Let's face it: owning a different bag for every possible travel or adventure situation can get a bit cumbersome. But not every bag is suited to every scenario. Enter the Tessel Anti-Gravity Pack System — this modular backpack allows you to customize your bag at will, making it suitable for everything from a weekend trip, to a day hike, to your commute to the office. It uses magnets to allow you to add on backpack components as you need them, leaving behind everything you don't. And with coated fabrics and zippers, it's also pretty resilient against the elements. What more could you want?
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, you'll find backpack-style straps that make it easy to carry and a rugged exterior of water-resistant ballistic nylon that'll keep whatever's inside safe from the elements.
It's pretty tough to beat a good backpack for a day-to-day carry-all — comfortable, spacious, useful — but odds are that two-strapped bag you have slung over your shoulder doesn't exactly scream professional. If you're looking for a bag that looks appropriate in the office while still keeping everything that makes a backpack great, you need a Shinola Runwell Backpack. Made in the USA from high-quality Horween leather, these bags sport a canvas-lined interior, plenty of pockets, double zippers, a padded laptop sleeve, and much more. So you can comfortably carry all your gear every day, without looking like you're headed to junior high school.
Most bags are can stand up to a little bad weather, but if your bag is going to be exposed to the elements — whether on a roof rack, in a pickup bed, or on the back of an ATV — you'd best get something a bit more rugged. Something like the Filson Dry Duffle Bag. Designed to stand up to the roughest of conditions, its made from vinyl-coated polyester, and features a roll top design with a hook-and-loop closure, quick-dry webbing handles, RF welded seams, adjustable buckle straps to cinch down on the sides, and a removable shoulder strap for easy carrying.
Take one part legendary ruggedness, one part years of photography experience, mix in a healthy dose of high-quality materials, and you end up with something similar to these Filson x Magnum Camera Bags. Combining Filson's knack for making weather-proof bags and Magnum photographers David Alan Harvey and Steve McCurry's knowledge of what a shooter needs — and in what condition — these bags range in size from fully modular sportsman bags to simple totes, and feature lightweight yet water- and abrasion-resistant fabric, padded interiors to keep your gear safe, and classic looks that will be the envy of your Lowepro-toting buddies.
When you're headed out on the road for a long summer trip, you know you need a bag that can hold all your necessary gear, while holding up to whatever punishment you put it through. Entirely made by hand, one piece at a time, the APV Weekend Pack is your perfect travel companion, as rugged and ready for anything as you are. Made from two layers of cordura nylon, and featuring waterproof zipper closures, it can handle rough weather and rougher baggage handlers. And with plenty of sleeves, pockets, and places to stow away your gadgets, it's the obsessive organizer's dream.
Whether you need a little extra storage for your trip to the local farmers market, or you want something stylish to haul all your gear to the beach, the Hard Graft Cube Tote has you covered. With a unique shape that gives it its name, the top opens up wide to swallow up pretty much anything you can put in it — from sunscreen to fresh vegetables. Made from premium vegetable tanned leather and hand stained with a canvas body and a black cotton twill lining, these bags are built to last for years, developing an aged look with use. And with a handy magnetic closure at the top, and sturdy straps for carrying it around, you can rest assured you'll be able to carry your stuff securely and easily.
"Elegant" is not often a term you associate with something that hangs from both your shoulders. Yet that's exactly how we'd describe the Makr Farm Ruck Sack. Built in the USA from tobacco canvas and natural Horween HS leather, this handsome bag features a main compartment with a single interior pocket, two exterior side pockets, nickel-plated hardware, padded shoulder straps, and a clean, classic design that looks great in any of the eight available colorways.
Get your kicks in where ever you are with the Golme Soccer Goal Backpack. This clever bag features a hidden, rapidly deployable 1.5' x 1.5' net that's perfect for a size 5 ball — which you can stash in the exterior carrier. Other features include a large main compartment with room for cleats, a laptop, and more, cushy shoulder and chest straps, and pockets for both your phone and a water bottle.
Despite the name, it's not some new collaboration between the legendary khaki purveyors and J.K. Rowling. Instead, the Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sorcerer Pack just feels like magic thanks to its unique blend of strength, weather resistance, and weight — or lack thereof. Made from CTF³ monofilament fiber using welded construction methods, this pack effortlessly expands to hold between 40 and 55 literes of goods, with Delrin compression rails to help balance the loads and a removable BFF framesheet that can serve as an emergency bivy pad, all while weighing just a hair over 3 lbs.
