Bags & Pouches

First Tactical Summit Side Satchel

For EDC on the go, the last thing you want is a bag that complicates rather than simplifies your life. The ideal bag should have plenty of space and easy access to your gear. With its easy-access external pockets, high-capacity interior, and endless configuration options with MOLLE webbing, the First Tactical Summit Side Satchel gives you the utility and organization you'd want from your bag.

The Summit Side Satchel has a plethora of external pockets that don't require you to open the bag to use. There's space for keys, pens, and other essentials. There's even a pocket underneath the handle that serves as a sunglasses carrier. The back pocket serves two purposes. In its first compartment you can carry documents or other flat and thin objects. There's also a hidden second compartment where you can put your valuables. It also functions as a concealed carry handgun storage space.

The padded main compartment has enough room for you to carry a tablet or an ultraportable laptop. The internal MOLLE webbing lets you put in more organizing pouches. It's accessed via a flap that has two options for closure: hook and loop and traditional snap buckles.

While it is a tactical bag, the Summit Side Satchel keeps things low-profile with external MOLLE that feels like a natural part of the design that doesn't dominate the exterior. The MOLLE area on the front also allows you to add a bit of flair to your carry with its hook and loop patch area.

First Tactical has put together a great utility bag for your carry with the Summit Side Satchel. With strong 1000D nylon construction, you can also have to confidence to take it anywhere. It's even small enough to be a perfect personal bag to carry with you on a plane. You can make the Summit Side Satchel a part of your EDC at the link below.

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VINTA S-Series Camera Backpack

"Inspired by military packs, but with modern touches like magnetic snaps, a laptop compartment, and padded interior dividers. Holds a DLSR w/ 3 to 5 lenses, and converts to..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Direct Action Messenger Bag

As far as EDC bags go, the words “MOLLE webbing” and “low profile” don't usually go together. All those straps can give off too much of a militaristic look for city use (camouflage doesn't help either). Not to mention, they add extra bulk and weight when you're trying to keep things light. Direct Action's messenger bag is a rare exception—it offers the modularity of MOLLE webbing without the bulk, thanks to its futuristic laser-cut front paneling. And you wouldn't be able to tell just by looking, but the bag conceals plenty of storage and organizational features in an unassuming design any minimalist would appreciate.

The benefits of laser-cut MOLLE/PALS paneling go beyond shaving off ounces and blending in. It won't snag on clips or your fingers when retrieving your gear, and it won't absorb water when the weather gets rough. And because its so low profile, it can cover more of the bag. You'll find plenty of places to attach gear on the main flap, on the side pockets, and on the exterior of the front pockets.

The MOLLE/PALS lined exterior pockets are just as functional on the inside, too. Gusseted mesh separators keep loose items in check, while a cordage system suspends the pocket open for hands-free use. The main compartment even comes lined with velcro, letting you further customize the bag with extra pouches. A dedicated internal sleeve protects your laptop, while your tablet can ride safely in a separate zipper compartment on the rear of the bag.

Of course, a highly organized tactical bag wouldn't be complete without durable materials and hardware. Direct Action uses 500D Cordura nylon in both neutral colors with tonal-stitched logos for that incognito look, as well as camouflage patterns treated to avoid nightvision detection. The bags are finished with DWR (durable water repellant) for added weather resistance. Check out the bag and all its features at the Amazon link below.

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8 Bags to EDC In and Out of the Gym

Looking to get in shape in the new year? You're not alone. Losing weight and exercising more have been two of the top New Year's resolutions in recent years.

Unfortunately, staying motivated to improve your health and fitness every single day can be incredibly hard. It might not sound like a big deal, but setting up the little things—like your gym bag—to lead a more active day-to-day can be a gamechanger.

Having a workout bag that's never in your way but always ready to go (just like your EDC) means one less excuse to stop you from picking it up, walking out the door, and crushing your goals.

In this guide, you'll find versatile bags that work double-time in and out of the gym, whether you're working, traveling, or exploring.

