submitted by Mags Tan
When it comes to daily drivers, never a bad idea to go for a bag thats ultra durable. After all, what gets more used and abused than our backpacks? Imagine how disastrous it would be for your pack to spill open on the street, scattering your belongings as you silently regret skimping on such an essential part of your loadout. Or worse, have something important in your bag fall and get damaged out due to poor construction. Fortunately for the fans of the overbuilt, there is a healthy selection out there of bombproof bags designed for commuting, work, school, and everything in between. Whatever youre hauling, we might have the bag for you.
- 1 - Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24L
- 2 - Flowfold Denizen 18L Tote Backpack
- 3 - WANDRD PRVKE 31L
- 4 - EVERGOODS CPL24
- 5 - Filson Dryden Ballistic Nylon Backpack
- 6 - GORUCK Bullet Ruck
- 7 - Brown Buffalo Conceal Backpack V3
- 8 - Black Ember Citadel R2
- 9 - North St. Weekender X-51
- 10 - Able Carry Daily Backpack
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24LPurchaseKey Features3-zip openingInternal accessory pockets, external water bottle pocket15 laptop sleeve with padded bottomRemovable sternum strapSpecificationsStorage Capacity24LWeight2.75lbMaterials500D CORDURA Nylon, YKK zippersReviewsPrice$$$A new addition to the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault line is the 24L version which still sports its distinctive 3-zip design for easy rapid access to the interior. Further dialing in the organization are various interior pockets for smaller items, and a floating padded laptop sleeve to protect your critical tech. A zipper top pocket and water bottle pockets keep essential within reach from the outside.
Flowfold Denizen 18L Tote BackpackPurchaseKey FeaturesMade in the USAConvertible to toteSeparate laptop and tablet sleevesTop handles and adjustable shoulder strapsSpecificationsStorage Capacity18LWeight0.625lbMaterialsLite Skin sailcloth or X-PacReviewsPrice$$Easily transition from work to play with the Flowfold Denizen, whose straps neatly stow away to transform from backpack to tote bag. X-Pac construction keeps the bag lightweight yet durable enough to withstand abuse from the elements and various adventures. Generous pockets inside and out, as well as a padded laptop compartment and water-repellant zippers keep your gear intact no matter where you go. Bonus points for American-made quality backed by a lifetime warranty.
WANDRD PRVKE 31LPurchaseKey FeaturesCheckpoint-friendlySide access camera storageModular internal storage available, laptop sleeveRoll top expands for extra 5L of spaceSpecificationsStorage Capacity21L or 31LWeight2.8lbMaterials1680D ballistic nylonReviewsPrice$$$Easily transition from work to play with the Flowfold Denizen, whose straps neatly stow away to transform from backpack to tote bag. X-Pac construction keeps the bag lightweight yet durable enough to withstand abuse from the elements and various adventures. Generous pockets inside and out, as well as a padded laptop compartment and water-repellant zippers keep your gear intact no matter where you go. Bonus points for American-made quality backed by a lifetime warranty.
EVERGOODS CPL24PurchaseKey FeaturesIntegrated harnessContoured shoulder straps and back panelHydration pouch compatibilityEasy on-body access to contentsSpecificationsStorage Capacity24LWeight2.8lbMaterials500D High Tenacity nylon, YKK zippersThe EVERGOODS Civic Panel Loader 24 checks all the right boxes for a city-focused backpack that thrives in any environment. A streamlined profile in durable 500D HT nylon coupled with 3D-patterned foam shoulder straps and strategically placed pockets afford a comfortable carrying experience suitable for active lifestyles. A sturdy side handle also gives the option of side carry in tighter commuting situations.
Filson Dryden Ballistic Nylon BackpackPurchaseKey FeaturesPadded 15 laptop compartmentCushioned, ventilated shoulder strapsDual side drop-in external pocketsInternal and external organization pocketsSpecificationsStorage Capacity25.5LWeightN/AMaterials1000D CORDURA nylonOld world durability meets present day technology in the Filson Dryden Backpack. Built out of heavy-duty CORDURA nylon, the Dryden is accented with bridle leather handles and attachment tabs for a touch of class. Coil zippers and leather tassels access the wealth of organizational pockets on the interior and exterior, and a hidden zippered back panel houses a 15 laptop. Weather resistant and ergonomic, this handsome pack is made to withstand the hard wear of daily use.
