Bags & Pouches

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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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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What Are Your Favorite Features in an EDC Pouch?

EDCers as a whole seem to be big fans of the pouch organizer. It's our secret weapon for managing all of our gear that's hard to carry, but entirely necessary. But just as our EDCs can vary drastically from person to person, so can a pouch organizer. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. 

Since so many of you out there use pouch organizers, we want to know… 

What does the perfect EDC pouch look like to you?

If you don't have an EDC pouch yet, read on for a quick primer on some features and qualities to look for when searching for your own.

BOND Tool Roll

There's nothing worse than having to rummage through a bag to find the gear you need. It's frustrating to say the least, but it happens even to the best of us. That's why it's especially important to keep your gear organized in one place inside your bag. Expanding upon their lineup of EDC pouches and dopp kits, BOND offers a new organization solution with their durable Tool Roll. It's a unique way to keep all your gear protected in one place thanks to its efficient rolling design.

There's quite a lot of organization space built into the Tool Roll's design. It starts with three large pockets, sized just right for passports and small notebooks, as well as your smaller electronics. Then there's nine useful “no-slip” elastic holders that can fit your various pens, flashlights, knives, and cables. At the edge of the Tool Roll there's a YKK-zippered compartment for smaller gear and other valuables. When you're done loading it up, just roll it together and close it with the included aircraft-grade aluminum hook and strap. When it's time to get to work, unrolling the organizer gives you at-a-glance identification of your gear as well as easy access.

And with all that space, it's a good thing that the Tool Roll is built out of hardy 840D nylon. With its double-stitching and bartack construction, you can feel confident filling it with your best gear. The Travel Roll is built to last, and BOND Travel Gear stands by its longevity with a lifetime warranty. No matter what you carry and what you do, you can use the BOND Tool Roll to suit your needs. Grab one in black or coyote brown at the link below.

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incase Flight Nylon Accessory Organizer

Keeping your pockets full is easy enough, but organizing everything else that goes into your EDC is a daily task in an of itself. And when you throw unwieldy cables and delicate tech into the mix, it doesn't get any easier. Leave it to incase, the experts behind soft goods ranging from laptop sleeves to rolling luggage, to come up with a solution. Their latest Flight Nylon Accessory Organizer delivers the protection and organization you'd want in an EDC pouch with a few features designed especially for gadget enthusiasts.

A tightly woven nylon gives the Accessory Organizer its unassuming yet tough exterior as the first layer of defense from the wear and tear of daily carry. True to its name, this nylon was originally found on military flight jackets and leverages its dirt-, water-, abrasion-, and wear resistance to protect your essentials.

The organizer unzips to open flat like a book, revealing its internal compartments. One side of the organizer features larger slip pockets to fit bulkier items, made with mesh for at-a-glance identification of their contents. On the other side, a larger faux-fur lined zip pocket safely houses your phone or other tech and protects them from scratches. A smaller zip pocket consolidates loose items like SD cards. Elastic webbing of various sizes manages cables, tools, and pens throughout the organizer. Last but not least, a water-resistant zippered compartment on the front of the pouch grants quick access to frequently used essentials, like your keys or a transit card.

At 9.5” x 6” x 2”, this organizer is sized just right to manage gear too big for your pockets. It's versatile enough to organize your general EDC, your mobile office accessories, or toiletries and travel essentials. Toss it in your pack and pair it with a matching laptop case to have all your most valuable gear covered. Check them out at the link below.

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Massdrop x Intern Weatherproof Modular Carry Pouches

When it comes to EDC, a “heavy duty” bag doesn't necessarily have to weigh a ton. When you combine the right materials, hardware, and design, you can get a lot of the same performance you'd expect from a much heavier bag. But the real challenge is execution: it's a complex and expensive manufacturing process to achieve a high performance, ultralight bag. If there's anyone who's up to the challenge, it's the Vancouver-based, up-and-coming technical apparel designer who goes by the Techwear Intern. He's proven his design chops by creating a new piece of gear—ranging from innovative bags to first-of-its-kind jackets—every day for 30 days straight. By partnering with Massdrop, he's combining his technical knowhow with high-performance materials to bring you a modular carry pouch system at a price that's hard to beat.

This first release comes as an entire set of pouches collectively dubbed the Modular Adaptive Carry System (MACS). The biggest benefit of a modular system like this is how you can get your setup totally dialed for your exact needs, even as they change. The MACS comes in two types of pouches: the larger Carry Packits and smaller Center-Zip Pockets. The Packits are essentially single-cavity zippered stuff sacks (available in sizes from small to X-Large) ideal for larger, bulkier items. The accompanying Zip Pockets more closely resemble a pencil pouch, useful for quick access or consolidating small, loose essentials. They can be mounted together as a more complete bag option, separated for bag-in-bag packing, or used alone, thanks to the myriad of attachment options available: velcro, MOLLE, G-Hooks, C-Hooks, and integrated carry handles. This sort of versatility is especially valuable when you need to pack differently for various settings: urban EDC, outdoor, travel, school/work, and more.

