Standing gets old, and quickly. Take a load off just about anywhere with Bagobago, a backpack built to remedy the world’s lack of sitting spots. This 22 litre pack comes equipped with legs and a bench hidden within, deploying into an ergonomic weight-bearing stool in seconds all while sparing its contents of any sort of damage. It also meets airline cabin baggage size restrictions, weighs just 3.5 lbs with the removable stool loaded, protects whats inside from the elements thanks to its waterproof construction, and boasts an optional hip strap for proper weight distribution when carrying heavy loads.
Learn more at Bagobago – roughly $147
More discreet than carrying a 6 pack by the box’s handle, Mountainsmith Cooler Tube provides a simple way to carry six cold ones in what appears to be a yoga mat case, complete with an adjustable shoulder sling. Its foam insulated walls keeps its contents nice and cold while a seam-sealed PEVA lining keeps can sweat (i.e. condensation) off your back.
Learn more at Mountainsmith – $25 [via]
End the perpetual hunt for power outlets with the AMPL SmartBackpack. Integrated within the fabric of this backpack lies an advanced portable charging system complete with an internal battery and three docking bays for connecting additional AMPL SmartBatteries. To best make use of this power, USB outlets are available in literally every compartment, and an optional LaptopBoost + SmartInverter can charge your laptop or other outlet-dependent device. Other niceties include Bluetooth that warns you if your bag is left behind or being stolen, an OLED touchscreen display that keep you updated on battery status and temperature inside the pack, and the ability to set charging priorities right from their app on your smartphone. And since tech doesn’t typically play nice with water or enjoy being banged around, the SmartBackpack boasts both integrated shock-absorbers to mitigate drops and a water-repellant outer coating to keep out rain.
Check it out at Indiegogo – $250+
A technical daypack perfectly adapted to lug around a DSLR and kit, Boreas’ Aperture was designed to meet the combined needs of serious photographers and outdoor adventurers alike. This lightweight 35 liter pack was built around the brand’s modular Bootlegger Triple-Tramp Suspension that keeps your back breezy. Its exterior boasts a front stretch pocket, hidden daisy chain tripod attachment, a waterproof top stash, and a deployable ultralight rain cover. Open it up, however, to reveal a removable camera insert complete with modular foam dividers customizable to your gear, organization pockets plus room for lunch or miscellaneous gear, and a 15″ laptop sleeve to process or review your shots on the field. It’s even equipped with room for a hydration bladder to stay preemptively hydrated.
Hit up Kickstarter for more information – $225
While it looks like a simple weekender duffel at first glance, Hook & Albert’s Garment Weekender actually unzips and unfolds into a full featured garment bag to keep your ensemble wrinkle-free through to your destination. The bag opens at the middle to provide room for a couple of suits and shirts while four pockets, including a full-width one up top for a few ties, organize your small travel goods. Then, once zipped up and in full duffel form, it packs up with other necessities as needed. The Weekender also features three quick-access exterior pockets, YKK zipper hardware, and comes in either leather or waxed canvas in an assortment of colors.
Find it at Hook & Albert – $445 to $585 [via]
Constructed from a single piece of vegetable-tanned Italian leather, Hard Graft’s Work Satchel is simple, gorgeous, and practical simultaneously. The Work Satchel is devoid of frivolous pockets and dividers that add bulk and weight, and instead features just one large main compartment — that’ll fit your 15″ laptop alongside other gear — and an outside zip pocket for your tablet, notepad, and the like. It also boasts all-around interior wool felt lining, a single buckle closure flap with metal snaps on either end, and both a removable carry handle and shoulder strap to customize your carry.
Available in Classic tan or Neutral grey at Hard Graft to learn more – $648
Carrying your laptop, accessories, and miscellaneous everyday carry gear has never been as orderly as with Cargo Works MacBook EDC Kit. This tough 900 denier polyester canvas shoulder bag boasts a padded, microfiber-lined compartment for your 13″ MacBook (Pro, Retina, or Air) plus four stash pockets for accessories and a line of elastic webbing for securing smaller goods. It’s also got Molle webbing for expandability and can also be carried without the strap or as a quick-access slip-on accessory for your carry-on’s handle.
Find it at Cargo Works – $60
Dry bags don’t need to be any less handy or accessible than their water-susceptible counterparts. Case in point: The Korongo Submersible Pack. Featuring fully welded seams and a submersible zipper, this heavy duty pack is completely water and air tight, keeping your gadgets inside safe even if you decide take a swim. Attach it to your gear using the Molle webbing on either side, pack it, zip it shut, and just stop worrying about your water-sensitive electronics.
Learn more at Korongo – $210
Whether you commute by bike or on foot or just enjoy long treks, Osprey’s full-featured Radial 26 Daypack has you covered. Remedying the biggest gripe we have with backpacks in general, an AirSpeed suspension backpanel coupled to ventilated straps keeps your back cool and dry through longer trips. Fortunately, this doesn’t compromise the bag’s capacity, which includes a padded 15″ laptop compartment, a tablet sleeve, a large main compartment with three mesh organizers, dual water bottle slots, plus two smaller quick-access pockets on its front. Moreover, the Radial also packs numerous niceties, including a deployable high-visibility rain cover, a Lid Lock to secure your helmet to the bag, an external compartment for a U-lock, plus built-in reflectors, should you not make use of the blinker light attachment tab.
Find it at Amazon – $160
A backpack with one large compartment has its uses but makes finding any one particular thing a bit like fishing. Postalco’s handmade Three Pack tackles this, plus the issue of sag, thanks to a three-part design and the use of rigid, water-resistant Hammer Nylon that’s discretely supported by hidden suspension straps. Each bag also sports oversized zipper pulls easily grasped even with gloves, a padded 15″ laptop compartment, and double leather-wrapped handles on top for easy carrying when it’s not on your back.
Get it in Lamp Black or Slate Blue at Postalco – roughly $720