Nice Looks

Very sleek design (and details).  Very sleek design (and details).

Very sleek design (and details).

Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack. Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack.

Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack.

Tight & Sleek

Minaal Carry On Backpack

This is the bag that started it all for me. The Carry On backpack from Minaal is one of the professional traveler's best friends with its sleek design, killer materials and medium sized capacity for minimal travel. view bag

Simple silhouette and burly materials make for a very clean, solid, simple aesthetic. Simple silhouette and burly materials make for a very clean, solid, simple aesthetic.

Simple silhouette and burly materials make for a very clean, solid, simple aesthetic.

Just another look at how simple and pretty this lil' bad boy is. Just another look at how simple and pretty this lil' bad boy is.

Just another look at how simple and pretty this lil' bad boy is.

Organization is simple, useful across multiple methods of carry. Organization is simple, useful across multiple methods of carry.

Organization is simple, useful across multiple methods of carry.

Unbreakable, epic and essential.

Brown Buffalo Conceal Pack

The Conceal Pack from Brown Buffalo is built like a tank with a minimal, sleek silhouette. view bag

Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize. Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize.

Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize.

Slimline. Great feeling materials. Slimline. Great feeling materials.

Slimline. Great feeling materials.

Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it. Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it.

Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it.

Hemmingway.

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase

This bag from Filson is easily one of my favorite briefcase-type bags due to it's excellent materials, organization, and classic aesthetic. view bag

Low-key, playful aesthetic. Low-key, playful aesthetic.

Low-key, playful aesthetic.

Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode

Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode

Two of my favorite external access pockets.  Two of my favorite external access pockets.

Two of my favorite external access pockets.

Decent capacity. Slim profile.  Decent capacity. Slim profile.

Decent capacity. Slim profile.

External laptop compartment. External laptop compartment.

External laptop compartment.

Slimline. Classic.

Topo Global Briefcase

The Global Briefcase from Topo converts from backpack to briefcase with enough external access and style to be one of my personal favorite daily carry bags. view bag

One of the best duffels out there. One of the best duffels out there.

One of the best duffels out there.

Zips down the middle. Two main compartments. Zips down the middle. Two main compartments.

Zips down the middle. Two main compartments.

Great external access. Great external access.

Great external access.

TSA Pocket feature surprisingly useful. TSA Pocket feature surprisingly useful.

TSA Pocket feature surprisingly useful.

Comes in multiple colors.  Comes in multiple colors.

Comes in multiple colors.

The Professional

Pakt One Travel Bag

The Pakt One travel bag is a stylish and extremely well thought through duffel bag for conscientious travelers. view bag

Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors. Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors.

Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors.

Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity. Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity.

Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity.

Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them). Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them).

Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them).

Indiana Jones Tech

Waterfield Bolt Backpack

The Bolt Backpack from Waterfield Designs is a damn classy bag. If I was playing the "raise money" game in the bay area, this is the direction I would go. 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

Bellroy Classic Backpack

Clean. Friendly. Premium.

Bellroy Classic Backpack

A perfectly sized bag for tight daily carry packed up in a very modern, functional package. Now available in premium materials. view bag

Triple Aught Design Axiom 18

Triple Aught Design Axiom 18

The Axiom 18 pack from Triple Aught Design is a compact, stealthy little daily carry that can handle heavy duty organization and bad weather. view bag

Thule Subterra Travel Backpack

Sturdy. Capable.

Thule Subterra Travel Backpack

The Subterra backpack from Thule is designed to be a minimal travel bag with room for both your tech needs, daily needs and weekend travel needs. view bag

A medium size travel bag made with solid materials. A medium size travel bag made with solid materials.

A medium size travel bag made with solid materials.

Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies. Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies.

Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies.

The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use. The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use.

The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use.

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack

A really solid feeling bag with lots of pockets both inside and outside the bag and enough capacity for the minimal traveler. 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

A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag. A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag.

A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag.

Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more. Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more.

Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more.

Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer. Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer.

Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer.

Playful. Serious.

Bellroy Duotote Backpack

The Duotote from Bellroy is a killer daily carry bag for those of us who value style and organization in a tight, sleek package. view bag

Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

Delicious. Rich. Techy.

Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

The Atlas Executive Holdall from Waterfield is an excellent large-ish capacity shoulder bag designed to help you shift seamlessly from tech gear to gym gear. 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

Qwstion Simple Everyday Carry Bags

Qwstion Simple Everyday Carry Bags

Qwstion is a product design studio in Zurich Switzerland who makes very stylish bags for the "hipper" areas of town without sacrificing functionality. view bag

Perfect space for just a smidge more than the daily essentials. (Remember the larger

Perfect space for just a smidge more than the daily essentials. (Remember the larger "Tech Pack" has some more space too.)

Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials. Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials.

Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials.

This bag comes in two sizes. This is the smaller

This bag comes in two sizes. This is the smaller "Day Pack", the larger is called the "Tech Pack."

Slick + Organized

Aer Work Day Pack

The Day Pack from Aer's Work Collection was instantly one of my favorite simple daily carry bags because it's minimal frame but high-functioning insides. view bag

Hideout Pack from Everyman

Burly Organization.

Hideout Pack from Everyman

The Hideout Pack from Everyman is a solid take on a street/urban/heritage bag with lots of organization at an affordable-ish price point. view bag

Qwstion Small Pack

Qwstion Small Pack

An utterly functional daypack in a tight little package with some modern metro styling. view bag

Lovely, durable and stylish materials. Lovely, durable and stylish materials.

Lovely, durable and stylish materials.

Well designed pockets for modern life. Well designed pockets for modern life.

Well designed pockets for modern life.

William Wallace Commuter

Trakke Bannoch Backpack

Classy heritage vibes. Dry finished waxed canvas. Solid modern organization. Hand shucked in Scotland. Made for the long-haul. view bag

Very clean, modern, urban aesthetic. Made with seriously lovely leather. Very clean, modern, urban aesthetic. Made with seriously lovely leather.

Very clean, modern, urban aesthetic. Made with seriously lovely leather.

Back panel is very comfortable. (Also, comes in different colors) Back panel is very comfortable. (Also, comes in different colors)

Back panel is very comfortable. (Also, comes in different colors)

Totally customizable and removable inner organization. Can all be removed and makes a great daily carry bag (or leave some in and customize for how you carry). Totally customizable and removable inner organization. Can all be removed and makes a great daily carry bag (or leave some in and customize for how you carry).

Totally customizable and removable inner organization. Can all be removed and makes a great daily carry bag (or leave some in and customize for how you carry).

Hidden tripod holster and rain fly. Hidden tripod holster and rain fly.

Hidden tripod holster and rain fly.

Expensive. Literally excellent.

Cecilia Mercator Camera Backpack

The Mercator from Cecilia is an absolutely gorgeous, hand crafted backpack with loads of organization, customizable photo and tech storage and great external access. view bag

Smooth looks and padding all around the bag makes for easy travel. Smooth looks and padding all around the bag makes for easy travel.

Smooth looks and padding all around the bag makes for easy travel.

Tons of capacity in this 35-45L bag (that also can compress to a 30L mode) Tons of capacity in this 35-45L bag (that also can compress to a 30L mode)

Tons of capacity in this 35-45L bag (that also can compress to a 30L mode)

Back panel speaks to the attention to the detail throughout this bag. Hideaway hip and shoulder straps. #magnets Back panel speaks to the attention to the detail throughout this bag. Hideaway hip and shoulder straps. #magnets

Back panel speaks to the attention to the detail throughout this bag. Hideaway hip and shoulder straps. #magnets

Intelligent Design.

Peak Design Travel Bag

The Travel Bag from Peak Designs is an extremely well designed, quality bag for modern carry-on adventure and business travel. 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

Simple, clean aesthetic. Simple, clean aesthetic.

Simple, clean aesthetic.

Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more. Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more.

Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more.

Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel. Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel.

Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel.

Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers. Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers.

Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers.

Organized & Classy

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack

A very innovative backpack for either large daily carry or serious travelers who need one bag for both travel and daily carry. A great bag for medium size 1-bag travel category. view bag

Attitude Supply ATD1 Backpack

Attitude Supply ATD1 Backpack

The ATD1 is an expandable backpack you can use for both travel and daily carry. Looks pretty damn good too. One of the best in this category for sure. view bag

"Classy-casual" vibes. Heritage materials.

Solid internal organization. Solid internal organization.

Solid internal organization.

Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes. Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes.

Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes.

Grown Up. Organized.

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack

A thoughtfully designed backpack for modern career professionals who want a classy-casual aesthetic, rugged materials and solid organization. view bag

Qwstion Simple Office Backpack/Briefcase

Understated. Organized. Stylish.

Qwstion Simple Office Backpack/Briefcase

The Simple Office bag from Qwstion is an excellent convertible briefcase/backpack with organization and aesthetics that fit many modern city folks. view bag

Simple organization. Those two pouches on the front are very useful. Simple organization. Those two pouches on the front are very useful.

Simple organization. Those two pouches on the front are very useful.

Made with just beautiful materials. Very classy bag in person. Made with just beautiful materials. Very classy bag in person.

