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Staff Picks: 5 EDC Bags We Want Right Now

It's almost the end of the year, and it's been a good one for EDCers. From knives to lights to bags to tech, there have been plenty of releases primed and ready to be added to our kit. We obviously love talking about gear around here, and with this series, the Everyday Carry staff have put together a few lists of the ones we can't wait to get our hands on. We hope it gives you a good idea of products that you may have missed throughout the year, and gets you as excited as we are to pick up the latest and greatest gear for your EDC.

Giveaway: Win a NutSac Mag-Satch!

Update: Congrats to Chip C., winner of this week's giveaway!

When your EDC gets to a point where your pockets are feeling a little cramped, a compact bag for just the essentials can be a game changer. In this giveaway, our friends at NutSac Bags are hooking it up with one of their sleekest EDC-friendly bags, the Mag-Satch. It's a classic design based on the trusty satchel, built in the USA from heavy duty canvas and leather, but with some modern features and organization for all your tools and tech. One lucky winner will receive a NutSac Mag-Satch, brought to you by our sponsor, NutSac Bags.

NutSac Mag-Satch

Usually when it comes to EDC bags the search gets narrowed down to backpacks. But as useful as backpacks can be sometimes you don't need something so large and cumbersome. For city dwellers and commuters, a smaller bag like the Mag-Satch by NutSac might be the way to go if you want something that looks smart and still protects your gear. It brings modern functionality for your tools and tech to a classic design with rugged materials throughout.

Some materials are timeless, and full-grain leather and waxed canvas are just as durable today as they have been for decades. Combining the two along with quality YKK zippers means that if you get caught in a rainstorm you won’t have to worry about your gear getting damaged as water slips right off the top flap of the bag. Even if you don’t see yourself getting caught in the rain, it’s good to know that an accidentally spilled drink won’t be the end of your gear.

At 11” x 7.5” x 2.5” the USA-made satchel perfectly fits iPads and e-readers along with a notebook or two in the main compartment. Inside it also has two extra pockets for organizing smaller items that you might need throughout the day, like chargers and cables. An adjustable heavy cotton strap not only matches the natural look and feel of the bag, but it also distributes the weight nicely and avoids cutting into your shoulder thanks to its wide profile. The handle is also made of the same heavy cotton so if you're squeezing into a busy subway and need to carry it briefcase-style you have that option. A second zippered compartment along the front keeps your most used essentials in an easy to grab location that’s still protected from rain thanks to a secure magnetic flap.

The satchel is making a comeback, and NutSac is leading the charge with their durable Mag-Satch. If you want a bag that can keep up with your lifestyle make sure to pick one up a Mag-Satch for yourself by clicking the link below.

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Victorinox Altmont 3.0 Deluxe Laptop Backpack

A good EDC backpack to help lighten the load can go a long way. With so many options out there, finding a bag with the perfect balance between a smart design, good organization, and a durable build can be difficult. Thankfully the Almont Classic Collection of bags by Victorinox offers plenty of options ideal for EDC. One option in particular is the Deluxe Laptop backpack, which strikes a solid balance between having a sturdy build, organization, and a sleek design while also adding some extra functionality to your carry.

When it comes to keeping your gear organized, this bag gives you plenty of options without overdoing it. The polyester exterior might look super minimal at first glance but upon further inspection you’ll find two hidden front pockets that open from either side, perfect for any items that you might need to get to in a hurry. Plus, whether you’re headed to class or hitting the trails two more zippered pockets on either side of the bag can easily fit water bottles and other beverages. One of them even carries the Swiss Army Knife multi-tool bottle opener and screwdriver that might come in handy in a pinch. And that’s just the exterior.

Opening this 21L pack reveals a slew of sleeves, pockets, and slots so you can hold everything from a few textbooks to pens and pencils (and still have room to spare for snacks in case you get hungry). A dedicated tablet sleeve lines the back of the main compartment and a separate side-loading zippered pocket along the back gives you easy access to your laptop.

