Backpack

5.11 Tactical AMP12 25L Backpack

When you're hauling gear for multiple missions into constantly changing environments, being able to switch up your loadout on the fly is crucial. Many tactical bags are designed with this modularity in mind, but all too often they end up both cumbersome and conspicuous. If there's one company who can deliver on modularity, organization, and durability in a pack, it's 5.11 Tactical. Their recently released AMP12 25L Pack offers more advanced modularity in a design that weighs less and blends in better to your surroundings compared to their already successful past designs. When you need your kit truly dialed, the AMP12 25L features versatile organization inside and out to cover your bases.

To fill its role as an All Missions Pack, the AMP12 keeps a low-profile exterior like a clean slate, ready to be customized. Don't let its absence of PALS fool you, though — the AMP12 features a large hook-and-loop front panel as the foundation of its modularity. Included with the bag is 5.11's patented HEXGRID load-bearing platform on their Gear Set system attachment. The Gear Set attaches via hook-and-loop to the front of the pack, supported by G-hooks and release buckles. You can pick and choose from this 3-layer security system for your preferred balance of retention versus quick release of your gear. The AMP12 pack and Gear Set system accommodates 5.11's other Gear Set accessories to make transitioning from the field to the city as easy as swapping out one Gear Set for another. And unlike traditional rows of PALS-webbing, the HEXGRID can mount gear at different angles for better ergonomics and more efficient use of space. This level of customizability isn’t exclusive to the exterior either, as it also has an internal loop system you can take advantage of when you need to carry more than usual.

The main compartment opens clamshell style, giving you a full view of the inside of the bag for easy loading and organization. Hook-and-loop paneling lines the interior back panel of the bag as well, giving you the freedom to take a pouch-focused packing approach or keep it minimal for when you travel. On the opposite side you'll find multiple zippered mesh compartments for at-a-glance organization of your smaller gear. The AMP12 is ready for the boardroom to the backcountry too, with a separate compartment along the rear accommodates laptops up to 15” and doubles as a space for a hydration bladder. A 4-way zipper configuration makes for easy access to every part of the main compartment as well.

As for materials, the AMP12 features a water-resistant 500D Dobby nylon build, hitting a sweet-spot of light weight and durability. When you do load the bag up and attach GearSets to it, a tag-team of ergonomic, padded shoulder straps and a thermoformed back panel help manage the load for a comfortable carry. If you've been looking for that one bag to take on the job, on the road, or out on the town, the AMP12 was designed for just that. It's available in classic Black, Ranger Green, Tungsten blue, and Kangaroo brown at the link below.

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Arc'teryx Granville 16 Zip

Constructed with Arc'teryx's proprietary AC² nylon ripstop material and waterproof lamination to coat the bag, the Granville 16 Zip offers solid protection against everyday wear and tear. A compact and lightweight suspension system, coupled with a tri-laminate Monoframe back panel creates for a comfortable weight distribution across your spine. Taped seams and water-tight zippers will aid the over all waterproofing compared to traditional needle stitching, which leaves holes in material for water to seep through. Between the materials to the construction, the Granville 16 keeps your gear safe from the likes of rain or snow.

The main 16L compartment features a padded sleeve wide enough to house a 15" laptop. On the exterior of the sleeve, an integrated mesh zippered pocket helps keep chargers and cables organized. Up top you'll find a small external pocket with a key clip inside, perfect for carrying smaller items like a wallet, key-chain, or your phone. Swinging to the front, you'll find a pocket with a side zipper, allowing easy access while on the go. A removable sternum strap provides extra support when carrying a heavier load or during more rigorous travel.

Whether you're facing a literal storm or the whirlwind of short-haul travel, you won't have to worry about the weather with the Granville 16 Zip. It's available in one of three colors (black, bushwhack green, pilot gray), at the link below.

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Ridge Commuter Backpack and Card Case

When you're constantly on the move, the last thing you want is a bag that slows you down. Whether it's because the bag is too big and bulky for crowded city sidewalks, or it just isn't designed for the active EDCer, lugging your gear around can be a serious drag. But Ridge's Commuter Backpack was designed for your busy lifestyle in mind, giving you enough space to operate without being too big, and smart, thoughtful features that work with the tech you carry to make for a seamless experience. And because the Commuter is brought to you by the designers who put together the popular Ridge Wallet, it shares a similar minimalist aesthetic that looks great without drawing too much undue attention when you're in public. Combined with Ridge's power bank and phone case wallet, your daily tech is covered.

