Backpacks

DSPTCH Travel Pack

When pockets aren’t enough, a day pack would be your usual go-to. But what do you do when you’re packing more than a day’s worth of gear? Not all EDC packs have the durability and features to pull double duty as a travel bag for those longer trips. DSPTCH’s new Travel Pack is one sleek solution for urban EDCers and modern travelers, designed to make packing heavier loads and carrying them on your back easier than ever.

The 30L Travel Pack is the perfect size to fit a few days worth of clothing as well as your tech gadgets. Its main compartment is large enough to fit your clothes, but you'll also get a dedicated compartment on the bottom for keeping shoes or dirty clothes separate. You’ll also get a padded laptop compartment along the rigid back panel, which both protects your device from damage and gives structure to the bag no matter how full or empty it is.

Then there’s all the different ways you can carry it. Convenient side handles let you carry the pack briefcase style when space is limited, but the most unique feature of this bag is its dedicated, multi-functional hip belt. When worn around your hips, it does a great job of distributing the load during those long treks by foot. Anchoring the straps to the middle of the bag lets you secure it to the handle of your rolling luggage for breezing through airports. Reversing the belt turns it into a compression strap to not only make it easier for you to stuff the bag into an overhead compartment when flying, but it also prevents the bag from looking like a turtle shell when fully packed.

The Travel Pack is no slouch when it comes to organization either, with plenty of pockets to help you stay organized even in the most hectic of itineraries. The main compartment offers two mesh pockets for smaller essentials, with easy access to the larger one thanks to YKK zippers on the outside of the pack. Perfect if you need to get to your headphones and don't want to unpack your entire bag. Dual side pockets are perfect for water bottles, but can also hold smaller essentials like battery packs and passports thanks to a zippered closure. Of course, the Travel Pack features a made-in-the-USA, weather- and abrasion resistant nylon construction to be your travel companion for the long haul.

You don’t have to be a backpacker to know how useful a sturdy hip belt can be, and having a dual purpose one in a modern EDC bag is unique to this pack. If you’re looking for a low-key and flexible way to carry your gear on your next trip the DSPTCH Travel Pack checks all the boxes. Hit up the link below to pick one up for yourself.

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Nitecore BP20 Backpack

When you see the name Nitecore, you probably think of their high quality EDC flashlights. They've earned their place in many EDCs with their long history and large catalog of lights for both tactical and everyday use. More recently, they've taken their utilitarian and feature-driven approach to lights and put it into their first backpack, the BP20. From top to bottom it's got well-thought out features designed to make it the most useful backpack in—and carrying—your EDC.

At its core the BP20 comes with the features expected from a modern tactical backpack. Teflon-coated 1000D nylon gives it a rugged build and abrasion resistance while a full suite of straps and clasps let you adjust the backpack for a streamlined and comfortable carry. A 20L main compartment takes care of your larger gear, while dual front pockets organize your smaller essentials. On the tactical front there's MOLLE webbing galore, including a detachable/adjustable front panel to accommodate expansion pouches, helmets, or can even be used as a scabbard. This panel flips out or down depending on how you need to use it.

Other features add expansion and convenience to the BP20, like a padded inner compartment for your laptop and a built-in clip for hanging hydration bladders and reservoirs. There's also a packable rain cover to complete the pack's waterproofing when the weather is worse than expected. This set of features make the bag good for both urban EDC and outdoor or service use when you have a variety of loadouts and environments the bag will be used in.

The BP20's packed with features, all configurable and fully at your disposal. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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Reader's Choice: 5 Bags EDCers Want

Last week our team put together a list of bags that came out this past year that we'd love to get our hands on.  After sharing our picks, we took to the comments and social media to see what you, the readers, were excited about too. In this guide we've listed the bags you've chosen, and we hope it gives you even more great bags to pick from as the year comes to a close.

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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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Outlier Ultrahigh Quadzip Review

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Even if you can cram everything you'd ever need in your EDC pack, it's only useful if it's easy to get to at a moment's notice. Most traditional backpack designs make more sense for simply lugging gear from point A to point B, while crossbody slings and messenger bags make for a more nimble EDC that's always ready. But one backpack aims to turn that preconception on its head. The Outlier Ultrahigh Quadzip is a truly unique pack from its design to its construction, made from a material that's ounce for ounce stronger than steel. We got a chance to give you a closer look at this pack courtesy of the technical menswear experts at Outlier for this review.

SOG TOC 20 Backpack

When looking at tactical backpacks, you expect certain things. MOLLE webbing on the front. An admin pocket for organizing smaller essentials. Adjustable straps, and high-quality materials and construction. So how does a tactical bag set itself apart from the rest? SOG have their answer with the TOC 20 backpack. It's got all the features you want and expect from a rugged pack, with upgrades in all the right places and features you didn't even know you needed.

Right off the bat, the TOC 20 covers all the bases for a tough EDC backpack. Padded shoulder straps and rigid suspension make it comfortable to carry, even when filled to the bag's 20L capacity. A sternum strap with whistle doubles as a stabilizer and emergency tool. For tackling the weather the TOC 20 is built from polyurethane-coated Kodra 500D nylon for extra durability and water resistance.

