Hard Graft Holdall Volume One

Contrary to most items in their repertoire, Hard Graft’s Holdall Volume One is rather understated, foregoing vegetable tanned leather and all out branding for a rock-colored durable brushed suede that’s tonally-matched to its other hardware. Still, it’s not one bit less impressively detailed, with a fully adjustable cotton herringbone shoulder strap and matching handles, two external zip pockets concealed by flaps, and two more quick access side pockets. It’s also sized right to carry on a plane and boasts a grey soft cotton twill inner lining on the inside that’s revealed with a quick unzipping of its floating RiRi main zipper.

Learn more at Hard Graft – $1,018

GET IT: $1,018



Named for its unique wing-like lateral openings, the Wingcase looks like a traditional shoulder bag — only its contents are far more accessible (see second image). Either side opens using one hand with a simple twist of its clasp, and both are equipped with various accessory pockets to stash smaller, easy-to-lose stuff. A removable 15-inch laptop sleeve snaps in place using magnets and sits safely behind Wingcase’s main zipper, which can be secured using its three digit combination lock. Both wings also lock on the inside, and the bag also packs an internal power bank to recharge smaller devices, a strap that slips over luggage handles, and a multitool with a bottle opener and box cutter hidden inside its address tag.

Grab one at Kickstarter – roughly $300

GET IT: ~$300


Booq Pack Pro

Whether traveling to you means a five minute walk to work or business trips to the other side of the planet, your laptop is better off in a Booq Pack Pro. It’s an evolution of the Booq Cobra, with a dedicated laptop compartment that shields your computer (up to 16.4 inches) against bumps and bruises plus a rigid frame and water resistant YKK zippers to further that goal. Ballistic nylon makes up the outside of the pack. Unzip it and you’ll find inside room for a change of clothes, tech accessories, magazines, and other toys to entertain you on a long flight. Other niceties include a hidden back pocket to stash important items like your passport or wallet, though it’s sized large enough for a tablet, and breathable back padding to make longer wear bearable.

Find it at Amazon or Booq – $295

GET IT: $295


North St. Morrison Backpack Pannier

North St. Bags’ Morrison Backpack Pannier can be thrown over your shoulders and worn through your bike commute, but it’s designed so you can ride with your back bare. Truck the shoulder straps inside the rear pocket, hitch its two hooks to a rear-mounted bike rack, and rig up its integrated bungee cord to keep the pack safely attached. It’s also made of 1000 denier Cordura with an X-Pac VX21 ripstop nylon drop-in liner to keep all 18 litres of its contents shielded from rain.

Find it at North St. Bags – $190+

GET IT: $190+


Sanborn Waxed Rolltop Pack

The guys behind Sanborn Canoe Co. started off making canoes and paddles on nights, weekends, and basically anytime after their daily 9 to 5. Now they’re expanding into a larger range of explorer’s goods, including backpacks with the Sanborn Waxed Rolltop Pack. Made of rugged TexWax #10 Duck Canvas, the bag keeps about 23 litres of your stuff bone dry whether you’re canoe camping or commuting. It’s got a laptop pocket for use in the city, reinforced looped strapping onto which you can attach more gear, and a rolltop closure for versatility. Available in Slate (shown) or Rover Yellow.

Learn more at Sanborn – $143

GET IT: $143


Osprey Radial 26

Last year’s Osprey Radial 26 backpack has been our go-to bag for rides and hikes in warmer weather thanks to its Airspeed back panel and ventilated straps, but this newly released model makes us a little envious. It’s still got a handful of bike-friendly features including LidLock for attachment your helmet, a stretchy front pocket for stashing your U-lock, and a slot for rigging up a rear blinker light. The new version also boasts an integrated kickstand that keeps the pack standing up for loading or unloading. Its dedicated laptop compartment also makes the pack a solid option for commuting, with a hidden rain cover for insurance against bad weather. Plus with 26 litres of space there’s room for just about everything across its several pockets and plenty of mesh organizers to hold every little thing in its place.

Learn more at Amazon ($140 to $170) or Osprey ($170) [via]

GET IT: $140+


Fyber Forma Tyvek Backpack

Tyvek isn’t just for wallets anymore (aside of course from its traditional use in buildings and Fedex envelopes). Fyber Forma’s Tyvek Backpack comes in two variants, the thriftier C.O.S. (shown in black and white) and the slightly more rugged A.P.O., both most made of Tyvek alongside nylon and PVR leather for the straps and detailing. By consequence they’re naturally water repellent and are packed with multiple pockets inside. The A.P.O. is even suitable for a 15-inch laptop thanks to shielding foam lining its back. No word on exact weight but they’re all bound to be rather light.