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Fixsolve NASH Backpack

In the pursuit of the perfect EDC pack, chances are you've gone through multiple bags over the years (which could be collecting dust by now). Bags tend to be highly mission-specific things, built and designed for one purpose in mind. But as an EDCer who's constantly on the go indoors and out, the last thing you need is to weigh yourself with another niche bag. The NASH Backpack from Fixsolve was designed for modern nomads with versatility in mind as the one bag you can haul anywhere. It boasts a premium construction and a smart design that works whether you take it to the office one day or the outdoors the next.

What sets the NASH backpack apart is ample storage and long-haul durability without aggressively conspicuous tactical styling. Its subdued look is only part tactical, with an all-black color way and MOLLE-compatible webbing, and part outdoors with its roll-top and lashing square on the exterior. In addition to the modularity of the webbing and adjustability of a roll-top design, the bag offers a 19L main compartment, bringing its total capacity to 25L. It's an ideal size for your daily and travel essentials without being so big and bulky that you leave it at home instead. Four compression straps also help keep the pack compact and nimble during your travels when it isn't fully loaded.

The roll-top design makes it perfect for keeping out the rain when you're outside, and the 1500D Cordura shell exterior can keep up with the worst bumps and scrapes that you encounter on your commute. At the rear of the bag, you'll find a secure, dedicated space for a laptop up to 15”. It's also useful for smaller items and critical documents like a passport. An internal admin panel, complete with mesh pockets, zippered compartments, a key leash and cordage loop organize the rest of your gear. Water-tight YKK zippers used throughout keep your essentials secure and dry against the elements.

It may come as a surprise how much you can pack into the NASH, but it makes sense: it's designed to let you live out of it on the journeys you take. You can go to work one day, fly to a different country at night, explore the city when you land and head into nature later with a pack like this. The NASH is built in small batches by experienced craftsmen in the Philippines. You can see its many features at the link below and pick one up for EDC and travel duty on Amazon

As an Everyday Carry reader you can use code EDCxNASH to receive 20% off your purchase of the NASH Backpack. This exclusive discounted pricing is available through 11/23/18, so be sure to grab this bag quickly if you're interested.

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5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin Pack

The best EDC bags can do a little of everything, but so many bags recently seem to be prioritizing low-key designs over all-out toughness. That isn’t the case with the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack. While it's built to be mission-ready, it's got the just the right size and features for day-to-day duty as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight and durable backpack for your daily grind as well as your next weekend adventure, this one checks all the boxes.

Unlike other tactical packs that use ballistic nylon so heavy it's almost overkill, the Rapid Origin features a 600D polyester build that's lightweight yet plenty tough. At 25L, it's sized right for daypack duty, but comes strapped with MOLLE webbing along the front and sides. That modularity comes in handy when you need to add on more gear. For example, you can attach a discreet EDC pouch with charging cables and pens to bring into the office during the week, then swap it out for a first aid kit and survival gear when you hit the trails on the weekend.

If you’d rather maintain the slim profile of the bag you can always make use of the two mesh pockets on the inside for organizing your smaller essentials (or for hiding snacks). There’s also a built-in water bottle holder on the inside for daily use, but when you’re really going to be pushing yourself one water bottle might not be enough. So along the back 5.11 made sure to include a compartment that’s hydration pack compatible so you won’t have to worry about finding drinking water while you’re out exploring.

When you’re not adventuring this day pack makes for a solid office pack as well thanks to a padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment. There’s also a zippered front pocket for smaller tools that you might need quick access to as well as a glasses compartment up top that’s lined with a soft fleece material to prevent scratches.

Whatever your intended use case, the bag remains comfortable thanks to padded ergonomic straps that naturally follow the curves of your body. When you’re hauling a little more than usual, you can save yourself some back pain by buckling up the chest strap to distribute the weight. Last but not least, hook-and-loop sections on the front of the pack let you customize the bag with name tape, morale patches (tactical gnome, anyone?), and more.

If you want one bag for both work and play, the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack is a versatile option that makes the transition from workday to weekend as seamless as possible. You can pick one up at the link below.

