Strap your surfboard to the roof of your car and don’t worry about disfiguration by rocks and dirt with the Wayward Roll Top Board Bag. Made of rugged 600D DWR-coated Magnatuff polyester and lined on the inside with 200D nylon oxford cloth, the Wayward can take a beating on its own and further protects the surfboard inside thanks to padded interior walls. It’s also got a rolltop closure to fit boards of up to 6’8″ long, a velcro side stash pocket, and a carry handle for more easily lugging your otherwise awkward-to–carry board to the water.
Learn more at Wayward Stock Company – $150
Every man needs a reliable, no-nonsense duffle bag for travel, gym runs, overnighters, and everything in between. And Rickshaw Bagworks Square Duffle is about as pragmatic as they come. Built thin from X-Pac sailcloth on the outside coupled to a Cordura nylon interior, this lightweight, TSA-compliant duffle is extremely durable and sheds water as well as the sails of the racing boats for which the former material was originally designed. The duffle also features Nylon webbing handles and an included padded shoulder strap, boasts a small side pocket for compact goods and accessories, and carries up to 1624 cubic inches of gear in its main compartment.
Learn more at Rickshaw Bagworks – $130
Keep your high tops pristine and protected on the go with the Shrine Sneaker Daypack. This otherwise normal-looking backpack is built with an ultra-convenient fold out ventilated sneaker compartment to keep your kicks (up to size 18) sheltered from the elements and separated from the rest of your gear, including accessories and a tablet in the top compartment plus books and up to a 17″ laptop within the rear padded segment. It’s available in black or olive, both made of 1050 Denier Nylon fabric.
Find it at The Shrine – $150
Chances are you paid good money for your suit, and again (and again) to keep it clean and freshly pressed. Make sure it stays that way with the Preston Suit Bag. Suited for use as an overnighter, a gym bag, a carry on, and anything in between, Preston combines a versatile, ballistic nylon duffel bag with a detachable garment bag made with Italian leather on the outside and water resistant ripstop nylon on the inside. Quickly connect the two using hidden magnets hidden throughout, throw the strap over your shoulder, and go. You’ll always find a wrinkle-free suit on the other side.
Preorder at Impressed Bag Co – $350
Sure, ballistic nylon is insanely durable and composites are both tough and ultra lightweight, but if you’re looking for a pack with that fuses traditional materials with modern features have a peek at Cravar’s bags. Each design is classically elegant, made using full grain vegetable tanned leather and fitted with solid brass accessories and YKK zippers (where applicable). Cravar’s wares come in three series: the Alpha (shown), a rugged leather briefcase, the F.C., a field bag suited to adverse weather, and the C.O., a handsome laptop bag, each available in various sizes to accommodate tablets, 10″, 13″, or 15″ notebooks.
Learn more at Cravar – $250 to $395
Miggo’s Agua Camera Carrier strikes just the right balance of extreme protection and rapid accessibility, something that can be said about few modern camera bags. Agua meets the IPX3 standard which, while not certified for dips underwater, protects your equipment from spraying water at up to 60º from vertical for 5 consecutive minutes, or, in layman’s terms, storms, waterfalls, and the like. Importantly, Agua opens up with just a pull of its zippers and exposes the camera for snapping quick shots with minimal delay, staying secure to the bag all the while. Other features include protective padding to cushion your camera from bumps and bruises, a rigid front lens protector with soft interior (to enable keeping the camera inserted sans cap for even quicker shooting), and a nifty lens cover pocket to keep track of the thing.
Find it at Kickstarter in three sizes – $50
The best camera is the one that’s with you, and Town 30’s Emissary Camera Bag ensures you always make the most of it. This handsome bag is equipped with features tuned specifically for photographers, including a smooth one-handed locking mechanism, a universal lens cap mount that’ll hold virtually any lens while you’re shooting, and attachable, velcro-backed pocket compartments that can be customized to tailor the carrying of memory cards, cables, batteries, hard drives, and more to your precise liking. Of course, the interior can also be customized as well to fit the camera and lenses of your choice plus a laptop. Available in two models — the smaller Burzin (shown) and the Cumbysis, each built with water-resistant materials to keep your sensitive gear safe from the elements.
Read more at Kickstarter – $295+
It’s not a purse, a man-purse, a murse or any other such colloquialism. It’s a shoulder bag designed for everything anyone could need for the day. The padded main compartment of the Dsptch Shoulder Bag is perfect for your tablet or ≤12” laptop, while separate sleeves on the front panel keep your essentials organized. It combines rugged mil spec hardware with Fidlock magnetic closures and the 100% made in USA bag includes a lifetime guarantee.
Buy one at Dsptch – $134
Whatever your travel plans this summer, Best Made Co’s The Bonded Duffle has your back — or, rather, 44 litres worth of the clothes on it. Based around their bonded canvas which is the result of the permanent bonding of 10 oz canvas with 7 oz flat cotton twill using a rubber-based adhesive, this durable duffle resists abrasion as well as water, the latter helped by taped interior seams and an internal storm flap backing up the brass zipper. Both leather handles and a wool felt-lined removable shoulder strap offer two modes of carry while the bag itself comes in either black or olive drab (shown).
Grab one at Best Made Co – $230
If self-expression is amongst your primary concerns and you’re looking for a new bag, give Rareform’s Classic Backpack a shot. Old vinyl billboards go into the making of every one of their products, upcycling what would otherwise hit the landfill into a series of interesting packs of which no two are quite alike. Each backpack features a durable heathered body with a padded air mesh back panel, a fully padded laptop compartment, a plush fur lined quick-access pocket, and a colorful hand-selected billboard piece that makes up its front.
Check out the offerings at Rareform – $65