There are plenty of backpacks made with waterproof shells. Very few if any are fully submersible. The Helixot XO 6.2 Backpack is. Thanks to welded seams, coated fabric, and a clever screw-cap closure, it achieves IPX-8 protection, letting you swim, surf, and otherwise enjoy the outdoors without the fear of getting your gear wet. The main compartment is large enough to carry items like your camera, food, smartphone, and headphones, while a small internal mesh pocket keeps smaller items organized and a pair of exterior mesh pockets hold water bottles or anything else that's up to handling the elements on its own.
American outdoor brand Woolrich is known for its woolen fabrics, and it's those high-quality materials that make the Topo Designs x Woolrich Klettersack so distinctive. The Woolrich-sourced pieces are accented with rich leather, which appears on the base and lash tabs. It also has a completely lined interior, an inner sleeve that fits laptops up to 15 inches, a drawstring closure, oversized YKK zippers, and extra pockets on the top and sides. Available in a western print, black waffle or olive waffle and handmade in Colorado.
Serious sneaker aficionados never head out for a trip with only the shoes on their feet. The Lexdray Portland Sneaker Duffel lets you carry footwear and clothes for an entire weekend in a single package. Sized for carry-on compliance, it has a zippered, roll-top central compartment that can hold two or three pairs of shoes, depending on the size and style. Flanking that are two more zippered compartments ideal for carrying clothes, your laptop, and other gear, or, if you're really serious, even more sneakers. It's finished with four external zip pockets for small items, carry handles, and a removable shoulder strap.
With a signature leather build and a host of pockets and compartments, the Shinola Runwell Backpack is built to carry all your everyday essentials. It has two large interior compartments with plenty of space for your laptop and tablet, lined with cotton to ward away scratches. Out front there's another zip compartment with two open interior pockets to go along with the four other interior pockets, an interior zip compartment, and an interior card pocket. Finished with a detachable key fob, silver-toned hardware, leather pulls, a top handle, and two adjustable shoulder straps, and available in a variety of colors.
Anyone who heads straight from work to the gym knows the hassles that can come from having two different bags for each, or worse, having to stuff sweaty shorts down in with your laptop. The Aer Duffel Pack aims to fix this problem by giving you a main compartment for clothes and gear, a ventilated pocket for your shoes, a separate compartment for your laptop, tablet, and cables, and quick-access side pockets for smaller items like your phone and notebook. On the exterior of the gym/work bag, you'll find backpack-style straps that make it easy to carry and a rugged, water resistant exterior that'll keep whatever's inside safe from the elements. Available in gray or black.
Handmade in Mexico from vegetable-tanned leather, the Nisolo Cordoba Backpack is a handsome way to carry your daily essentials. The roomy main compartment is lined with tan cotton canvas, and has a pocket for your laptop, while the exterior front compartment is ideal for holding your phone, charger, and other small items. Finished with leather zipper pulls, a leather handle, and leather straps.
It has a number of features that make modern life a little easier, but you'd never know it from a quick glance at the Coach Gotham Backpack. It has a timeless look, and is made from glovetanned leather and finished with workwear rivets and colorful topstitching. Yet hidden beneath this stately veneer are quick-release magnetic closures for the buckles, a tech pocket with a hole for headphones and charger cords, a secret zippered side entry, and a dedicated laptop compartment.
No, Hewlett Packard isn't known for its bags. Yet if you carry a lot of gadgets, you'll be happy for the HP Powerup Backpack. This nondescript gray canvas carry-all has a 22,400 mAh battery inside, enough to charge most laptops, or can charge either a tablet up to three times or a phone up to 10 times. Recharging is made easy with a dedicated side-pocket plug, and a built-in heat sensor will tone down the amps as necessary to make sure you nor your gear gets too hot.
Expanding on our latest series of limited edition collaborations, the Topo Designs x Uncrate Rover Pack uses our signature American bison leather as a base for Topo's nearly indestructible Ballistic Cordura fabric construction. This versatile bag holds around 16L of gear, a perfect size for most uses, and has a pack cloth liner and inner sleeve for your laptop. Zippered front and top pockets hold smaller loose items, the side pockets are ideal for water bottles, and the combination drawstring and fold-top closure keeps your most important stuff safe from splashes and showers. Handmade in Colorado.
Inspired by the bags the military has carried for decades, the Tanner Goods Cargo Carryall is a rugged duffel for civilians. It's made using Mil-spec 18 oz cotton canvas, with a reinforced bottom, Mil-spec, Made in USA hook, keeper, and grommet, rivets made in-house, hardcore webbing, and black bridle leather accents. It has a capacity of 72 liters, and with a simple strap and single handle, it's a low-key way to carry a whole trip's worth of essentials.
