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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.

 

Best Selling Tech Daily Carry Bags:

Bags with sleek, technical aesthetics and innovative functionality and organization.

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!

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack  

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.

Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack  

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.

Boundary Supply Prima System Backpack  

Boundary Supply Prima System Backpack

The Prima System from Boundary Supply is, to me, the best in this category of kickstarter-y tech/camera/daily-carry because of the material feel and functionality in use.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack  

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

The Wandrd Prvke (pronounced "provoke" or "perrrrvrkeeee") is a great bag for technical 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.

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!

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.

 


Sleek Tech Daily Carry Bags:

Tons of organization in a sleek package, perfect for those of us who prefer smaller, lighter backpacks.

Arketype Dashpack Mark II Backpack  

Arketype 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.

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.

Minaal Daily Backpack  

Minaal Daily Backpack

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

Aer Flight Pack 2  

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.

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.

 


Elegant Daily Carry Bags:

These are bags for those of you who want to dress it up a bit and have a fashionable aesthetic to your daily carry bag.

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 quality.

Trakke Bannoch Backpack  

Trakke Bannoch Backpack

A gorgeous bag with a kind of modern urban-alpine aesthetic and absolutely lovely, dense, long-haul materials.

The Classic Backpack from Bellroy  

The Classic Backpack from Bellroy

A perfectly sized bag for tight daily carry packed up in a very modern, functional package.

Qwstion Simple Daily Carry Bags  

Qwstion Simple Daily Carry Bags

Don’t let the small form factor fool you, these stylish commuter bags were designed for modern metro needs.

Baron Fig Backpack  

Baron Fig Backpack

A simple, minimal aesthetic with exceptional organization and thoughtfulness in design.

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase  

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase

The 24 Hour Tin Briefcase from Filson is easily my favorite briefcase-type bag I've ever used due to it's excellent materialsorganization, and classic aesthetic.

 


Street-Style Daily Carry Bags:

For those of us who want a more classic, street look for our daily carry bag.

Kletterwerks Summit 20L  

Kletterwerks Summit 20L

A truly worthy daily carry bag with simple and useful innovations and rock-solid build-quality. I. Love. This. Bag.

Hideout Pack from Everyman  

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.

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack  

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack

The Rhake backpack from Mission Workshop is a killer weatherproof bag for daily carry and minimal travel.

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack  

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

The Rainmaker backpack from Greenroom136 is an extremely solid everyday backpack suited for carrying lots of gear or compressing down to a minimal daily carry haul.

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.

 


Outdoorsy-Style Daily Carry Bags:

From the vintage alpine look to the modern panel loader, these packs are stylish and functional.

Evergoods Mountain Panel Loader  

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.

Tom Bihn Guide Pack  

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!

 


The Best Maximal 1-Bag Travel Bags:

Maximal one bag travel bags can have lots of space to fit things, but can also be heavy, bulky, uncomfortable, and impossible to use as a “daily carry” bag once you get to your destination.

Peak Designs Travel Bag  

Peak Designs Travel Bag

The Travel Bag from Peak Designs is an extremely well designed, quality bag for modern carry-on adventure and business travel.

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.

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.

Aer Travel Pack 2.0  

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.

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!

Nomatic Travel Bag  

Nomatic Travel Bag

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

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.

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.

 


The Best Medium Sized Travel Bags:

Medium sized one bag travel bags are smaller than the big ones, but not quite small enough to be carried as DAILY CARRY bags once you get to your destination. (For bags that do both, see the “Minimal 1-bag Travel” section below).

Minaal Carry On Backpack  

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.

Trakke Storr Travel Backpack  

Trakke Storr Travel Backpack

The Stor backpack from Trakke is a lovely 30L pack for travel and gear moving.

 


The Best Minimal 1-Bag Travel Bags:

Minimal one bag travel bags are smaller, lighter and easy to travel with, fits under seat in front on the airplane (no jocking for overhead cabinet space!), works as a daily carry once you get to your destination! But you have to pack light!

Boundary Supply Prima System Backpack  

Boundary Supply Prima System Backpack

The Prima System from Boundary Supply is, to me, the best in this category of kickstarter-y tech/camera/daily-carry because of the material feel and functionality in use.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack  

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

The Wandrd Prvke (pronounced "provoke" or "perrrrvrkeeee") is a great bag for technical 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.

Hideout Pack from Everyman  

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.

Heimplanet Monolith Daypack 22L  

Heimplanet Monolith Daypack 22L

The Monolith Daypack from Heimplanet is a 22L carry-all daypack made from great materials with a solid aesthetic and plenty of attachments for accessories.

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!

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.

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack  

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

The Rainmaker backpack from Greenroom136 is an extremely solid everyday backpack suited for carrying lots of gear or compressing down to a minimal daily carry haul.

 


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).

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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