Comfortable Carry

Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great. Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great.

Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great.

Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L. Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L.

Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L.

Lots of organization for the little stuff in the main organization panel. Also features dual water bottle pockets, laptop and tablet pockets, quick access pocket. Lots of organization for the little stuff in the main organization panel. Also features dual water bottle pockets, laptop and tablet pockets, quick access pocket.

Lots of organization for the little stuff in the main organization panel. Also features dual water bottle pockets, laptop and tablet pockets, quick access pocket.

Really robust and comfortable back panel and straps. Hip straps are great as well. Really robust and comfortable back panel and straps. Hip straps are great as well.

Really robust and comfortable back panel and straps. Hip straps are great as well.

Large. In charge.

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack

The Setout from Tortuga is one of our highest recommended travel bags because it has tons of capacity and organization and a very comfortable back panel and straps. view bag

Really solid water resistance and protection for your gear. Looks a bit boxy. Really solid water resistance and protection for your gear. Looks a bit boxy.

Really solid water resistance and protection for your gear. Looks a bit boxy.

Crap tons of organizations and interesting pockets for organizing your gear. Organization enthusiasts rejoice! Crap tons of organizations and interesting pockets for organizing your gear. Organization enthusiasts rejoice!

Crap tons of organizations and interesting pockets for organizing your gear. Organization enthusiasts rejoice!

Weatherproof. Organized.

Nomatic Travel Bag

The Travel Bag from Nomatic is a solid offering in one bag travel. view bag

Now available in the upgraded

Now available in the upgraded "Synik" version. (Watch the vid.)

Intuitive organization. Intuitive organization.

Intuitive organization.

USA build, materials and details. USA build, materials and details.

USA build, materials and details.

Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads

Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads

Dad Bag Epic™

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

One of the internet's most beloved backpacks due to its accessibility, organization, build quality and capacity. Dad-bag looks tho. view bag

Solid looks. Nice accessories.  Solid looks. Nice accessories.

Solid looks. Nice accessories.

Excellent back panel and straps. Excellent back panel and straps.

Excellent back panel and straps.

Great organization. Optional camera accessories. Great organization. Optional camera accessories.

Great organization. Optional camera accessories.

Excellent materials. Excellent materials.

Excellent materials.

Thoughtful details Thoughtful details

Thoughtful details

Rugged. Technical. Capable.

Boundary Supply Prima System Backpack

The Prima System from Boundary Supply is one of the best in this kickstarter-y/techy/camera/daily-carry category because of the material feel and functionality in use. view bag

Kind of a solid, standard, utilitarian aesthetic. Built really well with solid, classic materials. Kind of a solid, standard, utilitarian aesthetic. Built really well with solid, classic materials.

Kind of a solid, standard, utilitarian aesthetic. Built really well with solid, classic materials.

In use you find the organization and pocket sizes are great on this bag. In use you find the organization and pocket sizes are great on this bag.

In use you find the organization and pocket sizes are great on this bag.

The insides are simple, but not without decent organization. The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

Upgraded Classic

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

An extremely solid everyday backpack suited for carrying lots of gear or compressing down to a minimal daily carry haul. One of my favorite all-around bags. view bag

Simple, clean looks, but super functional. Simple, clean looks, but super functional.

Simple, clean looks, but super functional.

Comfy straps, some air channels on the back. Comfy straps, some air channels on the back.

Comfy straps, some air channels on the back.

15

15" laptop sleeve on the back

Bitchin' top handle. G-hook is the main clasp. Bitchin' top handle. G-hook is the main clasp.

Bitchin' top handle. G-hook is the main clasp.

Front organization pocket. Front organization pocket.

Front organization pocket.

Two great water bottle pockets. Quite expandable. Two great water bottle pockets. Quite expandable.

Two great water bottle pockets. Quite expandable.

New Heritage.

Millican Smith The Roll Pack 25L

Smith the Roll Pack from Millican is a perfect eco-friendly rambler for daily adventures that's built excellently, has plenty of room for your stuff, but still looks good when it's not totally full. view bag

Great aesthetics. Great build. Personal Fav. Great aesthetics. Great build. Personal Fav.

Great aesthetics. Great build. Personal Fav.

Simple organization. Oriented towards one side of the bag. Simple organization. Oriented towards one side of the bag.

Simple organization. Oriented towards one side of the bag.

Clamshell opening. 24L capacity.  Clamshell opening. 24L capacity.

