straps. It is crafted for convenience with its many compartments inside and outside.

Leather Backpacks for the Journey

On this journey through life, we all need companions along the way. Our leather backpacks for men are built for the journey. We know the modern man needs their personal style to be right, but be able carry their gear at all times. Whether in the office or taking a rural break, our leather travel backpacks are crafted for both.

Our mens leather backpacks have multiple interior pockets and work great as leather laptop backpacks. Store your laptop, lunch, gym gear, headphones, clothes and more in our organized compartments. We also have backpacks with many exterior and secret pockets. Store your wallet, cellphone, water bottle or travel tickets here so they are easy to access and grab on-the-go. We focus on making sure our backpacks are ideal for travelers.

We use only premium brass and alloy hardware in our rucksacks. That means the zippers, buckles and rivets are built to last - just like the premium top and full grain leather used. We stock a range of colors, including black leather backpacks and brown leather backpacks. Browse our full collection above.

Alternatives to Leather Backpacks

If you need a little more room for your weekend gear, take a look at our leather duffle bags. They are still small enough to make ideal carry-ons, but have plenty of room for all your essentials for days at a time.

If you are looking for a bag that’s just for work and needs to be a bit more formal, we recommend our leather messenger bags. These are still considered a casual work choice, and for most, will be suitable for the office. For short commutes with limited gear, these are a great option. For those with more formal professions (think doctors or attorneys) our leather briefcases are more suitable. These are built to show the world you are a serious professional that has truly arrived. It is the same quality leather, but crafted in a smooth way to show off your class.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose a leather backpack from The Real Leather Company?

Our backpacks are crafted with grit and honor by masters of the leather working trade, using techniques that have been passed down for generations. There are no corners cut here. We believe hard work makes the highest quality gear - and there is no shortcut for that.

Over the years, we’ve sold over 25,000 bags with over a thousand 5 star reviews. To put it simply, we know leather and we know bags.

2. How do I look after a real leather backpack?

If you care properly for a leather backpack, you can extend its life by years and help it to develop a rich patina.

We recommend using a leather conditioner about once a year for protection and restoration of the vintage leather hide. This helps to prevent cracking in warmer climates and over time will develop a patina if used a couple of times per year.

Leather cleaner can help to remove dirt and stains without harming the leather.

For a full breakdown of look after your leather backpack, check out our full leather care guide.

3. Can leather backpacks get wet?

It is important to note that real leather bookbags are not fully waterproof. In some cases, they can be water-resistant, but a real soaking can damage fine leather goods.

Be sure to allow your leather bag to dry naturally. Don’t use unnatural heat sources like a hairdryer. We recommend stuffing your backpack with newspaper and letting it dry outside.

Real leather is of course incredibly durable and will be able to cope with simple rain on a commute. But do keep an eye on incredibly heavy spillages.