But organization and expansion is where the TOC 20 shines. Up top is an impact-resistant admin panel with internal pockets for your smaller gear. Laser-cut Hypalon MOLLE panels cover the bag's front exterior, a lower profile version of the usual nylon webbing. The bag's front pocket and main compartment also come with internal organization to let you keep things in the right place. A pass-through side access laptop compartment lets you pull out your computer from either side while doubling up for hydration duty when needed. And for expansion, nylon MOLLE webbing on the bottom, webbing lash points, and Hypalon zinger tabs on the shoulder straps let you attach additional equipment as needed.

The SOG TOC 20 covers everything you need from a tactical backpack and possibly even more. Pick one up from SOG direct in the color of your choice at the link below.

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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.

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Prometheus Design Werx SHADO Pack

When the market is saturated with tactical backpacks, how does a company differentiate theirs? Prometheus Design Werx aims to deliver with its flagship daypack: the SHADO, short for Suspension, Haul, Access, Durability, and Organized. These principles drive the SHADO's design, with features that make the bag ideal for EDC whether in recreational or professional applications.

Durability is front and center on the SHADO thanks to its array of high-performance materials. Cordura 500D nylon, Dri-Lex breathable fabric, YKK reverse coil zippers, and Duraflex hardware work in tandem on the bag for resilience and performance in use. Organizational options abound in the SHADO, with dual reinforced clamshell main compartments for your laptop/tablet and EDC, bolstered by a top accessory pocket and dual side stretch water bottle pockets.

The bag also zips open flat, giving easy access to its internal admin pockets. A network of adjustable and modular straps, clips, hooks, and cords ensure that external additions suspend securely and the SHADO remains comfortable to its user, even with a full haul.

Designed and built in California, and optimzed for the EDCer — pick up the SHADO pack in two colors direct from Prometheus Design Werx at the link below.

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Nomatic Travel Bag

"You might know Nomatic from their ultra-compact Basics Wallet that cleverly makes contained cards accessible. Now they’re tackling a different carry with their Nomatic Travel Bag, a carry-on designed for trips up to one week in length and that’s packed to the brim with features. First, the straps: switching from backpack to duffel modes takes literal seconds thanks to a unique design that eliminates dangling straps. A flap with both laptop and tablet pockets lets you fly through security checkpoints without removing them from the bag while also granting full access to the bag’s contents for optimal packing…" (via GearHungry)

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Incase ICON Laptop Backpack

When it comes to laptop bags, the two things you never want to compromise are storage space and durability. With the number of cables, wires, and attachments our tech comes with these days, you could always use organization options. Also, with weather being a constant concern, you want a sleek pack that can keep up with you day to day, rain or shine.

Incase's ICON backpack covers both bases as a robust gadget carrier for the modern telecommuter. Its main compartment accommodates laptops up to 15”, with a secondary compartment that includes a dedicated tablet pocket and space for your flat books or documents. A front admin pocket has dividers that let you organize your pens, cables, and other accessories. Finally, your gadgets need juice, and a side compartment with an integrated cable port keeps a portable battery handy. The ICON is made from resilient and water resistant 840D nylon, and adjustable shoulder and sternum straps keep it comfortable for everyday carry.

Keep your tech safe and organized with Incase's ICON laptop backpack, which you can pick up in four colors from Amazon at the link below.

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CaseLogic Larimer Rucksack

When pockets aren’t enough, it’s good to have a trusty backpack that can keep your belongings secure while you're on the move. The Rucksack Backpack from Case Logic is an urban pack made for the modern EDCer with dedicated pockets for your laptop, tablet, and smaller essentials.

Whether you’re looking to use it for EDC or a quick weekend getaway, this backpack has you covered. You can use its main compartment for clothing and other larger items one day, and have a lighter loadout for notebooks and pens the next—all without sacrificing a safe space to carry your more fragile devices. Keep your laptop secure in the padded compartment that supports up to a 15.6” display, with your tablet easily accessible via a dedicated slip pocket.

Rain and accidental spills won’t cause any damage to your items either thanks to its durable construction and clever design. The backpack is made from a water-resistant 600D polyester that makes it as durable as it is stylish. Up top is a flap that you can snap over the drawstring to keep the contents of your bag safely in place.

For a relatively affordable pack with a unique look and day-to-day versatility, pick up the Rucksack Backpack by Case Logic at the link below.

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Aer Travel Pack

Packing for a trip is hard enough, and ridiculously long security lines at the airport as of late only make things worse. So unless your favorite part of traveling is standing for hours in one part of the airport, jumping through some hoops for a few minutes, then finally waiting in another part of the airport, it's important to pack your essentials the right way to avoid that mess.

The Aer Travel Pack carries everything you'll need for a weekend trip, designed with efficiency in mind so you can skip the lines and headache of airport security. It's sized to fit carry-on requirements (saving you a couple minutes and a checked bag fee) with a structured main compartment that lies flat and unzips fully for easy packing. When it's time to empty your pockets, you can quickly stash the contents in any one of the three zippered pockets on the front and top of the bag. The quick access laptop compartment lets you pull it out fast and keep the line moving.

Its organized layout makes it ideal for business trips or general day-to-day EDC, too. Between all the slots and pockets in the front admin compartment and the suspended laptop sleeve, you can haul your entire mobile office on your back. The bag even slims down to a more manageable silhouette for EDC thanks to a set of four compression straps. You can carry it confidently knowing it's built tough with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK zips, and Duraflex buckle hardware throughout.

It's available now at its fully-funded campaign on Kickstarter, making Aer three for three with successful projects. Check out the Travel Pack and its accompanying dopp kit in more detail at the link below.

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