Clamshell opening. 24L capacity.

Extremely innovative, comfortable straps.  Extremely innovative, comfortable straps.

Extremely innovative, comfortable straps.

15

15" laptop compartment.

All Time Fav.

Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack

A very clean, minimal, stylish and extremely lovely to use daily carry bag from one of our favorite new bag companies. view bag

So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization. So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization.

So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization.

Clean, modern look. Comfortable too. Clean, modern look. Comfortable too.

Clean, modern look. Comfortable too.

Casual. Exceptional.

Bellroy Shift Backpack

A modern and elegant take on the classic, expandable roll-top bag. Excellent materials, lots of expandable capacity, lovely to use on the regular. view bag

Lexdray Rome Pack

Lexdray Rome Pack

A classic daypack with plush and delightful materials and designs and some extra room for whatever kinds of bulky things you may need to carry. view bag

Pretty killer looks, given all it's lovely techy features. Pretty killer looks, given all it's lovely techy features.

Pretty killer looks, given all it's lovely techy features.

Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel <em>so good</em>. Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel so good.

Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel so good.

Removable camera insert, easy access from the top of the bag. Removable camera insert, easy access from the top of the bag.

Removable camera insert, easy access from the top of the bag.

Collapsible shoe compartment works as extra pocket at the bottom of the bag. Collapsible shoe compartment works as extra pocket at the bottom of the bag.

Collapsible shoe compartment works as extra pocket at the bottom of the bag.

Exceptional tech daily driver

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack

An extremely versatile and feature rich bag that doesn't look half bad, the Errant has lots of organization in an innovative pack for everyday use. One of my favorites. view bag

Extremely comfortable back panel and straps. Extremely comfortable back panel and straps.

Extremely comfortable back panel and straps.

Understated, simple, utilitarian aesthetics. Dig it. Understated, simple, utilitarian aesthetics. Dig it.

Understated, simple, utilitarian aesthetics. Dig it.

Large capacity carry-on travel backpack with some very thoughtful organization features. Large capacity carry-on travel backpack with some very thoughtful organization features.

Large capacity carry-on travel backpack with some very thoughtful organization features.

Lots of external access on this bag: shoe pocket along with quick access top pocket and two side zippered pockets (both usable as water bottle holders). Lots of external access on this bag: shoe pocket along with quick access top pocket and two side zippered pockets (both usable as water bottle holders).

Lots of external access on this bag: shoe pocket along with quick access top pocket and two side zippered pockets (both usable as water bottle holders).

DSPTCH Travel Pack

DSPTCH hand-makes bags here in the USA and the Travel Pack is a great example of the kind of extremely durable designs they put together. view bag

It's got a good look.

It's got a good look. "Rugged tech."

(Pretty solid) camera accessories and organization. (Pretty solid) camera accessories and organization.

(Pretty solid) camera accessories and organization.

Available in two sizes: kinda big and really big. Available in two sizes: kinda big and really big.

Available in two sizes: kinda big and really big.

Lots of decent organization. Lots of decent organization.

Lots of decent organization.

Security pocket hides against your back. Security pocket hides against your back.

Security pocket hides against your back.

Rugged. Techy.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

A very functional (and stylish) bag for both urban and outdoor use with solid durability, decent organization and side-access for optional camera cube integration. view bag

Very simple aesthetic. Definitely on the rugged side of stylish and clean. Very simple aesthetic. Definitely on the rugged side of stylish and clean.

Very simple aesthetic. Definitely on the rugged side of stylish and clean.

Extremely simple bag in terms of pockets. A couple inside, one on the outside. Extremely simple bag in terms of pockets. A couple inside, one on the outside.

Extremely simple bag in terms of pockets. A couple inside, one on the outside.

Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective. Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective.

Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective.

Hardest Core™©

GoRuck GR1

Expensive, but it's got an amazing warranty. A simple, understated, powerful bag that will gladly see you through anything in life. view bag

Solid Materials. Clean looks.  Solid Materials. Clean looks.

Solid Materials. Clean looks.

Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps. Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps.

Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps.

Solid organization panel. Solid organization panel.

Solid organization panel.

25L capacity. 25L capacity.

25L capacity.

Chunky. Comfortable. Organized.

Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack

The Setout Laptop Backpack from Tortuga is well organized solidly built for daily carry and minimal travel. view bag

Tom Bihn Guide Pack

Modern Classic.

