This isn't your sixth-grade JanSport. Like the original black versions, the new Goruck Sand & Multicam Backpacks ($225-$400) are for serious gear-carrying missions. They're built from military-grade, water-resistant materials, and offer multiple compartments, internal pockets for keeping your stuff in order, room enough for a laptop and/or tablet, a small external pocket for easy access to the things you need most often, either tan (Sand) or digital camo (Multicam) styling, and a lifetime guarantee. Combat boots optional. [Scouted by Stuart]
With a name like that, it'd better be good — and the Blind Chic Scumbag Backpack (€120; roughly $150) doesn't disappoint. Built from olive green waxed cotton canvas with light blue lining, it offers plenty of room for goodies on the inside, and has a front panel that's ideal for hauling skateboards around on the outside. Other features include a removable chest strap, padded shoulder straps, a roll-top closure, and two interior pockets for smaller items like phones and cards.
For our latest collab, we teamed up with the adventurous gentleman at Topo Designs. They handmake their awesome bags and backpacks in Colorado, and we've been fans since day one. So we powwow'd and came up with a stealthy version of their minimalist backpack. The Uncrate x Topo Designs Light Daypack ($89) is decked out in all-black with moisture wicking straps and a handy-to-find-all-your-shit orange interior that'll fit your laptop and other essentials. It's a perfect size for your everyday life when a huge tundra of a backpack is not required. As a bonus from your friendly, EDC-obsessed Uncrate editors, the special edition Light Daypack comes with a U.S. Government-issue Rescue Pocket Knife that has a carabiner style clip so you can keep it attached to the bag or your keyring, belt loop, or any number of other dorky locations. The 2-1/2-inch blade is 440A stainless steel with a satin finish, and sports a textured Zytel handle in Uncrate orange, which makes the knife super lightweight. We made up less than 100 of these kits, so order quick, son.
Update: You all rushing at the same time to Topo's online store has apparently crashed their server. Hang tight, and try back in a few.
Update #2: We're all sold out. Stay tuned for future collabs.
You spent a lot of money buying your high-end DSLR, so why are you carrying it around in $5 worth of nylon? The Hard Graft Frame1 Camera Bag (£300; roughly $470) is a fitting case for your shooter, handmade in Italy from premium vegetable tanned leather, and featuring a soft leather lining, plenty of padding, a removable divider, signature wool felt details on the shoulder strap, and a small zip pocket for memory cards, cables, your phone, or other goodies.
Since Everlane is all about offering luxury-quality goods at affordable prices, it's no surprise that their Weekender Bag ($95-$180) follows this formula perfectly. Sporting a canvas or suede outer with or without stripes, the bag is 22-inches long with leather handles that drop a full foot — making them great for handheld or shoulder use — as well as a waterproof lining, leather zipper pulls, a hidden interior pocket, and small metal feet to protect the bottom and help it stand upright.
Is it a camera bag, or a cooler? Actually, the Poler Camera Cooler ($50) is both. With its padded dividers in place, it functions as a proper bag for your DSLR, lens, and other small accessories — there's even a spot for your iPhone and iPad — and when it's time to party instead of shoot, remove the dividers, throw in an icy pack and a six-pack, and head on your merry way. Available in black or a tastefully muted orange.
Tired of digging around in the bottom of your satchel for essential items? The smart design of the Cote & Ciel Coated Techno Canvas Flat Backpack (€190; roughly $235) takes care of that problem. Sporting a zippered, fold-open build that provides easy access to the padded laptop compartment and the multiple interior pockets, it also offers three external zippered pockets, leather and steel trim, and a water-repellent waxed and coated "techno canvas" exterior. [via]
We've covered tons of bags over the years, but nearly all of them suffer from the same issue: their designs are static, and can't adapt to your specific needs. The Mission Workshop Arkiv Field Pack ($210 and up) can. Thanks to the unique Arkiv system that lets you easily attach mission-specific pouches to the outside of the bag, the waterproof, mil-spec Field Pack offers ample storage for anything you might need, while letting you cut extra weight by removing the pouches meant for items you don't. Made in the USA and available in two sizes with black, dark gray, or waxed canvas exteriors.
Carry everything you need for the day without needlessly weighing yourself down with the Hammarhead Industries Day Pack ($290). Crafted from waterproof waxed cotton, black leather, and parachute hardware, the Pack features a rolltop closure, interior compartments for a laptop, iPad, and Kindle, and an industrial style that'll look great perched atop your two-wheeled monster. [Scouted by Andrew]
Often times you're asked to make a choice between a stylish product and an eco-friendly product — but that's not the case with these Bluelounge Bonobo Bags ($45-$160). Made from 100% recycled PET bottles, the soft, matte-finish outer fabric offers a natural feel and water-resistant coating, while customized aluminum hardware and soft interior lining round out the offerings. Available in backpack, messenger bag, laptop tote, laptop sleeve, and iPad sling styles.
We're big fans of pocket-sized multitools, flashlights, and other handy gear, but sometimes your stash of tools outgrows your pockets. For those times, it's a good thing they make Skinth Sheaths ($20-$65). Crafted from rugged 1000 PU coated Cordura nylon, these handsome storage solutions are stitched together using industrial coated polyester thread, and feature Velcro closures, high density nylon webbing, and various pockets sized perfectly for phones, tools, pens, and other pocket-friendly items.
Backpacks make it easy to commute by bike, but they also tend to make you look like you just got done riding a bike. The Crumpler Nhill Heist Backpack ($175) aims to fix this by offering a sleek, minimal-angular design that still offers plenty of room inside for a padded laptop compartment, four side pockets, and a space for A3-sized papers, plus two zippered external pockets — one of which can be accessed without taking the bag off your shoulder, making it perfect for phones, wallets, or cans of PBR.