When it comes to sales, a lot of times they fall into two camps: those you maybe wait a beat before pouncing on (knowing there may be greater deals to come), and those that are so good you simply should not delay. The current sale on bags at Backcountry squarely falls into the latter. The retailer has dropped prices by as much as 81 percent on all sorts of bags — standard backpacks, mini-backpacks, duffels, messenger bags, and even rolling suitcases — from lots of brands we stand by, including Herschel Supply, Patagonia, Fjallraven, Timbuk2, and JanSport. Some styles are utilitarian in black, navy, or other solid colors (making them great everyday options for school or work), while others are more fun, with patterns and prints (including a few in a very painterly camo — a print our very own Chris Black recently endorsed). Our favorite 16 bags below are all $100 or less; more than half are $30 or less, and one is a mere $18. If you don’t like the versions shown, lots of the models come in other styles that are also discounted.
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