Hybrid Travel Bags

I've been searching for the perfect hybrid travel bag for years. One bag to do it all. Here's the bags I think you should know about.
North St. Weekender
Minimal travel is changing peoples’ lives all over the world.

My advice: you won’t know until you go. 

Bags that expand, collapse and fit your style. 

My advice: watch the entire video to really understand how that bag travels.

Knack Backpack

Hybrid Bag

  • Breaks during travel — gotta be durable.
  • Too small or too big — capacity fits like goldilocks.
  • Not enough organization — don't make me hunt through the bag to find what I need.
  • Looks lame — bag's gotta look right.
  • Don't make me be back here searching for another bag!
  • Don't be too big to fit as a carry on on the airlines I need to travel on.
  • Don't catch straps on handrails, market baskets and airline seats because there's too many straps dangling.

How to make your

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Price Expectations

Expect to pay $100-300 for thoughtful makers + legit materials.

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Look & Feel

Click on the bags you like below to watch the video  and get an informed look.

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Keep Notes

Keep a list of what bags interest you and what you like/dislike to help you make your final decision.

Our Favorites

These are the best bags Chase has tested right now in professional minimal travel.
Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik Intuitive organization.

Intuitive organization.

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik USA build, materials and details.

USA build, materials and details.

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads

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

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik Now available in the upgraded “Synik” version. (Both are favorites.)

Now available in the upgraded “Synik” version. (Both are favorites.)

the Grower, not a show-er

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

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

As far as minimal travel goes, this one is a legend. So much more space than it seems like there would be, and all the organization on the front of the bag. Plus, Tom Bihn makes all sorts of accessories for this sucker (like a laptop cache, backplate, and more). More often than not, this is the bag I'm traveling with.

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack 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. 

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel.

Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel.

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack Lots of capacity for today’s minimal travelers. 

Lots of capacity for today’s minimal travelers. 

The Professional

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

A little bigger in daily than you may like, but it's clean style and very capable features speak for themselves.

The Knack Pack

The Knack Pack

The Knack Pack Expands for travel.

Expands for travel.

The Knack Pack Lots of organization and details.

Lots of organization and details.

The Knack Pack Hybrid casual/professional looks.

Hybrid casual/professional looks.

The Knack Pack Comes in two sizes. Larger frames, go for the large.

Comes in two sizes. Larger frames, go for the large.

The Biz Friend

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

Really a very competent bag. Front pocket can seem a little weird, but the organization, build and aesthetics on this expanding bag makes it perfect for lots of us.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack It’s got a good look. “Rugged tech.” 

It’s got a good look. “Rugged tech.” 

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack Available in two sizes: kinda big and really big.

Available in two sizes: kinda big and really big.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack (Pretty solid) camera accessories and organization.

(Pretty solid) camera accessories and organization.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack Security pocket up against back.

Security pocket up against back.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack Solid laptop and tablet compartments.

Solid laptop and tablet compartments.

Rugged. Techy.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

A very stylish and functional bag for both urban and outdoor use that does not let us down in organization, durability and thoughtful design. view bag

The rolltop allows for so much expandability. Built solid. Decent organization. I use the 21L for my travels with ease. The 31L is quite large, still fits under the airplane seat.

Topo Core Pack

Topo Core Pack

Topo Core Pack Bitchin’ external access on this thing.

Bitchin’ external access on this thing.

Topo Core Pack Separate laptop pocket.

Separate laptop pocket.

Topo Core Pack 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

Very simple, but really killer for minimal travel trips.

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack 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. 

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack 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. 

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

The forever friend

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

Similar to the Synapse 25, but maybe with a little better aesthetics for my daily life. More minimal than some may like. Perfect for others.

GoRuck GR1

GoRuck GR1

GoRuck GR1 Very simple aesthetic. Definitely on the rugged side of stylish and clean. 

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

GoRuck GR1 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.

GoRuck GR1 Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective. 

Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective. 

Bro’s Best Friend

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

More minimal than some may want, but this is a bag you can use religiously, day after day, for travel and daily, and it will stick with you and continue to look good faithfully for a long time.

Arcido Akra Backpack

Arcido Akra Backpack

Smooth + streamlined

Arcido Akra Backpack

The Akra backpack from Arcido is designed to be a minimal travel bag with clean looks and plenty of organization and pockets. view bag

It's a lightweight bag with some interesting hidden and quick access pockets.

North St. Weekender Travel Backpack

North St. Weekender Travel Backpack

North St. Weekender Travel Backpack Solid external organization. 

Solid external organization. 

North St. Weekender Travel Backpack 28L capacity fits more than you think. 

