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.


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.


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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First Tactical Tactix Backpack

When you're responsible for one of the most iconic EDC backpacks of all time — the 5.11 RUSH — people had better pay attention to your follow-up product. The Tactix is First Tactical's (led by former 5.11 founder Dan Costa) flagship backpack, respecting the great things about the original RUSH and taking them into 2016 with even better features and functionality.

Let's start with lasers—specifically, a laser-cut web platform compatible with MOLLE/PALS. This lets the Tactix maintain a lower profile with no extruding loops but still maintain structural integrity thanks to its two-layer, 500D nylon design. There's room to spare with 7 external and 9 internal pockets with a total of 40.5 liters of capacity, giving you all the organization you need for both light trips and heavy deployments. Removable compression straps, adjustable shoulder and sternum straps, and even side handles let you carry the Tactix comfortably as needed. No compromises were made for the rest of the backpack's production: water-resistant nylon, YKK zippers, and Duraflex hardware round out its construction.

Ready for your next tactical backpack? You can order one direct from First Tactical with free shipping from their online store, or at Amazon at the link below (with Prime-eligible shipping on 5/4).

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Timbuk2 Especial Primo Backpack

"Some backpacks conceal outstanding function with a minimal appearance. The Especial Primo is one such bag, yet it packs tremendous bang for your buck. The backpack is fully welded and entirely waterproof — that’s saying something when you’re staring down tough conditions, either while biking, hiking or traveling. The reflective binding and markers help you stand out when the light is low, and the sleek black color and discreet logo placement both make this bag equally fit for urban streets and high-country trails…" (via GearHungry)

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Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack

Don't let its name fool you. Despite its intended design to be secondary storage that quick-attaches onto larger modular vests or packs, Tactical Tailor's Removable Operator boasts quite a few features that make it a great everyday bag on its own. Its outer 1000 denier Cordura nylon construction is as rugged as it gets for all-weather use. External webbing lets you customize your loadout with attachments or pouches, and also includes a bungee system you can use for extra clothing or a bedroll.

For storage, the Removal Operator features a large main compartment with hardy dual-pull zippers. Its front pocket has a side zipper that let you access it without having to take off the pack completely. A top port concealed under a large carry handle lets you route headphones or a hydration bladder hose for on-the-go convenience. Both storage areas give you about 20 liters of total capacity for all your gear.

Whether you use it as extra storage clipped onto your larger bags, or make use of its stowable, contoured shoulder straps as an EDC daypack on its own, the Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack has all the right features. You can pick up this high performance pack in five colors at the link below.

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RovEasy Daypack

Heavy-duty bags are great for securing your gear while traveling, but can become cumbersome for everyday excursions. The RovEasy Daypack is an ultralight, 25-liter backpack designed to be a part of your EDC as much as it’s meant to carry it. It folds into a 8” x 5” x 1” zippered pouch for a compact carry, and easily unfurls to its full size as needed. Keep larger items organized throughout the day in its two main compartments, and use the front pocket for easy access essentials like your wallet or sunglasses. You can also easily carry a water bottle in the mesh pockets on either side of the pack. Even if you don’t travel often, the RovEasy is durable and portable enough for general EDC thanks to its 210D ripstop fabric construction, while only weighing 5.75 ounces. You might not want to use it as your main bag, but as a secondary pack for lighter loads, its low footprint and light weight is hard to beat. Grab one of these for less than fifteen bucks at the link below to pack on your next trip.

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5.11 Tactical HAVOC 30 Backpack

If you want a rugged, tactical backpack, you get a 5.11. The quality and features of the RUSH series of packs have so proven themselves time and time again in both military and civilian applications that they've become instant recommendations in the EDC community. But it’s now 2016, and 5.11 are keeping up with the times. Their new HAVOC 30 backpack is an urban re-imagining of the classic, designed to look more the part of the city daypack rather than a field companion. Don't get it wrong, though — behind the durable 500D/1050D nylon exterior lies a backpack bristling with features. It incorporates quick-access waist belt pockets, zip-secured water bottle compartments, and internal admin organization for plenty of storage options. Its outer laser-cut MOLLE platform is a slimmer alternative to the usual tactical loops, but still provides the same compatibility with other 5.11 pouches and bags. Almost any 5.11 backpack would be a great choice for your daily kit, but check out the HAVOC 30 at the link below for a low profile, yet high quality carry solution.

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Matador FreeRain 24 Waterproof Backpack

Matador is all about making packable versions of typically bulky things, and the Matador FreeRain24 Waterproof Backpack is no exception. This backpack leverages its waterproof, puncture-resistant 30D Cordura fabric with sealed seams and Hypalon rolltop closure to completely lock water out of its 24 liter main compartment… (via GearHungry)

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Topo Designs Daypack

The Topo Designs Daypack is a mid-sized bag meant to get you through a full day of activity. Inspired by vintage outdoor goods, this bag blends retro looks with modern construction and functionality. Featuring a durable 1000D Cordura nylon construction, padded laptop sleeve, fully lined hi-vis interior, and internal organization panel, the bag makes it easy to store and retrieve your gear. The Topo Daypack’s 22.4 liter capacity is a great middle-ground for carrying your daily essentials without the pack itself getting in the way. It wears comfortably, even when fully loaded, thanks to the padded back and breathable mesh shoulder straps. If you need a bag for just the essentials that doesn’t look overly loud or tactical for everyday wear, consider this capable daypack from Topo Designs.