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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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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.

Datum Trecknos Deuce Backpack

"Datum’s 12L backpack can shrink down to a waist bag that still has plenty of pockets and adjustable inserts in its main compartment. The bag also has water-resistant zippers, seatbelt webbing and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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SOLID GRAY Aluminium

"For anyone who desires the best gear, the Solid Gray backpack has everything you need to protect your high-end goods whilst maintaining your street cred. Inside is additional laptop padding with an adjustable strap for your laptop or tablet, clever compartments for your small items such as sunglasses, a multi clip that holds your papers in place and smart locks with audible locking to ensure maximum safety. On the outside, the unique hard shell design is created using aluminium-polymer composite material and..." (via GearHungry)

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Everyman Hideout Pack

When a piece of gear promises an endless list of features, there's a fine line between truly functional and downright gimmicky. Even as relative newcomers to the EDC scene, Everyman has proven they know how to combine everyday utility and timeless design with successful Kickstarter projects like the Grafton Pen and Porter Key Knife. Their newest project, the Hideout Pack, tackles your commute, travels, and everyday adventures with a vintage-inspired design that simply gets it right.

To be tough enough as your one bag for all your hauls, the Hideout Pack doesn't skimp on the materials. It sports heavyweight 1680D ballistic nylon for durability with a polyurethane coating for added weather resistance. A tarpaulin bottom lays the foundation for peace of mind when knocking the bag around even on rough or dirty surfaces. Oversized YKK 8.0 zippers are a great choice for the bag, letting its 3-way zipper system glide open with little effort.

Unzipping the center of the pack reveals the main compartment with laminated mesh dump pockets on either side. This clever combination of pocket placement, antimicrobial materials, and zippered storage makes them versatile enough to use for quick access, organizing smaller gear, or even keeping a change of clothes separated from the rest of your essentials. Beyond those pockets you'll find even more organization for your carry in an integrated admin panel.

Your laptop and tablet can hide out in the back of the pack, nestled safely in a felted wool sleeve that even opens flat to make getting through airport security a breeze. Ample storage for the rest of your gear rounds out the pack: a zippered dump pocket in the top lid for quick access, a fleece-lined zippered pocket for shades and screens under that, a security pocket for your passport, wallet, or other valuables hidden in the back plate, and two different keychain attachment clips for more carry options.

The project also includes a dopp kit to complete your travel setup. Check them both out at Everyman's fully funded Kickstarter project below.

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Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Pack

Most commuter backpacks are built just tough enough to stand up to your average daily grind. But the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Pack takes that tolerance for wear and tear a huge leap further. They've imparted the same focus on ergonomics and durability that go into their line of American-made tactical packs used by the military and police alike into a street-ready daypack for civilian EDC.

The build and design of the Urban Assault Pack go hand in hand, making it a tough bag that will protect your essentials while giving you easy access to them. It takes its design cues from military assault packs and minimally designed commuter backpacks, resulting in a sleek and practical bag that won’t look out of place in the office or on a hike.

Thanks to the convenient 3-ZIP design you can either lie the bag flat or reach in from the top to retrieve your gear, depending on what you’re carrying. In the main compartment you’ll get a 15” laptop sleeve as well as three zippered pockets for smaller accessories like charging cables or pens, while the top of the bag has a single zippered stuff pocket with a secure clip for your keys. Last but not least, its use of tough yet supple 500D Cordura nylon throughout offers some added protection when the weather turns.

As far as commuter bags go the Urban Assault pack checks all the boxes. It’s lightweight, durable, and combines military functionality with modern design. If you want a better way to carry your gear click the link below to snatch one of these.

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Bellroy Pencil Case

"More than just for pencils. Bellroy’s fabric pouch has stiff ends that let you fold it wide open like a tray, making it a great organizer and travel buddy for keys, cables, headphones, and more. It also has pull loops on both ends for..." (via TheAwesomer)

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HEXAD Duffel Bag Range

"The Hexad Duffel is a bag that does way more than just carry your stuff. This bag is more functional than a normal duffel and way more versatile than your everyday carry bag. The Hexad Carryall Duffel comes in three sizes to cater for every adventure. Both duffels have many features that include; rugged waterproof material, high quality weatherproof zippers, a padded laptop sleeve, grab handles on all sides and..." (via GearHungry)

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Urban EDC Supply Organizer Hybrid

Whether you’re just starting out or you've been carrying for years, one thing still holds true: organizing your gear can be a challenge. There’s only so much you can carry in your pockets, and even with an EDC bag, you'll still have to dig through it for that one tool. When it comes to organization, a gear caddy is a good option. But what if your EDC is constantly changing? Urban EDC Supply has the answer with their latest caddy, the Organizer Hybrid. Its versatile pocket layout keeps your gear consolidated, whether it's your travel essentials, pen and paper, everyday tools, cards and cash, and more.

