Bags & Pouches

Reader's Choice: 5 Bags EDCers Want in 2018

Last week our team put together a list of exciting new bags that came out this past year that we'd love to get our hands on. After sharing our picks, we took to the comments and social media to see what you, the readers, were excited about too. In this guide we've listed the bags you've chosen, and we hope it gives you even more great bags to pick from as the holidays come up and the year comes to a close.

Incase AllRoute Rolltop Backpack

Next time you're getting around in the city, keep your eyes peeled and you'll be sure to see someone sporting a bag made by Incase. They've made a name for themselves in the urban pack market with their sleek, organized, and tech-friendly designs. They're solid options for school, work, and commuting, but what about when you want to get outdoors? Incase finally has an answer for the weekend warriors with their first-ever rolltop, the AllRoute Backpack. Combining the sharp stylings of an urban backpack with the rugged materials and functional features of a hiking pack, it could be the one EDC bag you're looking for to take with you from the city to the mountain and back.

As you’d expect from a bag made by Incase, the AllRoute Rolltop starts with safely transporting up to a 15" laptop. It has its own padded compartment with an easy access zipper along the side. So if you’re packed to the brim with clothes for your weekend trip, you can still get to your laptop at work without needing to re-pack. In the main compartment you’ll get some helpful organization perfect for books or tablets. Its rolltop design also comes in handy if you need to pack a little extra, maxing out at 27L of storage capacity.

Of course, an EDC bag—especially one you'll take outdoors—should also have your back in the rain. The AllRoute Rolltop uses water-resistant materials from the ultra-light ripstop nylon all the way to the zippers. Plus, it’s a rolltop, so just by its design it helps to keep water out from the main compartment. Convenient Fidlock magnetic hardware closes the rolltop shut in a literal snap, giving the classic rolltop a modern touch for ease of use. On the side of the bag you'll get a water bottle pocket so that you can stay hydrated throughout the day. And when you need to carry heavier gear or move quickly, it has a sternum strap to help keep the pack comfortably loaded on your shoulders.

Incase isn't trying to reinvent the wheel with their first rolltop backpack, they're dialing in the essentials: keep water out, protect what you carry, and look good doing it whether you're on the street or up the trail. If this bag checks those three boxes for you, then make sure to click the link below and scoop one up for yourself.

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Staff Picks: 5 EDC Bags We Want in 2018

Believe it or not, the end of the year is almost here. We've seen plenty of exciting new releases over the course of 2018 that we can't help but think would make great upgrades to our own kit. In this series, our writers chime in with what gear we've been eyeing this year. We hope it'll serve as a good reminder of what came out this year and put you onto new gear you may have missed. Today we're rounding up EDC bags we've been geeking out over. Our shortlist has something for everyone, with bags suited for hiking, school and work, urban commutes, and much more.

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Vertx EDC Gamut 18

It's hard to argue the pure performance of a tactical pack when it comes to EDC with quick access, organization, and modularity at the forefront of its design. But if “tactical” doesn't suit your style, this new pack from Vertx offers that same functionality in a more discreet style you can take downtown or up the trail. It ditches the all-black look, concealing its MOLLE and hook-and-loop platforms with design cues you'd find on “heritage” hiking packs.

The 18-liter EDC Gamut was already a go-to tactical pack for its expansive EDC-focused feature set. This new colorway draws less unwanted attention with its neutral tones and leather touchpoints, but it's still every bit as functional. For starters, the front panel stows away into the bottom of the bag, revealing a full panel of MOLLE webbing for adding pouches and other gear. You can also attach gear to the webbing and keep it concealed with the front panel up for a cleaner look while still having your gear ready. Above the front panel is a zippered, top-entry stash pocket for frequently used gear. It has an integrated keyleash for clipping your keychain, too.


The main compartment opens by way of a U-shaped zipper to lay flat, allowing for easy loading and identification of your gear no matter where it is in the pack. There's a dedicated sleeve for laptops and tablets up to 15”, 3 zippered mesh pockets for keeping your gear consolidated and visible, and more hook-and-loop lining the interior for additional modularity. At the top of the compartment you'll find an admin panel that can fold out without fully unzipping the bag, making it easier to access on the go. The rear panel unzips to reveal a fully lined hook-and-loop platform for carrying self-defense gear, keeping its tactical functionality intact.

