Everyday Carry

Aer Go Collection

Authored by:
Mikey Bautista
Aer Go Collection

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It's easy to organize your essentials in a daypack, or have the perfect pouch system when you're on your regular commute, working the daily grind, or frequenting your favorite haunts. But stepping off your usual path can catch you off guard in unexpected ways. This is where Aer's new Go collection comes into play. As the name suggests, these bags help you plan (and pack) when you're trapped between needing to carry just a little bit more than expected and not being able to spare the space for an extra bag or three. All in a package that's a cut above the packable bags you're used to and presented in the sleek and efficient design language Aer's products are known for.

When you think of packable bags, the image that comes to mind is usually an unstructured mess of lightweight material, loose straps, and flimsy zippers, all in pursuit of being as convenient as possible to stow away in the rest of your bags or luggage. But with the goal of using the best possible materials while maintaining functionality, the Go collection recalls features of Aer's other lines while optimally performing as foldable and portable bags.

Each of the bag use 300D Cordura ripstop rather than Aer's usual 1000D or 1680D ballistic nylon, shaving much of the weight while still maintaining excellent resilience and water resistance. Compartments are locked down with YKK zippers, which now feature easy-grip Hypalon zipper pulls, while Duraflex hardware takes care of clasps and buckles. New to Aer is the collection's use of a Fidlock magnetic fastener for each of the bags' quick-access external pockets, providing both convenience and security in one satisfying click.

The Go Pack is the collection's daypack, giving you 21L of storage with a surprising amount of interior organization. In addition to the Fidlock-secured external pocket, you also get two water bottle pockets, a quick-access top pocket, large internal pockets and a zippered compartment, and even a raised laptop sleeve that fits up to 13” laptops. The Go Pack's padded and adjustable shoulder straps are a welcome change from many inadequate and uncomfortable packable bag straps, while a rear luggage handle pass-through is a thoughtful and convenient addition.

The Go Tote and Go Duffel are the collection's grab-and-go options, with the Tote a 21L, vertically-oriented shoulder bag and the Duffel a beefier 33L to accommodate even more extra storage. The Tote features a lot of the Go Pack's organization down to the water bottle pockets and laptop compartment, but trades the shoulder straps for nylon webbing for a lay-flat side carry option. The Duffel takes on the more traditional weekend bag shape, with a roomier interior for clothes, shoes, and of course, the extra shopping you'll be doing on your trip. Both bags feature the fit, finish, and hardware of the rest of the collection, and also feature rear luggage handle pass-throughs for your convenience.

Last but not least is the Go Sling, a 1.5L crossbody bag for when your pockets are overflowing with more essentials than usual. It's perfect for keeping travel essentials like your passport, boarding passes, and travel wallet close, while still being as portable and packable as the rest of the collection. It even comes with a removable strap, letting the Sling double as a tech pouch or cable kit in a pinch.

Whether preparing for unexpected trips to the store or making sure you can take home your travel haul, Aer's Go collection is small in stature but big in features and convenience. Check out the line at Aer's site at the link below.

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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 out with 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 Director of Everyday Carry Operations for the site, 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, watching movies, or speedrunning his next hobby, you’ll find him in the gym, taking care of his pug, and talking at length about EDC with anyone willing to listen.

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