Tom Bihn Guide Pack

The Guide Pack from Tom Bihn is a bag geek's boner pill. It's classic design and exceedingly excellent manufacturing make it more like an heirloom than a bag. But this bag also performs great as a travel bag! view bag

Padded well, no travel drag, *very* minimal. Padded well, no travel drag, *very* minimal.

Padded well, no travel drag, *very* minimal.

Innovative harness system. In use it really is responsive, comfortable, ergonomic. Innovative harness system. In use it really is responsive, comfortable, ergonomic.

Innovative harness system. In use it really is responsive, comfortable, ergonomic.

Spacious laptop compartment boasts extra clothing storage. Spacious laptop compartment boasts extra clothing storage.

Spacious laptop compartment boasts extra clothing storage.

Top quick access pocket is the only external access. Top quick access pocket is the only external access.

Top quick access pocket is the only external access.

Small travel document pocket on the inside lip of the long edge of the bag. Small travel document pocket on the inside lip of the long edge of the bag.

Small travel document pocket on the inside lip of the long edge of the bag.

40L maximum carry-on capacity. Padding and compression. 40L maximum carry-on capacity. Padding and compression.

40L maximum carry-on capacity. Padding and compression.

Excellent lining material and panel organization. Excellent lining material and panel organization.

Excellent lining material and panel organization.

Most Minimal

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L

The CTB40 from Evergoods is a mean, sleek and minimal bag for professional travelers and unique gear hauling jobs. Limited external access, but excellent to use with a second smaller bag. view bag

Padded and suspended laptop sleeve. Padded and suspended laptop sleeve.

Padded and suspended laptop sleeve.

Top quick access pocket is one of the best ever. Top quick access pocket is one of the best ever.

Top quick access pocket is one of the best ever.

More-solid-than-normal straps and back panel. More-solid-than-normal straps and back panel.

More-solid-than-normal straps and back panel.

Most Epic Basic

Evergoods Civic Half Zip 22L

The Civic Half Zip (CHZ22) from Evergoods is a modern classic with just the right amount of organization and capacity executed with precision build quality and excellent materials. view bag

Solid all-black looks. Extremely durable and water resistant and padded... so your gear is safe. (Bulky tho.) Solid all-black looks. Extremely durable and water resistant and padded... so your gear is safe. (Bulky tho.)

Solid all-black looks. Extremely durable and water resistant and padded... so your gear is safe. (Bulky tho.)

Lots of capacity for carry-on travel. Lots of organization too. Lots of capacity for carry-on travel. Lots of organization too.

Lots of capacity for carry-on travel. Lots of organization too.

Padded. Protected. Bulky.

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

The Outbreaker backpack from Tortuga is a solid 1-bag travel pick. I personally prefer the less bulky (and more spacious) experience of traveling with the Tortuga Setout, so be sure to check out that bag too. This Outbreaker, however, has quite a bit more padding and protection around the entire bag, so if you know you'll have delicate stuff inside you may prefer this one. view bag

Removable hip straps, expandable capacity Removable hip straps, expandable capacity

Removable hip straps, expandable capacity

Excellent harness system for this bag. It might look a little funky, but it's comfy AF. Excellent harness system for this bag. It might look a little funky, but it's comfy AF.

Excellent harness system for this bag. It might look a little funky, but it's comfy AF.

Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel. Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel.

Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel.

Here is the bag fully expanded for travel. Here is the bag fully expanded for travel.

Here is the bag fully expanded for travel.

Laid Back Expert.

Tortuga Setout Divide Backpack

The little brother to the Tortuga Setout, the Setout Divide from Tortuga is a full-featured bag for the style-casual modern minimal traveler. view bag

Unique, burly,

Unique, burly, "urban utilitarianism" kind of look.

Tons of external access and organization. Tons of external access and organization.

Tons of external access and organization.

Extremely water resistant. Built <em>real</em> well. Extremely water resistant. Built real well.

Extremely water resistant. Built real well.

Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket. Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket.

Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket.

Burly. Organized.

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack

At first glance it looked weird. Then I used it for a couple days. Good god does this bag do it all well. Seriously, so much organization, so well built. view bag

Remote Equipment Alpha 31

Legend.

Remote Equipment Alpha 31

Easily one of my favorite bags for serious urban and outdoor daily carry. The Alpha 31 from Remote Equipment is a delight to use and will remain durable for years and years. view bag

Clean, minimal exterior. Simple, solid external access.  Clean, minimal exterior. Simple, solid external access.

