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Direct Action Dragon Egg Mk II Tactical Backpack

As the world moves and changes, so do your needs. And when it comes to gear you rely on every day, you can't afford to be stuck doing the same old thing to keep up. Direct Action aren't ones to shy away from change, so they've hatched a new version of their Dragon Egg backpack. It keeps all the elements that make it an excellent tactical daypack, while improving accessibility with redesigned pockets.

The Dragon Egg is a 25-liter backpack that's built for the modern EDCer, hitting all the right beats for both urban and tactical needs. Three zippered pockets include a large main compartment with an internal hydration sleeve and mesh pocket, a rear padded pocket for comms or a 15” laptop or smaller, and a front admin pocket with internal organization for your loose essentials. New to the Mk II are side pockets which fit narrower items and can expand to fit modern water bottles. Finally, a soft velour-lined pocket lets you safely carry a pair of glasses or your phone. The backpack is made from 500D Cordura nylon treated with a water-resistant coating for use during any weather or activity.

Expansion and customization is where the Dragon Egg gets beastly. On its front is a laser-cut webbing system compatible with MOLLE and PALS that give you modular expansion without adding an extra layer of bulk. Pairing this with daisy-chain webbing that runs along both sides of the front panel widens your carry options even more, letting you attach carabiners or extra gear. The Dragon Egg's shape makes it more comfortable to use when worn with belt kits or ballistic vests, and its adjustable shoulder straps and ventilation system let you carry the pack with ease for even the longest operations.

The Direct Action Dragon Egg Mk II is a modern backpack for modern needs. Pick one up in your choice of color or camouflage at the link below.

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10 Roll-Top EDC Bags to Beat the Rain

Do you feel that? It feels like it's finally time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. But it's not all sunshine and easy breezes. With warm weather comes sudden rain — the bane of your portable electronics (and dry socks). Getting caught in a downpour without the right gear can turn a good day outside into an uncomfortable one to say the least. Wet clothes is one thing, water damage to your electronics and gear is a whole other headache.

Notebooks, laptops, and other electronics can be a pain to replace, so investing in a good pack that will let you carry what you need while keeping them dry might be a good idea. For protection from bad weather, consider a roll-top backpack as your EDC. Roll-top bags load from the top and roll down shut, keeping water out better than exposed zippers usually can. They even give you a little more versatility when it comes to how much you can carry, thanks to their variable capacity.

In this guide we’ll go over a few roll-top backpacks that will keep your essentials safe from rain whether you’re going to be biking, hiking, or commuting.

This Is Ground Tech Dopp Kit 2

Dopp kits aren't just for lugging around a toothbrush and deodorant anymore. This Is Ground's latest riff on the essential travel staple, the Tech Dopp Kit 2, keeps your cable hygiene in check instead. They've taken their organizational expertise and brought it to a premium leather version of a dopp kit, designed specifically for all your portable tech, cables, and gear.

The organizer comes in three sizes to accommodate most tech carries, from just a few cables to a full-on mobile office's worth of accessories. All three sizes take on a structured, rectangular shape to give your gear ample protection inside and out. They're made from a durable and luxurious vegtan cowhide leather in five smart, neutral colors.

And while they look great on the outside, it's what's inside that counts after all. The kits unzip to open flat—clamshell style—giving you a neat and clear top-down look at your gear. Small leather loops keep your cables tangle-free, while larger loops secure larger items like hard drives, batteries, and small cameras. Lastly, loose items tuck away safely into an internal leather zip pouch.

As far as gear organizers go, the Tech Dopp Kit 2 is a premium item. It doesn't come cheap, but it's likely the nicest thing you'll pack all your expensive electronics into. See it in action, in all its different colors, sizes, and packing configurations at the link below.

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Current Bags

If you have a smartphone, you know what it’s like to leave the house and realize your phone is about to die. A dead battery means missed calls, emails, or worse — no memes and cat videos to get you through the morning. You could carry an external charger, but a battery brick isn't exactly the easiest thing to stuff in your pocket. Current Bag Co. aims to solve that problem with two stylish backpacks on Kickstarter—the Move and the Classic—complete with integrated batteries for charging your mobile devices.

A good EDC bag is built with materials you know can keep up with your daily life. The water-resistant blended nylon of the Classic will keep your essentials dry when you get caught in the rain, while microsuede lining the laptop compartment will protect your devices from scratches. There's also a main compartment that gives you plenty of space for notebooks or a light jacket. And on the front, you'll find a smaller pocket for quick access to your most used essentials.

But the killer app of Current Bags has to be the built-in charging station. It comes with a 10,000 mAh battery with two outputs that can charge your smartphone 4-6 times so you'll stay connected, all day long.

The Move bag is just as durable but with a slightly different design. It's also made of a water-resistant material (heathered polyester), but doesn’t have a dedicated laptop compartment. Instead, the laptop sleeve relocates to the main compartment to cut down on the bag's overall size and weight. It comes with a 5,000 mAh battery that can charge a smartphone 2-3 times and a zippered quick access pocket on the front.

