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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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Herschel Sealtech Lawson Backpack

This bag is almost as smart as you are. Herschel’s new Sealtech Backpack brings together the best of waterproof technology and lightweight material, making it the ideal choice of commuter bag heading into spring. Blending both effortless style and engineered comfort this two-toned piece is designed for the urban environment. The pack features a 13 inch laptop sleeve, premium die-cut shoulder leather straps, and a double-sided Sealtech coating over ripstop nylon that, when punctured, can be tightened and resealed by being rubbed between two fingers. It’s also stands out amongst the brand’s bags as particularly minimal as it’s completely devoid of branding apart from a subtle debossed logo on the left shoulder strap.

Grab one at Amazon – $150

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Octovo Backpack

Minimal from the inside out, the Octovo Backpack is stripped of everything superfluous. The Polyester blend bag comes in three colors that include blue, charcoal (shown), and smoke, and features a nigh-hidden backside zip pocket keeps your crucial often-used essentials — wallet, smartphone, keys, and the like — safe, plus a front zip pocket to stash other small goods. Unclip the buckle and unfold the top to gain access to a third small zip pocket alongside a padded compartment for a 15-inch notebook computer and just a whole lot more space for everything else.

Learn more at Octovo – $250

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Mission Workshop Transit Duffle

Mission Workshop has long been making bags that withstand the use and abuse of bike messengers around the world. Their Transit Duffle leverages this know-how to create a similarly well-built pack, only bigger, and well-suited for travel. The 31-litre Transit boasts a HT500 fabric outer coupled to a urethane-coated nylon ripstop liner and sealed to YKK Aquaguard zippers, making it entirely weatherproof. Good thing, too, since snap straps let you hook it up to front porteur-style bike racks. It’s small enough to stow in an overhead bin and big enough to organize a weekend’s worth of clothing and gear what with a dedicated padded laptop sleeve, four cargo pockets on the outside, as well as sleeves on the inside to keep organized. And it’s compatible with Mission Workshop’s Duffel Backpack Straps that transform the bag into a backpack of sorts for lugging heavier loads.

Find it at Mission Workshop – $245

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