GORUCK Bullet RuckPurchaseKey FeaturesOpens flatOptimized for hydrationPadded straps and back panelMOLLE expansionSpecificationsStorage Capacity15L or 10LWeight1.55lbMaterials1000D CORDURA NylonReviewsPrice$$$No conversation about indestructable bags is complete without GORUCK getting a mention. The Bullet Ruck is one of their smaller offerings at 15L, but is still packed with the heavy-duty features of its bigger siblings, making it a solid everyday option for your essentials. It opens flat for ease of packing, and sports 3 rows of MOLLE webbing along the front for attaching different accessories. A hydration bladder can be clipped to an inner D-ring, and a handful of interior pockets help you organize your loadout.
Brown Buffalo Conceal Backpack V3PurchaseKey FeaturesMade in the USARemovable Black Ballistic 15 laptop sleeveWebbing latch points on sidesRemovable sternum strapSpecificationsStorage Capacity19LWeight3.4lbMaterials1050D CORDURA nylon, YKK AquaGuard zippersKnown for creating utilitarian products with a timeless aesthetic, Brown Buffalo delivers yet again with the Conceal V3. Tucked away under the slim and unassuming profile is a a well-considered interior: a mesh pocket for small items, dump pockets large enough to fit 32oz water bottles, and a removable Black Ballistic laptop sleeve that can be used separately as a shoulder bag. The hook and loop field on the back panel could also take other packing cubes in case you decide to forego the laptop sleeve, allowing further expansion or customization.
Black Ember Citadel R2PurchaseKey FeaturesIPX6 waterproof ratingErgonomic EVA foam shoulder strapsClamshell openingQuick access internal and external organizationSpecificationsStorage Capacity25LWeight3lbMaterials800D Microhex, YKK AquaGuard zippersReviewsPrice$$$$Glide through your daily commute with the sleek and minimal Black Ember Citadel R2. The durable 800D Microhex textile is laser-cut for a durable, over-engineered pack that satisfies lovers of the stealthy blacked-out aesthetic. Every bit of the Citadel R2 is designed for maximum ergonomic comfort, from the EVA foam shoulder straps to the contoured and ventilated back panel and Maglock sternum strap. And heres another one for the photo crowd: Black Ember offers an optional modular DSLR pack that can be attached to the inside back panel.
North St. Weekender X-51PurchaseKey FeaturesMade in the USAStowable backpack strapsWater bottle pocket and hydration pouch compatibilityOptional modular accessory pouchesSpecificationsStorage Capacity28LWeight2.75lbMaterials500D X-51 X-PacReviewsPrice$$$$For a pack that blurs the line between modern laptop bag and convenient one-bag carry-on, consider the Weekender from North St. The made-to-order backpack features a generous interior that opens flat for easy packing, and is decked out with rows of hook and loop panels for customizing with packing cubes or modular pouches. A padded top-loading laptop pocket is tucked away in the back, and the front features a couple zippered pockets, as well as mounting points for additional stowage.
Able Carry Daily BackpackPurchaseKey FeaturesCushioned straps and ventilated back panelBottom straps prevent sagging when emptySternum strapKey leash and side hooks for attachmentsSpecificationsStorage Capacity20LWeight2.1lbMaterialsX51 X-Pac or 1000D CORDURA NylonReviewsPrice$$Able Carry had their beginnings on Kickstarter with their bestselling Daily Backpack. Designed for life in busy Hong Kong, its a great urban all-rounder: large internal pockets that keep your belongings organized and secure, wide cushioned shoulder straps and vented back panel for whole day comfort, and discreet attachment points on the side. Their A-frame construction keeps the bag from sagging when empty and also relieves strain on the shoulders when carrying. a full load .
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