Last but not least, two butterfly-opening zippered side pockets give you additional storage on the exterior of the pack. Each pocket opens to reveal an inner sleeve or admin panel on the body of the bag, with a zippered mesh pocket on the “wing” when opened. Other handy features like a cord-equipped water bottle pocket, a pass-through back panel for loading onto luggage, and quick-release shoulder straps round out the pack. Get a closer look at the midnight navy/stone Gamut 18 at the link below.

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Maxpedition Riftpoint

For carrying a day's worth of essentials, a compact backpack is one of the best ways to go. Proper straps provide all-day comfort, multiple compartments keep things tidy and accessible, and a smaller capacity maintains a low profile. Maxpedition brought all these qualities to the new AGR Riftpoint backpack, a smaller version of their best-selling Riftcore pack. And while it's sized for day-to-day hauls, it's equipped with features to handle bigger load outs for both casual and tactical applications alike.

The low-profile pack starts at a base 15L in capacity with minimal bulk. Its main compartment opens clamshell style for easy packing and features an internal gusseted sleeve for a small laptop or tablet. Opposite that are a loop panel for attaching internal pouches or organizers and a zippered top pocket for easy access. A smaller top zippered pocket on the exterior of the bag houses frequently used gear for quick access. On the front of the pocket you'll find more loop paneling to attach even more pouches or morale patches as you see fit. A zippered front pocket features an admin panel and another zippered pocket for keeping gear organized. Last but not least, a side-entry pocket on the padded back panel of the pack securely stores valuables or your CCW.

As part of the Advanced Gear Research line, the Riftpoint features a tactically inspired design with future-forward styling and materials. A mix of abrasion-resistant 1000D plain weave ballistic nylon and 500D hex nylon ripstop make up the bag, with TPU and Teflon coating for water- and grime-resistance. Last but not least, laser-cut lattices along the front and sides of the pack serve as attachment points for modular pouches, giving you the freedom to carry more when the situation calls. This compact EDC bag comes in traditional tactical and military colors: black, grey, and tan to match the rest of your gear. Check it out at the link below.

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Unigear Tactical Gear Pouch

"This compact pouch has four pockets, offering up space for a pocket knife, lighter, phone, mini flashlight, pen, and more. It can be easily attached to MOLLE straps or other bags using a sturdy aluminum carabiner, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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DSPTCH Sling Pouch Collection

If you want to keep your EDC tightly consolidated and accessible all in one place, your best bet is the tactical sling bag. Luckily for us EDCers it's become a bit of a fashion statement, but a practical one nonetheless. And when it comes to blending utilitarian style with performance-driven features, few bag companies do it as well as DSPTCH. Their latest Sling Pouch collection brings three cross-body bags to the table with dialed in organization, thoughtful capacity options, and stylish, low-profile silhouettes.

One main advantage of a sling bag is it can keep your gear comfortably close to your body, which makes all the difference when you're on the go. All three bags in the DSPTCH Sling Pouch Collection were designed to ride comfortably against the body while keeping bulk to a minimum thanks to an ergonomic curved back panel where the strap connects to the bag. They all feature the same adjustable, removable and quick-releasing strap, but vary by their capacity and organization.

The Slim Sling Pouch stands out in the collection for its slim silhouette that best fills its niche as a cross-body bag. It's more square than rectangular in shape, with a 1”  depth to slip under outerwear. The main zippered compartment is divided into two vertical internal pockets, with one webbed section and one gusseted slip pocket for exterior storage. 

The packs are constructed from water-resistant, DWR-treated 1680D ballistic nylon for durability and structure. The navy bags also feature clear laminate panel details for at-a-glance identification of your gear. Other details like a removable D-ring, tactile zipper pulls, and back panel padding round out the pouches. Check out the latest collection in more detail over at DSPTCH's site below.

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Bellroy Shift Pack

When it comes to EDC bags, it's easy to take a one-size-fits-all approach. But in practice one bag that tries to do it all often falls short in a few key areas. Maybe it's not comfortable on the go, or doesn't have enough space for both office and personal essentials, for example. Bellroy's taken a more focused approach with their Shift backpack. With a sleek design that's dressed for the office, comfortable for a ride, and convenient for errands around the city, it's built to change the way you look at commuter EDC backpacks.