Learn more at Fyber Forma – $113+


Px Invisible Backpack Mini

It’s tastefully spartan on the outside, earning the px Invisible Backpack Mini its name. But there’s more to this simple looking backpack than its exterior would have you know. First, the shell material is of a slightly glossy, water resistant 800x600D nylon and polyester blend that’s both durable and more elegant than standard ballistic variants. Two stealthy medium-sized front pockets organize smaller goods while a concealed laptop slot on one side fits up to 13-inch computers — and all three, along with the main compartment, close up using durable water resistant YKK zippers. It’s big enough to hold all your daily carry essentials at 14 litres, all without weighing you down like an unnecessarily large bag would.

Learn more at px – $168


North St. Scout Duffle

We’d be hard pressed to find a better everyday gear-carrier than the North St. Scout Duffle. Made in-house by North St. Bags in Portland, the Scout is crafted of a 1,000 denier Cordura nylon outer that’s lined with waterproof X-pac VX21 sailcloth to keep your gear dry in adverse weather. They’re simple, with one large main compartment and one additional small zippered inner pocket, and come in a variety of colors and sizes identified by the number in their name (Scout 14 in Army Green shown) including the small Scout 11 with optional bicycle mounts to attach to a handlebar and the larger Scout 21.

Check out the lineup at North St. Bags – $60 to $100

Sports & Outdoors

Koraloc Surf Backpack

Surfing means getting a giant board to the beach, probably held underarm — which is fine if said beach is close. If it’s a bit of a trek, the Koraloc Surf Backpack is be a godsend. This backpack is equipped with a fold-out board carrier that deploys to hold up to three surfboards vertically, keeping your hands free and your back comfortable thanks to an adjustable waist belt that puts most of their weight on your hips. It’s also got room for 29 litres of more stuff, including a laptop in a dedicated compartment, wax and fin side pockets, and plenty of place for towels and other beach necessities. Plus, the surfboard straps can also be used to carry beach chairs, wakeboards, or even snowboards when you’re not going surfing.

Grab one at Amazon – $200


Troubadour Day Bag

If for some reason ballistic nylon repulses you, you’ll find solace in the Troubadour Day Bag. Every one of these duffles is handcrafted in Italy using nothing but vegetable-tanned leather for all of its parts that’s complemented by a thick cotton canvas lining inside. Undo its polished brass long-tail zipper for unrestricted access to its contents thanks to a wide opening, with room for a weekend’s worth of clothes and a tablet compartment (amongst other elastic internal pockets) to keep entertainment close by. Each also comes with a lifetime guarantee which won’t help if it’s stolen or you lose it, so better try to not lose sight of it.

Learn more at Troubadour Goods – $1,426


KP Duffle

Despite aggressively contours like the sports car it’s inspired by, the KP Duffle is stuffed to the brim with functionality — along with enough room for packing a weekend’s worth of gear. To start, a ventilated shoe compartment keeps its other contents fresh while a front utility hatch on the opposite side tames your smaller gadgets and gizmos. The main compartment zips wide open and features a tablet compartment in the flap that keeps it on hand along with a well-hidden secret passport-sized slot to protect crucial valuables. Each comes with a matching KP Dopp Kit and 6 small bottles inside for your shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries. It’s also got contrast lining on all inner parts to boost the visibility of what’s inside, is made of scratch-proof PU leather in four colors — black, blue, grey, and army green — and boasts many other highlights that we can’t fit in such a short amount of space.

Find it at Keep Pursuing – $188


HP Powerup Backpack

As its name suggests, the HP Powerup Backpack carries along a backup battery. But it’s not one just suited to your smartphone and smaller devices: the large lithium ion battery within boasts a 22,400mAh capacity, enough to fully charge most HP laptops, though it’ll also easily charge a tablet three times over or a smartphone up to ten times. Your laptop’s power adapter does double duty, also charging the pack when otherwise not in use, and two micro USB cables plus a laptop cable come included to charge several devices simultaneously. It’s also made of coated heavy duty canvas that’s water resistant and contains a pull-out rain cover for even wetter weather.

Find it at Amazon – $200