No matter what you're doing, the MACS features materials that are durable enough and light enough to go anywhere. They feature a fully waterproof and impressively lightweight X-Pac laminated ripstop fabric that's made in the USA for durability and all-round protection. The zippers are also made in the USA and boast extreme water resistance to further keep your gear dry. Even the buckles and hardware use a proprietary thermoplastic polymer that retains strength and stability when exposed to various conditions. By opting for all these lightweight materials, bulk and fatigue under load are non-issues. It's especially crucial for a modular setup that can end up being fairly expansive.

Whether you're looking for a messenger bag, a gear organizer, an ultralight travel belt, or anything in between, Massdrop and the Intern probably have a combination for you in this first drop. The best part is it won't set you back too much either, thanks to Massdrop's production help. Check it out in full detail at the link below and secure your MACS setup before the drop ends July 12th, with options starting at under $20.

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Nomatic Travel Bag

Finding a travel bag that can keep up with you as you switch from planes to trains and back again isn’t easy. The Nomatic Travel Bag was made to be the perfect bag for your next trip. It’s spacious enough to carry everything you need, tough enough to rely on, and jam-packed with features frequent flyers will appreciate.

Whether you’re going out of town for the weekend or taking a family vacation, the Travel Bag can take the wear and tear. Its waterproof tarpaulin exterior will keep all of your gear safe from rain while ergonomic straps make it easy to carry larger loads. You can also configure those same padded shoulder straps so you can carry duffel bag style when in a crowded space. And if you’re carrying an extra heavy load, the handy waist straps let you take some of that weight off of your back. Not to mention that it meets carry-on standards for most airlines so you can get on with your trip as soon as you land.

Having to unpack your entire bag just to get your laptop out in a busy airport security line can be stressful, and no one wants to be the person looking frantically in every pocket for a misplaced passport. The Nomatic Travel Bag solves both of those issues with a quick-access, padded laptop sleeve a dedicated RFID-blocking pocket for your passport and other valuables.

You’ll get side pockets for organizing any smaller essentials like charging cables and earbuds, another pocket that’s perfect for stashing a good book, a compartment on the bottom for spare shoes, and even a pocket for your water bottle complete with a leak-proof lining that will keep the main compartment dry. To top it all off you’ll also get a laundry bag so you can keep your clean and dirty clothes separate.

It doesn’t take a lot to turn a good trip into a great one. Removing the stress of travel while adding versatility that other bags don’t provide might be what your next adventure needs. If you’re looking to step up your travel game make sure to check out the Nomatic Travel Bag via the link below.

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8 EDC Pouches to Organize Your Gear

So you've got your bases covered, your EDC dialed in, and all the gear you could need. Now how do you carry it all? If you want an all-in-one solution, maybe it's time to think outside the pocket. Consider the pocket organizer. These EDC-friendly pouches offer thoughtful layouts with all the straps, pockets, and webbing you'd need to keep your gear all in one place. Loading one up with your daily essentials makes EDC a simple grab-and-go situation. Whether you're using it for your main tools, your tech and cables, or a first aid kit, we've got a handful of new organizer recommendations for you to check out in this round-up.

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.

Peak Design Everyday Slings

When it comes to carrying our daily essentials, less is usually more. But most of the time, we need a bit more space than our pockets can accommodate. Sure, you can always carry a bag, but when you're trying to be more mobile or keep your gear minimal, that isn't always the best solution. That's where sling bags come in handy, thanks to their purpose-driven design to both stay out of your way and keep your gear quick at hand. And with two sizes to fit your needs, Peak Design's Everyday Slings are just the ticket for a more streamlined—but still fully-capable—EDC.

The most efficient gear is usually the most effective, and with the 5L Everyday Sling, Peak made sure to make the most out of the bag's space. The 5L features two main outer pockets, one interior zipped pocket, and a padded sleeve for a small tablet. The roomier main compartment and quick-access front pocket are both secured with waterproofed, sealing zippers, while the inner pocket comes with color-coordinated slots to keep essentials like batteries and memory cards organized.

The main compartment's key feature is a unique Peak design: the FlexFold dividers. With hook and loop fields on both the front and rear of the main compartment, these dividers can be adjusted for the perfect fit for your gear whether you're carrying a simple travel setup all the way to a complete set of accessories for a camera or drone. And speaking of adjustment, the sling comes with a 3-point adjustment system with a quick-adjustment point along the main strap that lets it adapt to any body type comfortably and securely.

If you have more gear or setups than the 5L can make room for, then the Peak Design's flagship 10L sling should have the room you need, short of moving up to a full-sized messenger bag. In addition to the roomier main compartment (which you can also subdivide with the FlexFold system), the bag itself can be expanded or compressed as needed with a couple of adjustable front straps. The inner sleeve also gets more room and can comfortably fit a larger tablet or a 13” laptop. As with the 5L, the 10L also has an adjustable 3-point strap system to fit your body type and use throughout the day.

Both bags feature waterproofed synthetic canvas exteriors, securable zipper pulls, and heavy-duty straps and buckles to last the heaviest use cases as well as contents. And if black doesn't fit the rest of your carry you have an option to pick up original Ash colorway on the 5L, and an additional Charcoal on the 10L as well. Grab the 5L Everyday Sling from Amazon at the link below, and check out the 10L at the link here.

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