We'll have to agree to disagree. Personally, I think a backpack looks ridiculous when combined with a suit or sportcoat. The straps destroy the lines of the jacket. A messenger-bag is just as easy to carry, and the cross-over strap looks much better.Should a person be bicycling or walking to work, a backpack can greatly simplify the process. In so many ways a backpack can be the right choice for some. Whether you are headed for the woods/mountains or on your way to work, a backpack frees your hands to do other tasks! Nuff said.