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The 12 Best Laptop Bags in 2021

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The 12 Best Laptop Bags in 2021

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For many in the EDC community, laptops are the most important (and most expensive) part of their daily carry, and figuring out how to bring one along safely and conveniently can be a big problem. Good laptop bags tend to be bigger and designed with protection in mind, with dedicated spaces for your tech hardware and enough padding to help make sure your computer survives life’s bumps and scrapes. You’re also likely to be carrying a lot of other office, school, or work-related gear like documents, stationery, and the gadgets that help you get work done away from home, so the added capacity and organizational space comes in handy. Water resistance is important too, because electronic tech doesn’t work well if it gets wet, after all. With that in mind, your choice of a bag to hold your laptop is very important, and to help you on your quest to find one that suits your everyday carry, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 of our favorite EDC laptop bags that you can buy today.

Mobile

Mobile Edge Alienware Orion M17x Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
ScanFast security checkpoint friendly
10 interior pockets
Vented back panel
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
17.3"
Capacity
N/A
Materials
1680D ballistic nylon
EDC Rating


Price
$$
If you’re familiar with Dell and their Alienware line of laptops, you’ll see flashes of their design aesthetic in this armored, water-resistant hardshell gaming laptop backpack made in collaboration with Mobile Edge that’s been sized up to fit up to a 17.3" machine with ease. It’s also TSA airplane security checkpoint friendly which allows you to fold the computer compartment out completely without having to remove it from your bag when you’re traveling. The 1680D ballistic nylon outer shell offers extreme durability and water resistance, and Mobile Edge stands behind the quality workmanship of their products with a lifetime warranty.
GORUCK

GORUCK GR2 Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
Tried and tested overbuilt construction
Opens flat
Modular PALS webbing
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
15“-17" laptop
Capacity
26L/34L/40L
Materials
500/1000/1050D ballistic nylon
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$$
The bigger brother to GORUCK’s signature GR1 comes with an extra compartment for accessories (and also comes with a built-in field pouch) in addition to the dedicated bombproof laptop compartment. There’s four rows of external and internal MOLLE/PALS webbing for extensibility, and the improved padding on the shoulder straps and back panel make for a more comfortable everyday carry experience.
Incase

Incase A.R.C. Daypack Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
Ortholite padding
RFID blocking
Travel luggage passthrough
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
16“
Capacity
N/A
Materials
900D/1200D recycled polyester
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$
The A.R.C. Daypack features a low-profile, elegant look that doesn’t scream "laptop backpack" to the world. Differentiating itself from a lot of day packs in the industry that feature a big cavernous main compartment, Incase's Daypack features a plethora of inner sleeves and pockets that help organize your everyday carry essentials and puts everything its place. Its padded, faux-fur-lined laptop compartment fits up to 16” MacBook and up to 12.9” iPad, and its organizational features helps when you’re trying to find a specific piece of gear quickly too, a big boon in a crowded bag full of cables, adaptors, and other tech tidbits.
Bellroy

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
Tuck away shoulder straps
Soft grab handles
Vertical front pockets
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
16"
Capacity
20L
Materials
Recycled water-resistant woven fabric
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$$
The versatile Tokyo tote from Bellroy features smart and classy minimal aesthetics that allow it to be toted around into a dressy office while still having the ability to be carried as a backpack for secure transit during the daily commute. The padded shoulder straps tuck away flat into the body of the bag, hidden underneath the soft recycled woven fabric exterior. The integrated laptop sleeve fits up to a 16" device, and there’s lots of external storage for water bottles, umbrellas, and even a spare set of shoes when needed.
Aer

Aer City Pack X-Pac Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
AirTag/Tile tracker slot
Duraflex hardware
YKK zippers
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
15.6“
Capacity
14L
Materials
VX-42 X-Pac
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$
The 14L City Pack combines a number of signature Aer designs and tweaks them to maximize the smaller platform. The front compartment offers familiar stretch, mesh, and zip pockets for organization, and a redesigned laptop compartment comes with a roomier laptop compartment that fits up to 16“ laptops—and yes, this does include thicker 15.6” gaming ones like the one this is being written on. Combined with the contoured back panel, the City Pack’s ergonomics are the best yet from any Aer backpack.
Tom

Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
bluesign certified
YKK AquaGuard zippers
Closed cell foam padding
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
15"
Capacity
25L
Materials
Halcyon, CORDURA/recycled/High-Tenacity ballistic nylon
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
The versatility of the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 allows it to be your everyday carry daypack that you can take hiking with you at a moment’s notice. And the Cache module lets you load a laptop safely into the bag and remove it when you need to get through airport security without sacrificing the protective padding. The modularity of the bag extends to the optional internal frame which allows this pack to retain a lot of stability while on the move, making it great for extended trips and heavy loads especially in the great outdoors.
Alpaka