Hazard4 Sidewinder Sling Pack

What gear you should carry every day is usually only half the battle—it's *how* you carry it all that can be tough. Sometimes, there's no better way to do it than with a capable everyday bag. The Hazard 4 Sidewinder Sling is one solid option, with a durable build and plenty of easy-access compartments to manage your entire EDC.

For starters, the padded sling strap keeps your gear right at your fingertips. Unlike a backpack where you would have to take it off completely to get to your stuff, you can swing the Sidewinder around to immediately access its main compartments. This includes a padded rear compartment that can fit up to most 15” laptops and a 20L main compartment for the rest of your gear. There's also a flip-down shelf pocket with divided compartments that you can access while the Sidewinder rests at your chest, letting you have quick access to your smaller essentials without ever having to take off the bag.

Of course, this is a tactical bag, meaning tough materials all around. For example, the Sidewinder's exterior uses rugged 1000D/500D Cordura fabric, combined with water-repellent polyurethane for extra weather resistance. MOLLE-compatible webbing lets you expand or attach additional gear as needed, and you can adjust the Sidewinder to match your load thanks to its compression and stabilizer straps.

Still having trouble managing your everyday carry? Maybe it's time to upgrade to a more capable bag that can match the needs and pace of your day. Pick up Hazard 4's Sidewinder Sling Pack from Amazon at the link below.

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Tactical MOLLE Stockings

It's the last Friday before the holidays, and hopefully you're all set for the weekend. But maybe a well-meaning EDCer (let's call them… “Santa”) has a few more gifts to share. A tactical stocking—outfitted with all the features an EDCer needs—is a fun (and functional) place to stash those last-minute surprises. Imagine your favorite tactical bag, just turned into a stocking to be stuffed with gear to prepare your loved ones for the new year.

This 600D nylon stocking is at home on a mantelpiece just as much as it is on a tactical vest. At 17” x 11.5”, it can fit an entire everyday carry, so you'll have space to spare when filling it up with gear. Or attach them, thanks to its MOLLE straps and Velcro hook and loop that lets you customize it with a namestrip or flag patch. The stocking comes with even more pockets and attachment points like swivel carabiners and a vertical zippered pocket, and  you can even EDC it thanks to its heavy-duty top handle.

Gear up for the next holiday operation. Pick up the Garud Tactical Christmas Stocking from Amazon at the link below.

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One Star Leather Goods EDC1 Organizer

As popular as they are for everyday carry, old-fashioned pocket knives and space pens don't always come equipped with pocket clips. That can be a big drawback, especially if they end up bouncing around in your pocket and scratching everything up in the process. But with a proper pocket organizer, like this leather one from One Star Leather Goods, it doesn't have to be. The EDC1 gives your EDC knife and jotter a secure spot in your pocket, meticulously stitched and crafted from premium materials worthy of protecting your favorite gear.

While there's no one-size-fits-all layout when it comes to sheaths, the EDC1 was thoughtfully designed to accommodate common EDC picks. Its dedicated knife pocket fits knives up to 9cm long—ideal for traditional penknives or smaller Swiss Army knives in your collection. It's paired with an exposed pen slot, sized to fit two of the most popular pocket pens: the Fisher Space Bullet Pen and the Kaweco Liliput fountain pen.

In addition to careful proportions, the EDC1 ensures a great fit and finish by using high quality leather from some of the most respected tanneries around. For example, natural veg tan leather from Herman Oak picks up a dramatic patina, aging beautifully over time. Horween's Dublin tanned leather is both hardwearing and easy to maintain. With some breaking in, these leathers mold to your gear. Finally, the cases are stitched by hand in the USA using heavy-duty waxed thread for lasting durability.

If you're still carrying your gear loose and want to straighten out those pockets, check out these organizers at the link below.


Holdfast Sightseer Backpack

"HoldFast’s rustic canvas and leather photographer’s backpack has sliders integrated into its padded shoulder straps for easy access to your camera. It also has waterproof zippers and leather loops for the optional Sightseer pouches…" (via TheAwesomer)

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Whether you're out for adventure on the weekend or simply on your daily commute, a bag that can keep up with you is key. That's the kind of bag HEIMPLANET wanted when they created the MOTION series of backpacks. As the name suggests, these bags are designed with your everyday movements in mind: rugged and waterproof for the weekend, yet sleek and useful enough for the daily rigors of the city.

