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Outlier X Boreas Ultrahigh Travel System

The Ultrahigh Travel System is a collaborative fusion between Outlier’s Ultrahigh Rolltop Duffle and Boreas’ modular Super-Tramp Suspension backpanel. The customized duffle fits onto Boreas’ murdered-out backpanel system which tensions to let air flow freely across your back, cooling and reducing sweat while simultaneously greatly increasing comfort. The duffle also detaches to function independently, and an included Boreas Hopper pack — which rolls up to stash away inside the duffle’s side pocket — can be swapped onto the frame to function as a solid day pack once you’ve arrived at your destination.

Learn more at Outlier – $495

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Kastel Bags Donjon

Everything in its place. If this means a lot to you, check out Kastel Bags’ Donjon, which is designed with an obsessive amount of organizational prowess including individual pockets for laptop accessories on the inside of its zip-open main compartment, a slot for a 13-inch or 15-inch computer, plus several outer pockets for easy access to your stuff. It’s also far more sensible than its good looks would have you believe, complete with a concealed rain protection coat for if the weather turns sour plus a hidden deployable strap system to secure the bag around your waist and keep it still while biking. Available in black faux leather (shown) and blue or grey canvas.

Learn more at Kastel – roughly $130+

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Poros Birch Weekender Duffle

Constructed of ballistic nylon and all-metal hardware, the Poros Birch Weekender duffle handles everything you’ll need to survive a few nights away from home. And that includes keeping your smartphone topped up even if wall outlets are few and far between thanks to an integrated 10,000mAh charging system that packs enough juice to fully recharge most phones five or six times over or a tablet, twice. Else, a bottom compartment isolates your shoes from the rest of your gear while individual pockets hold your tablet and smartphone within the bag. Designed and assembled in Seattle, it’s available in Apple Lightning, 30 pin, and Micro USB variants.

Hit up Poros for more information – $269

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Hard Graft Double Take Weekender

Travel often stirs up a strong desire to spend money on things you don’t need. And the Hard Graft Double Take Weekender is ready for all the store bought goods you’ll inevitably pack it with. Flat folding when empty, the Double Take can even fit within your other, larger luggage and come out just when you need the extra room. Else it’s made of rich Tuscan vegetable tanned leather complimented with dense German wool felt and is sized to fit usual carry-on luggage standards.

Check it out at Hard Graft – $1,145

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Alchemy Equipment AEL008 Carry On

Whether you prefer a shoulder bag, duffel, or backpack — or some combination of all three — the Alchemy Equipment AEL008 Carry On has you covered. It’s IATA-compliant, opens fully like a suitcase for easy packing, features 45 litres of space, and boasts a handful of convenient pockets for your passport, tickets, magazines, and tablet/15″ laptop, all stuff you’ll want to keep handy in an airport or in-flight. Switch from backpack to shoulder bag to duffel by stashing all extra straps within zippered compartments for a sleek, clean look that won’t leave snag-prone straps hanging out everywhere. And despite all this it weighs only 1,500 grams, adding minimal weight to whatever’s inside.

Buy one at Alchemy Equipment – $235

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Timbuk2 Walker Backpack

When your daily commute involves navigating both the weather and the rigors of above- and below-ground transportation (or simply a harrowing car or bike ride), you need a bag that can take a beating. And if that bag brings along some style as well, all the better. The Distilled Collection from San Francisco-based Timbuk2 draws on the company’s humble beginnings in a garage pumping out products for bike messengers. The Walker Laptop Backpack in particular harnesses that same spirit and combines rugged waxed canvas and genuine leather accents with a herringbone pattern that’ll perfectly complement distressed denim and boots for casual Fridays — or any day of the week, for that matter.

Find it at Amazon – $175+

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Moedal + Totem Backpack & Tent

When you’re loading up before heading to the great outdoors, space for gear is often critically limited. One solution to that problem is in sight for fortuitous Kickstarters. Houston-based Tenativ launched their roll-top bag and tent combination, known as Moedal + Totem, and packs some serious functionality. Moedal, the waterproof roll-top bag, is equipped with waterproof zippers and polyester webbing for durability. Totem, the one-man bivy tent, is equally durable and fit for use in three seasons; both attach seamlessly to one another, granting access to the inside of the backpack both without leaving the tent and without sacrificing floor space. And if that’s not enough, each product is made by an entirely blind-and-deaf workforce in America, and a portion of sales go toward providing life-changing support to homeless teenagers. What are you waiting for?

Learn more at Kickstarter – $375+

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Paxis Pax

Access. It’s the one thing most backpacks lack (without of course taking them off), except perhaps to the gear packed in their tiny shoulder strap pockets. The Paxis Pax changes that thanks to ARC swing tech, which lets its “shuttle pod” — or the bottom third of the pack — swing out in front of you with a pull of a handle and a quick reach around. Fill the pod with a camera, snacks, fishing gear, or a multitude of other stuff you need to keep handy, and access it in an instant any time. The Pax is also highly water-resistant thanks to its NYLAR Ballistic Fabric construction, boasts an ergonomic padded and vented back, a hydration port, and a tripod/ski/fishing pole pocket. And while the stuff in its larger top segment is only accessible when you take off the bag, a bit of clever packing can minimize this need altogether.

Learn more at Paxis Pax – $240 to $275

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Poler High & Dry Pack 20

Well sized for everyday needs yet rigged up with most of the functionality of a dry bag, Poler’s High & Dry Pack 20 begs to be used and abused. Its roll-top 300D Campdura poly coated body fabric is already highly water resistant, though for straight up waterproofing the pack is compatible with Poler’s High & Dry Bag, which zips in to create a two compartment system. It’s also fitted with YKK waterproof zippers, multiple Molle lash points for attaching extra gear, an internal laptop sleeve, and a variety of comfort-centric features including a removable sternum strap, shaped shoulder straps with load lifters, and a custom molded EVA foam back panel.

Get it at Poler – $100

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Mission Workshop Black Camo Sanction

One solid rucksack is all you need. And the Mission Workshop Black Camo Sanction aims to be the last one you ever need to purchase. Secured by MW’s Arkiv closure system, the pack is constructed of rugged MultiCam-Black Cordura and lined with hi-vis orange waterproof ripstop nylon. Urethane-coated YKK zippers work with the aforementioned materials to keep water out while a large inner zippered pocket holds a 15″ laptop computer, alongside 20 litres of miscellaneous gear in the main compartment. It can also be customized with a wasitbeld, internal tool roll, and single rail Arkiv accessories on either shoulder strap, including a cell phone pocket.

Grab one at Mission Workshop – $295

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