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Brooks Pickwick Backpack 150th Anniversary Edition

Brooks England is celebrating their 150th anniversary with handsome special edition saddles, but its their 150th Anniversary Edition Pickwick Backpack that really got our attention. This minimal all-black version of the Pickwick backpack is crafted of water-resistant cotton, fitted with genuine leather trim, and detailed with bold copper-plated zipper and hook closures. Both the roll-top opening and the secret exterior pocket face the back of the bag, safely securing your belongings regardless of whether you’re walking or riding.

Find it at Brooks England – roughly $270

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Movpak

Movpak is basically what it looks like: a backpack with a sort of kevlar skateboard deck that pops out of it in one fluid motion. But it’s not just a simple manual skateboard: it’s equipped with two electric motors — one concealed behind each of its front wheels — that’ll propel you to up to 20 miles per hour for up to 10 miles thanks to a wireless handheld remote so you won’t have to keep pushing. This newest model is also literally crammed with additional functionality, including Bluetooth (for security and for playing music and calling), an integrated phone charger to recharge your devices anywhere, inbuilt speakers, a holder for your helmet, and even a mic for conference calling. Though it’s unsurprisingly almost certainly heavier than your existing backpack at a substantial 17 pounds.

Find it at Indiegogo – $600+

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The North Face Access Pack

It’s not built for the rigours of the mountain. But The North Face Access Pack is still one of the brand’s most innovative backpacks. Its main compartment boasts a quick release latch to open and close lightning quick, granting access to the bulk of your gear in an instant. Water resistant zippers shield the laptop compartment from the elements — which is also equipped with plenty of other slots for a pen, mouse, charger, tablet, and other electronic accessories — while a pull handle lifts your laptop up and out without you having to dig for long. It’s also equipped with a multitude of other pockets as well as a lightweight internal aluminum frame for structure, reflective elements for visibility at night, and ladder locks in both straps for adjustments on the fly.

Learn more at The North Face – $235

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Velomacchi Speedway Roll-Top Backpack

It shows when you hop on a motorcycle with a pack that wasn’t made for riding. The Velomacchi Speedway Roll-Top Backpack, on the other hand, lets you ride as aggressive as you’d like, putting the weight of its contents as close to your center of gravity as possible. It’s made of weather-resistant 1000D competition fabric, adjusts without any trailing straps, and sports a unique magnetic sternum coupler that enables hands-free harness closure: just approach its two sides and they snap together firmly, releasing with a turn of the metal disk. The backpack is also packed with other features and organizational prowess that include an emergency contact information and key pocket, a quick-access side tool pouch, an aluminum helmet clip, a tire pressure gauge elastic sleeve, and a camera mounting plate.

Learn more at Velomacchi – $300 [via]

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Timbuk2 Especial Primo Backpack

Some backpacks conceal outstanding function with a minimal appearance. The Especial Primo is one such bag, yet it packs tremendous bang for your buck. The backpack is fully welded and entirely waterproof — that’s saying something when you’re staring down tough conditions, either while biking, hiking or traveling. The reflective binding and markers help you stand out when the light is low, and the sleek black color and discreet logo placement both make this bag equally fit for urban streets and high-country trails. It’s also got a stretch side pocket for a water bottle or bike lock, an airmesh ventilated back panel, and otherwise comes in a messenger version.

Grab one at Timbuk2 ($200) or at Amazon ($175)

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Lowepro DroneGuard BP 450 AW

Your drone is an unwieldy, delicate beast best carried in the box it came in. Or in a Lowepro DroneGuard BP 450 AW. Built to fit a DJI Phantom, 3DR Solo, or any drone of similar size, the backpack features padded X-shaped DroneGuard interior dividers to nestle the drone’s body, straps to hold 8 propellor blades, a pocket for a 10-inch tablet, and two large compartments over and under the drone that hold the remote alongside batteries and additional accessories. Rigid FormShell protects virtually all the bag’s contents, including those stashed in the spacious valuables pocket on the top, and a deployable All Weather Cover adds protection against water, snow, and sand when needed. Designed for long treks, the backpack is equipped with a harness, hip belt, and a perforated breathable EVA back panel to make long, arduous hikes go by like a breeze.

Find the DroneGuard BP 450 AW on Amazon and/or check out the rest of the lineup here – $250

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Herschel Day/Night Packable Daypack

It looks minimal, just like any other Herschel Supply backpack. But the Herschel Day/Night Packable Daypack has a few additional tricks up its sleeve. For one, it’s made of an incredibly reflective 3M nylon that keeps you visible should your excursions or your commute run late into the night. An outer pocket and large main compartment share your gear, with a smaller internal pocket for valuables that also doubles as a pouch that’ll stash the crushed, compressible bag when not in use. And it’s available in five colors including black, silver, red, peacoat, and white.

Check out the full lineup at Herschel Supply ($50) or grab it in black at Amazon ($25)

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Mifland Rolltop Rucksack

At the intersection of state of the art design and everyday practicality is Mifland’s Rolltop Rucksack. Made from mid-weight supple grade leather at about five ounces in thickness and weight, the bag features a roll top that makes it ideal for the explorer in all of us, adjusting thanks to two leather straps to roll up or down and accommodate your daily essentials or a weekend’s worth of adventure supplies. Built to last, this bag features a large main pouch and drawstring top. The fine detailing matched with the rugged exterior reflects Mifland’s mandate of travel accessories made to withstand the elements and age nicely through every adventure.

Learn more at Mifland – $430

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This Is Ground Venture Backpack

So long as you’re staying in the city and carrying a slew of tech devices, This Is Ground’s Venture Backpack will handle whatever you throw at it. It’s built of soft but durable Italian vegetable tanned leather and features a front pod to keep small accessories (including pens, earbuds, styluses, and more) highly organized, top and side pockets for your phone plus keys and your eyewear, respectively, and a large main compartment for the bulk of your carry. A zipper separates the latter from the back interior containing your laptop and tablet separately from the rest for breezing through TSA checkpoints while a built-in Tile tracker stashed in a hidden pocket keeps tabs on your pack’s location. And if a mobile office is what you need, an optional Karma wireless modem in the front pod provides you with WiFi on the go.

Learn more at This Is Ground – $750+

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Tanner Goods Wilderness Rucksack

Given the adventurous lifestyle to which many of us aspire, we need a bag that can keep up. Tanner Goods is back on that scene with their Wilderness Rucksack, combining rugged functionality and rare fabric into one sturdy piece. The brand’s Navy Salt and Pepper Collection includes everything from a dopp kit to a duffle bag, but the Wilderness Rucksack has been field-tested many times over. Featuring rare Salt & Pepper canvas originally used by the Swiss military, the fabric hasn’t been in use since they discontinued it in the 1970s yet is crafted to withstand a serious beating thanks to a weave of flax and nettle fibers. Complete with a large central pocket and assorted felt and leather pockets for maximum usability, the bag keeps everything together with sturdy brass rivets and Cambara English bridle leather straps.

Find it at Tanner Goods – $475

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