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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Eshena Tactical City Pack

It's no surprise some of the most recommended EDC bags are tactical. They have so many useful features you just can't find in another type of bag. But because they're built for military use, they can often be overkill and less than ideal for a more general EDC. That's why South Korean brand Eshena designed a tactical pack specifically for urban and outdoors carry. There are pockets for just about every mobile office or outdoor essential item you’d need, all over the bag for quick access. If the task you’re up against calls for even more gear, you can take advantage of the pack’s ample use of MOLLE webbing to attach extra pouches and sheaths. Made with 1000D cordura nylon and neoprene webbing, it’s got the durable materials you’d expect on a tactical bag, but at an affordable price you wouldn’t. You can pledge for their City Pack and optional pouches in black or navy at their Kickstarter campaign below.

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f-stop Gear Mountain Series Backpack

If you’ve been looking for a backpack to keep your gear safe and dry, consider the Ajna Moutain Series by f-stop gear. The Ajna is a low-profile pack with a 40L capacity that sports advanced fabrics, waterproof zippers, and heavy-duty hardware. What makes the Ajna unique is the proprietary internal camera unit (ICU) insert. It conveniently carries an SLR, several lenses, and multiple accessories. The camera insert is completely removable, resulting in a versatile pack can pull double duty for both camera equipment and EDC gear. The bag’s lightweight strap system consists of a chest strap and waist belt, which help to spread the load out relieving back strain. Just launched, the Mountain Series by f-stop is available in low-profile Matte Black, hi-vis Orange, a bright Malibu Blue, and a calming Aloe Green.


Aer Duffel Pack

Aer Duffel Pack

For the active professional on the go, it’s important to be equipped to work hard and train harder. San Francisco-based sportswear brand Aer kickstarts their Duffel Pack as an all-in-one carry solution for both your office and gym essentials. This duffel bag/backpack hybrid features an easy-access main compartment with a ventilated pocket to keep your gym shoes and apparel fresh while a separate padded compartment stores and protects your laptop or tablet. Incorporating weather-resistant fabrics in a sleek, understated design, the Aer Duffel Pack fits into any modern lifestyle.
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Father's Day Buying Guide

Father’s Day is fast approaching, but there’s still time to give him the perfect addition to his carry. Whether he’s a jetsetting businessman or spends his weekends outdoors, Dad deserves nothing but the best and most useful gear. Get him something practical and memorable from our Father’s Day EDC Gift Guide.

For the dad who puts on a suit for his nine to five, his carry should reflect his business needs. Lightweight so they don’t slow him down as he makes strides in and out of the office, while still promoting usefulness.

Titanium Multi-tool Collar Stays

: Practical addition to dress shirts with additional applications. ($30)
Al Mar Hawk Ultralight: Sleek, lightweight, with a useful blade length and profile. ($100)
Victorinox Altius 3.0 Slim Bi-Fold: High-quality leather and slim profile makes it perfect for slacks. ($55)
Citizen Eco-Drive Dress Watch: Timeless looks with modern watch technology. ($112)
Waterman Hemisphere Ballpoint Pen: A luxurious ballpoint pen that’s great for general use. ($58)

For the dad living in the digital world, his carry should be efficient and practical in connecting him with his technology. The techie dad’s gear is as modern as his lifestyle is, working in sync with the rest of his carry.

Victorinox Cybertool 34

: Everything you need for tech-related tinkering. ($94)
SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive: Unqiue USB drive that plays well with Micro USB devices. ($20)
FourSevens Atom AL Flashlight: Handy, efficient with power, and has some unique features. ($35)
Limefuel Blast 15600mAh Battery Pack: Plenty of charge for all modern devices. ($45)
Grid-It Organizer: Excellent organizational aid, especially for wires and devices. ($13)

For the dad who likes to rough it up and blaze trails on the weekend, his gear should be high quality, rugged, and built to last against the elements. Unexpected adventures await outside, so this dad’s carry should be exceptionally reliable.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

: Hands-free, powerful, with many useful modes. ($36)
ESEE Izula Wallet Kit: Quality set of survival tools in an efficient package. ($58)
Condor Small Assault Pack: Solid fit and finish with plenty of room while remaining compact. ($50)
Timex Expedition Trail Watch: Outdoor-oriented with plenty of tactical features. ($70)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter: Lightweight, compact, and waterproof. ($13)

From running a marathon to biking on a mountain pass, the active dad’s carry has to keep up with his lifestyle. The active carry should be resilient in rain or shine, light enough not to slow him down, and help him get the most from his activities.

Timex Ironman HRM Watch

: Perfect companion for fitness training. ($87)
JLab Waterproof MP3 Player Headphones: Take your music with you without the hassle of wires. ($110)
SPIbelt Metallic Running Belt: Sleek and secure storage that doesn’t disrupt movements. ($20)
Fitbit One Wireless Activity Tracker: Beneficial fitness information with an added sleep tracker. ($89)
Lifeproof Nuud Case for iPhone 5S: Light in weight and profile but not in protection. ($90)

For the dad that likes to build, tinker, restore, and repair. Heavy duty needs mean a heavy duty carry, but utility doesn’t have to mean giving up the practicality of a sleek loadout.

Surefire P2X Fury Flashlight

: Substantial power with military-grade hardware. ($105)
Monteverde Toolpen: Suitable for both handcrafted and digital projects. ($20)
3M Safety Glasses: Light, comfortable, and designed for a secure fit. ($8)
Gerber Boxcutter: Industrial quality in a tiny package, with replaceable blades. ($13)
Leatherman New Wave Multitool: Endlessly practical yet stylishly compact. ($79)

My Everyday Carry

MOJO BAZAAR Chambray Handkerchief

, REFRACTORY Carbon Fiber Ring, kpurrp bracelet
Summit Creek Dry Goods Leather Keychain 01: 4sevens MiNi 123, Victorinox Manager, LaCie iamaKey
Burger pouch: misc. charging cables
Sandwich pouch: Moleskine Volant Mini, Gatsby Oil Clear Sheets, Kleenex, extra cash
Maruman Mnemosyne A5 Notepad: Pilot Birdy Mini SS, Stainless Steel Sharpie, Uni Signo 207, Capacitive Stylus

Superior Titanium Moneyclip
iPhone 5S

Custom woodgrain vinyl wrapped Limeade Blast L156X external battery
Vintage leather coin pouch
EagleTac D-25C Clicky Ti NW
Spyderco Chaparral Ti
Corter Leather Cardholder (extra cards), Victorinox Climber
Custom woodgrain vinyl wrapped Nintendo 3DS XL
Corter Leather Bottlehook: 4sevens MiNi 123 Ti NW, Car Keys
Rayban RB2140
"TNF" Gearslinger Backpack
Seiko SNN215 on ZULU Strap

Hi everyone, it’s Bernard. I wanted to showcase how my carry has settled by the end of 2013. In my pants pockets I generally just carry my keys, phone, moneyclip, oil sheets, knife, flashlight, and handkerchief. The rest of it is organized in pouches, then fit into pockets in my small EDC backpack. I think my most useful addition this year is my USB external charger — it’s much more reliable to have one than trying to track down and get tied to an outlet to charge my phone. I go through my phone’s battery quickly, especially while using it for navigation and streaming music. If you tend to use a lot of portable electronics, consider grabbing one, as most can charge up to two devices at once. Thanks for looking!