Bags & Pouches

Nite Ize Runoff Waterproof Pocket

Whether you're traveling, exploring the great outdoors, or simply gearing up for another day in the office, organization is key. It's especially true if you rotate through different bags for each activity but your core essentials stay the same. A utility pouch is a simple and effective way of keeping your EDC in one place, and the new NiteIze Runoff Pocket does it even better thanks to a slew of innovative features. With its waterproof construction and materials, it's ready to protect your passport, phone, and other small essentials far off the beaten path.

It's easy to phone it in with something as seemingly simple as a zippered pouch, but NiteIze tends to cram tons of functionality into their gear. With the RunOff Pocket a few key features put an emphasis on durability, waterproofness, ease-of-carry and visibility. It starts with an exterior made from TPU (thermoplastic urethane) material, with seams welded through radio frequencies, also known as dielectric welding. This fuses the material together, giving it fully submersible and dustproof properties. Matching this high-tech construction is a special zipper developed by NiteIze called the TRU Zip, a waterproof zipper which maintains a seal rated to IP67 as a quick and convenient alternative to a roll-top closure. It glides smoothly, silently, and without snagging thanks to a unique toothless mechanism, giving you a familiar process without sacrificing protection.

At 5.2" x 6.5", the pocket is sized right for EDC, with enough space for your phone, wallet, keys, passport, or other essentials that need protecting during your excursion. Thanks to a windowed main/front compartment, you have full touchscreen access to your phone, letting you operate it without exposing it to the elements. On the reverse side, a pass through belt loop lets you wear the pouch on your belt or strapped to your bag for easy, secure access. Finally, rounding out the pouch's carry options are built-in attachment points on either side that make it easy to carry via a carabiner, lanyard, or shoulder strap.

Carry your essentials with confidence, no matter the element. Pick up the Nite Ize RunOff Pocket at the link below, and be sure to check out the rest of the RunOff line to cover your bases.

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Maxpedition Entity Tech Sling 10L

When getting from point A to point B in a big city, keeping a low profile can be just as important as having all the gear you need within arm's reach. That's why more and more EDCers look for discreet bags they can bring into work or around town instead of the usual strapped-up tactical pack. But even with the right looks, your bag needs the performance to match—especially in critical situations. With a strong track record of making proper tactical packs, Maxpedition has what it takes to design a discreet EDC bag without compromising tactical features. The result is their best-selling tactical/non-tactical Entity line, and they've released a tech-friendly sling option to keep your commutes covertly covered.

The Tech Sling is a compact, 10L bag that's perfect for commuters and travelers who pack light and need their mobile office and tactical EDC all in one place. It accommodates up to a 13” laptop in its dedicated padded compartment which can be accessed from either side. The rest of the bag is designed for ambidextrous access and operation, which is an important feature to have on a sling. For example, its adjustable strap can be mounted in either left-hand or right-hand dominant orientations, while symmetric 3/4 zippers and pull handles on both sides make for easy operation from all angles. Its CCW compartment is also dual-entry, complete with a looped liner for attaching holsters and accessories. The Tech Sling also converts from a traditional sling pack when worn tight and close to your back to a more casual and comfortably accessible shoulder bag to be worn at your side.

A front admin panel keeps your smaller gear and mobile office essentials organized and folds out flat for at-a-glance convenience. Other thoughtful features like a key leash, mesh dump pocket, and a hi-vis interior round out the pack. The Tech Sling's exterior is made of a 500D nylon/poly blend in that low-key heathered fabric, coated with PU for added dirt and weather resistance. Its YKK zippers can be locked shut for peace of mind when traveling, but open in a flash thanks to oversized zipper pulls so you can get to your gear quickly. Check out the pack in full detail at the link below.

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Vanquest FTIM Gen 2 Maximizer

Gear comes in all shapes, sizes, and lengths, which is a bad mix for pockets designed to catch everything as-is. Within those unstructured enclaves your gear is banging and scraping against each other, causing unnecessary wear and tear. Larger pockets are also an inefficient way to organize your gear, making it that much harder to grab your essentials at a moment's notice. Enter the EDC solution: pouches. Compact, organized, and easy to carry, purpose-built pouches solve all of your carry needs. Vanquest takes the EDC pouch further with their FTIM Gen 2 Maximizer. With a unique pull-down opening system to make it as fast as possible to get to your gear, it's an ultra-rugged and extra-organized way to manage your everyday kit.

Unlike most half- or clamshell-opening pouches, the FTIM's main compartment is more akin to a dopp kit, with a U-shaped zipper to lay out its contents wide open. This YKK#8 zipper is lockable and comes with Spartan zipper pulls, a combination designed to make opening as fast and as smooth as possible. In the main compartment are 24 elastic webbing slots in both vertical and horizontal orientations; there's a space for your gear be it pens, cables, flash drives, and more. One external pocket, two internal ones, and a detachable 2-position key fob space round out the pouch's organization.

Since this is a mil-spec pouch, that means heavy-duty 500D Cordura nylon with a durable water repellent coating for its exterior. A grab handle sits on top, while on the bottom, each end of the zipper opening has grab tabs for even faster deployment. On the FTIM's sides are MOLLE/PALS-compatible webbing, allowing you to expand its functionality or stash it to the rest of your compatible equipment. Finally, a loop ID panel front and center lets you customize or decorate the pouch to your needs.

Stop stuffing your pockets with loose essentials and get organized with a robust EDC pouch like the Vanquest FTIM instead. Pick one up in three colors at the Amazon link below.

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Chrome Industries Vale Sling Bag

When you think of sling bags you probably picture something small that can hold the essentials, but nothing more. The Vale Sling Bag by Chrome Industries is the exception to the rule, with an adaptable 14L capacity that makes this sling practical enough for daily use without making it too bulky. The company is known for making tough gear for cyclists that can withstand the elements, so you know the Vale is up to the task of EDC.