Typically filling up a backpack to the max can put a strain on your back, but the Deluxe Laptop backpack distributes the weight evenly thanks to adjustable padded straps and a design meant for carrying heavy loads comfortably. If you’re looking to tidy up your carry with a bag that was designed for everyday use, make sure to check this one out in Navy or Olive Green via the link below.


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Bellroy Duo Totepack

We've always felt that how you carry is just as important as what you carry. One company that really understands this is Bellroy, who you probably recognize for their solid history of making some of the best minimalist leather wallets around. They've been taking their considered approach to other forms of carry with solutions for everything from carrying keys to your favorite Field Notes. Now, they're finally releasing a diverse line of bags to handle everything else you aren't carrying in your pockets. Of those bags, the Duo Totepack stands out as one of the most versatile, with all-conditions materials, expandable storage, and multiple carry configurations.

As its name implies, the Duo Totepack pulls double duty as both a backpack and a tote bag. This pairing of configurations is especially useful for EDCers in urban environments who find themselves needing to carry varying amounts of gear. The pack configuration gives all-day comfort for longer hauls and larger loadouts, especially when cycling or moving quickly during a commute. Carrying a tote by hand gives quicker access and works best when needing to pick up a few things throughout your day. The Duo easily switches between the two styles thanks to flat aluminum carabiners at the ends of the bag straps, letting you detach them and neatly tuck them away.

In either configuration, the bag stores about 15L worth of gear — a decent capacity for just the day's essentials. Despite it being on the smaller side, it can still accommodate up to a 15” laptop in its padded compartment as well. You can access the main compartment of the pack via its top-entry, water-resistant YKK Aquaguard zipper. Inside, you'll find zippered pockets and a tablet sleeve for organization and separation of your gear. A separate compartment on the exterior of the bag features quick access to your frequently used essentials, like your wallet or pens. Another pocket on the opposite side keeps more delicate gear like your smartphone or sunglasses separate and safe.

To do its versatile design's justice, the bag features high performance materials with hardware to match. Water-resistant fabric makes up the exterior, which helps keep your belongings dry when paired with the Aquaguard main zipper. When expanding the bag for extra storage or compressing it to keep it slim, the Duo ditches messy compression straps for minimal, yet effective magnetic Fidlock snap hardware. Last but not least, leather touchpoints on the tote handles and back panel snap button offer comfortable handling.

Plenty of thoughtful design decisions make this a compelling pack for a discreet, “do-it-all” urban EDC, whether you're casually out on the town or loading up for adventure. If the Duo Totepack doesn't quite serve your needs, Bellroy has plenty of other bags that might in their full bag collection. Check it out here, and grab the Duo Totepack at the link below.

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ARKTYPE Dashpack

With more bag options than ever before changing the way we carry our gear, the question of what's in your bag is becoming just as important as what's in your pockets. Wearing a backpack these days doesn't have to mean choosing between looking like you're going to school or on a 3 day camping trip, either. Smaller, sleeker urban bags like the new ARKTYPE Dashpack work more as an extension of your pockets, giving you that extra storage and organization you need to take your EDC further. Blending military equipment design cues and materials with rugged minimalism, the Dashpack is a made-in-the-USA bag for a more covert, commute-ready carry.

At 15L, the Dashpack isn't designed for heavy loads. But as its name implies, it's slim and compact enough to dash through busy city streets and beyond. The smaller size sits higher and more balanced on your back with a narrow profile even when packed full.

The Dashpack also features more quick access pockets than its minimalist design leads you to believe. A water-resistant YKK Aquaguard zipper hidden under a storm flap runs vertically down the front of the pack for concealed access to a spacious pocket. Inside the pocket, you can secure pens, tools, cables, and more in a row of elastic webbing, while a D-ring at the top of the pocket is handy for clipping a keychain, like one of ARKTYPE's excellent magnetic paracord options in the PMK and RMK.

A 3/4 double zipper (also water resistant) accesses the main compartment. It's mostly empty with just a horizontal zip mesh pocket at the top and a half-height laptop sleeve towards the back of the bag. The lack of internal organization makes the main compartment better suited for bulky or awkward cargo.

