A cut above your standard overnighter, Weldon’s Stamford Duffel is sized just right for weekend trips and meeting carry-on requirements. The bag is classically shaped and constructed from 18oz waxed cotton with vegetable tanned leather handles & trim and a cotton twill fabric lining. It’s also equipped with a detachable seatbelt webbing shoulder strap, YKK zippers, and a single other zippered pocket on the inside for security and simplicity.
Hit up Weldon for the full lineup – roughly $245
Simple, spacious, and built to last, Fjall Raven’s Duffel No. 6 is tailor made for long journeys in foreign lands. This practical duffel is built using nigh-indestructible G-1000 HeavyDuty weave that’s also waterproof and fitted with carry handles plus a natural-toned leather grip. Outside are two open side pockets alongside one zippered pocket, while the main compartment boasts a mesh pocket within to keep small items organized. It even boasts hidden padded backpack straps for those longer commutes, with padded panels on the top of the bag as well to keep its harder contents from pressing into your back uncomfortably.
Find it at Fjall Raven in three sizes – $200 to $300
Unlike virtually any packs we’ve seen before, Urban Kraft’s Bags offer a new take on the classic brown bag, the main difference being that these are bigger, better designed, and won’t tear. Each bag is made of Urban Kraft’s durable paper material — that’s also tear-resistant, waterproof, and flexible — then fitted with straps, zippers, inner and outer pockets, and a padded laptop compartment. They also come in messenger bag, backpack, and duffle variants, the latter of which can hold up to 120 lbs of goods as a testament to the strength of the material from which it’s made.
Check out the full lineup at Urban Kraft – $45 to $100
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]