A new take on the traditional rucksack, the Black Ember Neoruk can be tailor-fitted to nearly any situation. Multiple bonded and bar-tacked hypalon mag-lock attachment points make the Neoruk compatible with all Black Ember Accessories — including a hard case, military pouch, and roll-top expander — to scale the bag up or down as needed before hitting the field (or the office) with your gear on your back. It’ll also stand up to plenty of abuse thanks to its waterproof carbonate-coated 1000 denier ballistic nylon build, reinforced YKK waterproof zippers, and bracings at its critical weight bearing points. And it’ll even keep your back relatively dry what with its air flow dimensional-mesh backpanel.
Preorder at Black Ember – $212
Whether you need a pack that’ll handle your commute to work, to the gym, or to both sequentially, the Aer Fit Pack is about as clean and minimal as they come. An understated aesthetic disguises three main compartments: one for your work essentials, including a laptop, tablet, and accessories; a spacious main one for your clothing or larger goods; and a third dedicated shoe compartment that ensures the rest of your bag’s contents stay fresh and clean. It’s also made tough thanks to durable 900D polyester with a water repellent coating, boasts a comfortable padded mesh back panel, and hides a compact pocket up top for quick access to smaller stuff.
Find it at Kickstarter – $84+
Functional they may be, but most backpacks can’t exactly be classified as mature or refined. Jack + Mulligan set out to make the opposing case with their Whitman Knapsack. This minimal rucksack is built of rugged, water-repelling canvas, complemented with chocolate brown leather accents and fitted with matte silver hardware. Behind the buckle and flap is a main compartment with a padded back and two interior pockets — each big enough for a 15″ laptop, a few notebooks, or other goods — while two exterior side pockets keep a water bottle or two in close reach.
Find it in Navy (shown), Regatta Blue or Sand at Jack + Mulligan – $200
Catering to urban recreationalists and gear junkies alike, Fidelis Co’s military-inspired, 18-litre Alcon Backpack is more than ready to shoulder all the stuff you’ll need to lug along on your next adventure. This waxed canvas and 1680D ballistic nylon backpack is constructed start to finish on American soil and boasts various tactical features including a trapdoor for rapid access, concealed dry storage pockets, a flap closure that locks shut using a rugged AustriAplin Cobra buckle, and a large side-mounted velcro strip for compatibility with their patch system, which adds extra pockets and/or a pen holder to your exact liking. It’s also got a padded slot for a laptop and sports a braided survival strap that unravels into 7 feet of durable paracord if shit hits the fan.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $275+
After a long flight, even the most meticulously packed suit typically looks about as weary as you do. To spare your ensemble of the former, Vocier’s carry-on compliant C38 Luggage employs the brand’s Zero-Crease System that gently curves your suit around the luggage within, keeping it wrinkle-free throughout your layovers. At the hotel, the C38 then hangs using its built-in hanger to make for straightforward unpacking. It’s also equipped with enough room to carry a week’s worth of clothing (including shoes), a quick-access slot to get to your laptop or dopp kit without opening the main compartment, unique handle storage for safeguarding small goods, plus numerous niceties, including valet stand hooks in the handle and a magnetic hanger system for the suit itself.
Learn more at Vocier – $775
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]