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My Current Bag Recommendations

Ok, on this page I’m going to give you my personal recommendations for several categories of bags.

These are my personal recommendations… I don’t know what you need a bag for, so take this advice with a grain of salt.

 

Small Daily Carry Bags:

I tend to use a smaller daily carry bag for my everyday use. You can view more daily carry bags here.

Minaal Daily Backpack  

Minaal Daily Backpack

Small, light, great tech organization, great materials, solid look. This bag is really fun to use.

Aer Work Day Pack  

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.

Brown Buffalo Conceal Pack  

Brown Buffalo Conceal Pack

The thing about this one is it’s street style. It’s simple, clean, minimal and unique in it’s “vibe.” It’s made really well by a seriously passionate indie bag artist. If it were up to me, I’d update the organization a bit, but ultimately, I love using this bag.

Aer Fit Pack 2  

Aer Fit Pack 2

Affordable AND good tech organization AND built well; this one is hard to beat. If you need a quickie it’s a good one.

Qwstion Simple Daily Carry Bags  

Qwstion Simple Daily 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.

Baron Fig Backpack  

Baron Fig Backpack

This backpack from Baron Fig is really thoughtful, minimal and useful. Lovely daily carry bag.

Topo Mountain Briefcase  

Topo Mountain Briefcase

The Mountain Briefcase from Topo has been one of my favorite personal daily carry bags due to it's look and feel as well as the perfect size for my style of daily carry.


Med-Lrg Sized Daily Carry Bags:

When I need to carry more stuff around with me, I go for one of these daily carry bags. You can view more daily carry bags here.

Waterfield Bolt Backpack  

Waterfield Bolt Backpack

One of my favorite pocket/organization setups in a daily carry ever, AND your fingers will love touching this bag because the materials are so dope.

Aer Flight Pack  

Aer Flight Pack

The Aer Flight Pack is a dope little daily carry backpack. It has a kind of slick look to the design (though it also has a kind of "turtle shell" vibe).

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack  

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

The Wandrd Prvke (pronounced "provoke" or "perrrrvrkeeee") is one of our favorite bags of all time for both daily carry and minimal travel. Built rugged, good looking, water resistant with tons of pockets. It comes in 2 sizes — we like the 20L for daily carry and minimal travel and the 30L for bigger bodies and longer trips.

Peak Designs Everyday Backpack  

Peak Designs Everyday Backpack

The Everyday backpack from Peak Designs is so thoughtfully designed and innovative that it deserves to be in a damn museum!

GoRuck GR1  

GoRuck GR1

It will last you your whole life. If it at all looks interesting to you, sell out to this bag and use it for the next 2 decades. 21L is the only size for daily carry IMO.

Tom Bihn Guide Pack  

Tom Bihn Guide Pack

OK, another one you could just sell out to… for life. Customizable with the side packs (which can be made into fanny packs!) Ultimately, tho, not enough tech org to be my main gig 🙁

Tom Bihn Synapse 25  

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

Just literally the best bag to use. Not my favorite style, but I shit you not: if you use this bag you will love it. I reach for this all the time — especially in travel — because it makes such a great daily carry, hiking bag, or minimal travel bag. The fact that it does all three so well makes it one that’s always in my quiver of bags.


Maximal 1-Bag Travel Bags:

Maximal travel is all about how much shit I can fit on my back. Here’s my favorite bags for that. You can view more one bag travel bags here.

Heimplanet Monolith Weekender 40L  

Heimplanet Monolith Weekender 40L

The Monolith Weekender from Heimplanet is a massive bag for maximal one bag travel. This thing is surprisingly useful.

Nomatic Travel Bag  

Nomatic Travel Bag

The Travel Bag from Nomatic is a solid offering in one bag travel.

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack  

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack

This thing has so much capacity! One of my favorite bags when I know I need to bring a ton of sh*t. There's a simple tech organizer which is totally satisfactory, and then there's just a huge space for everything you need.