Clean, minimal exterior. Simple, solid external access.

Super comfortable strap setup.  Super comfortable strap setup.

Super comfortable strap setup.

Excellent internal organization.  Excellent internal organization.

Excellent internal organization.

16

16" laptop compartment with weatherproof zip.

Tri-zip access system. Tri-zip access system.

Tri-zip access system.

Organized. Badass.

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

A clean and sleek pack made from excellent materials, with just the right amount of internal and external organization to satisfy... all built USA tough. view bag

Nomatic X Peter McKinnon Camera Pack

Protected. Comfy.

Nomatic X Peter McKinnon Camera Pack

Not sure when this one is going to be available to the masses, but it's a solid one. view bag

Evergoods Mountain Quickdraw 24L Backpack

Rivers & Rambles

Evergoods Mountain Quickdraw 24L Backpack

The Mountain Quickdraw is a 24L backpack from Evergoods featuring their ingenious backpack straps and epic materials. view bag

Outdoorsy vibes. Outdoorsy vibes.

Outdoorsy vibes.

Killer water resistance and protection. Killer water resistance and protection.

Killer water resistance and protection.

Customizable camera cube setups. Customizable camera cube setups.

Customizable camera cube setups.

Ridiculously comfortable harness system. Ridiculously comfortable harness system.

Ridiculously comfortable harness system.

The Adventure Pro

Shimoda X30 Adventure Camera Backpack

The X30 from Shimoda is a full featured mobile studio rig for adventure filmmakers and hobbyists alike. view bag

Simple aesthetic. Killer durability and external access. Simple aesthetic. Killer durability and external access.

Simple aesthetic. Killer durability and external access.

Expandable rolltop gets you some extra space. Expandable rolltop gets you some extra space.

Expandable rolltop gets you some extra space.

3 external access pockets.  3 external access pockets.

3 external access pockets.

1 Laptop pocket with water sealed zip. 1 Laptop pocket with water sealed zip.

1 Laptop pocket with water sealed zip.

Side zip into the main compartment. #lifesaver Side zip into the main compartment. #lifesaver

Side zip into the main compartment. #lifesaver

Understated looks for such a functional bag. Understated looks for such a functional bag.

Understated looks for such a functional bag.

Durable. Understated. Super capable.

Futures Passport Backpack

The Passport backpack from Futures is a delightful and feature rich everyday carry bag (that's totally doable for minimal travel). view bag

Xpac exterior. Rolltop for expandability. Xpac exterior. Rolltop for expandability.

Xpac exterior. Rolltop for expandability.

Side camera access. Removable hip strap.  Side camera access. Removable hip strap.

Side camera access. Removable hip strap.

Great internal org for camera gear.  Great internal org for camera gear.

Great internal org for camera gear.

Beefy for daily carry, but doable. Can travel. Beefy for daily carry, but doable. Can travel.

Beefy for daily carry, but doable. Can travel.

Durable. Protective. Expansive.

Compagnon Element Backpack

The Element backpack from Compagnon is durable, expandable and built to house all your daily photo/video needs. view bag

Evergoods Mountain Panel Loader

So Capable.

Evergoods Mountain Panel Loader

The Mountain Panel Loader from Evergoods is a well designed, sturdy, nimble and very comfortable companion for the discerning bag user. view bag

Uber well built. Uber well built.

Uber well built.

Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger. Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger.

Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger.

Expandable from 20-30L.  Expandable from 20-30L.

Expandable from 20-30L.

Easy-ish front access pocket. Easy-ish front access pocket.

Easy-ish front access pocket.

Tech organization throughout.  Tech organization throughout.

Tech organization throughout.

Killer details. Killer details.

Killer details.

Epic Expandable.

Black Ember Forge

The Forge from Black Ember is a convertible backpack-briefcase-messenger with expandability from 20-30L. view bag

Clean and expertly built.  Clean and expertly built.

Clean and expertly built.

Lots of modular accessories.  Lots of modular accessories.

Lots of modular accessories.

Excellent harness system.  Excellent harness system.

Excellent harness system.

Sleek. Sophisticated. Comfy.

Boundary Supply Arris Travel Pack

The Arris from Boundary Supply boasts durable, sleek materials, sophisticated design and a badass harness system. view bag

Spacious capacity. Burly materials.  Spacious capacity. Burly materials. 

Spacious capacity. Burly materials. 

