Bags & Pouches

Giveaway: Win a 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin Pack!

Who else loves free EDC gear? This week, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a tactical backpack brought to you by our sponsors, 5.11 Tactical. They're known in the EDC scene for their purpose-driven designs and rugged build quality at great values. We've been fans of their bags for years, and it's your chance to win their latest pack. While it's built to be mission-ready, it's got just the right size and features for day-to-day duty as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight and durable backpack for your daily grind as well as your next weekend adventure, this one checks all the boxes.

Deal Alert: 60% Off Timbuk2 Blink Pack (Was $119, Now $48)

It can be hard to find a discreet EDC backpack for your laptop, especially with so many of them trying to look conspicuously hip and cool for the tech crowd. Sometimes it's better to keep it stylish and low key, especially if you'll be traveling or commuting with all your essentials in tow. If you've been keeping your eyes peeled for an outstanding bag that doesn't stand out, check out the Timbuk2 Blink Pack. It's a low-profile EDC laptop bag that'll carry your valuables safely and discreetly.

There's no loud branding or overbuilt tech design on the Blink Pack. It doesn't scream laptop bag, but it is by no means a boring or ugly piece of kit. It has an attractive minimalist aesthetic that fits well in today's urban environment. This design features a durable 420D ripstop nylon exterior for excellent water and abrasion resistance. The ripstop comes in neutral colors like black and grey-blue for a subtle texture and slight sheen without drawing too much attention.

The dedicated padded laptop pouch in the rear of the bag fits up to a standard 15 inch computer. The main compartment is a clamshell design that fully opens to lay flat, making it easy to load and unload gear. Internal organizers help you keep your gear in order and easy to find, while your most-used items can go its quick access outer zip compartment. To reduce bulk, especially when size is limited, the bag also features compression straps to make things more compact. The bag makes good use of its 24L capacity for traveling and everyday carry alike. The Blink Pack doesn't skimp on comfort when it's loaded up, either. The pack panel is air mesh ventilated for extra padding and comfort in the heat. It also has a removable sternum strap for support and stability.

With the Timbuk2 Blink Pack you finally get a capable laptop bag that's discreet enough to take with you on the go. Pick one up at the link below and make it a part of your own adventures.

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5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin Pack

The best EDC bags can do a little of everything, but so many bags recently seem to be prioritizing low-key designs over all-out toughness. That isn’t the case with the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack. While it's built to be mission-ready, it's got the just the right size and features for day-to-day duty as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight and durable backpack for your daily grind as well as your next weekend adventure, this one checks all the boxes.

Unlike other tactical packs that use ballistic nylon so heavy it's almost overkill, the Rapid Origin features a 600D polyester build that's lightweight yet plenty tough. At 25L, it's sized right for daypack duty, but comes strapped with MOLLE webbing along the front and sides. That modularity comes in handy when you need to add on more gear. For example, you can attach a discreet EDC pouch with charging cables and pens to bring into the office during the week, then swap it out for a first aid kit and survival gear when you hit the trails on the weekend.

If you’d rather maintain the slim profile of the bag you can always make use of the two mesh pockets on the inside for organizing your smaller essentials (or for hiding snacks). There’s also a built-in water bottle holder on the inside for daily use, but when you’re really going to be pushing yourself one water bottle might not be enough. So along the back 5.11 made sure to include a compartment that’s hydration pack compatible so you won’t have to worry about finding drinking water while you’re out exploring.

When you’re not adventuring this day pack makes for a solid office pack as well thanks to a padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment. There’s also a zippered front pocket for smaller tools that you might need quick access to as well as a glasses compartment up top that’s lined with a soft fleece material to prevent scratches.

Whatever your intended use case, the bag remains comfortable thanks to padded ergonomic straps that naturally follow the curves of your body. When you’re hauling a little more than usual, you can save yourself some back pain by buckling up the chest strap to distribute the weight. Last but not least, hook-and-loop sections on the front of the pack let you customize the bag with name tape, morale patches (tactical gnome, anyone?), and more.

If you want one bag for both work and play, the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack is a versatile option that makes the transition from workday to weekend as seamless as possible. You can pick one up at the link below.