You probably already have several bags you use for various purposes — one for hauling all your gear to work, one for tackling the outdoors on the weekends, and another for when you're on the road. With the Ember Backpack, you get one bag for all of your needs. Its modular design lets you customize it depending on what your day has in store, adding on a laptop sleeve, hard pouches, military pouches, a phone case, utility straps, a handle, and more. Components attach using strong magnetic snaps, while pouches feature fleece lining to protect your gadgets, and waterproof nylon and leather construction keeps everything dry.
When you're traveling — whether it be in the wilderness or the far more dangerous airport concourse — it's nice to have several ways to get to your stuff. The Filson Duffle Backpack gives you exactly that. Built from rugged Cordura nylon for resistance to both water and abrasions, this versatile bag offers a drawstring top and a zippered front to give you ways to get to the main compartment, an integrated rain cover to keep things dry, dependable RIRI zippers, and removable shoulder straps that let you transition from backpack to regular bag.
Inspired by the rich blue hues of the world's oceans, the Louis Vuitton Damier Cobalt Collection is here to add a blast of color to your staid brown/black accessory assortment. The Collection is split up into three families — travel, bags, and small goods — and includes everything from the Zepher 55 trolley case and Keepall 55 weekender to the oversized Brazza Wallet and the minimalist Card Holder. Just be prepared to part with some green if you want some Damier in blue.
Having trouble reconciling your weekend outdoorsy aesthetic with your weekday workwear wardrobe? Don't worry, Filson has your back with the Filson Leather Tote Bag ($825). Constructed out of Chicago-tanned Horween leather and Filson's unmistakeable tin cloth fabric, this bag is the perfect cross between rugged woodsy style and smart professional attire, while requiring very little time to break in. It features two exterior pockets with snap closures, and two interior slip pockets to easily store everything you need for a day on the job. Bridle leather straps with a two-snap grip make it comfortable to carry, while its made in the USA heritage means you don't need to worry about it holding up.
The holidays are a great time to head home for a bit — catch up with old friends, put in some quality time with the family, relive the glory days of high school. Unfortunately, you're not the only one with this idea, making airports a congested place full of delays, missed connecting flights, and chaos. So, if you're going to be there a while, you might as well carry all your gear in style with the Everlane Suede Weekender ($180). The perfect size to pack in everything you need while still fitting in an overhead compartment, this handsome bag features a water-resistant suede exterior available in coal, garnet, and dark brown. With a khaki twill lining and leather straps with a 12-inch drop, it's the perfect complement to your favorite airport get-up.
Let's face it, you probably don't treat your bag as well as you should — whether you're tossing it into the trunk of your car next to a pair of muddy boots, sloshing motor oil all over it in the paddock next to your track car, or cramming it into a tiny overhead compartment. Rather than changing up your lifestyle, you really need a bag that can handle some abuse. The Chrome Blckchrm Collection ($200-$280) features welded waterproof construction, industrial strength velcro, weatherproof Hypalon outer shells, and urethane-coated YKK zippers, so you know they can handle just about anything. Choose from a roll-top duffel bag built to carry all your gear, a go-anywhere roll-top backpack, or a seatbelt buckle messenger that will never let you down.
Every once in a while a design collaboration comes along that forces you to look twice, drool a little bit, and then say "okay, just take my money." This time, it's the Woolrich x Topo Design Bag Collection ($40-$250), which includes a duffel bag, a backpack, and a dopp kit. They started with Topo Design's expertly crafted bags and finished them using high-quality woolen fabrics from Woolrich. What they ended up with is a line of bags — gorgeous in their simplicity and practicality — available in distinct colorways like buffalo plaid, navy, charcoal stripe, and blaze orange. Each bag is made in the USA, includes thoughtful details like sturdy zippers, parachute cord loops, heavy-duty hardware, cognac leather accents, and much more.
Okay, so perhaps it's a bit of a paradox to have a fabric that's designed to be easily spotted and blend in with its surroundings — but that doesn't mean you should like these Chrome Reflective Camo Bags ($95-$170) any less. They come in three choices of camo (a black urban camo, a tan desert camo, and a green wilderness camo), and feature glass-bead-woven fabric that reflects light up to 100 feet away. They are waterproof, welded, and durable enough to withstand a serious fall, making them a great choice if you get to and from work on two wheels.
Even if you aren't Bruce Wayne, you still need space to stow away all your gadgets when you're on the job — the Coach Bleecker Utility Tote ($400) has a pocket for everything. Outside pockets on the sides and front give you quick access to frequently-used items, while the zippered interior has slots for your more valuable gear, and at 15 inches wide, it's just the right size to fit your MacBook. Available in olive or navy canvas with leather trim, it's the perfect companion to your casual workday getup (even if it doesn't come in black).