It won't help you in a crash, but you should still strap on one of these Airbag Backpacks ($300). Made of exploded airbags along with truck tarps and old seat belts, the waterproof bag features compression straps to shrink or expand the main compartment, and has a buckle to keep rippling down to a minimum. It's also made from 99 percent recycled material, so you can feel a little better burning up those dinosaur bones. [via]
Nothing says "Thanks for inviting me" like showing up with two bottles of whiskey — and with the Bushmills x ACL Whiskey Tote ($20), you can do exactly that without looking like a double-fisting bum. Produced in a limited number, each black and white canvas bag features dual interior slots designed to carry 750ml bottles of Bushmills, as well as a healthy inner compartment between them for snacks and the like, a zippered closure, and brass rivets to help reinforce the handles. Oh, and all proceeds benefit The Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
When a product describes itself as "minimal", it tends to mean a lack of superfluous buttons, or just a very straightforward design — but in the case of the Outlier Minimal Backpack ($130), it really takes the meaning of the word to heart. The secret to this waterproof, featherweight pack is its nonwoven Dyneema construction, which makes it ten times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float on water, and versatile enough to stuff into a pocket. Try that with your average Jansport. [Scouted by Katherine]
Named after — we're guessing — Sesame Street's lovable, oversized fur monster, the Poler Duffaluffagus Bag ($80) is similarly large, making it risky as a carry-on but perfect for lugging around a lot of stuff. Tuck-away straps let you wear it like a backpack, separate straps on the bottom let you hook it to a skateboard and pull it behind you when you're feeling lazy, and high-quality construction using synthetic fabric, leather, and metal ensures it's up for any journey you need to take.
It's not every day you come across a real innovation in backpacks, but then again, it's not every day you come across a Solid Gray Backpack ($165). These unique bags feature a folding hardshell design, EPDM foam lining and straps for keeping your tablet or laptop safe and secure, two interior compartments for keeping small items handy, a built-in document clip — so your papers don't end up smashed at the bottom of the bag — and a flexible fit, which means your back will like it just as much as your eyes do. [via]