When you're living the life of a sailor, you don't have a lot of time for unnecessary things. Which explains why the A.P.C. Sailor's Duffel Bag ($200) offers only the essentials. Like a rugged canvas body, drawstring closure, adjustable leather strap, and a leather bottom with metal feet. Because when you wake up late and leave port in an hour, there's little time to wonder which pocket item X is in.
Sure, Burton's best known for their snowboarding gear, but that doesn't mean they can't use their wisdom for other things... like photography. The Burton F-Stop Pack ($225) was developed with help from the company's team of pro photographers, so it includes essential features like padded compartments for bodies, lenses, and the like, a removable storage pocket for smaller items, a load-balance waist harness to keep all that stuff from breaking your back on a long haul, a side-access cooler pocket, and external straps for attaching and carrying a tripod, or, if you're more adventurous, a board.
In case you haven't heard, shiny materials are making a comeback. The Incase Alloy Collection ($60-$180) embraces this trend, with exteriors made of 400 denier nylon with a textured finish and matte metallic coating, and also sports features like breathable mesh shoulder straps, rugged YKK zippers with suede pulls, reflective highlights, reinforced loading handles, and faux fur lined compartments to keep your laptop, tablet, or other gadgets safe from scratches.