Solid External Access

Pakt Travel Backpack

Modern Classic

Pakt Travel Backpack

After the success of their killer duffel bag, Pakt partnered with Chase Reeves to design a modern travel backpack for both pro travelers and weekend warriors alike. Lots of external access, solid aesthetics, perfect carry-on size, organized without overcomplicating things. 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

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

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

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 tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket. Solid tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket.

Solid tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket.

Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic. Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic.

Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic.

Sleek. Organized.

Aer Flight Pack 2

The second version of this bag is a welcome update, creating a much more stylish looking bag with plenty of organization for daily carry. view bag

Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials. Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials.

Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials.

Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there. Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there.

Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there.

Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs. Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs.

Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs.

Organized. All black.

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

A very well designed, stylish travel bag for one-bag travel with enough pockets, organization and access to make travel smooth. 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

Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer. Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer.

Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer.

Now available in a zip version as well! Now available in a zip version as well!

Now available in a zip version as well!

"Side panel" design gets you in the bag from either side.

Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options. Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options.

Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options.

Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em. Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em.

Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em.

Tech looks. Epic innovation.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

The Everyday backpack from Peak Design is delightfully innovative and thoughtfully conceived. These designers are straight-up wizards. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simple, clean, techy aesthetics. Simple, clean, techy aesthetics.

Simple, clean, techy aesthetics.

Lots of organization for modern life. Lots of organization for modern life.

Lots of organization for modern life.

Large outer pocket with vertical zipper. Large outer pocket with vertical zipper.

Large outer pocket with vertical zipper.

Shoe pocket makes this stylish bag perfect for the commuting minimal gym addict. Shoe pocket makes this stylish bag perfect for the commuting minimal gym addict.

Shoe pocket makes this stylish bag perfect for the commuting minimal gym addict.

Techy. Useful.

Aer Fit Pack 2

Solid minimal tech organization, spacious front "duffel" pocket, tight little package, durable build and materials... the Fit Pack 2 from Aer is a solid everyday carry backpack. 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

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

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

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

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.

And here's the bag compressed for daily carry. And here's the bag compressed for daily carry.

And here's the bag compressed for daily carry.

Laid Back Expert.

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel 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

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

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

"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

Arktype Dashpack Mark II Backpack

Sleek AF.

Arktype Dashpack Mark II Backpack

The Dashpack Mark II from Arktype has lots of small organization and some very modern styling in a tight, sleek 15L daily carry. 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

Ryu Locker Pack 24L

Ryu Locker Pack 24L

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

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

Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well. Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well.

Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well.

Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like these<em>actually</em> nice to travel with. Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like theseactually nice to travel with.

Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like theseactually nice to travel with.

Laptop and business papers, man, storage. Laptop and business papers, man, storage.

Laptop and business papers, man, storage.

Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity). Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity).

Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity).

Luggage passthrough in case you<em>really</em> need to bring a lot with you to the airport. Luggage passthrough in case youreally need to bring a lot with you to the airport.

Luggage passthrough in case youreally need to bring a lot with you to the airport.

Organized. Spacious.

Tortuga Setout Duffel

The Tortuga Setout Duffel is affordable and really durable duffel luggage built with tech organization, a security pocket, a shoe compartment, laptop storage and extremely ample exterior access. view bag

Greenroom 136 Metromonger Sling

Basic Excellence

Greenroom 136 Metromonger Sling

A very sturdy and functional sling for a very affordable price, the Metromonger sling from Greenroom 136 is one every sling-person needs to know about 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

Solid organization with front pocket, top pocket, main compartment with both top and side access. Solid organization with front pocket, top pocket, main compartment with both top and side access.

Solid organization with front pocket, top pocket, main compartment with both top and side access.

Inflatable back panel adds support and comfort in an uber compact footprint. Inflatable back panel adds support and comfort in an uber compact footprint.

Inflatable back panel adds support and comfort in an uber compact footprint.

Inflatable camera cube does a surprisingly good job protecting your valuables. Inflatable camera cube does a surprisingly good job protecting your valuables.

Inflatable camera cube does a surprisingly good job protecting your valuables.

Surprising.

Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack

The Veer from Wandrd is a feature rich packable daypack boasting an inflatable back support and camera cube. view bag

Peak Design’s 10L Everyday Sling

Tight. Sleek. Capable.

Peak Design’s 10L Everyday Sling

The Everyday Sling from Peak Designs is a truly innovative, functional and delightful little sling with an insane number of thoughtful features for the size. 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

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

Qwstion Small Pack

Qwstion Small Pack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Able Carry Daily Backpack

Able Carry Daily Backpack

The Daily backpack from Able Carry is an affordable, sleek little bag for daily carry. 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

Waterfield Staad Backpack

Smooth Operator.

Waterfield Staad Backpack

The Staad Backpack from Waterfield almost looks like a piece of art. It's beautifully designed (and functional as a mthrfkr!). view bag

Peak Designs Everyday Tote

Techy. Useful.

Peak Designs Everyday Tote

The Everyday Tote from Peak Designs is a super functional tote bag for everyday use. 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

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

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

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