If you’re looking for tech-centric EDC bags that keep your gear charged without sacrificing style, the Move and the Classic backpacks might be for you. Learn more about them by clicking the link below.

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CargoWorks Recon 15 Laptop Backpack

When you rely heavily on your daily set of tools, it makes sense to get the most durable gear available. But for many of you, your most essential tool is your laptop. And let's be honest, they're more expensive and fragile than the rest of your EDC. So if your kit revolves around your laptop and tech gadgets, it pays to protect those investments in a well-organized bag. CargoWorks have been making durable packs with your laptop in mind, and their newest Recon 15 brings tactical bag features to your highly connected, on-the-go lifestyle.

Like a traditional assault pack, the Recon 15 sports a narrow profile for added mobility in the city. Despite its slim silhouette, it manages to pack in 8 external pockets and 10 internal pockets with enough room left for a 15” laptop and tablet. And with all those pockets, it's impressively easy to access your gear, thanks to thoughtful pocket placement on the outside of the bag. For example, you've got three zippered compartments within arms reach without even having to take the bag off: one on the shoulder strap and one on each “wing” of the supportive hip belt.

With the bag off, you can get to your gear quickly via a top-access dump pocket, a fully organized admin panel in the front, and a bottom pocket for bulkier accessories. A small MOLLE grid on the front of the bag gives you even more ways to carry. Durable materials like 500D Cordura nylon and YKK zippers bring a heavy-duty feel to the bag, but its empty weight of 2lb makes it a comfortable EDC. You can grab one from Cargo Works at their website via the link below.

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Maxpedition Skyridge Tech Messenger Bag

Tactical bags offer bulletproof reliability, but they often make you stand out in a crowd. That's not a good thing, especially if you EDC expensive electronics and valuables. If you want tactical performance without tactical looks, check out the Maxpedition Skyridge. It's a low-profile tech messenger bag that'll help you run incognito on the move.

You'd be hard-pressed to tell that the Skyridge is even a tactical bag. Gratuitous MOLLE webbing doesn't cover its every square inch. Instead, it's limited to the sides, where you'll still have plenty of attachment points for gear. Even the hook-and-loop patch ID section on the flap looks decorative. When not in use, they don't scream for attention. Only you'll know their true purpose, and that's the point.

With 12.5L capacity and the ability to accommodate up to a 13” laptop, the Skyvale is sized just right for essentials. There's also plenty of internal pockets to help you manage and organize your carry, including a dedicated CCW pocket that could double as a security pocket for stashing valuables. The Skyvale's strong padding and solid water resistant nylon will also give you peace of mind even if you end up carrying it through rough situations.

The Skyridge is available in three different colors: black, gray, and tan. If you want a larger version of the bag with the same features, check out the Skyvale as well. It'll fit up to a 17” laptop and the rest of your gear. You can grab the smaller Skyridge in black at the link below.

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Eshena Bagram Pack

The perfect everyday carry bag has the space you need and the features you want — for all the situations you'll need it. And whether that's traveling, hitting the gym, or just heading out and about, ESHENA Gear's Bagram Pack delivers. This new Kickstarter project combines a thoughtful set of core features with all-over MOLLE modularity for a tactical look and endless customization.

With a 30-liter capacity and numerous compartments, the Bagram Pack is large enough to be your go-to travel and gym bag. You'll find that it's easy to fill the bag and access your gear because of its clamshell design. Even if it's filled to the brim with all of your gear, the strap design side handle makes carrying it around a simple matter.

The thoughtful design of the Bagram Pack accounts for the stuff you'll bring with it on a daily basis. It has a dedicated ventilated shoe compartment at the bottom of the bag. There's a laptop and tablet sleeve in the main compartment. On the sides of the bag you get an expandable water bottle holder and a space for an external battery charger and the attendant cord. These areas are all secured with solid YKK zippers and TSA-compliant lock spaces that are great for when you are on the go.

MOLLE attachment points cover the exterior of the bag, and there's even some in the main compartment. The Bagram Pack comes with a number of smaller MOLLE organizers depending on your level of commitment to the Kickstarter. These modular organizers are special because  they have a magnetic closure that makes it easy to put them on and take them off your bag.

The best part about all this is that the Bagram Pack is fully funded on Kickstarter, and Eshena has fulfilled successful crowdfunding campaigns in the past. Hop onto the Bagram Pack train and make a pledge to secure a bag of your own at the link below.

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10 Travel Bags for Your Next Getaway

Whether you've been hitting the books hard these last few months at school or putting in work at the office, you're probably feeling like your next vacation can't come soon enough. With spring right around the corner, now's the time to treat yourself to a little break (or at least start planning for one). And as relaxing as a quick vacation can be, all the travel involved usually isn't. That is, unless you've got a proper travel bag to make the trips go smoothly.

