Street Style style

Understated but kinda tough bag designs.

How to make your decision

1

PRICE EXPECTATIONS

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

2

LOOK & FEEL

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

3

KEEP NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

Upgraded Classic

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

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

Simple, 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

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

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

Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin' tank. Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin' tank.

Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin' tank.

Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft). Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft).

Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft).

Stellar details. The tactile quality of this bag is exceptional. Truly a purchase that will last more than a decade. Stellar details. The tactile quality of this bag is exceptional. Truly a purchase that will last more than a decade.

Stellar details. The tactile quality of this bag is exceptional. Truly a purchase that will last more than a decade.

Rugged. Forever.

GoRuck GR2 Backpack

The GR2 from GoRuck will last your entire life, features a segmented main compartment, is extensible with pouches and accessories and boasts a very rugged, handsome look. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simple aesthetic. Killer durability and external access.

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

Expandable rolltop gets you some extra space.

3 external access pockets.  3 external access pockets.

3 external access pockets.

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

1 Laptop pocket with water sealed zip.

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

Side zip into the main compartment. #lifesaver

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

Understated looks for such a functional bag.

Durable. Understated. Super capable.

Futures Passport Backpack

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

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

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

Little Delight.

North St. Pioneer Fanny Pack

The Pioneer from North St. is an exceptional little fanny pack/sling bag made with classic bag making techniques by hand in Portland, Oregon. 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

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