You can safely stash your tech and valuables in a zippered security pocket hidden in the back panel of the bag. The main back pocket is padded to protect a large tablet or smaller laptop a second zippered mesh pocket sorts out smaller loose valuables. The vertical orientation of the front and back pockets make it easy to swing the bag under your arm and access your gear from the top down without ever having to take off the bag.

If you do end up needing more storage, the Dashpack features a row of low-profile webbing for added modularity. It also has water bottle pockets on both sides, just under the compression straps that keep the bag slim and tidy when less packed. Both the compression straps and shoulder straps are designed with built in strap management, leaving no dangling excess webbing for a cleaner look.

Last but not least, the pack features 1680D ballistic nylon on the exterior for abrasion resistance and durability yet only weighs 2 pounds. ARKTYPE's first foray into the EDC bag space is available now in black or grey at the link below.

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Lander Carry System

Whether setting off for that well-deserved vacation or blazing trails on the weekends, it's hard to completely unplug and leave all your tech behind. Which becomes a hassle, given you have to pack both your tech essentials and your travel gear separately in purpose-built packs. Or do you? While many bags are designed to be outdoor bags first with tech protection as an afterthought, the Lander Carry System of bags truly aims to take you from the office to the outdoors with no half-measures for both quality and protection.

The system is divided into four components: a 36L Traveler pack, a 25L Commuter pack, the Kit dopp kit, and Parcel collapsible packing cube. You have a choice of the two former for your main pack with the space and features to fit your needs, and the latter two are modular additions to expand and extend the capacity of your Traveler and Commuter.

The Traveler is the Lander's flagship bag, and comes with quite a few features for both in and outdoor essentials. Its Cordura EcoMade exterior is recycled, durable, and DWR (durable water repellent)-coated for all-weather performance. It's got a front pocket with interior organization and a soft pocket lined with microfiber for more sensitive essentials. Its roll-top cargo section (with inner mesh storage) unzips completely for easy access to its internals, with a shoe compartment, water bottle pocket, and haul handles for ease of carrying.

The Crash Pad is the Traveler's key to protecting your valuable tech. It's a safe storage area on the rear of the pack, and includes a padded laptop sleeve (for computers up to 17”), protected wireways for your cables, and taped seams for even more waterproofing for your gear.

The Commuter comes with all the Traveler's core features including the Crash Pad, trading capacity and the roll-top for an extra water bottle compartment and cargo straps. And with the Kit and Parcel, both packs are customizable to fit your needs and carry from workday to weekend. There's a little over a week left to back the Lander Carry System modules of your choice at the Kickstarter link below.

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Rothco Military Trauma Kit

"Forget cheap drugstore first aid kits. Be prepared for anything with this military-grade pack, which comes packed with useful emergency medical items, from bandages and splints, to a stethoscope, scalpel, blood pressure cuff, burn dressings, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Recycled Firefighter Battalion 12L

A good backpack doesn’t have to carry everything and the kitchen sink. Like any EDC tool sometimes just the essentials are all you need to get the job done. The Battalion 12L pack by Recycled Firefighter is one of those bags. It’s not designed for your next 3-day hike through the mountains, though it’s certainly tough enough to make the trip. Instead this American-made pack was made to have your back through a 12 hour day, making it a great option for EDC.

Although the Battalion is only a 12L pack, Recycled Firefighter didn’t skimp on any of the rugged build materials they’re known for. Instead of the recycled firehose that you’ll find on their wallets, you’ll get a bag built from a durable 1000D Cordura that’s more than suitable for the everyday wear and tear of EDC. The use of YKK zippers is a nice touch, as you won’t be stuck wrestling with the bag when you need to get open it. Plus the dual zippers also give you a little extra versatility when wearing the bag. When you're on the move, you can swing the pack around with one arm and access your gear using the dual zips just like you would a sling bag. Combined with its clamshell-opening design, the dual zippers also help for effective, lie-flat packing.