Topo Designs Quick Pack

A good backpack can go a long way, but sometimes even a small daypack can be overkill. Not to mention, you usually have to do a mini shuffle to sling it off your shoulder just to get to your gear. For short trips and lighter loads, you might want something that’s easier to carry, like Topo Designs' new Quick Pack. Whether you choose to carry it across your shoulder or close to the hip, you'll have quick access to all your essentials.

As the name implies, the Quick Pack lets you get to your gear quicker. Because it puts your most important gear right at your side, Topo Designs had to make it durable and versatile enough for EDC. Lining the pack, you'll find 400D pack cloth as well as highly water-resistant 1000D Cordura nylon at the base.

The larger compartment is perfect for storing EDC items that don’t fit in your pockets, like a notebook or water bottle. You’ll also find a slip pocket in that main compartment for quick access to important items like your phone or wallet. On the outside, there’s a smaller zippered pocket with another slip pocket inside, so there’s no shortage of organization here. The exterior pocket also has a handy clip to secure your keys, saving even more pocket space. The oversized YKK zippers found on both compartments come with colorful paracord loops so you can easily find them even when visibility is poor.

Everyone carries a little differently, and this compact 6L pack comes with plenty of options. You'll get a comfortable shoulder strap, bike loops, as well as travel bag attachment loops. Like many Topo Design products, the Quick Pack comes in a few different color combinations so you’re sure to find one that fits your style. If you’re tired of carrying big packs for short trips, definitely check out the Quick Pack by clicking the link below.

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Mochibag Action DB Pro

"Mochibrand’s latest drawstring backpack is for outdoor enthusiasts. The Action DB Pro is made of DWR fabric, has five separate compartments and rolls up into a palm-sized form for storage. It also has..." (via TheAwesomer)

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6 Bug Out Bags to Prepare You for Anything

If you needed to escape a disaster right now, be it natural or man-made, what would you take with you? Chances are what you carry around everyday in your pockets won't be enough to make it through an emergency.

What you need is an emergency pack full of essentials to help you and those you care about get to safety. In the EDC community, we call this a bail-out bag or bug-out bag (you might also see it as a B.O.B.). Whatever you choose to call it, it's important to have one on hand and ready to go.

Before putting together a bail-out kit, it's crucial to start with a good bag for the job. To help you out, we've put together a list of great options for bug out bag duty.

8 Accessories to Organize Your EDC Bag

So you've finally tracked down what feels like the perfect EDC bag. It's built to last and can hold everything you'd ever need. But being truly prepared doesn't stop at just having a solid bag and all the right contents. Keeping everything properly organized is just as crucial—it ensures you can get what you need when you need it, and it makes carrying everything much easier. Most of the time, bags have some built-in organization, but we EDCers tend to need more. In this guide, we'll break down our favorite accessories that can help keep your EDC odds and ends organized neatly.

Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag

"Organization is definitely the Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag’s forte. From the outside it looks sleek and minimal but open its magnetic self-aligning/mechanically locking buckles to reveal a cavernous amount of storage space, with multiple Helix attachment points to secure a range of accessories that include Transport Cubes, Transport Pouches, and Admin Panels. A range of cleverly configured pockets inside and out stash smaller goods within reach and a 15-inch laptop across the back. The most unique of these is a front drop pocket with Helix attachments for an Admin Panel that can slide down for quick access and slide back in just as quickly (see second image for a look). It’s also made of a highly durable and..." (via GearHungry)

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TAB: The Adjustable Bag

"TAB has cinches on both ends that let you adjust it between three sizes – 31, 46.5 and 62 liters – in seconds. It also has an even more compact form for storage. The bag is water-resistant and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack

"Matador knows a thing or two about lightweight, packable products. And the Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack is their most impressive piece yet. The 28-litre pack is full-featured and made of PU-coated ripstop nylon, with a compartment plus routing for a hydration bladder, waist and sternum straps for added comfort and weight distribution, several gear tethers and anchors to strap on extra gear, plus a variety of pockets that keep everything tidy. Despite all of this it weighs in at an impressively low 20 ounces (560 grams) and..." (via GearHungry)

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Vanquest PILUM VSlinger

Sling bags offer a backpack's storage space with a messenger bag's ease of access, in theory at least. In practice, they can be hard to balance on your back and shoulder, sometimes making them awkward to carry. Unlike other sling bags, the Vanquest PILUM VSlinger accounts for asymmetry in its design. In fact, there are two versions of this bag for both left-handers and right-handers. Each version swings to either the left or right, and both offer easy-access to your gear.

The VSlinger can accommodate a 15" laptop and a bunch of camera gear if you need it. It has 19 total pockets for you to use to both carry and organize your essentials. Internal dividers in the main compartment allow for further organization options. Thanks to its strong padding and water-resistant 1000D Cordura nylon with Teflon, you can take it anywhere. Its minimal amount of MOLLE webbing also make it better suited for urban carry while still offering modularity when you need to carry more.

Whichever version you choose, you'll find the VSlinger is easy to use with the hand you find most comfortable. You only have to pick the one that corresponds to your handedness and your needs. Pick one up for yourself at the Amazon link below.

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