The 5-Day Mule from surf apparel brand Roark, is a 55-liter travel/daypack that will support your daily adventures & longer trips with sweet features like a laptop sleeve, padded back support, water bottle & sunglass pockets & a side carry handle.
Italian upstart Unico builds bags that are 100% waterproof. Like, submerge-your-laptop-in-the-lake level waterproof. With precision, laser-cut fabrication, main compartments are stitch-free & zip-free & feature radio-frequency-welded seams to keep moisture out. With a modular system that allows you to add & subtract accessories for custom configuration it is a versatile set-up that is just as good for work as it is for weekends. A funded Kickstarter.
The Koru Rucksack from Tanner Goods is a simple roll-top ruck made of lightweight Konbu, a military-grade cordura developed in Japan. It features black bridle leather accents and aircraft-grade aluminum hardware as well as an internal 13” laptop sleeve accessible from both the top & the side of the bag.
Rocky Mountain Underground’s 35-liter BRFCS Travel Bag is a rugged, well-designed travel bag that zips-out and expands up to 50-liter capacity. The bag is constructed of rugged cotton canvas that has a weatherproof PU & wax coating, to shed rain and snow. It can be carried as a backpack with stowable shoulder straps & waist belt. Full-zip internal organizers keep gear separated & in its place. Features like a padded laptop sleeve, locking zippers, helmet sling, & zip sidewall pockets add to its versatility.
Cotopaxi’s Allpa 42L is the largest of the brand’s range of rugged, go-anywhere travel bags. The outer shell of the Allpa is made of tough & weather-resistant TPU-coated 1000D polyester paired with 1680D ballistic nylon paneling. It will fit in the airline overhead and keep gear dry squeezed into the cargo-hold of a puddle jumper. With multiple carry options, you can run it as a duffle, pack, or (large) brief. Available in black or blue.
Kammok is known for its lightweight camping hammocks. Now, using the power of crowdsourcing, the Texas-based brand is launching their first line of waterproof bags. Their roll-top Burro backpack is available in 2 sizes: 16-liter & 26-liter, both feature ripstop nylon construction with a laminate core, PU-coating and seam-seal for a waterproof rating of 12k. The line also features a 30-liter duffle with stashable backpack straps, & a removable seat/laptop protector.
The latest from online luggage purveyor AWAY is the Expandables collection. As the name suggests, these travel bags can grow. Available in 4 smart sizes, they feature large, easy-access front-flap pockets, and wraparound zippers that allow the rolling cases to expand by 1.75 inches. That means you can pack in more souvenirs, more clothes, more whatever. Choose from 37, 47, 73, & 106 liter sizes.
Hand-built to last a lifetime, the Khyte Messenger bag from Mission Workshop features 2-layer weatherproof construction to keep out the elements & safely, securely transport all your gear for work & life. From the bicycle commute to the meeting room, it keeps your laptop, tablet, & other daily essentials within reach. The 24-liter design features 3 Arkiv rails for attaching MW’s range of specialized accessories, Fidlock magnetic fasters, & 2 shoulder straps for custom carry.
Known primarily for their bombproof car racks, Sweden’s Thule also makes great products for transporting other kinds of cargo. Their 35-liter Crossover 2 Carry On Spinner is a durable and functional carry-on that expands for additional packing space and maneuvers with ease on eight smooth, silent spinner wheels.
The 35-liter Cabin Twist is the same carry-on version of RIMOWA’s original hard-sided aluminum travel case but with an added “twist”. Perfectly sized for quick trips & airline overheads, it features TSA-approved locks, 4 smooth rolling wheels, a telescoping handle. The “twist” is the addition of your choice of 4 bright, contrasting trim colors.
We’re huge fans of smallness, so we think Tinybags are awesome. “As small as a coin and as capable as a backpack” they say. And they’re not lying. These compact, packable bags are made of water-resistant ripstop nylon tough enough to carry up to 55-pounds of cargo. When not in use, simply roll, fold & clip, and it’s pocketable. Available in 2 sizes, the large fits all sorts of stuff up to a 15” laptop & the original will hold a 12” laptop. A funded Kickstarter.
Constructed of X-Pac sailcloth, an extremely durable, waterproof laminate technology, Aer’s limited edition X-Pac collection bags are dialed for high performance outdoor and travel use. The collection includes 4 packs of different sizes and configurations plus 2 small sling bags for convenient hands-free carry.
Slim and minimalist on the exterior, the Tech Folio from Bellroy is precision crafted from environmentally certified leather & premium materials. Inside, it keeps your entire mobile office accessible & organized. It carries your 13” MacBook Pro & similar Air models, and features dedicated pockets for phone, tablet, and business cards. Available in black or caramel leather.
Designed to blend a smaller, smarter overnight travel bag with the convenience of a rolling carry-on, Away’s Daily case is purpose-built for the business traveller, providing storage & easy access for mobile office items, like laptop, tablet, & notebook as well as separate space for a few changes of clothes. Overall capacity: 37 liters.
Harber of London created an instant classic with their NOMAD Organizer for iPad Pro & 13-inch Macbooks. Crafted in Spain from vegetable tanned full grain leather, this simple, sophisticated zippered sleeve fits MacBook Pro 13″ Touchbar, New MacBook Air 13″, and MacBook 12″ plus iPad Pro 12.9″, 10.5″, 9.7″ with or without the smart cover/keyboard. Available in black, navy, deep brown, and saddle tan. Included backpack straps and shoulder strap enable custom carry options.
At 35-liters in volume, Peak Designs Travel Duffel 35L is the perfect size for weekend escapes, work over-nighters, a gym bag, or as a sidekick to one of your larger travel bags. Made of waterproof, 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas, it is also compatible with the brand’s Packing Tools like internal organizers for camera gear & zippered pouches for tech accessories.
Patagonia’s water-resistant Black Hole gear hauler bags and duffels are cargo carriers dialed for the long hard miles of global adventure travel & they come in all sizes & colors. And now, as the brand pushes toward ever-greener practices, the Black Hole bags are going full-recycle. 100% recycled plastic bottles make up the nylon used in the body & webbing on all these bags. In creating this season’s collection, 10 million single-use plastic bottles were diverted from landfills.
Constructed of ECONYL, a regenerated nylon fabric made from 100% recycled plastics, Prada’s Re-Nylon Travel Bag is a rugged weekender with premium Prada details like metal hardware, a soft fabric lining, and an adjustable padded strap for shoulder carry. Prada’s aim is to convert all of the virgin nylon they use to regenerated nylon ECONYL by the end of 2021 & it looks like they’re off to a good start.
The Forge is a 3-way high performance pack from San Francisco’s Black Ember that transforms instantly from backpack to brief to shoulder bag & back again. It features rugged PU-coated nylon construction, Mag Lock fasteners, and pockets for everything, including a suspended laptop sleeve. Side compression straps allow you to expand from 20-liter to 30-liter capacity. A funded Kickstarter.
Ballistic nylon is basically indestructible: resistant to rips, cuts, & abrasion. That’s precisely why Filson uses it on this bomber convertible bag. It’s a versatile 40-liter duffel that converts instantly to a backpack & has a third shoulder strap option for hands-free carry. It’s packed with pockets inside & out, and the padded pack straps stash away in a dedicated pocket when not in use. There’s also an integrated & padded 15” laptop sleeve. Available in Otter Green, Dark Navy & Whiskey.