Readers' Choice: Top 3 EDC Bags in 2018

With the new year right around the corner, there's plenty of new gear in store for us to look forward to. But until then, now's a great time to look back on the gear that served us best through 2018. We polled our community in our exclusive Facebook group and asked what their favorite EDC gear was in the past year. In this quick round-up, we're highlighting your favorite backpacks! We've narrowed it down to the top three answers among the community — read on to see what your favorites were, and stay tuned for more gear to come in our Readers' Choice series.

5 EDC Essentials from Veteran-Owned Businesses

November 11th is Veterans Day in the United States. It's a day where we give thanks to the men and women in uniform that have served our country. There are plenty of vet-owned businesses out there, but the ones that specialize in gear are especially relevant to us over at Everyday Carry. These professionals have spent years in the field, and few people out there know what makes a great piece of gear as much as they do. As a way to show our appreciation, we've rounded up some of our favorite Veteran-made goods. Read on to check out some of our favorite picks!

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10 Laptop Bags to Everyday Carry Back to School

It’s that time of year again. Summer is over and school's starting back up. That means writing papers, online assignments, and probably more Netflix than you’d care to admit.

Whether you’re commuting to class or staying on campus, you’re going to need to invest in a solid laptop to get things done. Which means that it may be a smart idea to get a backpack that will not only carry your laptop, but also protect that investment.

Textbooks aren’t cheap, and neither are laptops. If you’re looking for a bag that will make your trips to class just a little easier, these are all great options.

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Aster Commuter Pack

"This smartly designed backpack offers features to make bike rides safer. It’s got front and side profile lights, remote-controlled turn signals and an automatic brake light. It’s weather resistant, offers plentiful gear compartments, and can be splayed open for easy access.…" (via TheAwesomer)

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Maison Impeccable Covert Travel Kit

Chances are, your travel EDC looks a lot different from your day to day kit. So for those times when you’re heading off especially far from home, it’s important to have everything you’ll need at hand. Maison Impeccable’s Covert Travel Kit aims to make packing that perfect setup easier with its EDC-focused versatility and thoughtful organization.

A pouch organizer’s main job is to make sure every item’s in its place, but that can be tough when one size does not fit all when it comes to EDC gear. The Covert Travel Kit addresses this with a system of internal webbing of various sizes. For everything else, there’s two zippered pockets: one made with mesh for visibility, and one behind the webbing for discreetly stashing valuables or other sensitive items.

The kit also features heavy duty nylon construction for durability, as well as MOLLE-compatible straps on its exterior for even more modularity. Whether you use it as a dopp kit, a pouch for electronics, or as your all-in-one EDC, the Covert Travel Kit is designed to handle it all. You can find it at the link below as a standalone reward on Maison Impeccable's Kickstarter for their flagship offering—you guessed it—performance-driven, technical fabric stealth socks.

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Note: This product is part of a Kickstarter project for socks. For more info on the travel kit, you'll have to scroll down to the "Tools of the Trade" portion of the description. To pledge for the pouch alone, look for the reward labeled "The Quartermaster" on the right hand side of the page.

SPIBelt Messenger Bag

You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap the benefits of carrying a “runner’s belt” for EDC. This style of bag keeps your essentials close without weighing you down or getting in the way, giving you the freedom to move with a full range of motion. While traditional belt bags tend to be too small to use for anything other than pounding the pavement, SPIbelt’s Messenger Bag offers the same functionality with enough storage for travel and daily carry.

This is no fanny pack. Instead, it’s worn cross-body sling style to comfortably haul your essentials. Its main compartment stays streamlined when empty, but can expand to fit larger gear like a water bottle, notebook, tablet, or even a small laptop. For smaller items like your keys, phone, and wallet, there’s a quick-access, expandable zipper pouch built right into the shoulder strap.

It’s made in the USA from Lycra and spandex for a comfortable, lightweight carry. If you value quick and easy access to your EDC, don’t rule out performance athletic gear like this. You can grab an expandable shoulder bag from SPIbelt in black, red, grey, or navy at the link below.

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Vertx A-Range Bag

From spare magazines and prototype holsters to cameras and fistfuls of ammunition, fitting all of that into a compact space (like the trunk of my Ford Focus) and getting it onto the firing line without multiple trips is the goal. I’ve tried all kinds of bags and sacks in an attempt to find the “perfect” range bag, and all have fallen short. Vertx is my favorite firearms-related clothing and accessories brand (I wear their pants every day), so when I realized that they also made a range bag I had to give it a try… (via TheTruthAboutGuns)

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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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Tamrac Derechoe Shoulder Bag

The fast pace of life in the city means you'll want a bag that can match your hustle and keep your gear safely at hand—especially if you EDC a camera. The Tamrac Derechoe shoulder bag gives you peace of mind and easy access to what you need.

Unlike most camera bags, its low-key exterior doesn't draw unwanted attention to your gear. But inside its structured main compartment, it's well-padded with lightweight foam dividers to protect and organize your camera and lenses. Even if you don't EDC a camera, you can configure or remove the dividers to fit your carry.

No need to fuss with clunky buckles if you're in a hurry either, as its magnetic Fidlock closures allow easy, one-handed access to your equipment. Other essentials go in its zippered front admin pocket, and its double polyurethane-coated exterior keeps your kit dry.

The Derechoe is available in three sizes and two colors. You can choose the one that's right for you at the link below.

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Haley Strategic Partners D3 FlatPack

When you’re in the city, bags with camouflage patterns and distinctive MOLLE webbing can make you stand out from the rest of the crowd, and not always in a good way. The Haley Strategic Disruptive Grey FlatPack has the ruggedness and functionality of a tactical bag, but it keeps things discreet with its low-profile design. Its neutral grey coloring is far removed from the mil-spec colors tactical packs often have. The FlatPack is well-padded and built tough from 500D nylon to keep your gear safe throughout your daily travels. Even when compressed totally flat, the pack easily fits a sub-12” ultrabook laptop or 1L hydration bladder. But the best part about this bag is its ability to expand. When you need to carry more, you can unzip the bag’s gussets to expand it to an astounding 12.3L capacity while keeping its compact footprint. See a video overview of the bag from Haley Strategic Partners here, and grab this versatile day-to-day pack for your EDC at the link below.

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