Bags & Pouches

Readers' Choice: Top 3 EDC Bags in 2018

With the new year right around the corner, there's plenty of new gear in store for us to look forward to. But until then, now's a great time to look back on the gear that served us best through 2018. We polled our community in our exclusive Facebook group and asked what their favorite EDC gear was in the past year. In this quick round-up, we're highlighting your favorite backpacks! We've narrowed it down to the top three answers among the community — read on to see what your favorites were, and stay tuned for more gear to come in our Readers' Choice series.

DSPTCH RND Dyneema Collection

Sometimes you don't need a bag that's jam-packed with shiny bells and whistles for your daily carry. For many of you, your bag is like an extension of your pockets, offering just a bit more storage for the rest of your essentials. DSPTCH have taken this thoughtfully restrained, utility-driven approach to their urban EDC bags. And now they're pushing that to the next level with their experimental Research & Development (RND) capsule. Its first collection of bags takes proven, simple silhouettes and updates them in all the right places with functional hardware and futuristic materials. The Unit collection harnesses the high performance and unique properties of Dyneema composite fabric, resulting in barely-there, ultralight bags to carry your essentials.

The Unit collection highlights the best of what Dyneema composite fabric as a material can offer for your carry setup. It's made with fibers that are ten times stronger than steel by weight, resulting in a high performance fabric that's strong, waterproof, and ultra light. And while Dyneema looks and feels dramatically different from the heavy-duty, high-denier nylon DSPTCH usually uses, it still features qualities you'd want in your everyday gear.

DSPTCH opted for three classic silhouettes as the best platforms to highlight this futuristic material: a cross-body sling pouch, a low-profile musette, and a high capacity zippered tote. They all provide simple, no-frills extra capacity in an understated package. The smallest Unit Sling is useful for when you need a little more storage than the pockets on your clothes and want quick access to your gear while staying nimble on the go. The Unit Musette offers slightly more storage than the sling, but in a rectangular format better suited to keep a slim profile and to carry flat or low-volume essentials like notebooks and tablets. The Unit Tote rounds out the set a the largest capacity option for hauling gear. It addresses the usual shortcomings of basic totes by adding zippered compartments and two sets of straps: one for cross-body or off-the-shoulder carry, and another pair for briefcase-style hand carry.

The carefully considered hardware and design choices found on the Unit collection show how even the smallest details can make a big difference. To start, all three bags use large, waterproof YKK zippers to match the weatherproofness of the Dyneema fabric itself. The zippers even tuck into flexible zipper garages to leave no gap exposed to the elements. They're fitted with textured, subtly branded zipper pulls for easier operation when you're on the go. Next, all three bags feature DSPTCH's quick release sling straps for instant, comfortable, and intuitive adjustment on the fly. It makes releasing slack into the strap to swing the bag around for front access effortless, while pulling on the strap both tightens and swings the bag back around onto your back in one smooth motion. Last but not least, the zippered Tote features premium Hypalon touchpoints on the handles for a comfortable, futuristic-feeling grip. You can browse the new collection in more detail over at DSPTCH's site at the link below.

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3 Awesome New EDC Essentials from Victorinox Swiss Army

With decades of experience and iconic tools and products behind them, it would be a simple affair for Victorinox Swiss Army to rest on their laurels. But the thing about pioneers and trailblazers is, “stop” just isn't part of their vocabulary. So even with a catalog packed to the brim with the most tried and tested EDC gear, the brand still pushes the envelope to make even more essentials worth carrying. Below are three of the best new products from Victorinox Swiss Army, dressing up your EDC with gear designed to cut, clock in, and carry your way through the day.

Ridge Commuter Backpack and Card Case

When you're constantly on the move, the last thing you want is a bag that slows you down. Whether it's because the bag is too big and bulky for crowded city sidewalks, or it just isn't designed for the active EDCer, lugging your gear around can be a serious drag. But Ridge's Commuter Backpack was designed for your busy lifestyle in mind, giving you enough space to operate without being too big, and smart, thoughtful features that work with the tech you carry to make for a seamless experience. And because the Commuter is brought to you by the designers who put together the popular Ridge Wallet, it shares a similar minimalist aesthetic that looks great without drawing too much undue attention when you're in public. Combined with Ridge's power bank and phone case wallet, your daily tech is covered.

