Most backpacks are designed purely to hold stuff. The Tessel Jet Pack Backpack ($60) is designed to do that too, we suppose, but also instill a child-like sense of discovery. It aims to do so via its back, which is inspired by geometric building blocks and encourages you to play with the interlocking triangles. Other features include a small outer pocket for phones, wallets, and such, and a main interior with a faux fur-lined laptop compartment, an integrated iPad sleeve, and slots for pens and pencils.
Get all the utility of a traditional briefcase with none of the pretentiousness by carrying a Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase ($150). Available in three different colorways of 1000d Cordura, this everyday carry is cleverly designed to be carried like a traditional brief, over the shoulder with a strap, or like a backpack. In addition, it offers a padded laptop sleeve with a Velcro closure, a large main compartment, a zippered interior storage pocket, an open notebook pocket, pen slots, another zippered pocket on the exterior, and two bottom cinch straps for holding jackets, umbrellas, or other goods.
Pack everything you need for a full day of shooting with the Chrome Niko Camera Pack ($180). This rugged, unassuming bag features a waterproof denier outer shell, a tarpaulin liner, a customizable interior compartment for lenses and flashes, a padded laptop compartment that'll hold anything up to a 15" MacBook Pro, a quick-access compartment for essential gear, Velcro straps on the front for a tripod or skateboard, and plenty of pockets for cables, memory cards, and other miscellaneous gear.
If you're carrying important cargo — and by important, we mean "people might kill me for it" important — protect it (and yourself) with the Tumi Tegra-Lite Bulletproof Briefcase ($6,000). This limited edition attaché case is made using 65 layers of advanced Tegris polypropylene thermoplastic composite to provide durability and impact resistance while maintaining a light weight. Inside, you'll find vachetta leather trim, an iPad pocket, a file divider, accessory pockets, a false bottom to conceal items of the highest value, and — of course — a handcuff attachment.
While it's perfectly capable of carrying a whole bag ful of caps, the New Era Rucksack ($85) is thankfully designed to do more than just that. Alongside the obligatory, detachable Cap Protector is a top load pocket, a laptop compartment, contoured shoulder straps, a reinforced base, and a cinch-closure main compartment with water-resistant lining. It also comes in cap-matching colors, assuming the cap you're wearing in black, blue, grey, or red.
Add a bit of military flair to your day with these Jack Spade Swedish M90 Camo Bags ($165-$300). Made from super-rugged Cordura, they feature a Swedish Army splinter camouflage pattern, custom Jack Spade hardware, and black or orange highlights. Other features include natural canvas lining, Waxwear trim, reinforced bottoms, and removable straps.
Inspired by the military-issued bag given to all paratroopers on airborne operations, these Goruck Kit Bags ($200-$250) should be more than capable of handling your gear on your next trip. Built with highly water-resistant materials each of the two available sizes — the 57L CIVVY and the 84L MIL — features a small internal pocket next to the main zipper for holding smaller valuables, an external open pocket at the end of the bag for easy access to newspapers, books, and snacks, and the MOLLE webbing system to allow for customizability. Available in black, sand, or camo.
Whether or not you ride a bicycle, you can appreciate the low profile design of the Brooks Piccadilly Knapsack (€290; roughly $375). Made from high-quality, vegetable-tanned leather, it features a simple single top flap design, a removable inner pocket for smaller items, and comfy canvas straps. Available in black, mustard, olive green, and our favorite, mandarin.
Keep your everyday goods dry inside the Chrome Pawn Rolltop Pack ($170). Constructed of weatherproof 1000 denier Cordura with an 1800 denier military-grade tarpaulin liner, if features a rolltop closure that accommodates a wide range of load sizes, dual waterproof compartments, external pockets with stainless steel hardware, mounting loops for things like carabiners or bike lights, and ergonomic shoulder straps. Note: also works great as an unassuming cooler.
Get your gear safely from point A to point B with these Barbour x Jack Spade Bags ($250-$500). A collaboration between the Manhattan-based haberdasher and the legendary British outdoor clothing maker, these bags feature stylish utilitarian designs, and are made form the same waxed canvas material as Barbour's outerwear, enhanced by details like Italian leather straps and handles and custom brass hardware. Available in messenger, travelall, coal bag, and briefcase styles.
Most of Tumi's luggage and bag designs fall into the "conservative" category. The Dror x Tumi Backpack ($600) is surprisingly anything but. Designed by Dror Benshetrit, this expandable backpack can also function as a tote or briefcase simply by moving the straps around, and also offers a front zip pocket, a front open pocket, a back pocket that doubles as strap storage, a top zip opening, an interior laptop pocket good for carrying computers 15" and smaller, a media pocket, a zip pocket, an open pocket, a card pocket, and an interior key ring. The angular, architecture-inspired details on the front are just icing on the cake.
You don't have to be a handyman to appreciate the work-ready ruggedness of the Best Made Co. Gear Bag ($240). Built from #8 navy waxed canvas with a black ballistic nylon bottom, a rigid, impermeable waterproof core, and gray canvas interior, it offers kevlar handles, solid brass hardware, grommeted lash points for securing oversized tools or supplies, dual interior pockets, a full-length snap exterior pocket, an interior D-ring for keeping keys nearby, and plenty of room for gear, no matter where you're heading.