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  • Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Fashion Writer, MR PORTER

Exploration is in every man's blood, regardless of whether you like heading into the wilderness armed with little more than a compass and a hip flask of Scotch, or simply hunting down that frustratingly hard-to-find new gourmet burger joint. And when it comes to carrying your kit, no bag hints at adventure and the spirit of the open road quite like the backpack. With hunting and military origins, it goes without saying that backpacks are highly practical - but these days they're stylish, too, with some smart enough to take to the office. And what's more, the backpack featured in the winter 2013 collections of everyone from Lanvin to Givenchy, making it an important trend for the coming season. Click through the gallery, above, to see some of our favourites, and discover six off-the-beaten-track places worth exploring.