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Guide To
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Everyone needs a good bag or two in their wardrobe. Whether it’s to carry your daily essentials or pack for a few days away, the right back means you can carry what you need and have everything to hand. As well as being built to last, a good quality bag will also look stylish and elevate any outfit. 

So which kind of bag is right for you? Let’s take a closer look at the options:

Backpacks

The classic backpack is perhaps one of the most popular types of bags around thanks to its versatility, comfort and the huge range of choices available. Over the years backpacks have been used by everyone from school children to mountain climbers, and are now a staple in any contemporary men’s wardrobe. Outdoor, sportswear, luxury and streetwear brands all put their own spin on the humble backpack which means there are plenty of designs, sizes and choices available to suit any outfit or situation.

Fjällräven Kanken Classic
Patagonia Arbor
Fjällräven Raven
Nixon Landlock
Carhartt WIP Kickflip
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A good backpack is a versatile choice and may be the only bag many men need in their day to day life. They’re great for when you’re on the move because having a strap over each shoulder means that both hands remain free. Many backpacks also include a number of compartments, usually consisting of a main large compartment that's complemented by additional smaller zippered sections and pockets. This is great because it allows various items to be stored safely and be easy to find when needed. 

Available in a wide range of materials, backpacks can be modern, vintage or sporty in style. From luxurious suede and leather to heritage inspired canvas and tough and durable nylon or ripstop material, it’s easy to find a great backpack to match your look as well as your lifestyle.

Benefits Of Backpacks:

Huge range of styles available to suit almost any look

Let you keep both hands free so don’t impede mobility

Options with multiple pockets let you store items separately

Why buy a backpack?

Perfect as an everyday bag, backpacks are versatile and stylish. If you need a bag to carry your day to day items including everything from your laptop to your lunch or spare clothes, then a backpack is the perfect choice.

Holdalls, Duffel Bags
& Luggage

When you need plenty of storage then a good duffel bag or holdall will see you right. Whether you’re having a weekend away or travelling the globe, duffel bags will swallow all your clothes and gear without a problem. What’s more, quality duffel bags are designed to take a few knocks so don’t be scared if they get thrown around a bit on your travels.

Patagonia Planing Duffel Bag 55L
Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole 30L Duffel Bag
Nixon Pipes 45L Duffel Bag
Patagonia Black Hole MLC 45L
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Good quality luggage is an absolute must if you are traveling. The last thing anybody wants is valuable items being damaged because the bag they are in isn’t able to protect them. Whether it’s clothes, equipment or anything else, a good quality duffel bag or holdall should be as tough as it is spacious. Lines such as Patagonia’s Black Hole range have been designed specifically for this purpose and offer space, style and toughness. These bags can hold surprisingly large amounts and are made using quality materials and construction methods so they won’t let you down. 

Look out for features including padded straps, water repellent finishes and tough nylon fabrics for bags that are comfortable to carry and which can survive any journey.

Benefits of Holdalls & Luggage:

Large capacity to hold plenty of items

Tough construction and durable enough to travel

Available in a range of sizes to suit different purposes

Why buy a holdall?

Holdalls, duffel bags and luggage bags are essential when travelling. Whether across town or across the world, a good quality duffel bag will hold everything you need in a package that’s tough enough that you don’t need to worry about anything getting damaged, wet or lost.

Tote Bags

Tote bags are ideal when you want something that you can just throw your stuff in and go. At its most basic, a tote bag is a single open compartment that provides easy access to what’s inside and is carried in the hand using handles. However, the tote bag has evolved and many now include extra features such as zips, closures, shoulder straps and multiple pockets for keeping various items safe. Tote bags are perfect for shopping (and much more stylish and sustainable than a plastic carrier bag) or running errands when you need to take things with you or pick something up. For a handy bag to grab and go, the tote is hard to beat.

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole 27L Tote
Patagonia Market Tote
Carhartt WIP Payton Tote
Deus EX Machina Shop Tote
Fjallraven Vardag 20L Totepack
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Tote bags are handy for everything from going to the gym to hitting the beach and come in a wide range of options. Brands such as Patagonia, Carhartt WIP and Filson put out tote bags that are stylish and practical whether you’re looking for a lightweight fabric tote or a more heavy duty piece of equipment.

The typical size and construction of tote bags means they’re easy to store, and therefore great to keep around in places like your car or at work. With a good quality tote in your collection, whenever you need to carry something you have a stylish and suitable bag ready to go.

Benefits of tote bags:

Grab and go practicality to suit most carrying requirements

Large range of stylish designs available including statement prints

Typically lightweight, compact and easy to store for when needed

Why buy a tote bag?