Made with just beautiful materials. Very classy bag in person.

Camera insert accessory available. Camera insert accessory available.

Camera insert accessory available.

Old World. Classy.

Trakke Bannoch Messenger Bag

A gorgeous messenger bag with a kind of modern urban-alpine aesthetic and absolutely lovely, dense, long-haul materials. 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

Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic. Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic.

Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic.

One of my favorite strap and back panel designs. Comfortable and breathable. One of my favorite strap and back panel designs. Comfortable and breathable.

One of my favorite strap and back panel designs. Comfortable and breathable.

Simple insides. Nice tall, narrow inner cavity shape. Simple insides. Nice tall, narrow inner cavity shape.

Simple insides. Nice tall, narrow inner cavity shape.

Solid. Forever.

DSPTCH Daypack

The Daypack from DSPTCH is an American made favorite daily carry bag for many serious bag geeks. 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

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

Waterfield Pro Executive Backpack

Executive Sweet.

Waterfield Pro Executive Backpack

The Pro Executive Backpack from Waterfield Designs is an exceedingly great bag for any of you business-y type people out there. Whoooo doggie. view bag

Massive capacity. Expands from 45-65L. Massive capacity. Expands from 45-65L.

Massive capacity. Expands from 45-65L.

Shoulder and hip straps hide away behind a magnetic panel. Shoulder and hip straps hide away behind a magnetic panel.

Shoulder and hip straps hide away behind a magnetic panel.

Excellent materials + build. Excellent materials + build.

Excellent materials + build.

Internal organization. Zipped pockets on both sides. Internal organization. Zipped pockets on both sides.

Internal organization. Zipped pockets on both sides.

Shoulder and hip straps are solid for hauling the load. Shoulder and hip straps are solid for hauling the load.

Shoulder and hip straps are solid for hauling the load.

Everything but Carry-on

Peak Design Travel Duffelpack (65L)

The Duffelpack from Peak Design expands from 45L to 65L (a little too large for carry-on on most airlines), has backpack straps that hide away, is made of weatherproof material and is a durable and organized companion for LOTS of different kinds of adventures. view bag

Elegant method for getting into both sides of the bag. Really low-key look (not in this color, lol) and easy access to your gear in transit. Elegant method for getting into both sides of the bag. Really low-key look (not in this color, lol) and easy access to your gear in transit.

Elegant method for getting into both sides of the bag. Really low-key look (not in this color, lol) and easy access to your gear in transit.

Rolltop for a little expansion of capacity as well as excellent water resistance and weather protection. Rolltop for a little expansion of capacity as well as excellent water resistance and weather protection.

Rolltop for a little expansion of capacity as well as excellent water resistance and weather protection.

Understated. Capable.

F-Stop Dalston Camera Backpack

The Dalston from F-Stop is a very elegantly designed bag for camera and tech use that doesn't scream "I have thousands of dollars of camera gear in here!" view bag

Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable. Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable.

Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable.

Lots of capacity. Great visibility. Lots of capacity. Great visibility.

Lots of capacity. Great visibility.

Solid external organization. Solid external organization.

Solid external organization.

Carry comfort is complicated. Carry comfort is complicated.

Carry comfort is complicated.

Simple, Techy Capacity

Peak Design 35L Travel Duffel

The Travel Duffel from Peak Design is a simple travel companion with some very useful features like weatherproof materials and killer external access pockets. Handles can be a little fiddly. view bag

Excellent build and materials for a<em>very</em> simple, classic, packable daypack. Excellent build and materials for avery simple, classic, packable daypack.

Excellent build and materials for avery simple, classic, packable daypack.

Can fold up into its own pocket (though I typically just cram it into my travel bag) Can fold up into its own pocket (though I typically just cram it into my travel bag)

Can fold up into its own pocket (though I typically just cram it into my travel bag)

Simple, honest materials, like these seatbelt nylon shoulder straps. Simple, honest materials, like these seatbelt nylon shoulder straps.

Simple, honest materials, like these seatbelt nylon shoulder straps.

Steve McQueen.

YNOT Deploy Packable Backpack

This very packable bag from YNOT is SUPER minimal, very simple, and a favorite choice of mine for packing away into a larger travel bag for daily use. view bag

YNOT Viken Duffel Bag

Roll One

YNOT Viken Duffel Bag

The Viken from YNOT is as simple and sturdy a duffel as a modern urbanite could ask for. And it expands. Just lovely. 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

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

Ryu Locker Pack 24L

Ryu Locker Pack 24L

The Locker Pack from Ryu is an insanely innovative bag for daily carry. view bag

Standard Issue Backpack from The Brown Buffalo

Standard Issue Backpack from The Brown Buffalo

A simple bag with some modern upgrades and excellent materials that will stay useful for years to come. view bag

Customizable insides, opens clamshell. Customizable insides, opens clamshell.