Available in 30L and 40L sizes.  Available in 30L and 40L sizes. 

Available in 30L and 40L sizes. 

Robust straps and back panel padding.  Robust straps and back panel padding.

Robust straps and back panel padding.

Large capacity. Big ol' mouth.  Large capacity. Big ol' mouth.

Large capacity. Big ol' mouth.

Killer top access pocket for on-the-go organization. Killer top access pocket for on-the-go organization.

Killer top access pocket for on-the-go organization.

Burly. Organized

Aer Capsule Pack

The Capsule Pack from Aer x Nine Hours is a robust, burly, minimalist inspired travel backpack with some solid external access and organization. view bag

Epic build quality.  Epic build quality.

Epic build quality.

Luxurious materials.  Luxurious materials.

Luxurious materials.

Everyday Excellence

Bellroy Apex Backpack

Killer bag, high price tag, but killer. Unpretentious aesthetics. Access and organization. Excellent, innovative materials. Modern classic design. view bag

A very capable travel bag for the price. A very capable travel bag for the price.

A very capable travel bag for the price.

Solid capacity in this 38L bag. Solid capacity in this 38L bag.

Solid capacity in this 38L bag.

Top front pocket size is excellent. Top front pocket size is excellent.

Top front pocket size is excellent.

Light & Capable

Kathmandu Litehaul 38 Travel Backpack

The Litehaul 38 from Kathmandu is capable, stylish, boasts a very interesting pocket configuration and a more comfortable than normal harness system. view bag

Satisfying design and materials.  Satisfying design and materials.

Satisfying design and materials.

Surprisingly comfortable Surprisingly comfortable

Surprisingly comfortable

Built for the modern workday Built for the modern workday

Built for the modern workday

Clean. Minimal. Sleek.

Moment Travelwear Backpack

Simple, clean aesthetic on a daily backpack for a techy lifestyle. Great materials and a few pleasant surprises under the hood. view bag

Simple, clean looks. Durable materials. Killer water bottle sleeves. Simple, clean looks. Durable materials. Killer water bottle sleeves.

Simple, clean looks. Durable materials. Killer water bottle sleeves.

Just small and light enough to fit as a packable daybag. Just small and light enough to fit as a packable daybag.

Just small and light enough to fit as a packable daybag.

Lightweight, simple and comfy straps.  Lightweight, simple and comfy straps.

Lightweight, simple and comfy straps.

Water resistant, laptop pocket, cute lil' look! Water resistant, laptop pocket, cute lil' look!

Water resistant, laptop pocket, cute lil' look!

Sturdy. Light. Laptop.

Tortuga Outbreaker Daypack

The Outbreaker Daypack from Tortuga is a nice mix of sturdy/durable and lightweight. It's pretty easy to pack away into a larger travel bag for those of us who need a decent daypack. sByImuwUyMw view bag

Robust X-pac material. Water sealed zips. Super durable. Robust X-pac material. Water sealed zips. Super durable.

Robust X-pac material. Water sealed zips. Super durable.

Straps and back panel are super cushy, comfortable. Straps and back panel are super cushy, comfortable.

Straps and back panel are super cushy, comfortable.

Perfect for minimal travel. 27L. Fits under airplane seat. Perfect for minimal travel. 27L. Fits under airplane seat.

Perfect for minimal travel. 27L. Fits under airplane seat.

Boxy looks, but a killer combo of features.  Boxy looks, but a killer combo of features.

Boxy looks, but a killer combo of features.

Rugged. Organized. Comfy.

Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

The Outbreaker Laptop backpack from Tortuga is an excellent minimal travel bag or large-ish daily carry bag. Durable, comfortable, lots of pocketing. view bag

Water resistant. Expandable. Sleek.  Water resistant. Expandable. Sleek.

Water resistant. Expandable. Sleek.

Multiple side-access doors. Multiple side-access doors.

Multiple side-access doors.

Lots of ways to configure the inside of this bag.  Lots of ways to configure the inside of this bag.

Lots of ways to configure the inside of this bag.

Expandable front compartment. Expandable front compartment.

Expandable front compartment.

Water resistant, not that bad looking. Water resistant, not that bad looking.

Water resistant, not that bad looking.

Sleek. Affordable-ish. Solid.

PGYTech OneMo Backpack

The OneMo backpack from PGYTech is a soft-shell photo/video/drone backpack with expandability and external access doors into multiple locations on the bag. view bag