One look at the Shift and you can already tell this isn't your usual laptop or EDC bag. Its minimalist exterior is made from water-resistant Venture-weave polyester and leather. Its roll-top-styled main opening ensures your gear stays snug and dry. This top opening itself has a unique Slide Hook closure that gives you one-handed access, with three closure levels to let you expand or compact the backpack as necessary. For alternative access one side of the Shift has a sealing quick-access zip for grabbing things on the go, and on the opposite side you get another pocket for smaller essentials like your keys or phone.

Its interior has a 22-liter capacity, which includes a roomy main area, a water bottle slot, and padded vertical pockets that fit a tablet and up to a 15” laptop. A thoughtful design choice puts these organization pockets high up closer to the opening, giving you easy access no matter the Shift's closure level. This also gives you more and deeper room for larger items like a jacket or EDC pouch while still keeping your essentials near the top. The Shift closes everything up nice and tidy with YKK zippers and durable metal hardware, with a 3-year warranty to ensure you carry on no matter where the commute.

It might be time to shift away from the usual EDC backpacks. Pick up the Bellroy Shift backpack from Amazon at the link below.

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Deal Alert: Save 50% on a Laptop Backpack

The bells have rung, you're back in the halls, and the school year's off to a running start. That means making sure both your gear and school essentials can keep up with your busy schedule. The right bag makes all the difference, keeping your stuff protected and organized. Timbuk2 have a long history with making rugged, commuter-friendly bags, and at 50% off, it's the perfect time to save on their Q Laptop Backpack.

The Q is a 26L pack with plenty of organization for tech and school supplies. It has three compartments for organization: a large main compartment for your books, jacket, and larger essentials, a padded front tablet pocket, and a padded, tricot-lined (a fine, knitted fabric) laptop compartment with enough space for up to a 17" Macbook. You also get a fully-loaded front admin panel with pockets for your pens, keys, and smaller essentials, and a bottom zip pocket that's perfect for a heavy laptop power brick and extra power banks. The Q's exterior is lightweight canvas, with adjustable straps and ventilated back padding to keep carrying on with comfort.

School is hard enough, so you need a bag that's just as tough. Pick up the Timbuk2 Q laptop backpack at a deep discount at the Amazon link below.

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The Best EDC Backpacks for School 2018

It's never too early to start preparing for what's ahead, and with summer coming to a close for a lot of people that means it's time to go back to school. The perfect school bag can be hard to find as there are tons of options out there and everyone needs something a little different. That said, there are a few key aspects of a bag that are worth looking for. Textbooks and laptops aren't exactly light, so getting a bag that's comfortable to carry around is an obvious must-have. Similarly, those items aren't cheap so a bag tough enough to protect your gear from a passing storm should also be a priority. Whether you're going to be commuting to class everyday after work or walking across campus after a long night out, a good backpack can help make sure you always have what you need without slowing you down. We took the time to put together a list of some of the versatile backpacks that should fit your needs.

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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HEIMPLANET Transit Line

Plenty of people EDC a bag, and like the gear in your pockets it’s all about finding the right tool for the job. Finding one bag that fits every situation can be tough, and in some cases even the best bags can be impractical. Rather than making one bag packed with features, a new Kickstarter campaign by HEIMPLANET is promising three. Each bag from the forthcoming Transit Line is specialized to give you the right set of features, capacity, and carry options for whether you’re working, traveling, or out on the town.

The first bag is the 34L Transit Line Travel Bag, and aims to be the last travel bag you’ll ever need. Not just because it’s guaranteed to meet the carry-on requirements of all airlines, but also because it’s packed with features that any frequent flyer will find useful. Packing is easy thanks to a clamshell design that opens flat and quick access to the main compartment from the top. There's also a dedicated laptop compartment lined with stretch pockets to fit smaller tech essentials you don’t want to lose while traveling. It's perfect for those pesky charging cables and USB sticks that always seem to disappear. Top it off with water-resistant YKK zippers, dual density EVA foam for the shoulder and back padding, and a hip strap to evenly distribute the weight, and this bag gets the job done even if you’re only going away for the weekend.

If you’re not going to be in and out of airports and want something a little lighter, then there's also the Transit Line Rolltop Messenger bag. You’ll get the same water-resistant YKK zippers that you’ll find on the Travel Bag and a padded compartment that can hold up to a 15-inch laptop. When you need to be professional it’s perfectly suited as a slim briefcase to hold your documents, but because the main compartment has a roll-top closure you can fit way more in here than the typical briefcase. A zippered pocket on the front can hold those items that you might need quick access to, and it also comes with a removable courier strap for when you need some added support.