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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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Matador FreeRain24 2.0 Backpack

"Matador’s upgrade to its packable waterproof backpack, the FreeRain24 2.0 weighs a mere 6.6oz and packs into the palm of your hand. It has a siliconized waterproof coating, internally sealed seams and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Opposethis Invisible Backpack

"Opposethis‘ minimally-styled backpack has a sleek V-shape design that makes both the contents at the top and the bottom easier to reach. It has a dedicated laptop compartment that fits up to 15″ laptops and is made of..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Fixsolve NASH Backpack

In the pursuit of the perfect EDC pack, chances are you've gone through multiple bags over the years (which could be collecting dust by now). Bags tend to be highly mission-specific things, built and designed for one purpose in mind. But as an EDCer who's constantly on the go indoors and out, the last thing you need is to weigh yourself with another niche bag. The NASH Backpack from Fixsolve was designed for modern nomads with versatility in mind as the one bag you can haul anywhere. It boasts a premium construction and a smart design that works whether you take it to the office one day or the outdoors the next.

What sets the NASH backpack apart is ample storage and long-haul durability without aggressively conspicuous tactical styling. Its subdued look is only part tactical, with an all-black color way and MOLLE-compatible webbing, and part outdoors with its roll-top and lashing square on the exterior. In addition to the modularity of the webbing and adjustability of a roll-top design, the bag offers a 19L main compartment, bringing its total capacity to 25L. It's an ideal size for your daily and travel essentials without being so big and bulky that you leave it at home instead. Four compression straps also help keep the pack compact and nimble during your travels when it isn't fully loaded.

The roll-top design makes it perfect for keeping out the rain when you're outside, and the 1500D Cordura shell exterior can keep up with the worst bumps and scrapes that you encounter on your commute. At the rear of the bag, you'll find a secure, dedicated space for a laptop up to 15”. It's also useful for smaller items and critical documents like a passport. An internal admin panel, complete with mesh pockets, zippered compartments, a key leash and cordage loop organize the rest of your gear. Water-tight YKK zippers used throughout keep your essentials secure and dry against the elements.

It may come as a surprise how much you can pack into the NASH, but it makes sense: it's designed to let you live out of it on the journeys you take. You can go to work one day, fly to a different country at night, explore the city when you land and head into nature later with a pack like this. The NASH is built in small batches by experienced craftsmen in the Philippines. You can see its many features at the link below and pick one up for EDC and travel duty on Amazon

As an Everyday Carry reader you can use code EDCxNASH to receive 20% off your purchase of the NASH Backpack. This exclusive discounted pricing is available through 11/23/18, so be sure to grab this bag quickly if you're interested.

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Farer Design Dayfarer Sling

In theory, the best bag for EDC would be a sling bag: it's comfortable, spacious, and easy to access even on the go. But many bags miss the mark, with some not durable enough or too sporty or outdoorsy for urban EDC. The Dayfarer Sling from Farer Design on the other hand boasts an EDC-friendly design and smart styling to fit right into your fast-paced lifestyle. It sports a sleek, minimalist look that keeps a low profile, but impresses with its finer details upon closer inspection. And its incorporation of high-performance materials and futuristic hardware makes for a reliable bag that feels ahead of the curve.

What sets the Dayfarer apart is the thoughtful design of its most important feature: the sling itself. It attaches to the sides of the bag with flaps that prevent it from spinning and tangling around when you're rushing to catch a train connection. Plus, with its Fidlock magnetic buckles, it's easy to take it on or off when you need to. There's even an additional Fidlock buckle in the middle of the strap where your sternum sits, letting you take the bag off without having to swing it around your neck in close quarters.

For quick access, you can spin the bag to your front to reach into the compartments, and you can loosen and tighten the strap with ease as well. The Fidlock hardware extends to the main compartment, which opens via a top flap to reveal a padded compartment with about 400 cubic inches of space. It compresses nicely to save space and keep a low profile but also expands when you need to load up with more gear. Its ripstop fabric interior can handle any pointy objects you place inside and the dedicated tablet area helps keep your electronics safe. For further organization, there's two internal pockets to keep loose items like pens from flying around while you travel. The exterior shell is made of durable 1680D Cordura nylon fabric, chosen for its abrasion resistance and weatherproofness. And for further safety, there's a hidden YKK-zippered pocket on the reverse side of the bag, facing you, that you can use to carry cash or important documents.

And the versatility of the Dayfarer Sling extends to its carry options too: you can use it as a sling, a shoulder bag, or as a traditional briefcase, albeit with a modern minimalist bent in its design. You can secure one of your own at special Kickstarter pricing with an early pledge at the project linked below.

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Pacsafe Venturesafe X 24L Backpack

These days you have plenty of options for getting the best gear in the best materials. Anti-impact. Anti-corrosion. IPX8-rated resistance. But even with the most robust gear on the market there's one thing they can't defend against: theft. But there's more to protecting your gear than just putting a pile of locks on your bag. Companies like Pacsafe are making it their business to keep your essentials safe in bags designed with the urban commuter in mind. And with the launch of the Venturesafe X backpack, you get a full day's worth of security in a backpack that can carry and protect your entire EDC.

