Everyday Carry

Aer X-Pac Collection

Authored by:
Mikey Bautista
Aer X-Pac Collection

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Sometimes an upgrade comes along that redefines how you use a piece of gear. Think of the time you upgraded from incandescent to LED flashlights, or from feature phones to the latest smartphone. It’s hard to think of such an upgrade when it comes to bags given how sturdy a lot of them are, but then a material comes along that changes the game. For its 5th anniversary, Aer is giving 5 of their most popular bags the X-Pac sailcloth treatment, a highly durable and waterproof laminate designed to withstand the harshest conditions. Whether it’s your first time picking up one of their bags or leveling up your favorite model, now’s a great chance to step up your bag game with one of the most high-tech materials out there.

Developed by sailcloth makers Dimension-Polyant, the VX-42 X-Pac fabric used to bolster the exterior construction of the 5 bags is made from 4 layers of heavy-duty synthetic materials laminated into a single sheet. Since it’s used for racing sails, that meant X-Pac should not only stand up to an extended beating from water and sun but also retain its shape, all while staying as light as possible. Given those properties, it’s a no-brainer that X-Pac is a natural fit for bags. Superior durability combined with exceptional water resistance results in bags in it for the long haul, no matter the climate.

The 5 Aer bags rebuilt with X-Pac are the second generation Duffel Pack, Fit Pack, Travel Pack, Flight Pack, and Day Sling. That’s two of their most popular travel bags, two of their office/gym daypacks, and their EDC-friendly daily sling, depending on the capacity and day-to-day use you’ll need. The largest of the set is the carry-on Travel Pack 2 with a 33L capacity and lay-flat design ideal for stuffing with packing cubes. The Flight Pack 2 is a convertible 21L backpack that can reconfigure into a messenger and designed to work well with luggage pass-throughs. The Duffel and Fit Pack 2 are 24.6L and 18.8L respectively, and whose key feature is a separate shoe/used clothes compartment for when you transition from your desk to your workout. Finally, the Day Sling 2 comes with 4L of storage and organization across 3 compartments, ensuring none of your EDC essentials get left behind.

In addition to the X-Pac construction, each of the 5 bags comes with a few additional premium features to distinguish their limited release. Each bag’s interior now comes in a striking high-visibility orange, and the zipper pulls have been upgraded to use reflective cords. Finally, speaking of zippers, all the zippers across the 5 bags (except for the shoe compartments) have been upgraded to YKK AquaGuards. After all, there’s no point having one of the most water-resistant fabrics in use when water could just get in through the seams.

Celebrate 5 years of EDC-focused bags with Aer and give yours the overbuilt X-Pac upgrade with their new collection. Check it out 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 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.

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