Travel

Aer 2018 Travel Collection

As EDCers, you probably carry a lot of gear when going about your busy day. Whether it's the daily grind or hopping on a plane to get away from it all, keeping your essentials organized is a top priority. And when it comes to doing it right, few companies do it as well as Aer. Whether making it easy to keep up an active lifestyle or sleekly streamlining the way you work, they have years of experience behind their bags. With this year's new Travel Collection they take a fresh look at their popular jetsetter line, making it easier than ever to stay prepared on your next commute or adventure.

Aer's new Travel Collection takes the 5 bags from the original line and gives them some fresh new upgrades. For the two larger bags, the Travel Pack 2 and Flight Pack 2, comfort and security features were added to make them even more (literally) painless to travel with. For the Travel Pack 2, a new removable hip belt, redesigned shoulder straps, and new lockable zippers get paired with a luggage pass-through and a new quick access laptop pocket to make it a strong option for one-bag travel. With its 3 ways to carry, The Flight Pack 2  gets a new front organization pocket, side bottle pocket, and the same new pass-through and secure zippers as the Travel Pack. It's a versatile work bag that can handle all your work essentials, no matter how light or heavy they get.

The Travel Sling and Day Sling 2 round out the collection with smaller offerings for a regular EDC or daypack when fewer essentials are needed for your activities. The larger Travel Sling gives you a sleek, rectangular space that's perfect for carrying a laptop or large tablet. A 2-way sling strap lets you strap the bag flush against your back or as a messenger for quick access to its top pocket and main compartment, the latter of which comes with roomy interior organization. The updated Day Sling 2 is perfect for EDC when your pockets just aren't enough, with a redesigned ergonomic strap and a sleeker profile that still fits up to a 7.9” tablet within its inner pockets.

And last but not least, the Travel Kit is Aer's take on the classic dopp kit, fitted with a stowaway YKK hook that gives you a hanging option to keep your bathroom essentials within reach (and away from wet surfaces). Two interior zippered compartments let you separate your product, while an exterior toothbrush holder makes it easy to dry yours off when wrapping up your routine. And like all of their bags, the Travel Kit comes decked out with Aer's signature design combination of black weather-resistant 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon (with other color options in a heather gray 900D polyester and a 1050D black camo nylon), AquaGuard YKK zippers, and water-resistant interior lining.

Whether running daily errands or packing for your dream vacation, Aer's new Travel Collection gives you the functionality you need in a sleek style that's all their own. The collection just launched today on Aer's site, which you can check out at the link below.

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Peak Design Travel Line

Travel is one of the most exciting ways to put your gear to use, but let's face it, parts of it can be… inconvenient, to say the least. Case in point: packing. There's a fine line between over- and under-packing for a trip: too much leads to the hassle of checking baggage, and leaving things behind can present its own set of struggles. As frequent flyers themselves, the team at Peak Design know this problem all too well. With their experience developing and crowdfunding state-of-the-art, incredibly functional packs, they're set to solve the travel packing problem with their new Travel Line—a one-bag travel system that combines form and function in one feature-rich package.

The foundation of the new Travel Line system is the 45L Travel Backpack. Taking functional cues from their experience with their popular EDC backpack and slings maximized in an ideal carry-on size, each side and panel of the Travel Backpack is lined with features. Its core is a clamshell-opening 45L main compartment with generous space to fit the rest of the Travel Line system, accessible from either side and top access to the laptop/tablet slot. Expansion zips let you make full use of its 45L capacity as a carry-on pack, while compression straps let you compact the bag to a daypack-friendly 35L. You also get a full suite of thoughtful details like a front admin panel, grab handles from every angle, theft-deterrent zippers, hidden pockets galore, and even stowable shoulder and waist straps. Keeping it all together is the Travel Pack's exterior shell made from field-proven and weatherproofed 400D nylon made from 100% recycled plastics.

Along with the Travel Backpack, the Travel Line also brings a complete line of packing cubes and pouches of every size and purpose, all designed to look and work seamlessly on their own, with each other, and with the backpack itself. From a dopp kit to a tech pouch to compressible packing cubes and camera cubes featuring Peak Design's signature FlexFold dividers (giving you a completely customizable modular system for your camera gear), you're able to assign a function to every pouch, organizing all your essentials for quick swapping depending on your activity and to ensure nothing gets left behind.

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EVERGOODS MQD24 and CTB40 Crossover Backpacks

We EDC our gear to keep us prepared for whenever and wherever adventure strikes. And for some of us, the endgame is finding that one bag to carry it all no matter what and where that might be. EVERGOODS is dedicated to making that one bag a reality with their line of crossover equipment. At the helm is GORUCK's co-founder and former head of product who has split experience between New York City and Bozeman, MT for a one-of-a-kind insight into “city to mountain” gear. They've just launched two new packs: the MQD24, a 24L daypack designed with quick access in mind, and the CTB40, a 40L hybrid backpack that blurs the line between carry-on luggage and gear hauler.

