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The Hideout Pack

Classic design, modern features, ultra durable materials, and big enough for all your clobber. The Hideout Bag is a brilliantly designed bag with your needs and convenience in mind. With this bag, you won’t ever need to struggle with multiple bags again as this bag provides you with multiple pockets and compartments for absolutely anything you’d decide to carry with you. This bag got its extra strong reputation…

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Sea x Sky Packable Waterproof Backpack

Big enough to hold a day trip’s worth of gear while remaining compressible and light enough to literally fit in your pocket when empty, the Sea x Sky Packable Waterproof Backpack is one item you’ll likely want to bring along on your next multi-day adventure. Its lightweight Cordura fabric is completely waterproof, complemented with an also-waterproof roll-top closure system to turn its main 24 litre storage compartment into a literal submersible dry…

GET IT: $54

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Pliqo Garment Bag

Travelling with a suit, whether you’re wearing it or have it packed, is bound to result in some serious wrinkling. Frequent flyer Patrick Tatham thus came up with the Pliqo Garment Bag. While it’ll swallow your suit and folds down as small as a laptop bag, the Pliqo results in minimal creasing, decreasing the effort necessary to arrive at a remote meeting with fresh garb. Open, the bag has…

GET IT: ~$125

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Outlier Ultrahigh Big Box Bag

The Outlier Ultrahigh Big Box Bag isn’t quite like your Costco or Ikea bag, though it’s about as big with a 56 litre capacity. But instead of standard polypropylene Outlier makes these of super-strong Dyneema ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fiber that’s just as waterproof and much more lightweight while still staying tough. In fact, each one weighs just 0.65 pounds and folds down to an easily stashable square profile….

GET IT: $175

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Incase Drone Collection

Drones are meant to explore. Their unwieldiness and fragility works somewhat against this. The Incase Drone Collection is designed to make carrying your flying camera a little easier. For larger models like DJI’s Phantom series there’s the Drone Pro Pack (shown, left), a spacious backpack with a full zip that unfurls to reveal padded slots for both the drone and its remote control — as well as a slot for a 15-inch laptop….

GET IT: $60+

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DSPTCH Ruckpack

Inspired by the military rucksack but styled and sized for the city, DSPTCH’s Ruckpack carries all your daily essentials and then some. The bag’s outer fabric is a lightweight and rugged Speckled Twill polyester and nylon blend that’s rather stealthy and decked out with both Duraflex hardware and Mil spec webbing. It’s also got a laptop compartment, a total capacity of 25 litres, and a rigid high-density polyethylene and…

GET IT: $240

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Hardgraft Double Take Holdall

Serving as both a weekender and a daypack, the Hardgraft Double Take Holdall features two pieces that stick together or come apart to meet your travel requirements. The larger carry on-sized duffel features both larger outside and smaller inside zip pockets and is made of the brand’s signature vegetable tanned leather coupled to melange grey canvas webbing that meets as leather-coated handle up top. The smaller, matching One Pack attaches to…

GET IT: $1,200

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Wax & Jackson Record Tote

Carry a few vinyls in it. Or don’t. Wax & Jackson Record Totes look inconspicuously great either way while boasting the square-ish shape needed to lug a small stack of vinyls around, when you need to, alongside books and work and other things not categorized as play. The bag comes dyed and bonded in either olive or mustard colors, both made of 24oz British water-resistant cotton canvas and adorned with fine vegetable-tanned leather…

GET IT: ~$185

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Action Drawstring Backpack Pro

From afar it may look like your run-of-the-mill airy, lightweight drawstring backpack. But a closer look at the Action Drawstring Backpack Pro reveals features unheard of in this space. It’ll store and organize your stuff across five compartments, amongst them three YKK zippered pockets, on top of securing your action cam to your torso via an optional GoPro compatible center mount. A hydration-compatible pocket and tube routing hardware also handles your…

GET IT: $45

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Timbuk2 Robin Pack

The Timbuk2 Robin Pack is the San Francisco-based brand’s cleanest take on an urban rolltop backpack yet. Its weatherproof rolltop closure closes with magnets and opens with a simple pull towards the bottom and has room for a 15-inch laptop alongside the rest of your gear. Magnets also play a roll in holding a smaller front pocket closed as well as in joining the two halves of its sternum strap instantly….

GET IT: $180

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Tab Convertible Bag

Designing a bag to replace all your bags may be a nigh-impossible task but the Tab Convertible Bag comes as close to that elusive goal as any. Using an innovative cinch system, Tab can be collapsed or grown to three sizes — 31, 46.5, or 62 litres, depending on what you’re carrying — or even packed down into a compact ball for storage. It’s not just stuck to being a…

GET IT: $90

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Arc’teryx Voltair 30 Avalanche Backpack

This is one product you’ll really, really hope to never actually put to the test. In the rare and unfortunate event that you do, though, the Arc’teryx Voltair 30 Avalanche Backpack might just save your life. Instead of gas cartridges the Voltair uses an electric centrifugal blower powered by a rechargeable LiPo battery, achieving identical pressure and fill speeds as traditional systems but with several added benefits, including pulsing of additional air…

GET IT: $1,300

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Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag

Organization is definitely the Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag’s forte. From the outside it looks sleek and minimal but open its magnetic self-aligning/mechanically locking buckles to reveal a cavernous amount of storage space, with multiple Helix attachment points to secure a range of accessories that include Transport Cubes, Transport Pouches, and Admin Panels. A range of cleverly configured pockets inside and out stash smaller goods within reach and a…

GET IT: $300

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Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack

Matador knows a thing or two about lightweight, packable products. And the Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack is their most impressive piece yet. The 28-litre pack is full-featured and made of PU-coated ripstop nylon, with a compartment plus routing for a hydration bladder, waist and sternum straps for added comfort and weight distribution, several gear tethers and anchors to strap on extra gear, plus a variety of pockets that keep…

GET IT: $90

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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…

GET IT: $120

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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…

GET IT: $50+

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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…

GET IT: ~$131

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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…

GET IT: $255

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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…

GET IT: $250

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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…

GET IT: ~$18

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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…

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…

GET IT: ~$105+

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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…

GET IT: $110

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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…

GET IT: $1,018