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8 Roll-Top Backpacks to EDC in Any Weather

Whether you’re a photographer looking to protect your gear, a student who's never without their laptop, or a bike commuter constantly on the move, there are plenty of reasons why investing in a quality roll-top bag is a good idea. The main one being that the gear you put in a backpack is usually more expensive than what you carry in your pockets. If the contents of your bag aren’t protected against a little water, you’re one April shower away from a really bad day. When it comes to bags that will protect your gear from rain, roll-tops are the way to go. And if you're lucky enough to not worry about weather, roll-tops have the added benefit of being able to expand to haul oversized gear when you need to pack more than usual. In this guide we’ll point out a few options that you can count on when the weather goes south.

Maxpedition Entity 21

Far too often, tactical backpacks for EDC make you stand out like a sore thumb. That's because they're designed with battlefield use in mind, not everyday situations. Anything that brings unwanted attention to you and your gear can be a potential risk. If you've been looking for a discreet tactical EDC backpack, the Maxpedition Entity 21 is for you. Its attractive design doesn't feel out of place, but it's still a tactical bag through and through.

The low-profile minimal design of the Entity 21 is something you don't expect to see on a tactical bag. The bag features an urban gray color scheme and muted branding to keep things low-profile. It's still built tough enough to stand with the rest of the tactical packs out there with its weather-resistant, PU-coated 500D Kodra fabric exterior. Beefy YKK zippers as well as reinforced seams and straps ensure the bag lasts through everyday wear and tear.

True to its name, the Entity 21 provides 21 liters of storage space in total. Its main compartment opens up like a clamshell for easy access to your gear. It also includes a dedicated padded pouch for a small tablet. For added security while travelling, the main compartment is compatible with TSA locks. It also has a magnetic closure that helps keep your gear inside even if you forget to zip the bag up. For further organization, the flap space on the sides work well with your small items. There's also a dedicated space for concealed carry that's accessible from both sides. If you don't carry concealed, you can use the compartment to store your valuables and important identity documents as well.

To the uninitiated, the Entity 21 might look like a regular backpack. And for some of you, that's exactly what you want. Check out this new discreet tactical pack at the link below.

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NutSac Satchel Pro

For managing a few pieces of overflow gear when your pockets aren't enough, a full-on pack might feel like overkill. That's where a compact, easy-access bag like Satchel Pro from NutSac shines. It's sized just-right for carrying essentials too big for your pockets with the added bonus of looking stylish too. It features a durable classic waxed canvas and leather build that's timeless and practical.

The Satchel Pro is designed to carry your personal electronics such as the iPad Pro or the Surface Pro. At 4.5 liters in capacity, there's space left over for the rest of your EDC gear as well. The plethora of pockets and organizational space inside and outside of the bag expand its utility and let you carry more. And because the bag is surprisingly a lot more structured than your standard waxed canvas and leather bag, it's easy to pack your valuables and maximize the available space.

The attractive styling of the bag also belies its role as a carrier of your electronic valuables. With a more traditional and low-profile design, it doesn't stand out as an expensive target. Plus, the Martexin waxed canvas and full-grain leather construction add a significant amount of durability to the bag. You wouldn't want to throw the bag around with your breakable valuables in it because it lacks padding, but it can actually take some scratches and scrapes here and there. The waxed canvas construction also helps it stand up to the elements as well.

This American-made satchel lets you maximize your carry, and it helps you look good while doing it. When you search for the right bag to carry your small electronics, consider the NutSac Satchel Pro. You can learn more about the bag and grab one for yourself at the link below.

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Venque Briefpack XL

Whether you’re traveling between countries for work or commuting to the office, a good bag is one that’s versatile enough to fit any given situation. A solid briefcase will get the job done but if you’re going to walking a lot, then maybe a backpack is better suited for your needs. Well, why not both? That’s where the Venque Briefpack XL has the advantage. On one hand, it’s a professional-looking briefcase while on the other it makes for a solid carry-on backpack.