Inspired by traditional top-loading mountaineering packs, the MQD24 (Mountain Quick Draw 24L) has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep in line with the Crossover Equipment theme. Its namesake Quick Draw mechanism works like a drawstring cinch, conveniently and intuitively opening and closing the main compartment of the pack in one smooth motion. The clever, forward-leaning design towards the front of the pack helps keep water out without the hassle of unbuckling or unrolling like on other top-loading packs. The second main feature that makes the MQD24 ideal for on-the-go EDC is its side zipper. It grants quick access to the center and bottom of the bag without taking it off your back by drawing it under your arm. Between the Quick Draw toploader and side-entry zipper, getting to your gear is a snap.

For those trips when you're carrying more than your daily essentials, there's the CTB40 (Civic Transit Bag 40L). It's something between a padded, softshell carry-on luggage and a backpack designed with a focus on both efficient packing and comfortable carry. Its “flex fold compression” system starts with a large, unobstructed clamshell-opening main compartment for easy packing. Semi-rigid “wings” protect and contain the contents, while two compression straps lock everything down. The top lid of the pack serves as a built-in travel organizer, with multiple mesh and zippered compartments for the rest of your essentials. Once closed, you can comfortably carry the pack using its backpack straps, or carry it briefcase-style from its beefy side and top handles. Thanks to its versatile design and rugged materials, it can pull double duty as a travel pack or as a sports equipment and gear hauler when going from urban to outdoor environments.

Both packs are made from durable, high denier nylon and jam packed with tons of thoughtful features. Head over to the Kickstarter project page for in-depth breakdowns of each bag at the link below and secure one for yourself before the campaign ends on August 13th.

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The Best Backpacks for Onebag Travel and EDC

Whether you’re going on a family trip or traveling solo through another country, a good travel bag can go a long way. But airline baggage fees can add up in a hurry, and while rolling luggage is great for finding your way through airports they’re not so practical once you get to your destination. A beautiful beach or scenic cobblestone street can easily turn into a struggle if you’re rolling around a giant suitcase.

Which is why if you’re going to be traveling, it might be a good idea to look into getting one bag that can do it all. The idea behind onebag travel is to find one bag that fits what you need, is comfortable to carry, and doesn’t need to be checked. That way you can hop off the plane ready to explore. Onebag travel isn’t a new concept and it takes a bit of practice to get it right, but there are plenty of great bags that make it a little easier to get started. In this guide we’ll look at some great options you should check out whether you’re a frequent flyer, first-time adventurer, or looking to travel the world with nothing but a backpack.

Deal Alert: 60% Off Timbuk2 Blink Pack (Was $119, Now $48)

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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10 Packable Bags for EDC and Travel

Bags are a great way to carry your gear or augment your EDC pocket space when you're on the go. But if you don't always carry a lot of gear, lugging around a big heavy bag can be a bit cumbersome. With their lightweight materials and convenient collapsible construction, packable bags are your best bet. They are especially good to have when your carry weight is limited, like when you're traveling. But regardless of mission, packable bags are versatile and available in just about every type you might need. In this guide, we'll walk you through what makes a good packable bag for everyday carry. We'll also get you acquainted with a few of our favorite packable bags for you to choose from.

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Bond DASH Dopp Kit

Out of all the essentials in a traveler's kit, it's the dopp kit that's often the most imprecise and difficult to organize. After all, unlike tools with uniform sizes like flashlights or rectangular tech objects, your grooming or first aid supplies come in all shapes and sizes. So finding the right dopp kit that's versatile enough to take on the most unconventional gear is a life (and time) saver—a kit like the Bond DASH. More than just a nylon pouch to haphazardly throw your toiletries into, the DASH has thoughtful organization and features packed into a rugged package that make it an ideal EDC traveling companion.

The first thing an EDCer would notice is the DASH's construction. The dopp kit comes with USA-made, mil-spec levels of fit and finish, from its 1000D nylon exterior with double-stitched stress points to its autolocking YKK zippers (accented with hi-vis paracord pulls, at that). Inside the DASH are two mesh pockets—one horizontal and one vertical—to organize your kit as needed. One the vertical pocket side, a strip of elastic slots give lets you stow and quickly access tools that would otherwise be loose in a normal, open dopp kit. No more digging for essentials like your toothbrush, razor, nail clipper, or cologne vial when you need them for quick touch-ups. Finally, one feature that makes the DASH incredibly useful: an included carabiner and hang loop lets the kit hang flat from anywhere, making it even easier to set up and access your supplies wherever and whenever you need them.

Whether finding yourself in a flurry of travel or needing a versatile way to organize emergency essentials, the DASH kit's got the features you need. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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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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Giveaway: Stylish and Secure Travel Essentials

Update: Congrats to Jason, winner of this week's contest!

Whether you've got big travel plans this summer or you just like to keep your EDC essentials sleek and organized, our new giveaway has got you covered. Today, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a stylish set of travel essentials, like a versatile sling bag, a dopp kit for your devices, a handy power bank, and more. We're including RFID-blocking wallets and a TSA-friendly multi-tool you can wear on your wrist, too. Learn more about the gear and how to enter to win below.

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