Tactical style

Strap it up. Grip it. Rip it. Bug out. Here’s some tactical bags that make the cut.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remote Equipment Alpha 31

Legend.

Remote Equipment Alpha 31

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

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

Clean, minimal exterior. Simple, solid external access.

Super comfortable strap setup.  Super comfortable strap setup.

Super comfortable strap setup.

Excellent internal organization.  Excellent internal organization.

Excellent internal organization.

16

16" laptop compartment with weatherproof zip.

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

Tri-zip access system.

Organized. Badass.

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

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