Customizable insides, opens clamshell.

Attaches to a larger travel bag from North St. Attaches to a larger travel bag from North St.

Attaches to a larger travel bag from North St.

Slim, Strong, Handmade

North St. Weekender Meeting Bag

The Weekender Meeting bag from North St. is an excellent little slimline daily carry bag. Built by hand in Portland, OR, with great materials. Attaches to the larger Weekender Travel Bag. view bag

Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

40 Year Simplicity

Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

Such a gorgeous piece of kit. Very few bags will patina with you over the years like a leather bag. Very few leather bags are this kind of modern casual. view bag

Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.) Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.)

Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.)

Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials. Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials.

Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials.

Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.) Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.)

Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.)

Elegant. Playful.

Qwstion Daypack

The Daypack from Qwstion has serious design chops. It's simple and elegant with thoughtful organization for modern business folks who need backpack/briefcase conversion. It even works to wear with a suit! view bag

Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic. Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic.

Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic.

Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization. Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization.

Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization.

Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand. Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand.

Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand.

Organic. Elegant.

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

The Day Tote from Qwstion is a remarkably designed bag that's surprisingly awesome to use. 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

Stylish metro vibes in a packable backpack is unique. Stylish metro vibes in a packable backpack is unique.

Stylish metro vibes in a packable backpack is unique.

Padded straps and multiple external pockets (including a lovely Fidlock magnetic front clip) Padded straps and multiple external pockets (including a lovely Fidlock magnetic front clip)

Padded straps and multiple external pockets (including a lovely Fidlock magnetic front clip)

Lightweight and thin, it packs flat into your travel gear Lightweight and thin, it packs flat into your travel gear

Lightweight and thin, it packs flat into your travel gear

Just About Perfect.

Aer Go Packable Backpack

The Go packable backpack from Aer definitely provides more than most packable backpacks. view bag

Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality) Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality)

Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality)

Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory. Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory.

Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory.

Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be) Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be)

Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be)

Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip. Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip.

Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip.

Solid. Organized. Techy.

Aer Travel Duffel

The Travel Duffel from Aer is an excellent "trunk style" duffel bag, but with a whole smattering of modern travel tools like laptop storage, water bottle storage, and tech organization. view bag

Straps hide away for tote-mode. Straps hide away for tote-mode.

Straps hide away for tote-mode.

20L capacity, lots of internal organization 20L capacity, lots of internal organization

20L capacity, lots of internal organization

2 quick access pockets. Nice details. 2 quick access pockets. Nice details.

2 quick access pockets. Nice details.

Casual Playful Pro

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack

A great option for slimline casual-professional daily carry. Great materials. Solid organization. 20L. view bag

Excellent materials on this bag. Excellent materials on this bag.

Excellent materials on this bag.

28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable. 28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable.

28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable.

Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment. Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment.

Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment.

Top quick-access pocket. Top quick-access pocket.

Top quick-access pocket.

Front vertical pocket. Front vertical pocket.

Front vertical pocket.

Calming Capabilities

Bellroy Transit Backpack

The 28L Transit Backpack from Bellroy is nicely sized and well organized for big commutes, business travel and regular ol' adventure travel. It's such an innovative design. view bag

Simple looks. Playful colors. Doesn't look like there's spendy gear inside. Simple looks. Playful colors. Doesn't look like there's spendy gear inside.

Simple looks. Playful colors. Doesn't look like there's spendy gear inside.

Built in camera cube. Front access + side access. Built in camera cube. Front access + side access.

Built in camera cube. Front access + side access.

Front organization panel Front organization panel

Front organization panel

Solid water bottle/tripod holder Solid water bottle/tripod holder

Solid water bottle/tripod holder

Fits 16

Fits 16" laptops

Playful. Easy. Solid.

Brevité Jumper

The Jumper from Brevité is one of my favorite simple, daily camera bags. It can get dirty easy, may not last forever, but it's very delightful to use for small to medium camera setups. 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

Great materials. Great pocketing + design.  3.11lbs. Great materials. Great pocketing + design.  3.11lbs.

Great materials. Great pocketing + design. 3.11lbs.

Stowable backpack straps. Some modular accessories. Stowable backpack straps. Some modular accessories.

Stowable backpack straps. Some modular accessories.

Can work with their camera cubes. Can work with their camera cubes.

Can work with their camera cubes.

Duffel or backpack carry. 32L capacity. Duffel or backpack carry. 32L capacity.