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Ridge Commuter Backpack

Whether you're traveling on an adventure or to work on your next commute, keeping your stuff safe and organized is always important. The Commuter Backpack by Ridge is their take on the perfect everyday backpack that does just that. It's sleek and streamlined on the outside, but it's packed with travel-ready features and organization pockets that make it an ideal companion for your next trip. The shock-resistant laptop compartment, RFID blocking hidden pocket, and integrated battery pack / charger make it easy to keep your laptop and wallet safe, and your phone and tablet charged up.

Inside the bag, you'll find plenty of organization to keep your gear easy to access and safely stored. There's a shock-resistant laptop compartment that accommodates up to a 15” laptop located closest to the back panel of the bag. You can carry your computer with confidence, knowing that it's safely stored inside and close to your body. The internal hidden pocket is an ideal place for stashing away your wallet and passport, thanks to the RFID blocking material surrounding it.

There are few things worse than a dead battery when out and about, so Ridge has built an external USB charging port into their bag so you can easily charge up on the go with a power bank (as an add-on accessory). There are some other basic organization pockets for small accessories, and two expandable water bottle pockets that are less bulky when zipped shut. Your gear inside is protected from the elements, thanks to the water-resistant nylon shell and heavy-duty zippers.

Carrying options on the Commuter include two padded shoulder straps with sternum support, and a luggage strap so you can carry both the bag and your suitcase easily. The bag is available in a 15” “Commuter” and a slightly larger and wider 17” “Weekender” size. You can pick one up now via the link below.

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CargoWorks Recon 15 Laptop Backpack

When you rely heavily on your daily set of tools, it makes sense to get the most durable gear available. But for many of you, your most essential tool is your laptop. And let's be honest, they're more expensive and fragile than the rest of your EDC. So if your kit revolves around your laptop and tech gadgets, it pays to protect those investments in a well-organized bag. CargoWorks have been making durable packs with your laptop in mind, and their newest Recon 15 brings tactical bag features to your highly connected, on-the-go lifestyle.

Like a traditional assault pack, the Recon 15 sports a narrow profile for added mobility in the city. Despite its slim silhouette, it manages to pack in 8 external pockets and 10 internal pockets with enough room left for a 15” laptop and tablet. And with all those pockets, it's impressively easy to access your gear, thanks to thoughtful pocket placement on the outside of the bag. For example, you've got three zippered compartments within arms reach without even having to take the bag off: one on the shoulder strap and one on each “wing” of the supportive hip belt.

With the bag off, you can get to your gear quickly via a top-access dump pocket, a fully organized admin panel in the front, and a bottom pocket for bulkier accessories. A small MOLLE grid on the front of the bag gives you even more ways to carry. Durable materials like 500D Cordura nylon and YKK zippers bring a heavy-duty feel to the bag, but its empty weight of 2lb makes it a comfortable EDC. You can grab one from Cargo Works at their website via the link below.

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Eshena Tactical City Pack

It's no surprise some of the most recommended EDC bags are tactical. They have so many useful features you just can't find in another type of bag. But because they're built for military use, they can often be overkill and less than ideal for a more general EDC. That's why South Korean brand Eshena designed a tactical pack specifically for urban and outdoors carry. There are pockets for just about every mobile office or outdoor essential item you’d need, all over the bag for quick access. If the task you’re up against calls for even more gear, you can take advantage of the pack’s ample use of MOLLE webbing to attach extra pouches and sheaths. Made with 1000D cordura nylon and neoprene webbing, it’s got the durable materials you’d expect on a tactical bag, but at an affordable price you wouldn’t. You can pledge for their City Pack and optional pouches in black or navy at their Kickstarter campaign below.

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f-stop Gear Mountain Series Backpack

If you’ve been looking for a backpack to keep your gear safe and dry, consider the Ajna Moutain Series by f-stop gear. The Ajna is a low-profile pack with a 40L capacity that sports advanced fabrics, waterproof zippers, and heavy-duty hardware. What makes the Ajna unique is the proprietary internal camera unit (ICU) insert. It conveniently carries an SLR, several lenses, and multiple accessories. The camera insert is completely removable, resulting in a versatile pack can pull double duty for both camera equipment and EDC gear. The bag’s lightweight strap system consists of a chest strap and waist belt, which help to spread the load out relieving back strain. Just launched, the Mountain Series by f-stop is available in low-profile Matte Black, hi-vis Orange, a bright Malibu Blue, and a calming Aloe Green.

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