Both of these options seem great if you’re traveling or headed to the office, but what if you’re just hanging out and don't need all that gear? That’s where the Transit Line Sling Pocket comes in. The Sling Pocket is just for the essentials. Having a place for your keys and wallet leaves you with more pocket space for other items in your EDC. It has a padded back panel for comfort and an interchangeable strap for when you feel like switching it up.

All three bags in the Transit Line come with Dyecoshell fabric, which is a unique way of blending two different dope dyed yarns resulting in a strong and environmentally-friendly outer shell. HEIMPLANET completely funded the campaign in about 48 hours, so if you're weary of campaigns not getting passed the finish line don't worry. All you have to do is pick the bag (or bags) that caught your eye and make your pledge at the link below.

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Boundary Errant Pack

When it comes to an EDC bag, it all comes down to the pockets. It's the right set of compartments that makes the difference between a travel bag and an alpine pack, for example. The new Errant Pack has such a versatile pocket layout and feature set that it pushes the boundaries of what an EDC bag can be, filling the roles of that one bag for your urban commute, work, gym, and photography. And with its go-anywhere durability and all-conditions materials, it's built tough enough for outdoor adventures and longhaul trips alike.

The Errant Pack's design draws inspiration from many different packs, distilling their best features into one clever design. It sports a stormflap top loader like you'd expect from a cycling bag or alpine pack, allowing for easy access as well as complete water protection. Unlike other toploaders that you need to roll or unbuckle, the Errant Pack's storm flap secures with magnetic Fidlock closures to get you in and out of the pack in a snap. Next, a water-resistant zippered main compartment opens the same way you'd find on clamshell luggage, making it easy to pack and identify your gear at a glance. You'll find plenty of organization in its nylon interior: mesh side pockets, a top dump pocket lined with a nylon/wool blend to protect against scratches on your glasses or phone screen, a full-on admin panel with gear loops, as well as a magnetically secured laptop and tablet section. Last but not least, a wet/dry shoe garage at the bottom of the bag keeps things separated for when you travel or work out.

The outside of the pack has its fair share of useful compartments too. The most notable is its side-loading quick access pocket, which can be especially useful for stashing frequently used items. The back panel conceals hidden storage for valuables when traveling, while expandable side pockets can stash anything from water bottles to tripods. The entire bag is riddled with features for multiple applications, from hydration hose compatibility for hiking to luggage loops for traveling. Premium materials like its DWR-treated, 500D Kodra exterior, durable Hypalon paneling, seatbelt webbing adjustors and straps, and magnetic latch locks throughout make the Errant Pack a quality option for all-around carry.

You can pre-order yours at the Kickstarter link below before the fully funded project ends in a little under two weeks.

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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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Hazard 4 Pillbox Thermocap Daypack

When you EDC expensive electronics and gear that needs to be kept safe, not just any bag will do. You need a bag that has enough padding and protection to prevent against damage from both within and without. And one of the best ways to do that is to carry your gear in a camera backpack. Take the Hazard 4 Pillbox, for example. It mixes the interior padding and protection of a camera bag with the aesthetics and durability that are the hallmarks of tactical everyday carry design. And you don't have to carry a camera to realize the benefits of using the bag, because its organizational storage space works with your kit, whatever it may be.

The most striking feature of the Pillbox is its molded-foam shell exterior and 1000D Cordura nylon construction. This provides more structure and protection than your standard cloth backpack, and helps you maximize its storage space when it comes time to pack.  It has a spacious 29.5 liter capacity, and its main compartment comes with padded dividers for cameras or small electronics. A secondary compartment features admin organizational space for pens and other loose items, and there's a padded sleeve that can accommodate a full-sized production laptop as well. A small amount of interior MOLLE webbing lets you attach the pockets and pouches of your choice. And if you carry concealed, a hidden hook-and-loop lined compartment behind the rear padding lets you carry discreetly. That space can easily be used to carry a hydration bladder as well, if you prefer.

The sturdy build of the Hazard 4 Pillbox makes it perfect for carrying your EDC and valuables, especially if it includes cameras and lenses. But its versatility also makes it a good daily driver bag. This ultra-configurable bag is available in both tactical black and coyote tan colorways. Check it out at the link below.

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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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