The Vale Sling combines a minimal exterior with plenty of internal organization to get you through the day. Its weatherproof 600D Twill melange fabric construction keeps the rain out so your gear stays dry in the rain whether you’re commuting to work or running a few errands on the weekend. It even has compression straps that contract or expand as you fill it. This means you can pack it to capacity with notebooks, laptops, gym clothes, or anything else without sacrificing its sleek silhouette.

It features a comfortable messenger-style crossbody strap that provides support during longer days. Not to mention that it also makes it easy to access your gear without even taking off the bag as you can just swing it around. There’s a U-Lock holster for added convenience, but you don't need to be a cyclist to take advantage of the quick access pocket on the front. The zippered pocket is perfect for carrying those smaller essentials that get lost in a bigger bag, like your keys or a small notebook. The main compartment is fairly big, allowing you to pack whatever you can fit, but it also has some decent organization features. Along the sides are pockets perfect for holding pens or flashlights, and bringing up the rear is a laptop sleeve that can hold a 13” laptop or tablet.

While there are plenty of great EDC bags to choose from, you don’t always see a sling that can hold its own and check all those same boxes. If you’re looking for something with a sleek design, weatherproof build, and plenty of internal organization to keep your smaller items easily accessible, the Chrome Industries Vale Sling is worth checking out via the link below.

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Rino Ready Companion

"The Rino Ready Companion is a waterproof and fire-resistant backpack with over 40 emergency supplies for two people. That includes a tent, gas masks, a multitool, various light sources and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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APG Military Sling Bag

"This sling style leather and canvas bag is perfect for carrying small items when traveling or hiking. It’s smaller than a backpack or traditional messenger bag, but big enough to carry a 9.7″ tablet, and has pockets for tissues, eyeglasses, mints, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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BOND Travel Gear Attache 13

Let's face it: a lot of business briefcases just won't cut it for an EDCer. They're generally plain, have a single function (to keep papers and folders in a rectangular enclosure), and are made from a simple combination of leather, plastic, and metal. That's not good enough for the folks at BOND, who make highly functional, versatile, and EDC-focused soft goods. So when it comes to the humble briefcase, their Attache 13 is anything but. With design cues and materials from tactical packs and a function-led approach to organization, it's a bag that ensures an awesome day in, and out of, the office for your EDC.

At its heart the Attache 13 is a slim briefcase that fits and protects a 13” laptop and similarly sized tech. But even starting with its exterior, BOND set out to create something exceptional. Rugged nylon, weatherproof YKK zippers, and Hypalon are materials more commonly associated with tactical bags, but they're used in the Attache 13 to protect your gear. The full clamshell-opening style also takes its cues from travel bags, allowing the Attache 13 to lay flat when open so you can best survey and organize its contents. No more having to fish in the depths of a bag that only opens halfway. A quick-access front pocket, nylon webbing handles and strap, and metal hardware round out its external features.

Speaking of organizing its contents, there's even more design choices inspired by the Attache 13's tactical peers. Opposite the laptop/tech sleeve compartment are no-slip, quick-access loops front and center so you can easily grab lone essentials like pens or cables. These pair with mesh pockets to both keep things from falling out as well as giving you an at-a-glance visual of your gear. Behind these are larger mesh zip pockets for larger items like notebooks or power cables, as well as extra loops for loose essentials like your keys.

The BOND Attache 13 may be overbuilt and overkill for the office, but that's exactly the kind of rugged gear that EDCers appreciate. You can pick one up in black and tan or a black multicam colorway at a huge discount from Amazon at the link below.

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OneTigris Minimalist EDC Pouch

When pockets aren’t enough everyone has their go-to organizer to bear the extra load. There are plenty of top-notch EDC organizers to choose from but they’re usually made of heavy materials that add too much weight to justify carrying them, even when empty. Add to that a cumbersome clamshell design that makes getting to your gear that much harder and suddenly that full-on organizer doesn't seem ideal. For those of you who want an EDC pouch that's sleeker, lighter, more affordable, and more easily accessible, there's the OneTigris Minimalist EDC Pouch.

While this pouch is only about an inch thick, it’s not frail by any means. Its 500D Nylon construction means that you'll get a tough, water-resistant pouch that's relatively lightweight at only 3.7 ounces. A looped panel on the exterior adds some modularity for morale patches or other sheath and carry systems, too. A waterproof YKK zipper protects the main compartment in bad weather while its top-entry positioning allows for easy access on the go.

On the inside, this pouch has the right combination of space and internal organization. It measures 8.6” x 5.9”, which means you can carry a few extra essentials that don't fit in your pockets, but you don’t feel comfortable leaving behind when you walk out the door. There are also two internal mesh pockets for extra organization. It's perfect for quick access to smaller items like keys or small flashlights that usually find their way to the bottom of whatever bag they're in.

The OneTigris Minimalist Pouch is simple and bends to your needs, which makes it a versatile option for basically any kind of EDC. Thanks to a couple of anchor points and an included, removable shoulder strap, you can toss it in your pack as a first aid kit or wear it as a low-profile sling bag under your jacket when you travel. However you decide to use it, it's got your overflow organization needs covered. For a simple, affordable and discreet way to carry more in an organized way, check out this minimalist pouch at the link below.

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Zeropoint Smallest Bag

"Zeropoint Design Labs’ teensy bag is so portable you’ll have no reason to leave home without it. It’s as small as a coin when rolled up and is lighter than a key. It unrolls into either an A4 or A3-sized bag. It’s made of splashproof, dust-resistant and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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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.

This is a sponsored post presented by Ridge.

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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