Bags & Pouches

ARKTYPE Dashpack

With more bag options than ever before changing the way we carry our gear, the question of what's in your bag is becoming just as important as what's in your pockets. Wearing a backpack these days doesn't have to mean choosing between looking like you're going to school or on a 3 day camping trip, either. Smaller, sleeker urban bags like the new ARKTYPE Dashpack work more as an extension of your pockets, giving you that extra storage and organization you need to take your EDC further. Blending military equipment design cues and materials with rugged minimalism, the Dashpack is a made-in-the-USA bag for a more covert, commute-ready carry.

At 15L, the Dashpack isn't designed for heavy loads. But as its name implies, it's slim and compact enough to dash through busy city streets and beyond. The smaller size sits higher and more balanced on your back with a narrow profile even when packed full.

The Dashpack also features more quick access pockets than its minimalist design leads you to believe. A water-resistant YKK Aquaguard zipper hidden under a storm flap runs vertically down the front of the pack for concealed access to a spacious pocket. Inside the pocket, you can secure pens, tools, cables, and more in a row of elastic webbing, while a D-ring at the top of the pocket is handy for clipping a keychain, like one of ARKTYPE's excellent magnetic paracord options in the PMK and RMK.

A 3/4 double zipper (also water resistant) accesses the main compartment. It's mostly empty with just a horizontal zip mesh pocket at the top and a half-height laptop sleeve towards the back of the bag. The lack of internal organization makes the main compartment better suited for bulky or awkward cargo.

You can safely stash your tech and valuables in a zippered security pocket hidden in the back panel of the bag. The main back pocket is padded to protect a large tablet or smaller laptop a second zippered mesh pocket sorts out smaller loose valuables. The vertical orientation of the front and back pockets make it easy to swing the bag under your arm and access your gear from the top down without ever having to take off the bag.

If you do end up needing more storage, the Dashpack features a row of low-profile webbing for added modularity. It also has water bottle pockets on both sides, just under the compression straps that keep the bag slim and tidy when less packed. Both the compression straps and shoulder straps are designed with built in strap management, leaving no dangling excess webbing for a cleaner look.

Last but not least, the pack features 1680D ballistic nylon on the exterior for abrasion resistance and durability yet only weighs 2 pounds. ARKTYPE's first foray into the EDC bag space is available now in black or grey at the link below.

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Lander Carry System

Whether setting off for that well-deserved vacation or blazing trails on the weekends, it's hard to completely unplug and leave all your tech behind. Which becomes a hassle, given you have to pack both your tech essentials and your travel gear separately in purpose-built packs. Or do you? While many bags are designed to be outdoor bags first with tech protection as an afterthought, the Lander Carry System of bags truly aims to take you from the office to the outdoors with no half-measures for both quality and protection.

The system is divided into four components: a 36L Traveler pack, a 25L Commuter pack, the Kit dopp kit, and Parcel collapsible packing cube. You have a choice of the two former for your main pack with the space and features to fit your needs, and the latter two are modular additions to expand and extend the capacity of your Traveler and Commuter.

The Traveler is the Lander's flagship bag, and comes with quite a few features for both in and outdoor essentials. Its Cordura EcoMade exterior is recycled, durable, and DWR (durable water repellent)-coated for all-weather performance. It's got a front pocket with interior organization and a soft pocket lined with microfiber for more sensitive essentials. Its roll-top cargo section (with inner mesh storage) unzips completely for easy access to its internals, with a shoe compartment, water bottle pocket, and haul handles for ease of carrying.

The Crash Pad is the Traveler's key to protecting your valuable tech. It's a safe storage area on the rear of the pack, and includes a padded laptop sleeve (for computers up to 17”), protected wireways for your cables, and taped seams for even more waterproofing for your gear.

The Commuter comes with all the Traveler's core features including the Crash Pad, trading capacity and the roll-top for an extra water bottle compartment and cargo straps. And with the Kit and Parcel, both packs are customizable to fit your needs and carry from workday to weekend. There's a little over a week left to back the Lander Carry System modules of your choice at the Kickstarter link below.

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Rothco Military Trauma Kit

"Forget cheap drugstore first aid kits. Be prepared for anything with this military-grade pack, which comes packed with useful emergency medical items, from bandages and splints, to a stethoscope, scalpel, blood pressure cuff, burn dressings, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Recycled Firefighter Battalion 12L

A good backpack doesn’t have to carry everything and the kitchen sink. Like any EDC tool sometimes just the essentials are all you need to get the job done. The Battalion 12L pack by Recycled Firefighter is one of those bags. It’s not designed for your next 3-day hike through the mountains, though it’s certainly tough enough to make the trip. Instead this American-made pack was made to have your back through a 12 hour day, making it a great option for EDC.

Although the Battalion is only a 12L pack, Recycled Firefighter didn’t skimp on any of the rugged build materials they’re known for. Instead of the recycled firehose that you’ll find on their wallets, you’ll get a bag built from a durable 1000D Cordura that’s more than suitable for the everyday wear and tear of EDC. The use of YKK zippers is a nice touch, as you won’t be stuck wrestling with the bag when you need to get open it. Plus the dual zippers also give you a little extra versatility when wearing the bag. When you're on the move, you can swing the pack around with one arm and access your gear using the dual zips just like you would a sling bag. Combined with its clamshell-opening design, the dual zippers also help for effective, lie-flat packing.

Bags with a clamshell design might not inspire much in terms of internal organization, but that’s why the Battalion is more than meets the eye. The exterior pocket is perfect for items you’ll need frequently throughout the day like notebooks, pens, and even tablets, while the larger compartment has two zippered mesh pockets for smaller essentials that you don’t want to lose track of and can easily fit a 13” laptop. Throw in a padded handle, 550 paracord zipper pulls, and the padded straps and you have a fairly minimal bag with tactical features. For those of you who do use internal pockets, the Battalion is also compatible with a rigid MOLLE grid framesheet to add on pouches and holsters.

For a daypack that combines a heavy duty build with a modern design, the Battalion 12L pack could be the one you’ve been looking for to help lighten the load. If this sounds like the bag for you make sure to click the link below and check it out for yourself.

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10 Compact Slings and Messenger Bags for EDC

Even after paring your gear down to the essentials, it can still be too much to fit in your pockets. The quick fix would be to toss the rest into a bag, but even then you might not have enough excess gear to justify carrying a full-sized daypack. For those times when you could use just a little extra pocket space, a compact sling or messenger bag can make all the difference. Better yet, one that's fine-tuned to your specific EDC needs. In this guide, you'll find ten examples of EDC-worthy slings and shoulder bags for every scenario.

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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