Bags with a clamshell design might not inspire much in terms of internal organization, but that’s why the Battalion is more than meets the eye. The exterior pocket is perfect for items you’ll need frequently throughout the day like notebooks, pens, and even tablets, while the larger compartment has two zippered mesh pockets for smaller essentials that you don’t want to lose track of and can easily fit a 13” laptop. Throw in a padded handle, 550 paracord zipper pulls, and the padded straps and you have a fairly minimal bag with tactical features. For those of you who do use internal pockets, the Battalion is also compatible with a rigid MOLLE grid framesheet to add on pouches and holsters.

For a daypack that combines a heavy duty build with a modern design, the Battalion 12L pack could be the one you’ve been looking for to help lighten the load. If this sounds like the bag for you make sure to click the link below and check it out for yourself.

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10 Compact Slings and Messenger Bags for EDC

Even after paring your gear down to the essentials, it can still be too much to fit in your pockets. The quick fix would be to toss the rest into a bag, but even then you might not have enough excess gear to justify carrying a full-sized daypack. For those times when you could use just a little extra pocket space, a compact sling or messenger bag can make all the difference. Better yet, one that's fine-tuned to your specific EDC needs. In this guide, you'll find ten examples of EDC-worthy slings and shoulder bags for every scenario.

10 Laptop Bags to Everyday Carry Back to School in 2017

No one likes saying goodbye to summer, but getting ready for the coming school year means one thing: new gear. On top of the usual essentials like pens, notebooks, and textbooks that you’ll find on supply lists, many students find themselves also needing a good laptop to get things done. And if you’re going to be adding one to your EDC, it's a good idea to get a backpack that was designed to protect that huge investment. You want something that’s sturdy enough to deal with the everyday grind of school (and possibly some inclement weather), without sacrificing a lightweight design and comfortable build. It can be hard to find the perfect bag but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. In this updated guide we’ll go over a few A+ bags that will make getting to class a little easier for you.

Timbuk2 Blink Pack

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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Mod Tablet 4

"The latest version of This Is Ground’s modular leather tablet sleeve has a larger tablet pocket that’s easier to access. it also has more slots for pens, cables, earphones and the like, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Flex Safe Bag

"Nobody likes the idea of being robbed, especially whilst on holiday or at the beach. For this reason, Aqua Vault has created a light weight, slash resistant safe that’s perfect to protect all your valuables wherever you go. This product is made with security in mind, so it’s design has a built in motion sensor, a waterproof charger, RFID blocking, ultra slash resistant and..." (via GearHungry)

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Aer Active Bag Collection 2

As an EDCer chances are you're always on the move, especially if you lead an active lifestyle. So when both getting to work and getting a workout are part of your daily grind, your EDC calls for a bag designed with gym and office essentials in mind. Aer's new and improved Active Collection 2 updates their versatile range of EDC-worthy gym bags with better materials and thoughtful design tweaks throughout. For urban EDC in and out of the gym, these are some of the strongest options around.

The second collection introduces new versions of the same silhouettes from the original. Depending on your preference for capacity and carry style, you can pick from four bags: a hybrid duffel/backpack, a more compact daypack, a spacious and breathable gym duffel, and an over-the-shoulder sling pack. Overall, they've been reworked with new Cordura brand 1680D ballistic nylon exteriors, more internal organization for mobile office essentials, larger and better ventilated shoe compartments, and custom zipper pulls as a finishing touch. But the improvements don't stop there.

The Duffel Pack was already spacious, but the Duffel Pack 2 ups the capacity and adds comfort thanks to redesigned ergonomic shoulder straps. For a smaller option, the Fit Pack 2 also comes with reworked shoulder straps and internal pockets. The Sling Pack 2 is now fully ambidextrous thanks to a central zip pocket and configurable shoulder strap. This time around, it features better internal pockets to even accommodate a small laptop. Lastly, the gear-hauling Gym Duffel 2 adds an additional 5.4L up to a 37.4L capacity while trimming the weight down to under 3 pounds.

Check out the full collection at Aer's site below, with current pre-orders set to ship August 15th.

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Bloqbag Modular Backpack

"A modular bag consisting of a base pack with magnetic locks and five types of swappable pouches. The base pack comes in two sizes, has laptop sleeves and is expandable. The bag’s strap is removable and adjustable, so you can carry the bag in..." (via TheAwesomer)

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