Everyday Carry

Reader's Choice: 5 Bags EDCers Want

Authored by:
Mikey Bautista
Reviewed by:
Bernard Capulong
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
14+ Years Reviewing EDC Products
Reader's Choice: 5 Bags EDCers Want

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Last week our team put together a list of 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 year comes to a close.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

From one of our Instagram followers (@k_mssn) comes this pick for a backpack that makes short work of both your EDC camera gear and tech alike. New for this 2017, this Kickstarter sensation finally comes in an all-black colorway. A unique divider system lets you customize and rearrange its storage to fit your gear exactly, in addition to an extensive network of pockets, sleeves, and easy-access openings. Its fit and finish is also state-of-the-art, featuring premium materials like Hypalon and nubuck and using unique hardware like the one-handed MagLatch. With 20L of storage in any and every configuration to suit your EDC, the Everyday Backpack's got you covered (and protected).

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Oakley Extractor Sling Pack

You may know Oakley for their cutting-edge eyewear and heavy-duty tactical gear and boots, but this suggestion from the Arama Andrei in the comments section features one of their lighter—but no less rugged—sling packs. The Extractor's sling design gives the bag grab-and-go mobility, while still giving ample storage by way of a 12L main compartment and mesh side pockets. There's plenty of expansion by way of MOLLE-compatible webbing on the bag's exterior, while a fleece-lined eyewear pocket and dedicated foam-padded pouch is able to secure a tablet. It's a great choice for everyday tasks with all the right features to carry your urban essentials.

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Recycled Firefighter “The Battalion”

@jadedtreebeard on Twitter's pick is The Battalion tactical backpack from Recycled Firefighter. It's got the durable features you would expect from a US-made tactical bag, like 1000D Cordura construction, mil-spec YKK zippers, and heavy duty fit and finish with reinforced stress points and bar tacks. A lay-flat design makes managing its main compartment easy, and interior mesh zippered pockets help organize your essentials. A choice of colorways, hi-vis orange interior, and a large hook and loop front panel lets you seamlessly add and customize The Battalion to your EDC's aesthetic.

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Vertx EDC Ready Pack

This Instagram recommendation from @zscholl40 comes with all the right features for an EDC daypack available in a multicam colorway that's new for this year. You get plenty of storage from its 25L main compartment, while cinch side pockets help secure a water bottle or umbrella. Its webbing is Tactigami- and MOLLE-compatible, letting the pack play nice with all your accessories. It also works well with luggage thanks to a pass-through back panel, while various compartments also let you use a 15” laptop, hydration bladder, or ballistic panel for heavy-duty applications. Finally, its nylon mesh construction helps protect your gear from poor weather conditions while keeping the bag light when you're on the move. Check it out in black at the link below.

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Arc'teryx Arro 22

If a weatherproof bag is what you need, then this recommendation by NUNQUAM NON PARATUS from the comments should be on your radar. Arc'teryx are known for pushing what's possible in terms of construction and materials across all their product lines, and this Arro pack is no different. While its design is a longtime classic, this black and blue colorway is new for 2017. This purpose-driven pack is designed to keep moisture out thanks to its weather-resistant hybrid exterior (made of Armourlite and nylon) and WaterTight external zippers. The bag also has a ton of storage, from its 22L main compartment, front-loading kangaroo pocket, and stretch side pockets to accommodate your essentials. It's a great companion for tackling any jungle, from concrete to the wild.

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Thanks for your recommendations! We'll be back next week for more staff picks, and we'd love to hear from you again then.

Mikey Bautista

Director of Everyday Carry Operations

About the Author
Mikey Bautista is an everyday carry (EDC) expert who has been working with the EverydayCarry.com team for nearly a decade, starting with an interest in EDC as a hobby and ending up as a writer for the site in 2014. Through the years, he’s led the site in editorial content and writing about products across every category, from knives to bags to flashlights and everything in between, as well as discovering, bringing exposure, and building bridges with many brands in the industry. Today, he is the site's Director of Everyday Carry Operations, leading the editorial team and managing day-to-day operations.

He has lived through many personal and professional lives, spending nearly a decade in the workforce management industry, a minor career in gaming, and has lent a hand with entrepreneurial efforts back home in the Philippines. He has also been an active participant and helped build a number of significant social communities online, both for EDC and his other hobbies.

Mikey has been at the cusp of gaming, technology, and the internet since the ‘90s and continues to lend his experience, expertise, and authority to all his pursuits. When not online, in a game, or watching movies, you'll find him in the gym, speedrunning his next hobby, or talking at length about EDC with anyone willing to listen.

Bernard Capulong

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

About the Reviewer
Bernard Capulong is an everyday carry (EDC) gear expert, entrepreneur, all-around nerd, and the founder and editor-in-chief of EverydayCarry.com—the largest online community for EDC gear enthusiasts. Since founding Everyday Carry in 2009, he’s built over a decade of experience in the industry, reviewing and highlighting brands and products, including pocket knives, flashlights, wallets, watches, bags, pens, and much more.

Bernard is known for bringing everyday carry out of obscurity and into the mainstream, having been published or featured in various publications such as GQ, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, VICE, HYPEBEAST, Outside, and many others. He has also played a part in curating, designing, and developing digital and physical products, resulting in successful crowdfunding projects or limited edition collaboration products with established softgoods brands. He stays on the pulse of the EDC industry by attending trade shows, participating in online interest communities, and actively engaging with fellow gear enthusiasts on social media.

In addition to being the editor-in-chief and main social media personality for EverydayCarry.com, Bernard is an avid gearhead and collector in general. His personal collections span technical bags, fountain pens, digital cameras, retro gaming hardware, personal hi-fi audio gear, and mechanical wristwatches, to name a few. Bernard Capulong is a prominent figure and trusted authority in the everyday carry industry with a career dedicated to helping people discover this hobby and stay prepared with quality gear.

Discussion (9 total)

Hey great list! For once, I don't have anything else to add.

Honestly, seeing the one I picked I think I like you all's first picks better.
Jorge Urdaneta Aranzazu ·
since I started using the "Under Armour Storm Undeniable II Backpack" I can't go back to a pack without a shoes compartment. My big size 12 shoes can't be carried together with gym clothes, laptop, first aid, packaged lunch, etc
John Wallace ·
For me a regular jansport back pack does the job
White Knight ·
Peak Design Everyday Backpack. In tan. Yes please. Nom-nom.
Barry Allen ·
Awesome list! I’m digging that Peak Design backpack bigtime.
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