With a stylish look, a tote bag is extremely useful when you need to pack quickly or just want to throw your gear in a bag and go. They can be kept close to hand for when the need arises, or used as an everyday bag for a range of purposes like shopping, hitting the gym or going to work.

Hip Bags, Waist Packs
& Media Bags

Hip bags and waist packs are the ideal choice when you want to travel light, but need that extra bit of storage space than your pockets can provide. Great for keeping essentials at hand when travelling, at the beach or simply about town, they can be worn in a number of ways including across the body, around the waist or on the back. You don’t always need or want to take a larger bag with you, but you may still need somewhere to store valuables or items that you need close to hand, and this is precisely where hip bags and other smaller options come into their own. They allow you to travel light, while still having adequate storage for those essential items that you need to carry.

Carhartt WIP Military Hip Bag
Fjallraven Ulvo large 4L Hip Pack
Carhartt WIP Payton Hip Bag
Red Wing Wacouta Gear Pouch
Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Hip Pack
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When you need to store or transport your electrical equipment or other smaller items, a specialised media bag or gear pouch comes in very handy. Ideal when you’re travelling, these bags ensure that everything stays safe, secure and easy to find. Whether it’s cables that you want to stop from becoming tangled or computer accessories that need that extra bit of protection, media bags and gear pouches offer a multitude of uses and are the kind of things you don’t realise just how much you need until you start using one.

Benefits of hip bags & media bags:

Compact size for when you want to travel light

Stylish designs to coordinate with almost any outfit choice

A practical way to keep your essential gear safe, protected and close to hand

Why buy a hip bag or media bag?

Sometimes you only need to take a few small items when you're out and about and don’t need to be weighed down by a larger choice of bag. This is where a good quality hip bag or media bag really comes into its own. Keep your valuables safe and secure while coordinating your bag perfectly with your outfit.

Shoulder & Messenger Bags

Originally popular with postal workers and bike couriers, messenger bags have been refined over the years to become a stylish and practical choice that look good in almost any situation. Featuring a single strap, messenger bags can be worn across the body or on a shoulder. Thanks to their classic look, messenger bags work just as well in a professional environment as well as for casual use. They often include a number of compartments for keeping all your essentials secure alongside a useful main compartment that’s perfect for storing larger items.

Fjallraven Greenland Shoulder Bag
Patagonia Tres Backpack
Filson 24-Hour Tin Briefcase
Patagonia Black Hole 26L Mini MLC
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Messenger bags are always a stylish choice and have a certain air of sophistication that some other types of bag don’t. This not only makes them great for everyday use, but is the reason why many people opt for a messenger bag for professional workplace environments. Brands like Filson and Fjallraven offer stylish messenger bags with premium quality construction so you know they’ll last a very long time, while incorporating useful features like multiple compartments, secure fastenings and removable straps for added versatility.

Benefits of messenger bags:

A stylish choice that works everywhere from casual to professional environments

Classic and timeless look that never goes out of style

Range of sizes and material options available to suit almost any requirement

Why buy a messenger bag?

A messenger bag is a versatile choice that can be worn in a wide range of situations. Whilst it might not be the preferred option for hiking or activities that require both hands to be completely free, a good quality messenger bag will come into its own when you’re in town, at work or taking a trip.

Briefcase & Laptop Bags

If you’re looking for a smart solution to your carrying requirements then a briefcase could be just what you need. Perfect paired with more formal attire or for use in the workplace, they let you keep all your documents, items and accessories at hand in one slick package. If you need to carry your laptop with you then you might as well do it in style. A bag specifically designed for purpose lets people know you mean business as well as keeping your equipment safe and protected.

Filson Padded Computer Bag
Filson Original Briefcase
Filson 24-Hour Tin Briefcase
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Benefits of briefcases & laptop bags:

Specifically designed to keep equipment and documents safe and secure

Sophisticated and professional look

Practical with multiple compartments and carry options

Why buy a briefcase or laptop bag?

If you’re working in a professional setting then a briefcase sets the right impression from the get go. Keeping your laptop or other valuable items safe is also important and a bag fit for purpose is a must if you need to travel with your equipment.

Which Bag Is Right For You?

Finding the right bag usually comes down to what you need it for. Whether it’s for carrying your daily essentials, keeping your equipment safe or for travelling further afield, there’s a bag suitable for almost every occasion.

Here at Fat Buddha Store we carefully select the best products from leading brands. This includes outdoor collections like Fjallraven bags and Patagonia bags that are made using high performing materials and developed through years of experience, in every condition on the planet, which means these bags will not just look great but perform at their best season after season. We also stock products from streetwear focused bags by Carhartt WIP to heritage inspired bags from Filson, so whatever your style we’ve got you covered.

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