The new Urban Organizer Hybrid is the third the line of Urban Organizers and combines the functionality of the original with the minimalist design of the Mini wallet to give you the best of both worlds. On the front are two slots so you can put your EDC knife in one and your favorite pen in the other. Or swap one of them out for a flashlight, or even just carry a pen and a few credit cards. The choice is yours.

The slot on the back is perfect for an EDC pocket notebook, but it can also hold your passport when traveling just as easily. You also don’t have to worry about whether or not it can survive the daily grind thanks to its Horween leather construction, waxed edges, and saddle-stitching done by hand.

The Organizer Hybrid should age nicely with your gear, becoming as much a part of your EDC as the tools it carries. If you’ve been looking for a way to stay organized (or just like quality gear), the Organizer Hybrid is a great way to go. You can pre-order an Organizer Hybrid in your favorite leather at the link below..

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Maxpedition Veldspar

If you've been holding out on EDCing a tactical bag because of the way they look, we understand. Not everyone wants to stand out in a crowd. Camouflage and webbing might be useful in the field, but it can put a target on your back in an urban environment. Maxpedition's Veldspar shoulder bag brings the brand's signature tactical functionality to a lower profile design, perfect for EDC in the city.

It's slim, streamlined, and far from how you'd picture a standard tactical bag to look. Even if it doesn't have MOLLE everywhere, it'll still perform with the best of them. Instead, a laser-cut attachment lattice on the exterior of the pack provides some subtle modularity and nylon webbing on the inside of the bag offers more familiar organization options. A sturdy 1000/500D Teflon-coated nylon makes up the rest of the bag, while YKK zippers throughout ensure easy and reliable access to your gear through daily use.

At 8L in capacity it's just the right size to supplement your pocket space for the rest of your everyday essentials. You even can carry a tablet in the main compartment, a water bottle on the side, and security pocket for stashing valuables or your CCW. With so much organizational space, the Veldspar can help de-clutter your carry as well and keep everything in its place.

With the Veldspar you can step up to carrying a tactical bag without committing to a tactical look. Pick one up and try it out for yourself at the link below.

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Filson Duffle Pack

"Filson’s new duffle bag has padded backpack straps that can be kept inside a dedicated compartment when not in use. It’s made of lightweight and scratch-resistant nylon, has a 15″ laptop compartment and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer

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Small EDC organizer fits easily and comfortably into pants pocketOverall dimensions:  3.5" wide x 5.5" high x 1" deep (8.89cm wide x 13.97cm high x 2.54cm deep)Exterior...

Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

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Larger version of the popular Pocket Orgainzer.Compact 5? x 7? x 2? sizeDrops into or attaches onto backpack or bagFull clamshell opening main compartment with dual zipsinside...

5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Backpack

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Water-resistant 1050D nylon
Zippered fleece-lined eyewear pocket
Self-repairing YKK® zippers with large glove-friendly pull tabs
Web platform on front, sides,...

Grid-It Organizer (CPG4BK)

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Ideal for pens, notepads, cellphones, chargers, wallets, and more. Versatile organization.

Grid-it Organizer (CPG5BK)

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Designed to hold items firmly in place. Configure Grid-It! your own way!.

Grid-It Organizer (CPG10BK)

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Grid-It organization system - a rubberized woven elastic object retention system for gadget organization.

Pelican 1010 Micro Case

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Great for rugged sports¿not for swimming or submerging
Water-resistant, crush-proof and dust-proof
Rubber liner for extra protection doubles as O-Ring seal

Triple Aught Design Fastpack Litespeed II

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Saddleback Leather Classic Briefcas

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Crafted from 100% Full-grain boot Leather but thicker.
Constructed with no breakable parts like snaps, zippers, etc.
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Vanquest EDCM-HUSKY

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Made with Military grade Cordura and water-repellent Teflon. 1 external & 3 internal storage pockets with 21 elastic webbing slots. Grab handle eases hand carry.

TAD Fast pack EDC

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Case Logic Hard Drive Case

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EVA Molded, Durable, semi-rigid exterior to protect valuable data
Compact case to store or transport smaller portable hard drives
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Mil-Tec US Assault backpack

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2 separate main compartments; 2 front pockets
Material: 600D polyester, PVC coated; Weight: 1100g
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Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sack

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Much lighter weight and more "packable" than traditional boating dry ba A lot less expensive than other dry bags on the market Designed for backpacking, adventure travel and water sports Bright white inner laminate for easy visibility of cont

5.11 Moab 12

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Roomy, organized storage area; with multiple interior admin and stash pockets
Fully customizable tactical go bag
18.25 x 9 x 5.25 Main Compartment; 12.5 x 8x x2 Front...

Chrome Citizen Messenger Bag

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Claimed Weight: 2.5 lbVolume: 26 LDimensions: 18 x 22 x 7 inPockets: 1 internal, 1 internal zippered, 3 dividerMaterial: [exterior] 1000D Cordura, [liner] 18oz truck...