Bags & Pouches

Maxpedition Skyridge Tech Messenger Bag

Tactical bags offer bulletproof reliability, but they often make you stand out in a crowd. That's not a good thing, especially if you EDC expensive electronics and valuables. If you want tactical performance without tactical looks, check out the Maxpedition Skyridge. It's a low-profile tech messenger bag that'll help you run incognito on the move.

You'd be hard-pressed to tell that the Skyridge is even a tactical bag. Gratuitous MOLLE webbing doesn't cover its every square inch. Instead, it's limited to the sides, where you'll still have plenty of attachment points for gear. Even the hook-and-loop patch ID section on the flap looks decorative. When not in use, they don't scream for attention. Only you'll know their true purpose, and that's the point.

With 12.5L capacity and the ability to accommodate up to a 13” laptop, the Skyvale is sized just right for essentials. There's also plenty of internal pockets to help you manage and organize your carry, including a dedicated CCW pocket that could double as a security pocket for stashing valuables. The Skyvale's strong padding and solid water resistant nylon will also give you peace of mind even if you end up carrying it through rough situations.

The Skyridge is available in three different colors: black, gray, and tan. If you want a larger version of the bag with the same features, check out the Skyvale as well. It'll fit up to a 17” laptop and the rest of your gear. You can grab the smaller Skyridge in black at the link below.

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Eshena Bagram Pack

The perfect everyday carry bag has the space you need and the features you want — for all the situations you'll need it. And whether that's traveling, hitting the gym, or just heading out and about, ESHENA Gear's Bagram Pack delivers. This new Kickstarter project combines a thoughtful set of core features with all-over MOLLE modularity for a tactical look and endless customization.

With a 30-liter capacity and numerous compartments, the Bagram Pack is large enough to be your go-to travel and gym bag. You'll find that it's easy to fill the bag and access your gear because of its clamshell design. Even if it's filled to the brim with all of your gear, the strap design side handle makes carrying it around a simple matter.

The thoughtful design of the Bagram Pack accounts for the stuff you'll bring with it on a daily basis. It has a dedicated ventilated shoe compartment at the bottom of the bag. There's a laptop and tablet sleeve in the main compartment. On the sides of the bag you get an expandable water bottle holder and a space for an external battery charger and the attendant cord. These areas are all secured with solid YKK zippers and TSA-compliant lock spaces that are great for when you are on the go.

MOLLE attachment points cover the exterior of the bag, and there's even some in the main compartment. The Bagram Pack comes with a number of smaller MOLLE organizers depending on your level of commitment to the Kickstarter. These modular organizers are special because  they have a magnetic closure that makes it easy to put them on and take them off your bag.

The best part about all this is that the Bagram Pack is fully funded on Kickstarter, and Eshena has fulfilled successful crowdfunding campaigns in the past. Hop onto the Bagram Pack train and make a pledge to secure a bag of your own at the link below.

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10 Travel Bags for Your Next Getaway

Whether you've been hitting the books hard these last few months at school or putting in work at the office, you're probably feeling like your next vacation can't come soon enough. With spring right around the corner, now's the time to treat yourself to a little break (or at least start planning for one). And as relaxing as a quick vacation can be, all the travel involved usually isn't. That is, unless you've got a proper travel bag to make the trips go smoothly.

Topo Designs Quick Pack

A good backpack can go a long way, but sometimes even a small daypack can be overkill. Not to mention, you usually have to do a mini shuffle to sling it off your shoulder just to get to your gear. For short trips and lighter loads, you might want something that’s easier to carry, like Topo Designs' new Quick Pack. Whether you choose to carry it across your shoulder or close to the hip, you'll have quick access to all your essentials.

As the name implies, the Quick Pack lets you get to your gear quicker. Because it puts your most important gear right at your side, Topo Designs had to make it durable and versatile enough for EDC. Lining the pack, you'll find 400D pack cloth as well as highly water-resistant 1000D Cordura nylon at the base.

The larger compartment is perfect for storing EDC items that don’t fit in your pockets, like a notebook or water bottle. You’ll also find a slip pocket in that main compartment for quick access to important items like your phone or wallet. On the outside, there’s a smaller zippered pocket with another slip pocket inside, so there’s no shortage of organization here. The exterior pocket also has a handy clip to secure your keys, saving even more pocket space. The oversized YKK zippers found on both compartments come with colorful paracord loops so you can easily find them even when visibility is poor.