Black Ember is ready with their latest line of modular backpacks, and the TL3 Pack is one of the highlights. Designed to provide an ideal amount of space in a lightweight pack, each TL3 is also durable, weatherproof, and prepared to protect the valuables you stash inside. It's also constructed for maximum comfort, with 3D shoulder straps for comfort and a back-panel with airflow to reduce heat and sweat on a hot summer day. And the TL3 can be customized for each trip, ready to adapt based on the adventure that lies ahead. It's a 30 liter pack featuring innovative top access with the weatherproof qualities of a roll-top pack and the convenience of a zipper access pack. Compatible with all Black Ember Gen03 Mods, the TL3 also features the brand's signature magnetic, quick-release hardware and also features new ultra-light-weight, low-profile, modular hardware. It's loaded up and prepped to be the pack you can't leave home without.
Backpacks are great for carrying stuff, but not so good at giving you easy access to that stuff thanks to their deep main compartments and floppy builds. The North Face Access Pack solves this issue with an innovative quick release latch that can be popped open with a single hand, letting you get at the contents while still holding on to the bag. There's also an external laptop pocket, dedicated fleece-lined interior pockets for your phone, tablet, and such, a pair of external stash pockets, and a fully-molded EVA foam body for robust protection. Available in black or gray heather.
Sometimes an active lifestyle involves a lot of travel. Make sure you're prepared with the Tumi Tahoe Collection. This lineup of versatile, lightweight bags are more casual than traditional luggage, with features like sealed seams, coated zippers, and rugged fabrics with leather trim. Included in the collection are the Logan International carry-on, which transitions easily from a duffel to a roller with a telescoping handle, the Lyons backpack with black leather at the top and bottom, and the Grove duffel that's ideal for short trips. Available in grey or blue heather.
Use your backpack long enough — for anything from carrying your laptop and notebook to clothing and sundry essentials — and it's bound to develop some rips and holes. With the Herschel Sealtech Lawson Backpack, that's not a problem. Its innovative lightweight ripstop nylon fabric has special properties that let it tighten when introduced to body heat, allowing you to seal any small holes or tears by simply rubbing your fingers over the puncture. It also has a laptop sleeve, waterproof zippers with leather pulls, and a zippered front pocket.
A backpack that's equipped for your everyday routine is hard to find. And when you do find one, it rarely looks like something you want to be seen toting around. The Octovo Backpack is sophisticated and practical at the same time, with a secure small zip pocket for phone, keys, or wallet that is located on the side for easy access while you wear it. You also get a small pocket in front and a 15" interior pocket for your laptop. It's also water resistant and is available in charcoal, blue or smoke. Fold over or roll the top and close with a side release buckle and head out with a pack that looks great and protects your everyday essentials.
Some bags are great for work, some are great for travel, and others are an ideal fit for the great outdoors. The R6 modular Arkiv Field Backpack is great for all those scenarios, utilizing the patented Arkiv modular system that gives the bag freedom to evolve and adapt as needed. Accessories range from simple cell phone pouches and tool pockets to larger organizers and laptop sleeves Equipped with 6 Arkiv rails and available in two sizes. And best of all, it's completely weatherproof, with urethane coasted YKK zippers, and an internal frame sheet. But what might be most impressive is the new HT500 fabric. It's light and sophisticated but still tough enough to stand up to your daily wear and tear. For the initial release, there is a limited quantity of colored Arkiv buckles. Choose from the standard gunmetal or customize the accessory with orange, red, and blue hardware. The hardware can be moved and arranged to make each bag distinct to the user.
Your pack should be an extension of you. Ready to shoulder whatever you need to stash while remaining comfortable and looking good. The Tokyo Pack from Lexdray checks all those boxes and a few more. It's made using weather-resistant fabrics with adjustable custom designed shoulder straps. It features pockets of just about every size with a proprietary snap system to keep your valuables safe. It also has a fleece lined compartment for your laptop and a designated slot for your tablet, making it as important in the boardroom as it is on the beach. Toss in a breathable back panel and a hidden removable waterproof cover that's included and you've got a pack that quickly becomes difficult to part with, no matter where you're headed.
The look that made the Jet Pack from Tessel Supply stand out is back, but with an upgraded set of features that help it rise above the original. The Jet Pack 2.0 is slightly larger than its predecessor and is made using a more durable ripstop nylon. It also boasts improved ergonomics that makes it easier on your shoulders when worn for long periods of time. Add in a new AquaGuard zipper and a laminated storm flap to fend off the elements, and you've got a worthy successor to one of the best looking backpacks on the market.
Forget carrying a different bag for every task — Black Ember Backpacks use a modular design to adapt to nearly any situation. Available in three sizes ranging from 15 to 25 liters, they use a unique mag-lock hardware system to let you add additional cases and pouches on an as-needed basis. They're also plenty rugged, with waterproof nylon exteriors, aluminum hardware, and weatherproof zippers, yet keep your gadgets safe with soft linings and extra padding for laptops and tablets.
