Packs

Sports & Outdoors

Duoket

Conceived by Mininch — the guys who came up with the Tool Pen, Tool Pen Mini, and Wrenchit — Duoket this time isn’t a tool but is equally ingenious. Duoket is both a jacket and bag, switching between the two at a whim with nothing but a zip/unzip and making it easier to tackle chilly morning commutes without having to deal with carrying your jacket by hand in the evening. The jacket’s multitude of interior zippered pockets become the bag’s inner compartments so that everything stays right where it should be without having to reorganize ever time it transforms. As a bag it’s got both grab handles and a removable shoulder strap and as a jacket it’s got a concealed hood to shield you against rain and both adjustable cuffs and hem to tailor the fit. Available in five colors and several sizes.

Find it at Kickstarter – $120

GET IT: $120

Gear

Patagonia Lightweight Black Hole Bags

If you’re the type to always be prepared while never knowing if you’ll need extra carrying room, Patagonia’s Lightweight Black Hole collection was made for you. These ripstop nylon packs, like their non-Lightweight brethren, are near indestructible, yet pack away without adding much bulk, or weight thanks to carefully pruned-down designs. They’re also suited to weather inclement conditions thanks to a TUP-film laminate and DWR finish on all outer fabric. The backpacks are strategically built with breathable mesh shoulder straps and back panels plus an adjustable sternum strap, albeit without padding (there had to be sacrifices somewhere) while the two duffel sizes feature diagonal zippers to grant full access to their main compartment and tubular webbing grab handles that adjust for use as a handle, shoulder strap, or as a sort of oversized backpack. Each also offers well-placed pockets to help organize your smaller objects from your keys to your water bottle(s).

Hit up Patagonia for details – $50 to $100

GET IT: $50+

Sports & Outdoors

Helixot XO 6.2 Waterproof Backpack

No, it won’t fit your laptop or tablet, but then again neither device is conducive to being very active. The Helixot XO 6.2 Waterproof Backpack does however liberate you from having to worry about water seeping into and ruining your personal items while sailing, surfing, whitewater rafting, kite surfing, or doing other water sports by way of its coated waterproof fabric that’s held together by welded seams and coupled to a screw cap closing mechanism that doesn’t let so much as a drop of water through. The back-hugging bag also features adjustable pectoral and abdominal straps to get a good, secure fit, and doubles as back protection thanks to rigid support along the spine.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $131

GET IT: ~$131

Bike

Mission Workshop Helmsman Duffle

The Mission Workshop Helmsman Duffle is one bag whose contents you won’t worry much about in the rain, even if that includes your work computer. This heavy-duty 31-litre duffle is made of a durable HT500 outer fabric that’s backed up on the inside by a urethane-coated nylon ripstop liner to block out water, slush, and whatever else the weather throws at you. Hold it by its hide-away grab handles, a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, or even by an optional harness to wear it like a backpack. Or if you’re on a bike strap it to your front-mounted porteur-style bike rack and take a load off.

Find it at Mission Workshop – $255

GET IT: $255

Gear

Hylete Icon 6-in-1 Backpack

At its core the Hylete Icon 6-in-1 Backpack is a 40 litre backpack. But if that’s not enough (or if it’s too much) room for your stuff the bag’s got a few tricks up its sleeve to better accommodate your cargo. Its base is equipped with an extendable compartment that adds 20 extra litres of storage, useable in both backpack and duffle configurations, the latter attained by stashing its straps behind its back panel and rigging up the included duffle handle. It’s also hiding a removable daypack inside that’s good for day trips and travel and which converts to a single shoulder strap messenger bag just as easily.

Learn more at Hylete – $250

GET IT: $250

Gear

Hang & Roll

Basically a series of sequential packing cubes, the Hang & Roll is a way to both better organize and better compress your clothing for travel. The lightweight packing tool boasts eight individual compartments to stash about a week’s worth of rolled up items of clothing. Roll it up when filled to save some space, and when unpacking at your destination just hang it up in a closet using the same straps that kept it nice and compressed. Windows on all the compartments make locating a specific garment easy and all of its materials are waterproof if the luggage or backpack you’re using isn’t.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $18

GET IT: ~$18

Gear

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+

GearPacks

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+