Everyone carries a little differently, and this compact 6L pack comes with plenty of options. You'll get a comfortable shoulder strap, bike loops, as well as travel bag attachment loops. Like many Topo Design products, the Quick Pack comes in a few different color combinations so you’re sure to find one that fits your style. If you’re tired of carrying big packs for short trips, definitely check out the Quick Pack by clicking the link below.


Mochibag Action DB Pro

"Mochibrand’s latest drawstring backpack is for outdoor enthusiasts. The Action DB Pro is made of DWR fabric, has five separate compartments and rolls up into a palm-sized form for storage. It also has..." (via TheAwesomer)

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6 Bug Out Bags to Prepare You for Anything

If you needed to escape a disaster right now, be it natural or man-made, what would you take with you? Chances are what you carry around everyday in your pockets won't be enough to make it through an emergency.

What you need is an emergency pack full of essentials to help you and those you care about get to safety. In the EDC community, we call this a bail-out bag or bug-out bag (you might also see it as a B.O.B.). Whatever you choose to call it, it's important to have one on hand and ready to go.

Before putting together a bail-out kit, it's crucial to start with a good bag for the job. To help you out, we've put together a list of great options for bug out bag duty.

8 Accessories to Organize Your EDC Bag

So you've finally tracked down what feels like the perfect EDC bag. It's built to last and can hold everything you'd ever need. But being truly prepared doesn't stop at just having a solid bag and all the right contents. Keeping everything properly organized is just as crucial—it ensures you can get what you need when you need it, and it makes carrying everything much easier. Most of the time, bags have some built-in organization, but we EDCers tend to need more. In this guide, we'll break down our favorite accessories that can help keep your EDC odds and ends organized neatly.

Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag

"Organization is definitely the Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag’s forte. From the outside it looks sleek and minimal but open its magnetic self-aligning/mechanically locking buckles to reveal a cavernous amount of storage space, with multiple Helix attachment points to secure a range of accessories that include Transport Cubes, Transport Pouches, and Admin Panels. A range of cleverly configured pockets inside and out stash smaller goods within reach and a 15-inch laptop across the back. The most unique of these is a front drop pocket with Helix attachments for an Admin Panel that can slide down for quick access and slide back in just as quickly (see second image for a look). It’s also made of a highly durable and..." (via GearHungry)

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TAB: The Adjustable Bag

"TAB has cinches on both ends that let you adjust it between three sizes – 31, 46.5 and 62 liters – in seconds. It also has an even more compact form for storage. The bag is water-resistant and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack

"Matador knows a thing or two about lightweight, packable products. And the Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack is their most impressive piece yet. The 28-litre pack is full-featured and made of PU-coated ripstop nylon, with a compartment plus routing for a hydration bladder, waist and sternum straps for added comfort and weight distribution, several gear tethers and anchors to strap on extra gear, plus a variety of pockets that keep everything tidy. Despite all of this it weighs in at an impressively low 20 ounces (560 grams) and..." (via GearHungry)

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Vanquest PILUM VSlinger

Sling bags offer a backpack's storage space with a messenger bag's ease of access, in theory at least. In practice, they can be hard to balance on your back and shoulder, sometimes making them awkward to carry. Unlike other sling bags, the Vanquest PILUM VSlinger accounts for asymmetry in its design. In fact, there are two versions of this bag for both left-handers and right-handers. Each version swings to either the left or right, and both offer easy-access to your gear.

The VSlinger can accommodate a 15" laptop and a bunch of camera gear if you need it. It has 19 total pockets for you to use to both carry and organize your essentials. Internal dividers in the main compartment allow for further organization options. Thanks to its strong padding and water-resistant 1000D Cordura nylon with Teflon, you can take it anywhere. Its minimal amount of MOLLE webbing also make it better suited for urban carry while still offering modularity when you need to carry more.

Whichever version you choose, you'll find the VSlinger is easy to use with the hand you find most comfortable. You only have to pick the one that corresponds to your handedness and your needs. Pick one up for yourself at the Amazon link below.

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PacSafe Z400 Anti-Theft Messenger Bag

Having a bag to carry your valuable essentials is pretty convenient, but someone out to grab your stuff probably feels the same way. In one brief moment, you can kiss all your belongings goodbye. That is, unless you're carrying a bag designed to beat burglars at their own game, like Pacsafe's Intasafe Z400 messenger bag. It's built from the ground up to seriously resist theft so you can carry with confidence as you go about your commute.