It's all about the details with the MOTION backpacks. While built for the outdoors with their technical materials—including weatherproof 300D ripstop/420D nylon exteriors and water-resistant, polyurethane-coated zippers—it's their sleek design that also makes them practical for urban carry.

The bags' wedge-shaped silhouette helps with both weight distribution and with keeping all the compartments compact. This includes a stretchable front layer with a Y-shaped reinforcement seam that lets you use the outer pockets as quick-access compartments for a light jacket or water bottle, which sits on top of two zippered compartments. On the inside is either a 20L or 25L main compartment with a laptop/hydration compartment that secures with a one-handed buckle.

The packs' exterior features some neat hardware, like hidden gear loops for dangling extra tools, adjustable hip and sternum straps, and even dangle-free strap ends and laser-cut Hypalon details. Carrying the packs is also comfortable thanks to 3D-molded EVA foam used on the ergonomic shoulder straps and rear area.

Your EDC bag shouldn't hold you back from making the most of your everyday activities. Pledge for the HEIMPLANET MOTION series in either the Arc (20L) or Ellipse (25L) models at the Kickstarter link below.

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The 48Hr Switch

"An elegant and versatile bag which quickly transforms between backpack, briefcase, and messenger. It’s got compartments for gadgets and gear, and an expandable main section that can hold clothing and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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5.11 Tactical RUSH LIMA Messenger Bag

When commuting into the city during the morning rush hour, moving fast is key. And a low-profile messenger bag lets you do just that without the bulk of your daily gear slowing you down. With a quick swing, your everyday carry is right at your fingertips — all without having to take your bag off. Try doing that on a crowded train with a backpack on. Even better if the bag is rugged enough to take on the challenges of your day-to-day in and out of the city.

You know 5.11 Tactical for their legendary line of RUSH backpacks, but their messenger bag—the LIMA—deserves a spot in your EDC. At 11” high, 17” long, and 4” deep, the LIMA has more than enough space to store all your stuff. There's a padded laptop compartment, a quick-access admin panel for your smaller essentials, and water bottle pockets on each side which come in handy for a travel mug of your daily brew. The organization possibilities are endless, and these compartments make it easy to segregate and lay out your gear as you need it without adding to the bag's footprint. There's even a covert, quick-draw compartment for when you need a fast handle on your tools.

Like its backpack brothers, the LIMA is built tough for the harshest conditions. Its exterior is made from water-resistant 1050D nylon, with YKK zippers and Duraflex hardware to round out its fittings. The bag also features a wrap-around web platform that not only allows for expansion and customizability, but also compatibility with attachment systems like MOLLE, SlickStick, and TacTec. A luggage handle attachment and ambidextrous design also let you carry the LIMA as comfortably as possible.

Ready to pack a sleeker, yet still fully functional bag with plenty of storage for your daily commute? Check out the 5.11 Tactical RUSH LIMA messenger bag, available from Amazon at the link below.

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Maxpedition Incognito Quad Messenger Bag

Rummaging through your bag trying to find your gear is the last thing you want—especially when you're in a rush. All that useful storage space you want in your EDC bag can sometimes be a double-edged sword. When you're carrying light, smaller items seem to get swallowed up and disappear in your bag, making organizing gear that much harder.

With the Incognito Quad, Maxpedition has put out a tough nylon messenger bag with organization at its core. The bag gets its name from the four external pockets that line the bag, each with a clear and defined role to accommodate your EDC. One is perfect for fitting your water bottle. Right next to it is a pocket with spaces for your pens and stationery. On the reverse side is a utility pocket for your smaller items, like a mobile device for example.

The CCW-compatible outer pocket has velcro pads for your own personal configuration. It's designed to open quick and easy via a pull tab, giving you reliable access to what you put inside. The internal main compartment fits larger objects, like a 13” laptop. It's well-padded for that extra protection, but it doesn't end there: the zippers can accommodate locks, making this bag great for travel as well.