If you’re going to the office, you’ll appreciate the Briefpack's modern design and build materials, but that’s not all it has going for it. When carrying a heavier load, the Venque Briefpack XL can easily transform into a backpack thanks to a well-placed zippered pocket that houses the straps when they’re not in use. Simply take them out of the pocket and click them into place to turn it into a slim backpack and give your hands a break. The signature Quanta fabric exterior adds both style and substance to the bag with its durable weave and water resistance, keeping your electronics and paperwork protected and dry.

Then there’s the numerous pockets and compartments that make this bag a worthy carry-on as well. On the front you’ll get three zippered compartments for smaller everyday essentials like earbuds, passports, or notebooks, while a side compartment houses all of your more important gear. It’s perfect for tablets or e-readers of any size and laptops up to 17-inches. Plus with measurements of 19 x 15 x 6.5-inches it meets the size requirements for all carry-ons.

But like any good carry-on you can also pack clothes in the main compartment. Along with four extra pockets along the inside, the Briefpack XL has internal straps that hold your clothes neatly in place. So if you’re headed on a short business trip this could be potentially be the only bag you need. If not, you can still attach it to the top of your rolling luggage for easy transport. If you’re not going to be flying any time soon it still makes for a great place to stash gym clothes for after work. For a bag designed for the modern professional, make sure to click the link below and check out Venque Briefpack XL.

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Victorinox Altmont Deluxe Duffel Backpack

It seems like there’s a bag for everything these days. One for the gym, one for your commute, one for hiking, and so on. But what if you don't want to switch bags every time you do something different? What if you want a bag that’s more like a Swiss Army Knife, able to tackle anything. That’s where the Victorinox Altmont Deluxe Duffel Laptop bag comes in, made by the same company that brought you the classic SAK. It’s meant to be that “go-anywhere” bag that you can use for whatever the day throws at you.

Arguably the most important aspect of a bag is its build quality. You won’t have to worry about the Deluxe Duffel tearing on you halfway through a hike thanks to its tough polyester build that’s also extremely water resistant, keeping what matters most safe from rain. To further protect your gear, the 19L main compartment closes roll-top-style and buckles securely in place to seal out rain and snow. If you need quick access to your stuff, you can always reach through the vertical pocket on the front of the bag, which provides another entry point to the main compartment in a pinch.

Speaking of which, that second pocket is where you’ll find a few useful organizational features like some extra pockets and a key clip. Whether you’re tossing in a few extra snacks for a day hike or some extra pens for work, these versatile slots come in handy. Now if you travel often you know how painful it is to have to have to dig through your backpack at every TSA checkpoint to remove your laptop. But the Deluxe Duffel comes with a dedicated laptop pocket on the side completely separate from the main compartment.This lets you access up to a 15-inch laptop quickly when you need it, and put it back without having to rummage through the rest of your bag. Needless to say, this feature is also ideal for students or commuters that haul laptops so even if you don’t plan on traveling any time soon you can still make plenty of use of this.

A good EDC pack should not only be durable, but comfortable too. That's why the Deluxe Duffel comes with an ergonomic, molded back panel that also allows for adequate air circulation to keep your back cool on those longer hauls. That molding is mirrored on the shoulder straps as well for even better weight distribution. And in true Swiss Army Knife faction, the shoulder strap comes equipped with a handy bottle opener for that extra utility. You’ll also get a few accessory cords along with the bag which act as compression straps once attached, maintaining the overall shape of your pack.

If you’re a fan of gear that can do it all (or just want a cool new bag), the Victorinox Deluxe Duffel Laptop backpack checks all the boxes. Click the link below to check it out for yourself.

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Venque Amsterdam Pack

Chances are the main tools that you consider to be a part of your EDC can all fit in your pocket, but for plenty of people that’s only the beginning. If you commute to class or to work everyday, your EDC can extend to notebooks, textbooks, a laptop, charging cables, etc. to name a few. That’s when having a good bag comes in handy. The new Amsterdam backpack by Venque wasn’t made for tactical use in the field or for two week treks through the mountains, it's specifically for the commuter who prioritizes organization, comfort, and a quality build.