Alpaka Bravo Sling Max Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
Lockable zippers
Magnetic buckle
RFID blocking
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
13“
Capacity
10L
Materials
210D ripstop nylon
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$
The Alpaka Bravo Sling Max fits up to a 13" laptop or tablet device securely with anti-theft lockable zippers and weatherproof fabrics that keep the elements away while you’re away from home. The Bravo Sling Max is meant to be the center of your tech-focused EDC with an external USB charging port., hidden SIM card holder and eject pin, and RFID blocking front compartment that keeps your ID and payment details away from fraudsters.
Black

Black Ember SHADOW 26 Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
IPX6-rated waterproofing
Clamshell opening
Laser-cut Hypalon zipper pulls
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
14“-15”
Capacity
22L/26L
Materials
HTX Waterproof Nylon Crossweave
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
A lot of bags bill themselves as suitable for slim EDC, but when you actually put them on your back you find they’re bigger and more ungainly than you thought at first glance. That’s not the case with the Black Ember SHADOW, which was designed at the outset to let you carry 22 or 26 liters worth of gear and a 14" laptop n a sleek and streamlined package enough for both urban travel and outdoors carry alike. And it’s able to do this while being seriously waterproof, water-jet tested at IPX6 rating to resist liquid ingress at up to 1200 psi.
Osprey

Osprey Arcane Large Day Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
Lifetime warranty
Sustainable production
Streamlined low profile
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
15“
Capacity
20L
Materials
500D recycled polyester packcloth
EDC Rating


Price
$$
Osprey’s line of outdoors and travel bags are well-regarded in the community. Not only do they build their gear sustainably, but they also stand by their products with a lifetime warranty. They’ll repair any damage or defect to any of their bags or they’ll replace it if they cannot. Their Arcane Large Day Pack is made for frequent travels with 20 liters of space for your essentials as well as a padded laptop sleeve for up to a 15" device and a water bottle pocket to stay hydrated throughout the day. The bag itself is also made out of certified recycled fabrics: each one of these bags saves 10.5 plastic bottles from a landfill.
EVERGOODS

EVERGOODS CPL24 V2 Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
Bias cut panels
Loop logo patch area
Aluminum side stay
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
15“
Capacity
24L
Materials
500D High-Tenacity nylon
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
The EVERGOODS CPL (short for Civic Panel Loader) was designed to be a capable travel backpack for everyday commuting during the workweek, with technical materials and outdoor-ready features that make it suitable as a hiking backpack for weekend warriors. It offers easy access on the go with a large amount of storage areas and easy loading and unloading of all your gear and clothes when you have more time. The full suspension design of the backpack also makes it an extremely comfortable bag to carry even when it’s filled to its full 24L capacity.
Mystery

Mystery Ranch UA21 DPM Camo Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
YKK zippers
Lid pocket with key clip
3-way zipper
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
15“
Capacity
21L
Materials
500D CORDURA nylon
EDC Rating


Price
$$$
The Urban Assault 21L cleverly combines the design, features, and materials you’d want in an EDC pack to result in one unique bag. The killer app is its Y-shaped, triple zipper system that grants quick, “rip-away” access to the main compartment of the bag with one swift pull. You can also carry up to a 15“ laptop in its dedicated, strap-secured pocket, as well as some documents or a tablet in its own sleeve. It carries securely, comfortably, and confidently thanks to its 500D CORDURA nylon construction, fixed harness frame, and myriad of strap adjustments. You can really dial in the fit of the pack with its adjustable shoulder straps, adjustable/removable sternum strap, and load bearer adjustment straps at the top of the bag
Mission

Mission Workshop Speedwell: VX Laptop Bag

Purchase
Key Features
Fidlock buckles
Breathable harness system
Internal hydration compartment
Specifications
Laptop Compatibility
16“
Capacity
20L
Materials
VX-21 X-Pac
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$$
Made out of technical Dimension Polyant VX X-Pac fabric, the Speedwell carries up to a 16" MacBook Pro in a fully weatherproof vessel that’s far less heavy and bulky than your standard book bag. The magnetic Fidlock closure for its toploading main compartment makes loading and unloading the bag a joy to accomplish, and there’s dual exterior water bottle holders for your convenience. The internal hydration compartment makes this bag a good choice if you are going on an extended hike and need to keep yourself hydrated throughout.

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Josh ·
I actually just ordered the Alpaka Bravo Sling Max Laptop Bag last week...just waiting for it to get here. Very excited about it.