submitted by Mon Garcia
With the start of the new year, its always a good idea to review and reassess your gear, and making sure its still doing its job in making your life and your work easier. And one of the best places to always keep improving is your EDC bag. One of the biggest challenges to designing an effective EDC bag is providing durability and carry options while still allowing for enough pockets and internal organization so you can find and get to the gear you need immediately and make the most of what you carry. Here are ten of our recommendations for bags in different formats, each with ample built-in organization for your different day-to-day needs. Whether youre looking for a small, easy-to-carry sling to take on your commute or a full carry-on bag for airline travel, theres something in this list for you.
Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L V2PurchaseKey FeaturesMultiple carry optionsInternal padded sleeve to carry up to an 11 laptopRoom and organization for photography equipmentSpecificationsCapacity6LMaterials100% recycled Bluesign certified fabric, waterproof bottom panelLaptop Size11"ReviewsPrice$$$For those looking for a compact bag that still allows for good internal organization, the new Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L V2 offers plenty of features that make it a viable option for an everyday sling, especially for those taking along some tech. The zippered clamshell opening gives access to the main compartment that fits a camera kit with lens, includes a padded sleeve for an 11-inch tablet or laptop, and provides six smaller pockets for batteries, memory cards and other small gadgets. Finally, external carry straps let you bring along a tripod or pack some clothing. The brands signature features like security locks for zippers, and hidden pockets for tucking away straps are all still here, making this a versatile and full-featured sling bag thats perfect for your daily adventures.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L V2PurchaseKey FeaturesMultiple internal and external pocketsDurable UltraZip external zippersHeight-adjustable laptop sleeveSpecificationsCapacity20LMaterialsWeatherproof, 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas shellLaptop Size15"ReviewsPrice$$$$Peak Design has made improvements to the latest version of its Everyday Backpack that make it an even better option for your daily carry. Outside, it presents a rounder profile and a more streamlined design. An expanded protective laptop sleeve allows this 20L bag to hold up to a 15-inch laptop, while being height-adjustable to still provide easy access even if you put in a smaller one. Beside it, there is ample space for a tablet and some documents via dedicated pockets. Theres more organization available with internal FlexFold dividers, slip pockets for your wallet or passport, stretchy side and top pockets for cards and smaller items, plus two external side pockets that stretch to fit water bottles or even a tripod. They even upgraded to UltraZip for their external zippers, increasing durability and abrasion resistance. These small changes turn this iteration of Peak Designs well-organized design into a very workable choice for your EDC backpack.
Mystery Ranch 3-Way Expandable BriefcasePurchaseKey FeaturesExpandable zipper provides 5 extra liters of storageOne-handed Rip Zip openingMultiple carry optionsSpecificationsCapacity22LMaterials500D CORDURA nylonLaptop Size15"ReviewsPrice$$$There are times where you may not be carrying as much as usual, so a bag that expands and adapts to your particular needs for the day could be a good choice for your EDC bag. The Mystery Ranch 3-Way Expandable Briefcase is a versatile daily driver featuring a more tactical look, and the brandss Rip Zip opening that gives quick one-handed access to its contents. Inside, theres room for a laptop and multiple pockets that lay flat should you opt not to use them. External webbing lets you attach and bring more gear, should the situation call for it. A compression zipper allows the bag an extra five liters of space, turning this into a viable travel bag. Being a 3-way briefcase that provides carry options with a removable shoulder strap and tuckable backpack straps, this bag gives you the options to suit what you need for the day.
Aer x Huckberry Flight Pack 2PurchaseKey FeaturesConvertible into backpack, shoulder bag or briefcaseLightweight designDurable materialsSpecificationsCapacity21LMaterials1680D CORDURA nylonLaptop Size15.6"ReviewsPrice$$$This Huckberry exclusive version of the Aer Flight Pack 2 brings a classy olive green colorway to the venerable convertible carry-on design. The lightweight 2.8-pound pack can be comfortably carried as a backpack, shoulder bag, or briefcase, allowing you carry the appropriate type of bag for different situations. Internally, theres a sleeve for a large laptop and a smart organization compartment with plenty of pockets for your accessories. Outside, a top pocket gives you easy access to your valuables, and theres an expandable pocket for an umbrella or a water bottle that zips flat when not in use. Its tough ballistic nylon exterior was originally developed for military body armor, and is complemented by Duraflex plastic hardware and YKK zippers, making for a robust and durable build in a bag that adapts to your day-to-day needs.