Maxpedition built this bag with hard use in mind. It's made out of 1050 water and abrasion resistant nylon covered in Teflon for easy cleaning. Lastly, it uses YKK zippers outfitted with paracord zipper pulls, making them easier to operate.

The Incognito Quad has a proper place for everything in your everyday carry. You can pick one of these up for yourself at the Amazon link below.

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* Price shown reflects pricing at the time of publication, and may have changed since.

Wolffepack Summit Quick Access Backpack

Carrying a backpack as your go-to EDC bag is a great way to go—until you need to retrieve your gear. Those two straps that keep your load comfortable and secure are the very things getting in the way of accessing it all. Unlike traditional backpacks, the Wolffepack Summit on Kickstarter can actually swing around to your front—functionality you'd normally only find on messengers and sling bags.

The Summit does it using its two-part design: a backplate with shoulder straps, and the bag itself, which stays connected using stronger-than-steel Dyneema cordage. Wolffepack dubbed this unique patented access system the “orbital trapeze,” but with how easy it is to use, you'll probably just call it “handy.”

When you need access to your gear, you pull on the strap to lower the bag. From there, you can swing it around to your front and snap it in place using magnetic Fidlock clip hardware. Another pull of the strap brings the bag back to the secure position behind you.

While Wolffepack has a pedigree built around alpinism and winter sports, the Summit's feature set and materials make it a capable bag for everyday use. For example, it's made out of water-resistant 420D nylon and diamond polyester to keep what you put inside dry and safe from the elements. Its 16L main compartment balances mobility with enough space for a 13” laptop and a zip mesh pocket for dumping smaller items. On the back, its padded section even conceals a hidden compartment for valuables (or a 2L hydration bladder).

Find the Summit at its fully funded Kickstarter campaign at the link below to check out its orbital trapeze system in action and to pledge for your own.

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Chances are, you don't really think much about your everyday duffel bag. It gets the job done, plain and simple. You load it up, knock it around, and it keeps on trucking. So if you need a bag for that kind of hard use, you'd better get one that's built from the ground up to be indestructible. Especially one that's backed by a lifetime warranty to carry for the long haul.

AMABILIS out of Seattle have made the DAVE Jr Duffel 2.0, designed with everyday carry and ruggedness at its core. It uses some of the toughest materials available to keep your gear protected. This includes double-layer military-grade tarpaulin for a weatherproof  body, with a superfabric bottom that integrates ceramic plates to prevent wear and tear when propping up the DAVE on rough terrain. Of course mil-spec fittings and YKK zippers make an appearance as well. There's two ways to carry the DAVE (sling and with a side handle) making it suitable for everyday carry, and it's sized for TSA-compliant carry on dimensions, which make it handy for flights.

The DAVE Jr Duffel 2.0's already met its funding goal, and there's plenty of time to back one in the color of your choice at the Kickstarter link below.

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Henty CoPilot

"The CoPilot is a modular version of Henty’s patented bag-within-a-bag combo. Choose from two garment bags – messenger or backpack – and four inner bags: a single pocket tube, a dry bag, a messenger bag, or..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Osprey Radial 26 Commuter Pack

Osprey have been making technical, activity-specific packs for decades, and the Radial 26 is one of their latest. It's designed to be a bike commute-friendly daypack, but has plenty of features that make it ideal for everyday carry even when pounding the pavement on foot.

Riders, of course, get some convenient features, like a front LidLock helmet attachment, front panel U-Lock slot, and blinker light attachment. But even if you aren't riding, you can make use of its roomy 26L main compartment with divided mesh pockets, zippered side panels, and an integrated kickstand that keeps the Radial 26 upright so you can easily grab your gear. Rugged 400D/200D Nylon Dobby makes up its main fabric, with 420HD Nylon packcloth make up its accents and bottom panel. For even more protection, the Radial 26 also comes with a built-in, high-visibility raincover to keep your essentials dry. All of this, backed by Osprey's lifetime warranty, so you're assured of a quality pack for life.

Whether on two wheels or on two feet, the Osprey Radial 26 pack is a rugged daypack that can take on your harshest commute. Pick one up in two colors at the link below.

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