With lightweight stainless steel wire in the Z400's shoulder strap, good luck to anyone who tries to cut the bag away off your shoulder. eXomesh slashguard material reinforces the bag's poly canvas exterior to guard against pickpockets attempting to slash holes into the bottom of the bag to grab your stuff. Its zipper pulls also come together at a single anchor lock point Pacsafe calls the Roobar, making it convenient for you to secure the bag. RFID security adds to the Z400's physical defenses, which is great for keeping your passport and cards safe against electronic identity theft.

With 19L capacity and room to carry both a 15" laptop and 10" tablet, there's plenty of room to keep your everyday essentials safe. The interior also comes with internal pockets and storage compartments to keep it all organized.

Peace of mind is one lock away. The only thing you have to worry about is figuring out which color works best for you. Pick up the Pacsafe Instasafe Z400 at the Amazon link below.

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First Tactical Summit Side Satchel

For EDC on the go, the last thing you want is a bag that complicates rather than simplifies your life. The ideal bag should have plenty of space and easy access to your gear. With its easy-access external pockets, high-capacity interior, and endless configuration options with MOLLE webbing, the First Tactical Summit Side Satchel gives you the utility and organization you'd want from your bag.

The Summit Side Satchel has a plethora of external pockets that don't require you to open the bag to use. There's space for keys, pens, and other essentials. There's even a pocket underneath the handle that serves as a sunglasses carrier. The back pocket serves two purposes. In its first compartment you can carry documents or other flat and thin objects. There's also a hidden second compartment where you can put your valuables. It also functions as a concealed carry handgun storage space.

The padded main compartment has enough room for you to carry a tablet or an ultraportable laptop. The internal MOLLE webbing lets you put in more organizing pouches. It's accessed via a flap that has two options for closure: hook and loop and traditional snap buckles.

While it is a tactical bag, the Summit Side Satchel keeps things low-profile with external MOLLE that feels like a natural part of the design that doesn't dominate the exterior. The MOLLE area on the front also allows you to add a bit of flair to your carry with its hook and loop patch area.

First Tactical has put together a great utility bag for your carry with the Summit Side Satchel. With strong 1000D nylon construction, you can also have to confidence to take it anywhere. It's even small enough to be a perfect personal bag to carry with you on a plane. You can make the Summit Side Satchel a part of your EDC at the link below.

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VINTA S-Series Camera Backpack

"Inspired by military packs, but with modern touches like magnetic snaps, a laptop compartment, and padded interior dividers. Holds a DLSR w/ 3 to 5 lenses, and converts to..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Direct Action Messenger Bag

As far as EDC bags go, the words “MOLLE webbing” and “low profile” don't usually go together. All those straps can give off too much of a militaristic look for city use (camouflage doesn't help either). Not to mention, they add extra bulk and weight when you're trying to keep things light. Direct Action's messenger bag is a rare exception—it offers the modularity of MOLLE webbing without the bulk, thanks to its futuristic laser-cut front paneling. And you wouldn't be able to tell just by looking, but the bag conceals plenty of storage and organizational features in an unassuming design any minimalist would appreciate.

The benefits of laser-cut MOLLE/PALS paneling go beyond shaving off ounces and blending in. It won't snag on clips or your fingers when retrieving your gear, and it won't absorb water when the weather gets rough. And because its so low profile, it can cover more of the bag. You'll find plenty of places to attach gear on the main flap, on the side pockets, and on the exterior of the front pockets.

The MOLLE/PALS lined exterior pockets are just as functional on the inside, too. Gusseted mesh separators keep loose items in check, while a cordage system suspends the pocket open for hands-free use. The main compartment even comes lined with velcro, letting you further customize the bag with extra pouches. A dedicated internal sleeve protects your laptop, while your tablet can ride safely in a separate zipper compartment on the rear of the bag.

Of course, a highly organized tactical bag wouldn't be complete without durable materials and hardware. Direct Action uses 500D Cordura nylon in both neutral colors with tonal-stitched logos for that incognito look, as well as camouflage patterns treated to avoid nightvision detection. The bags are finished with DWR (durable water repellant) for added weather resistance. Check out the bag and all its features at the Amazon link below.

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8 Bags to EDC In and Out of the Gym

Looking to get in shape in the new year? You're not alone. Losing weight and exercising more have been two of the top New Year's resolutions in recent years.

Unfortunately, staying motivated to improve your health and fitness every single day can be incredibly hard. It might not sound like a big deal, but setting up the little things—like your gym bag—to lead a more active day-to-day can be a gamechanger.

Having a workout bag that's never in your way but always ready to go (just like your EDC) means one less excuse to stop you from picking it up, walking out the door, and crushing your goals.

In this guide, you'll find versatile bags that work double-time in and out of the gym, whether you're working, traveling, or exploring.