The first thing you’ll notice is the sleek, minimal design that makes this pack stand out from the rest. It's covered in Venque's specially formulated, high-density Quanta fabric that, along with the leather trim and YKK zippers, not only looks good but will also keep your gear safe even in bad weather thanks to its water resistance and durability. If you’re going to carrying a backpack with you everyday, you also want it to be comfortable. That’s why the Amsterdam pack comes with ergonomic straps that contour to the natural shape of your body. There’s also a sturdy top handle for when you find yourself squeezing into packed subways or buses and need to carry it by hand.

The Amsterdam doesn’t offer much in terms of pockets, with only a small zippered one on the front to complement the main compartment. But that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in organization. Instead, the bag has a removable organizer that fits a 15-inch laptop along with plenty of other smaller essentials like pens, pencils, and cables. It’ll keep your gear organized and accessible during the week. And once the weekend comes around, you can easily remove the organizer to make more space in the main compartment for whatever you need to get some R&R when you're not working.

If you’re in the market for a new everyday pack or just want something that’s a little more versatile than the one you’re currently rocking make sure to check out the Amsterdam pack by Venque. It comes in either gray or black with the option of black or brown leather trim, so whatever your style is you’re sure to find the perfect match.

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NutSac Sac Daddy Messenger Bag

If your daily loadout is too big for your pockets but not enough to justify a backpack, a messenger bag is what you need. We're not talking about a man purse or a super tactical sling bag, either. NutSac satchels fill a much needed role as well-made, functional bags with timeless styling that's worthy of carrying your gear, laptop, and more. The Sac Daddy is their newest and largest satchel to date, complete with hardwearing materials and made-in-USA construction.

At nine liters in capacity, it's not too big and ungainly, and yet it has enough room to fit your full-size laptop or tablet and more. With a bit of creativity, you can use this bag to carry the critical gear that's too big for your pockets. Its main compartment is tall enough to fit a standard hardcover book, and it can also fit a camera with lens detached. There's also plenty of stash pockets and YKK-zippered organizational space both inside and outside of the bag for your smaller items.

With its Martexin waxed cotton and top-grain leather construction, the Sac Daddy looks and feels like a quality bag. It evokes a timeless vintage look that will appeal to a heritage crowd as well. But despite its looks, it's not a bag you have to baby. The waxed cotton lends a lot of durability and weather resistance to the bag. And unlike a lot of other canvas bags out there, the Sac Daddy is remarkably structured. This means it can stand upright on its own and doesn't droop or collapse when nothing is inside of it. This makes loading and unloading your gear much easier, but it also speaks to the strength of the bag. Just keep in mind that it's not fully padded like a laptop bag, so take care to not throw it around or drop it in daily use.

The Sac Daddy is a bag that you'll be proud to carry on your shoulder. Check it out for yourself at the link below.

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Ridge Commuter Backpack

Whether you're traveling on an adventure or to work on your next commute, keeping your stuff safe and organized is always important. The Commuter Backpack by Ridge is their take on the perfect everyday backpack that does just that. It's sleek and streamlined on the outside, but it's packed with travel-ready features and organization pockets that make it an ideal companion for your next trip. The shock-resistant laptop compartment, RFID blocking hidden pocket, and integrated battery pack / charger make it easy to keep your laptop and wallet safe, and your phone and tablet charged up.

Inside the bag, you'll find plenty of organization to keep your gear easy to access and safely stored. There's a shock-resistant laptop compartment that accommodates up to a 15” laptop located closest to the back panel of the bag. You can carry your computer with confidence, knowing that it's safely stored inside and close to your body. The internal hidden pocket is an ideal place for stashing away your wallet and passport, thanks to the RFID blocking material surrounding it.

There are few things worse than a dead battery when out and about, so Ridge has built an external USB charging port into their bag so you can easily charge up on the go with a power bank (as an add-on accessory). There are some other basic organization pockets for small accessories, and two expandable water bottle pockets that are less bulky when zipped shut. Your gear inside is protected from the elements, thanks to the water-resistant nylon shell and heavy-duty zippers.

Carrying options on the Commuter include two padded shoulder straps with sternum support, and a luggage strap so you can carry both the bag and your suitcase easily. The bag is available in a 15” “Commuter” and a slightly larger and wider 17” “Weekender” size. You can pick one up now via the link below.