It's not a Pacsafe bag if every aspect of the bag didn't come with at least one point of security. For the Venturesafe X, this starts from the outside. Its straps are lined with steel cable paired with extra-strong Dyneema material so they're next to impossible to cut, which lets the right strap double as a security tether to a pole or table. The bag's outer shell also comes lined with a web of steel Pacsafe calls eXomesh, preventing entry via slashed openings. Its straps and zippers all congregate into Pacsafe patented security fixtures, including a Roobar Sport system to completely lock down main compartment zippers as well as a PopNLock security clip that lets the aforementioned strap disconnect and secure the bag onto an immovable object.

The Venturesafe X's interior isn't lacking for security features either; its internal pockets are RFID blocking thanks to the bag's lining. There's also plenty of organization between dedicated slots for your essentials, expandable mesh pockets, and dedicated tech slots for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. A few extra touches like the X-shaped compression/stow straps on the front exterior and a removable hip belt gives the bag extra value as an everyday or travel bag.

Lock down your essentials with the most secure bags in the business. Pick up Pacsafe's latest Venturesafe X from Amazon in 4 colors at the link below.

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Trakke x Carryology Storr SP 35L

If you depend on your EDC bag to keep you prepared day to day, you can probably imagine how crucial a good backpack can be for long-haul travelers and “onebaggers,” who practically live out of their luggage. While there's no shortage of “one bag” style packs out there, the bag experts at Carryology had their sights on building the perfect pack for the job. They brought their experience and expertise from reviewing countless of travel bags and teamed up with the Scottish adventure gear brand Trakke to release an ultra-limited travel pack collaboration. When it comes to travel bags, the Storr SP 35L is quite literally cut from a different cloth: the traditional coated canvas exterior is a nod to the past and Trakke's roots, while the cutting-edge Dyneema interior offers a glimpse into the future of bags in line with Carryology's vision. Together, they result in a timeless pack that's built to last a lifetime of adventure.

As a special collaboration between an adventure gear brand and a team of bag enthusiasts, it's only fitting for the Storr 35L to be a travel pack worthy of being your “one bag.” It's neither a backpack nor a piece of luggage, but instead, something much more versatile that can flex between those roles. Its main compartment opens clamshell style for easy loading and endless configuration, revealing its ultralight Dyneema interior. Woven with the world's strongest fiber, Dyneema offers an incredible strength to weight ratio and excellent weather resistance. The orange Dyneema used here is especially helpful for providing high-visibility contrast, while its slight translucence lets you see your gear even in the zippered compartments while still keeping them safe from moisture. The three thoughtfully placed zippered compartments give just enough internal organization without getting in the way of your preferred packing methods. It's all wrapped up in a salt-and-pepper canvas exterior that's coated with both traditional wax and synthetic water repellants, giving the bag a classic look without compromising weather resistance.

It's the little things that can be gamechanging when it comes to traveling with one bag, and the Storr SP 35L nails plenty of them. Three grab handles make it easy to pick up, carry, and load the bag in and out of bins, trunks, and overhead compartments. The backpack straps detach and stow away into the back panel, which also features a hidden zippered compartment. A large exterior zippered pouch can store a water bottle or other similarly shaped gear you'd want at a moment's notice, while two diagonal zippered pockets on the front of the pack offers quick access storage. YKK Aquaguard zippers used throughout the bag heighten its weather resistance to match the rest of the materials used.

Only 100 pieces of the Storr SP 35L were produced for this collaboration, along with optional, matching accessories like a keychain and Dyneema packing cubes. If you're looking for a capable travel companion, this might be that “one bag.” Check it out at Trakke's online shop at the link below.

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10 Dopp Kits to Travel With in 2018

Of all the packing essentials in a traveler's kit, it's the dopp kit that's often the hardest to organize. After all, unlike tools with uniform sizes like flashlights or rectangular tech objects, your grooming or first aid supplies come in all shapes and sizes. So finding the right dopp kit that's versatile enough to take on the most unconventional gear is key for making the most of your travel EDC. And usually, if your dopp kit is organized enough to stash toiletries and grooming gear, it can double as an EDC pouch for when you're not on the road. In this guide, we're rounding up dopp kits and toiletry bags to help you tackle the task of packing for your next adventure. Below are 10 of our picks for the best dopp kits to EDC this year.

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.

5 Bags We Want Right Now

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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