28L capacity fits more than you think. 

North St. Weekender Travel Backpack Stowable contoured straps. Top tote handle. 

Stowable contoured straps. Top tote handle. 

North St. Weekender Travel Backpack Compression straps for daily carry mode.

Compression straps for daily carry mode.

North St. Weekender Travel Backpack Detachable daypack available. 

Detachable daypack available. 

Rugged. Organized.

North St. Weekender Travel Backpack

The Weekender Backpack from North St. is a handmade bag from Portland, OR purpose built for water resistant minimal travel. Solid external organization + materials, detachable daypack accessory. view bag

It's a little larger than some of us may want for a daily carry bag, but watch the video. This one is very interesting. Lots of organization. Low key aesthetic.

Shimoda X30 Adventure Camera Backpack

Shimoda X30 Adventure Camera Backpack

Shimoda X30 Adventure Camera Backpack Killer water resistance and protection.

Killer water resistance and protection.

Shimoda X30 Adventure Camera Backpack Customizable camera cube setups. 

Customizable camera cube setups. 

Shimoda X30 Adventure Camera Backpack 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

Designed for serious camera gear in serious outdoor terrain, but it's ridiculously comfortable, well organized and expandable for large-ish travel setups. A bit too big for me for daily carry tho.

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack A medium size travel bag made with solid materials. 

A medium size travel bag made with solid materials. 

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies. 

Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies. 

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use. 

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

The grownup

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

Bigger than I want for daily carry. Bigger bodies will love it though because the organization and materials are killer.

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack 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. 

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack 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. 

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack Here is the bag fully expanded for travel. 

Here is the bag fully expanded for travel. 

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack And here’s the bag compressed for daily carry. 

And here’s the bag compressed for daily carry. 

The 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

Organization, materials, harness system, it's all solid on this one. Perfect for minimal travel if you like the look.

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Solid expansion from daily carry to minimal travel bag. Works great. 

Solid expansion from daily carry to minimal travel bag. Works great. 

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Innovative materials for a backpack. Nice soft back panel. 

Innovative materials for a backpack. Nice soft back panel. 

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Tons of organization inside a padded external shell. Like a rocket pack for tech people. 

Tons of organization inside a padded external shell. Like a rocket pack for tech people. 

The Protector

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Ok, these bags from Nomatic are chock full of pockets. There are 2 different bags: the Travel Pack expands up to about 30L, perfect for short trips and minimal travel. The Backpack is 20-24L daily carry. Both are very sleek and, like I said, so many pocketzzz! view bag

A little too boxy aesthetically for me, but lots of people like it and it works great for them because there's so much organization and expandability in the Travel Pack.

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack Expands out to a solid minimal travel backpack… shrinks to a great daily carry. 

Expands out to a solid minimal travel backpack… shrinks to a great daily carry. 

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack Zips are all on the back of the bag so you don’t have to worry about pick pockets. Security! 

Zips are all on the back of the bag so you don’t have to worry about pick pockets. Security! 

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack Solid organization inside the bag. 

Solid organization inside the bag. 

The Security Professional

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack

The X25 from RiutBag is an utterly functional travel and daily conversion backpack that also has an important security feature. view bag

Great for the security minded. Very interesting brand.

Notable Mentions

These bags won't work for everyone, but they've been known to be used successfully as hybrid travel bags. 
Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Killer aesthetic on this thing. All us hipsters and millenials rejoice!

Killer aesthetic on this thing. All us hipsters and millenials rejoice!

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Solid back panel. Doesn’t have mesh on the back, tho, which is a deal breaker for some. 

Solid back panel. Doesn’t have mesh on the back, tho, which is a deal breaker for some. 

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Large capacity for clothing in both these bags (comes in either 30L or 40L versions). 

Large capacity for clothing in both these bags (comes in either 30L or 40L versions). 

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Nice segmentation and organization of the bag for quick access on the go. 

Nice segmentation and organization of the bag for quick access on the go. 

The modern classic

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

Totally doable as a daily carry when you get there. Definitely a little larger than the perfect daily bag, but it looks fun and playful and is padded and durable and easy to toss around with you as you move through the day.

Peak Design Travel Bag

Peak Design Travel Bag

Peak Design Travel 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. 

Peak Design Travel Bag 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)

Peak Design Travel Bag 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

The Best Big

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

It has a gimmick where it collapses slightly to a 35L bag, but it still looks too big to me. EXCELLENT bag tho. I travel with this and bring a packable bag with me.

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials. 

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

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 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. 

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 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. 

The Matte Black Lifer

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

Some larger bodies can get away with this as a daily carry because of its compression straps. Excellent bag in travel.

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