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Victorinox Vx Touring Expandable 2-in-1 Carry-On Duffel

Traveling may be fun, but it isn’t easy. Long lines, bad in-flight movies, and getting the middle seat make finally getting to your destination that much sweeter. Luckily, Victorinox has been trying to make the experience go a little more smoothly with their Touring line of bags. The Swiss company might best be known for their legendary Swiss Army Knife, but they've brought those same EDC values of functionality and versatility to their bags. With their new Vx Touring 2-in-1 Carry-On, you get the best of both worlds. It's a bag small enough to carry when exploring a new city, yet large enough to fit everything you need for a few days away from home.

Frequent flyers know the quickest way out of an airport is to stuff all your gear into a carry-on. The less time you spend waiting at baggage claim, the better. This 43L bag is perfectly sized to fit everything you need and still fit in the overhead compartment. If you do end up checking it, the signature diamond pattern on the Touring helps the bag stand out from the pack at baggage claim. Helping you locate the bag quickly so that you can get on with your trip.

A good bag shouldn’t slow you down or get in the way. It should conform to whatever you’re doing, which is why the Touring 2-in-1 is part-backpack, part-luggage. Wheels on the bottom and a pull-out handle are perfect for rolling around the airport while waiting for your flight. But in the zippered pocket on the back are two ergonomic straps with sturdy buckles that clip into place, for when going on foot makes more sense. You would think sturdy wheels and a handle would weigh you down, but the bag still manages to weigh only 6 lbs.

Giant, hardshell luggage cases have their place, but when it comes to an EDC backpack organization is key. So even though the Touring 2-in-1 can hold a lot in the main compartment, there are still plenty of pouches and pockets for keeping smaller essentials organized. Along the inside of the bag is a zippered mesh pocket so you can keep toiletries and other small items from causing havoc every time you need to reach into your bag. 

You’ll also get a smaller mesh pocket along the side for stashing more valuable but less frequently used essentials while you’re traveling, like the currency in your home country or your house keys. Rounding out the organization is the zippered front pocket, which is large enough for any-sized laptop so you can get through security without needing to repack your bag on the other side. All this is kept safe from rough baggage handlers and tears thanks to an abrasion resistant polyester fabric construction throughout.

If you find yourself bringing back a few more souvenirs than you expected, the Touring 2-in-1 has a zippered expansion for extra space where it counts. Even when filled to the brim you won’t look like you’re carrying a turtle shell thanks to adjustable compression straps that maintain the shape of the bag. Just feed the metal hooks through the grippy, rubber loops and you’re good to go.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one bag for your next adventure, the Touring Expandable 2-in-1 Carry-on Duffel might be the way to go. Whether you’re a frequent flier or go home once a year for the holidays, this versatile bag checks all the boxes. Check it out at the link below.

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Aer Work Collection

The bag you carry says a lot about you. And if you mean business, Aer's latest Work Collection of bags was made for you. Aer has shown their skill for designing sleek, dual-purpose urban EDC bags with their previous Travel and Active collections, all equipped with activity-specific features and EDC-worthy materials. The new Work Collection is no different, giving mobile professionals sleek and minimal pack options to organize, protect, and keep their essentials handy.

The Work Collection takes Aer's familiar silhouettes and gives them some thoughtful upgrades, keeping in mind the needs of the professionals that will be using them. You have five bags to choose from depending on your capacity needs and carry preference. Each design features a coated, water-resistant front panel and Cordura 1680D nylon construction throughout the rest of the pack exterior. The plain flat front gives the bags Aer's signature clean look, letting the bags fit in any office, whether it's a boardroom or your favorite coffee shop.

Three of the bags—the larger Tech Pack, the Day Pack, and the Commuter Bag—come with the Work Collection's new feature: a toolbox-inspired, free-standing design that lets the bags stay upright on a flat surface. Paired with the interior organization and half-zip design of of the bags' main compartments, this keeps your essentials within reach so you can easily grab a pen or cable without having to fumble with a bag always in danger of falling over. The Tech Pack's larger 16.2L frame gives it space for three compartments, two side pockets and two padded handles. The Day Pack follows suit with a smaller, 15.4L option for a lighter carry for daily commutes. And for EDCers who prefer slings and messenger bags, the Commuter Bag gives a 10.2L option with a large, organized main compartment paired with a dedicated laptop compartment.

