Everyday Carry

Mission Workshop Drift Tote Huckberry Exclusive

Authored by:
Bernard Capulong
Mission Workshop Drift Tote Huckberry Exclusive

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With the way many of us go about our day drastically changing over the past year, there’s a good chance our needs in an EDC bag have changed too. With more limited travel, working or learning remotely, more frequent grocery hauls and spending time recreating outdoors, maybe your current EDC backpack isn’t quite up to the task. Mission Workshop looks to an unsung hero in the EDC bag space—the humble tote bag—as a compelling solution. The San Francisco-based brand’s utility-led designs are informed by experience building functional, all-weather gear for urban bike commuters. With the Drift Tote, they’ve taken the convenient grab-and-go tote platform and bolstered it with the materials and functional features to create a bag you can take with you anywhere for years to come.

To call the Drift Tote “just” a tote doesn’t do the bag justice—it’s jam-packed with organizational features, carry options, and a larger total capacity that most other tote bags can’t offer. For starters, the bag’s main compartment measures in at a generous 28L. Its mostly empty layout makes it versatile and roomy enough for camera gear, a change of clothes, packing cubes and gear pouches, or even groceries. A hook-and-loop secured sleeve separates documents, notebooks, and magazines from the rest of your gear. A grid-patterned grey liner gives contrast to the interior for higher visibility and easier identification of your gear, too. Last but not least, the Drift Tote even accommodates laptops up to 16“ in its dedicated laptop pocket. It’s suspended and padded to offer protection from bumps and drops, and it’s even accessible from the exterior thanks to top-access zipper.

Unlike most totes, the Drift features even more organization on the exterior of the bag, making it well-equipped for EDC. The front of the tote features a zippered admin panel with an integrated key leash, zip mesh pocket, two slip pockets, and two pen slots. The pocket sits under a magnetic storm flap, which grants easy access and closure while keeping rain out. Behind the admin panel, you’ll find a flat zippered pocket for a tablet or e-reader. Even the sides of the bag have pockets: on the left is a soft, tricot-lined pocket for smartphone or other delicate tech, while the right can hold your water bottle. Finally, you’ll find a luggage slip-through on the rear of the pack to help take the load off your shoulders when traveling.

The Drift Tote shows its versatility in its carry options, too. For heavier loads, you can sling the adjustable, removable strap over your shoulder. At 2“ wide, the webbing can comfortable distribute load over your shoulder, while the seatbelt material won’t snag your clothes. The same 2” webbing makes up the carry handle, which tapers to a more manageable 1“ to fit your hand. A pair of snap closures keep the handles together for a clean and comfortable carry.

As expected from Mission Workshop, the Drift Tote doesn’t skimp on materials and hardware. And in this Huckberry exclusive version, the Drift Tote sports an American-made, 10 oz waxed olive canvas that combines hard-wearing performance and weather resistance with an organic feel and timeless look that’ll get better with age. Its reinforced bottom offers abrasion resistance and enough structure to conveniently stand the bag up even when empty. Especially important for a bag designed to haul your laptop and other tech gear are the laminated YKK zippers, which help seal out water so you can carry the Drift through all kinds of weather.

The Mission Workshop Drift Tote also comes in multi-cam Cordura nylon and a 500D black nylon if waxed canvas isn’t quite your style. If you’re on the market for a convenient and capable grab-and-go bag for EDC, be sure to check out the Mission Workshop Drift Tote at Huckberry linked below.

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Bernard Capulong

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

About the Author
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 (1 total)

Trevelyan Bloomfield ·
I gotta say: I love totes. Easy to load, easy to carry. This one is trying too hard. A couple Maxpedition fatties, and some stuff sacks and ANY tote is as organized as this wants to be. Plus side, all the organization transfers to any other bag you decide to carry tomorrow. My curbside (free) heavy canvas tote does everything this one does and is more modular.