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Incase Tracto Split Duffel

The Incase Tracto Split Duffel is big, weatherproof, and will accompany you and a ton of your gear just about anywhere. As its name suggests this duffel splits open in the center, butterfly style just like good luggage to facilitate packing. Mesh curtains segment the stuff you’ve packed into each half though they of course unzip out of the way if one large main compartment is warranted. Its exterior is made of either highly weather-resistant 1000D Tarpaulin or 1680D Ballistic Nylon, though the latter is also reinforced and lined with more of the former to ensure water won’t leak in. Carry it by its single handle or strap it to your back using the straps, which can be completely detached thanks to quick-release buckles on either end. Available in four sizes with 40, 60, 90, and 120 litre capacities.

Grab one at Incase – $125 to $200

GET IT: $125+

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Heimplanet Motion Backpack

Heimplanet takes a different approach at design — just have a look at their first tent. The Heimplanet Motion Backpack series is not much different. Devoid of the plethora of hanging straps on most backpacks, both the Motion Arc and larger Ellipse (shown) maintain a clean facade by hiding away most functional elements until called upon. The 20-litre arc is small and streamlined, with several stretchable pockets and compartments as well as 3D molded padding that reduces the pack’s contact with your back. At 25 litres the Ellipse boasts a larger main compartment and added side compression straps. Both bags also feature hip belts with pockets and sternum straps, fleece-lined compartments for notebook computers (that also work with hydration systems), and a wedge-shaped silhouette that naturally distributes weight close by and between your shoulders.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $105 to $115

GET IT: ~$105+

Bike

Lumos Aster Cycling Backpack

Dubbed the safest commuter pack, we have little reason to doubt that the Lumos Aster Cycling Backpack is just that. It’s not obvious at first glance that this bag boasts integrated white front (mounted on the straps) plus side and red rear lights, turn signal indicators controlled by a Bluetooth handlebar remote, and automatic brake lights that illuminate upon sensing deceleration. A large 4,000 mAh battery keeps this plethora of lights going for roughly 10 to 15 hours so you won’t need to ground it often. And if you forgot to recharge, the grid-patterned reflective lining shines bright when shone on by headlights. Aster’s also equipped with a variety of cycling-centric features including an external helmet holder, a rain cover, an ICE information slot with emergency contact info (that will hopefully never serve its purpose), plus holders and compartments for a bottle, bike pump, and U-lock. It’s even got room for a 15-inch laptop plus clothes and shoes.

Find it at Indiegogo – $110

GET IT: $110

Gear

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

Gear

Wingcase

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

Gear

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

Gear

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+

Gear

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

Packs

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+

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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+

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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

Gear

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