Also part of the Work Collection are the Tech Sling and the Cable Kit. The Tech Sling bumps up the capacity of their original Day Sling up to 7L from 4.5, and gives it an adjustable padded strap you can wear two ways. The Cable Kit helps manage all your tech and smaller essentials with its two zip pockets, internal strap and pocket organization, and quick access external pocket for additional storage.

No matter how and where you work, the right bag is essential to your productivity. Take your pick from Aer's new Work Collection at the link below.

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10 Packable Bags for EDC and Travel

Bags are a great way to carry your gear or augment your EDC pocket space when you're on the go. But if you don't always carry a lot of gear, lugging around a big heavy bag can be a bit cumbersome. With their lightweight materials and convenient collapsible construction, packable bags are your best bet. They are especially good to have when your carry weight is limited, like when you're traveling. But regardless of mission, packable bags are versatile and available in just about every type you might need. In this guide, we'll walk you through what makes a good packable bag for everyday carry. We'll also get you acquainted with a few of our favorite packable bags for you to choose from.

Nomatic Messenger and Laptop Bags

When pockets aren’t enough, a good bag can help you carry everything you need while keeping it all organized. But like the tools in your EDC, finding a bag that’s practical and fits your lifestyle can be challenging. That’s why Nomatic has a few different options in their line-up depending on what you’re looking for. With a proven track record of bringing minimalist yet feature-rich EDC gear like wallets, notebooks, watches, and backpacks to market via Kickstarter, the company is back with a new duo of smart crossbody bags: the Nomatic Messenger Bag and Laptop Bag.

If you like to keep things discreet, you’ll like the Nomatic design language. Their entire line of bags comes in stealthy black and gray color options, and this new Messenger bag is no different. It has removable padded strap that clicks securely into place thanks to magnetic Fidlock hardware on either side. Removing them is simple, so if you need to carry it briefcase-style you can do so without having to fiddle with buckles when it’s time to reattach them. If you travel often you can also stack it on top of your rolling suitcase when killing time between flights using its pass-through luggage handle sleeve. But the same organizational details that makes the Nomatic Messenger an ideal carry-on also makes it practical for EDC.

It comes with three zippered compartments and plenty of pockets perfect for organizing your gear while you’re out and about with a 15L total capacity. First is the padded laptop compartment along the back which has a built-in sleeve that keeps it from slipping out when you need it. Then there’s the large main compartment perfect for electronics like cameras or headphones. This compartment also has a handy removable divider and a zippered mesh pocket for any smaller batteries or memory cards that you don’t want to lose. The last zippered compartment on the very front allows for quick access to smaller essentials that you might need throughout the day. Elastic and zippered pockets line the inside and make it easy to organize everything from pens and passports to snacks and cables.

For an even more minimalist solution to carrying your laptop and its accompanying essentials, there's the Laptop bag. It sports a lower profile than the Messenger with its fewer compartments at 10L capacity, but still comes with enough organization and storage for your laptop, tablet, notebooks, and other mobile office essentials as an everyday work bag.

Judging by the company's track record, it’s only a matter of time before the Nomatic Messenger and Laptop Bags get funded. So whether you’re looking for an easy way to carry your stuff on your commute or want a bag that makes a hassle-free carry-on, make sure to click the link below and back the campaign.

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5 Leather Gear Organizers for EDC

Few materials get better over time, and leather is one of them. In addition to picking up an awesome looking patina, it gets softer and easier to use the more you carry it. It's an ideal material for certain EDC gear because of its natural durability and ease to work with. The increasingly popular gear caddy is an excellent example of this, leveraging leather's versatility to accommodate essentials of all shapes and sizes in a variety of pocket layouts. In this guide, we're highlighting caddies crafted from premium leathers sourced from some of the best and oldest tanneries in existence. Read on to take a look at some handsome leather options for organizing and carrying your EDC that'll only get better the more you carry them.