Revered luggage brand Tumi and NYC based clothing brand Public School have teamed up for a minimalist luggage set that could make traveling during the holidays bearable. The Tumi x Public School Luggage set consists of a leather-trimmed travel kit, a travel satchel made from water-resistant fabric, a medium trip packing case made from lightweight polypropylene, and a lightweight, hardside carry-on. Each piece is in all black, and features premium leather accents and a sharp attention to the details that matter most while you're away from home.
Carefully crafted in London, the Bruno Weekender Bag mixes versatility with rugged durability. Inspired by equal parts doctor's bag and tool bag, it's made from waterproof waxed canvas and rich bridle leather, and has eight interior pockets, including a removable laptop sleeve. Two slip pockets carry small items on the exterior, and two handy side straps can hold an umbrella, jacket, or newspaper. Each aluminum-framed bag also comes equipped with Malle moto straps to secure your bag to the subframe of that Triumph you've had your eye on, meaning it's as comfortable draped over the back of your bike as it is over your shoulder.
The mad scientists of tech organization are back with a full-sized bag that'll not only store the stuff you'll need on arrival — but also help you get there. The Voyager Bag from This Is Ground is a weekender-sized utility bag that comes with an integrated Karma Go WiFi unit, keeping you connected and collected at every turn. A pouch on the front, inspired by the brand's Tech Dopp Kits, organizes all of your cords and gadgets. Inside, there's enough room for five days of clothing. Made in Los Angeles of buttery soft leather, the Voyager is available in four color options, and — if you happen to love annoying WiFi logins at the airport — can also be purchased without the Karma Go for a little less. Though, once you get a taste of having your own good-looking WiFi network everywhere you, you'll wonder why all your bags aren't this smart.
Backpacks aren't just for the back to school crowd. The Everlane Modern Backpack lets you carry your laptop, notebooks, and any other gear you need on your back without looking like you've got a matching lunchbox in there. The Zip model offers a slip pocket on either side, a zip pocket up front, and a spacious main compartment. It's joined in the lineup by the compact Mini Zip, as well as a Snap top model, all available in various tasteful hues.
With a volume of 20 liters, the Poler High & Dry Pack is an ideal everyday bag with the added ability to keep your stuff dry. The outer body is made from splash-proof 300D Campdura, with a 600D Campdura reinforcement on the bottom and 190D Campdura lining. A rolltop design and waterproof zippers from YKK add more wetness protection, and there's also a built-in zipper for adding a dry bag to the interior, creating a dual compartment system. It has a padded laptop sleeve on the inside, an accessory pocket on the outside, leather trims, and comes two colorways.
Hobos have a rough life — but they definitely know how to pack. The Hoboroll takes inspiration from their bindles, offering 20L of capacity in a cylindrical pack just 10" in diameter and 15" long. It's made from rugged 30D ripstop nylon, uses five different segments to keep your stuff separated and two aluminum sliders to keep it compressed, and offers a secret inner zip pocket to keep valuables safely tucked away. Great for short weekend trips or nomadic journeys aboard the box cars of freight trains.
The result of two years of work, featuring over 98 unique details and hand-assembled over the course of 50 hours, the Moreca Aviator PH-1 Backpack is an impressive piece of workmanship. Its exterior is crafted from vegetable tanner leather that's treated, dried, and polished to give it a naturally-worn look, while all the interior surfaces are suede. Those include a main compartment with inner pocket, and a hidden inner pocket that you can access from the quilted back. Arrives with nickel-plated brass hardware and a unique serial number and data sheet, and limited to just 99 examples.
Arrive at your next backyard grill out with not only the right beers, but the right method of transporting those precious bottles as well. The Sixfold Beer Carrier is the vessel your craft beers deserve, made using vegetable-tanned English Bridle leather, with spines made from American Walnut sourced from the Ocooch Mountains in Wisconsin. This massive upgrade to the paper carrier you usually tote around not only looks legit, but is also built to last for the long haul.
There are quite a few multi-purpose backpacks on the market today, but few can match the functionality of the City Premium 27-Liter Backpack from Timberland. It's water-resistant, and features an integrated battery pack to keep essential travel items — like your smartphone and USB charged devices — juiced up and ready when you need them. The battery is light, water and crush resistant, but most importantly, it saves you from being that guy sitting on the floor next to the nearest power source at the airport, and nobody wants to be that guy.
Ideal for short trips, the Lotuff Holdall Bag will carry your belongings safely and with style. Built using a mix of hand-selected, vegetable-tanned leather and top-grade duck canvas, it features a leather-lined bottom, large interior pockets, an interior zippered drop pocket, a full-length exterior pocket on each side, and an extended zipper for easy access. It's available in black, navy, or chestnut, and handmade in New England.