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The Drop: North St. Bags Vancouver Daypack

Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: North St. Bags Vancouver Daypack

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

For those who aren’t trekking through the great outdoors, traveling to other countries, or exploring new cities, a reliable, lightweight daypack that gets us through the daily grind is as essential as it gets. The North St. Bags Vancouver Daypack is precisely that: a sleek 13L backpack that satisfies your everyday carry needs without the added bulk or unnecessary space.

The Vancouver’s large main compartment is great for storing your packed lunch and a change of clothes, with a bottom-cushioned laptop sleeve built-in to protect your tablet or laptop. Some extra versatility is provided by velcro-in pocket compatibility, with room for one of North St. Bags’s 10” or two 5” velcro-in pockets. A zippered stash pocket holds valuables and small items, with an integrated key ring to keep your keys secure. On the outside, a stealth water bottle pocket holds bottles with a diameter as large as 2.75”.

But what’s impressive about the Vancouver is that it’s made from a single layer of recycled ECOPAK sailcloth—a lightweight, ultra-durable, and waterproof fabric made by Challenge Sailcloth and crafted from 100 percent recycled polyester. These days it’s best known as the leading and sustainable alternative to X-Pac fabrics. Not only does this help provide water resistance to prepare you for unpredictable weather, but it also significantly contributes to a considerable reduction in carbon footprint over traditional manufacturing methods.

At the link below, three color options are available: EPX Black, EPX Coyote, and EPX Kelp Green. All bags are designed, cut, and sewn at North St.’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and come with a lifetime warranty.

What we like: It’s minimalism at its finest: no frills, no wasted space, all handmade technical performance that can get you through the day and beyond, with a lifetime guarantee to boot.

What to watch out for: 13 liters is good for quick errands but might fall short for a weekender if you need to pack extra gear. Each Vancouver is also made to order, so allow up to a week for your order to be made.

Final verdict: Lightweight, durable, and sustainable, the North St. Bags Vancouver Daypack is an excellent choice for those looking for a simple yet reliable pack for everyday essentials.

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