The Mountain Briefcase from Topo has been one of my favorite personal daily carry bags due to it’s look and feel as well as the perfect size for my style of daily carry.
The aesthetic is like vintage 70s mountaineering meets so-cal meets startup scene. I just dig the look.
It carries as a briefcase or a backpack. The backpack straps feel really nice and tuck way easily. I wish they had a different handle for the briefcase mode, however (it’s thin and kind of cuts the hand a bit).
It’s size is slim and narrow, perfect for those of us who don’t need to carry very much. It’s so narrow, in fact, that it can be a little challenging getting a 15″ computer out of the laptop compartment. I showcase what I mean in the video.
I do wish there was a better organization in the front pocket. It’s a loooooong zipper and pouch, and anything in there just gets jumbled together and difficult to find. See the Filson 24hr Briefcase for a front pocket style I really love.
All in all I love this bag and it’ll be in my personal quiver for as long as I allow myself more than 1 bag.
Other Bags to Check Out:
The Conceal Pack from Brown Buffalo is one of my favorite daily carry bags of all time because it looks so good and is made so well.
This is what I call the "badass bargain option." Everything you need in a daily carry, organized innovatively so it stays fun to use, and it's super affordable.
The Mercator from Cecilia is an absolutely gorgeous, hand crafted backpack with loads of organization, customizable photo and tech storage and great external access.
The Monolith Daypack from Heimplanet is a 22L carry-all daypack made from great materials with a solid aesthetic and plenty of attachments for accessories.
The Everyday Messenger from Peak Design is a delightfully innovative messenger, with the capabilities to be used as both serious office bag and adventure photography/drone bag.