Osprey Packs Cyber DaypackPurchaseKey FeaturesVentilated and comfortable to carryRemovable, transferable cord organizerDurable exterior fabricSpecificationsCapacity22LMaterials600D x 900D PolyLaptop Size15"ReviewsPrice$$The Osprey Packs Cyber Daypack is a technical commuter pack that allows you to bring your 15-inch laptop, tablet, and other daily school or work essentials in a balanced and comfortable on-the-back carry. The tough panel-style exterior features dual side panel water bottle pockets, a large front organizer pocket with multiple internal pockets for organization, and a scratch-free zippered pocket for sunglasses and your electronics. The bottom of the pack houses the PowerHouse cord organizer, a small removable pouch that organizes your chargers, cords and extra batteries. A specially designed shoulder harness and a ventilated back panel keep you comfortable and dry during your daily commute, and a blinker light attachment point provides you a way to enhance your safety when the lights go down.
WANDRD HEXAD Access DuffelPurchaseKey FeaturesTough and durable exteriorRemovable padded camera cubeModular interiorSpecificationsCapacity45LMaterialsWaterproof tarpaulin and 1680D ballistic nylonLaptop Size15"ReviewsPrice$$$$Built for three- to five-day trips, this 45-liter carry-on sized duffel features high-quality zippers and weather-resistant materials to protect all your tech gear, camera gear, and whatever else you need to bring. The WANDRD HEXAD Access is primarily a camera bag, with side camera access and a removable internal padded camera cube should you need more space for a different loadout. Divided into three main compartments, it is able to carry up to a 15-inch laptop, clothing, and even a pair of shoes with its expandable laundry pocket. Multiple handles and comfortable shoulder straps make this large duffel bag easy to take for your multi-day travel adventures.
Imperial Motion Borealis Waist PackPurchaseKey FeaturesWaterproof exterior and zippersReflective detailsExternal straps for extra gearSpecificationsCapacity6LMaterials500D waterproof nylonLaptop SizeN/AReviewsPrice$For quick, casual trips that can lead you off the beaten path, the Borealis Waist Pack from Imperial motion could be your go-to bag. Constructed with a waterproof nylon exterior paired with waterproof zippers, this pack protects your everyday essentials in a waist- or shoulder-carry design. The straps can be stowed away and are made of a premium, durable webbing, plus theres a daisy chain of the same material on the outside for harnessing additional gear. Reflective pullers on the zippers and a reflective Hypalon stain-resistant label help with visibility, ensuring you are seen wherever you choose to take this tough, adventure-ready bag.
Tumi Alpha 3 Framed Soft Duffel BagPurchaseKey FeaturesEasy interior accessClassic design* Lots of organization for business needsSpecificationsCapacity35LMaterialsFXT ballistic nylonLaptop Size15"ReviewsPrice$$$$A framed zip opening makes it easy to fully access the tough interior of this otherwise soft bag. The Tumi Alpha 3 Framed Soft Duffel is a carry-on sized bag for business and travel constructed with TUMIs signature FXT ballistic nylon for durability and classic looks. Its made to carry a 15-inch laptop plus all you need for your business trip, with its two zip pockets, dedicated media pockets for hard drives or power banks, card pockets, pen loops, and a key leash. Multiple zippered pockets on the outside of the bag give you more storage for notebooks and documents, keeping them within easy reach. Designed for the business traveler, this well-organized duffel can go straight from the airport and into the boardroom.
Hows your EDC bag are you handling your everyday organization needs? Did your picks above help you find a new way to carry? Let us know in the comments below!