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
Working professionals trying to maintain a respectable gym routine need all the help they can get. DSPTCH’s Gym/Work Bag streamlines your carry by combining workout and work in one sleek black duffel. Along with a slot for your 15″ laptop, the bag boasts room for a tablet, a roomy main compartment, a wet/dry pouch, a hidden security pocket in the floor, and a place for shoes in their own ventilated section.
Grab one at DSPTCH – $184
Your devices lack long lasting batteries, but that’s a non-issue when lugging them around in Phorce’s Freedom. This versatile, lightweight bag transforms from backpack to messenger bag or briefcase in just seconds and boasts a 15,000 mAh power core with two USB ports to charge up to a pair of devices — your smartphone, tablet, camera, smartwatch, etc — simultaneously. Other features include numerous padded compartments to store your 13″ laptop or A4 documents alongside smaller devices, rubber cable rings that cleanly route charge cables, and a high performance fabric construction that renders the pack both durable and water resistant.
Learn more at Phorce – $200
Packing light is an understatement with Outlier’s Ultrahigh Duffle. This highly compressible rolltop pack is made of rugged ultra high molecular weight polyethylene and carries anywhere from 15 to 50 liters of stuff comfortably in duffle, messenger, or backpack (with optional extra strap) conformations. It also boasts a magnetic closure on its roll top, two external and one internal zippered pockets, and ultrasuede shoulder pads on its straps.
Find it at Outlier – $450
We’d much rather keep our backs free, cool and airy while riding. And for light duties, Fairweather’s Handle Bar Bag should do just fine. These bags boast water-resistant fabric, impermeable zippers, and two adjustable straps that accommodate virtually all handlebars. Each is made up of two main compartments — a large, versatile roll top bag and a detachable accessory pack — the latter of which features a flip-up accessory pocket complete with a clear, touchscreen-compatible window that’s perfect for consulting your smartphone or a paper map.
Hit up Fairweather for details – $128 [via]
Show up with your 6-pack still ice cold with Built’s Beer Bottle Tote. Made of stretchy neoprene, this specialized bag keeps six cans or bottles (12 to 20 ounces) cold for up to 4 hours, more than enough to get your beverages to even the furthest beach, picnic, or party. It’s also machine washable, equipped with a soft-grip handle that’s easy on your hands, folds flat when empty, and doubles as a condiment, utensil, & bar tool organizer.
Pick one up on Amazon – $20 [via]
Have a penchant for commuting through thunderstorms or backpacking during monsoon season? Gear up with Boreas’ Echo and Monterey waterproof packs. Both are built with TPU-coated 210D and 420D ripstop nylon, rendering them waterproof without needing to fiddle with a rain cover. The 25-liter Echo daypack and the 35-liter Monterey also feature draining side pockets for wet gear, an external span pocket, a molded & tuckable EVA foam suspension, plus reflective print to boost visibility — especially appreciated with the murdered-out Lava Black color scheme (shown). And, like all Boreas packs, they’re also rather lightweight for their size at 820g and 1000g, respectively.
Learn more at Boreas – $140 to $165
Travelling light while bringing along more than just the pair of shoes on your feet requires quite a bit of Tetris-ing into your normally under-equipped pack. And that’s precisely where the Shrine Sneaker Duffel excels. This clever duffel boasts dual dedicated sneaker compartments — one on either end — that keep up to two pairs of your favorite kicks safe while you wander. Importantly, it also complies with most airline carry-on size requirements, and boasts a dedicated watch compartment, a rear zippered pocket big enough for a tablet, and enough room for a few days worth of clothes plus toiletries.
Preorder at Shrine – $185 [via]