GoRuck GR2 Backpack  

GoRuck GR2 Backpack

This bag is built like a tank and I think it's one of the best looking bags out there. Simple, minimal, bulletproof aesthetic, excellent materials and build quality, and enough space to carry your sh*t!

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack  

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.

Aer Travel Pack  

Aer Travel Pack

The Aer Travel Pack is a large 1-bag travel bag with quite a bit of organization and a nice looking design.

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45  

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45

Tom Bihn makes two Aeronaut bags — the 30L and the 45L. These bags are excellent for any traveller who a). wants a bag that's going to last forever, b). doesn't need a laptop or tech organizer built into their bag, and c). wants to fit so much stuff in a bag!

Wandrd Hexad Access Duffel  

Wandrd Hexad Access Duffel

Wandrd makes 2 duffel bags — the Hexad Access (this bag) and the Hexad Carryall. This is the one you want to be looking at for carry on travel.


Minimal 1-Bag Travel Bags:

Of chief importance for me with minimal one bag travel is the ability for both CAPACITY and DAILY-CARRY-ABILITY. A lot of bags out there have enough capacity, but are terrible to use as a daily carry. Very few can do both well.

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack  

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!

Minaal Carry On Backpack  

Minaal Carry On Backpack

This is the bag that started it all for me. First of all it looks great. The design of this bag is sleek and thoughtful, with very minimal, tasteful branding.

Arcido Akra Backpack  

Arcido Akra Backpack

The Akra backpack from Arcido is designed to be a minimal travel bag with plenty of organization and pockets. It does the trick! It's a lightweight bag with some interesting hidden pockets and quick access pockets.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack  

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

The Wandrd Prvke (pronounced "provoke" or "perrrrvrkeeee") is one of our favorite bags of all time for both daily carry and minimal travel. Built rugged, good looking, water resistant with tons of pockets. It comes in 2 sizes — we like the 20L for daily carry and minimal travel and the 30L for bigger bodies and longer trips.

Tom Bihn Synapse 25  

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

One of my all time favorite bags for it's utterly functional design and rock solid manufacturing (made in the USA). To me it may not be the best looking bag on the street, but its accessibility, organization, comfort and capacity make it a LEGENDARY BAG. Seriously.

YNOT Magnetica Rolltop Backpack  

YNOT Magnetica Rolltop Backpack

I love how functional a solid rolltop bag can be, and this is one of my favorite rolltop bags.


Packable Daypacks:

Sometimes when I’m going “maximal” with my main travel bag, I need to pack a daily carry bag inside. I need this bag to be as thin and packable as possible, but it also needs to work as a daily carry bag when I get to where I’m going (which often involves laptop carrying).

Here’s some bags I recommend for this kind of travel.

YNOT Deploy Packable Backpack  

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.

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack  

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

This one’s my favorite right now. It’s very thin and minimal, but if I bring a laptop “cache” from Tom Bihn or a sleeve of some kind, I feel OK bringing my computer around. It’s comfortable and simple… and most importantly it takes up almost NO space when you pack it away.

Qwstion Simple Daily Carry Bags  

Qwstion Simple Daily Carry Bags

I like the look and feel of this simple pack. It’s got more protection than the Daylite backpack, and has a better style too. If I’m living somewhere urban for a few months, this is what I’d bring.

Minaal Daily Backpack  

Minaal Daily Backpack

If I have enough room and I really want to get fancy with my daily carry, I’ll bring this. There’s a little more bulk than the other two bags, but you’d be surprised how well this fits on top of your crap in a bigger bag. Not my favorite look, but also not my least favorite… and it has a good deal of features and protection.

Baron Fig Backpack  

Baron Fig Backpack

This backpack from Baron Fig is really thoughtful, minimal and useful. Lovely daily carry bag.


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Ok, hopefully these recc’s are helpful for you. Make sure you check out the other pages on this site for more bag ideas. Remember, those above are just my personal recommendations.

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