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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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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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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

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…

GET IT: $120

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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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…

GET IT: ~$300

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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…

GET IT: $295

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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…

GET IT: $190+

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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…

GET IT: $143

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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…

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….

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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…