Duffel or backpack carry. 32L capacity.

Simple yet Sophisticated

Boundary Supply Aegis Duffel Pack

The Aegis from Boundary Supply is a killer duffel with excellent materials, thoughtful design, and just the right amount of pocketing. Bluesign certified. 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

Clean and simple looks.  Clean and simple looks.

Clean and simple looks.

Slimline profile. Slimline profile.

Slimline profile.

Solid organization. Minimal size.  Solid organization. Minimal size.

Solid organization. Minimal size.

Doable 'briefcase mode.'  Doable 'briefcase mode.'

Doable 'briefcase mode.'

Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.  Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.

Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.

Lil' Tech Star

Aer Slim Pack

The Slim Pack from Aer is a sleek, all matte black compact daily carry bag with simple, but solid organization and excellent durability. 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

Kletterwerks Summit 20L

Kletterwerks Summit 20L

A truly worthy daily carry bag with simple and useful innovations and rock-solid build-quality. I. Love. This. Bag. view bag

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able. Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

Lots of organization and details. Lots of organization and details.

Lots of organization and details.

Expands for travel. Expands for travel.

Expands for travel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.  Comfortable straps and back panel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.

Top quick access pocket. Top quick access pocket.

Top quick access pocket.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve. Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Bottom-front pocket.  Bottom-front pocket.

Bottom-front pocket.

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.) Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Organization in the main compartment. Organization in the main compartment.

Organization in the main compartment.

Expandable compartment. Expandable compartment.

Expandable compartment.

Solid. Suit-able. Will travel.

The Knack Pack

A surprisingly solid backpack for both daily carry and travel. Organization, professional looks and an expand/collapse feature for travel conversion. view bag

"InfiniteZip" zipper throughout the outside of the bag.

Several zip pulls means you can access any corner of the bag from the outside. Several zip pulls means you can access any corner of the bag from the outside.

Several zip pulls means you can access any corner of the bag from the outside.

"Pop-up" camera cube at the bottom of the bag.

Very solid internal organization. Very solid internal organization.

Very solid internal organization.

Tech Rambler

Wandrd DUO Day Pack Tech Backpack

The DUO from Wandrd is a killer daily tech rambler with enough organization for the most fussy among us and solid weather protection for all your tech gear. view bag

Sleek looks. Sleek looks.

Sleek looks.

Solid tech organization with both internal and external access to pockets. Solid tech organization with both internal and external access to pockets.

Solid tech organization with both internal and external access to pockets.

Dedicated shoe compartment keeps your gym stuff separate from your business papers. Dedicated shoe compartment keeps your gym stuff separate from your business papers.

Dedicated shoe compartment keeps your gym stuff separate from your business papers.

Clean. Techy.

Dayfarer Backpack

The Dayfarer backpack is one designer's take on the perfect bag for work and gym. view bag

Killer aesthetic on this thing. Killer aesthetic on this thing.

Killer aesthetic on this thing.

Solid straps. No mesh, tho. Solid straps. No mesh, tho.

Solid straps. No mesh, tho.

Comes in 30L or 40L. Comes in 30L or 40L.

Comes in 30L or 40L.

Nice organization. Nice external access. Nice organization. Nice external access.

Nice organization. Nice external access.

Durable. Organized. Playful.

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

The Topo Travel bag has a playful style, which I like a lot, but it is very serious about being a great travel bag. This is a classic. view bag

Bitchin' external access on this thing. Bitchin' external access on this thing.

Bitchin' external access on this thing.

Separate laptop pocket. Separate laptop pocket.

Separate laptop pocket.

Excellent capacity for everyday use + minimal travel. Excellent capacity for everyday use + minimal travel.

Excellent capacity for everyday use + minimal travel.

Affordable. Killer.

Topo Core Pack

The Core Pack from Topo is a classic daily carry bag with solid organization and materials at an extremely affordable price. view bag

Playful aesthetic. Ready for heavy use. Playful aesthetic. Ready for heavy use.

Playful aesthetic. Ready for heavy use.

Stowable backpack straps. Stowable backpack straps.

Stowable backpack straps.

Clothing + tech for short trips. Clothing + tech for short trips.

Clothing + tech for short trips.

Laptop compartment with admin panel. Laptop compartment with admin panel.

Laptop compartment with admin panel.

Two front dimensional pockets. Two front dimensional pockets.

Two front dimensional pockets.

The Mountain Professional

Topo Global Briefcase 3-Day

The Global Briefcase 3-Day from Topo is a very capable minimal traveler's bag, with enough tech organization, clothing capacity and style hybrid 2-3 day travel. view bag