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]
You’re probably already familiar with Pelican products. Whether protecting military or emergency gear, Pelican is known to provide watertight, crushproof cases. After decades of experience and research, they’re now introducing ProGear Elite Luggage. These hardcore carry-ons and suitcases feature a watertight seal that makes a hurricane look like a walk in the park. Don’t worry about careless baggage handlers either: each piece is lightweight, rolls on ball bearing wheels, and is crushproof to 3/4 tons. ProGear features the same latches used on military cases to protect your gear, and all hardware is stainless steel, making broken zippers on the conveyer line a thing of the past. Convenient latches on three sides lay flat when not in use, and each features a retractable handle. With three sizes to choose from, 22”, 27” and 30”, each with its own TSA approved lock, you know your luggage will reach your destination intact with its contents secure. And like all other Pelican products, they’re guaranteed for life.
Read more at Pelican, locate a store here, or shop a limited selection on Amazon – $475+
As clean and timeless as it is functional, the Bomber Barrel is the ideal companion for overnighters, hitting the gym, lugging your gear to work, and everything in between. Virtually every part of this pack is overbuilt: the bag itself is made of ripstop nylon and boasts wrap-around carry handles, military-grade clips, an adjustable leather-padded nylon shoulder strap, and emergency paracord zipper pulls, just in case. All this makes for a duffel that’s weather-resistant, ultralight at just 14 ounces, and simple, with just one large compartment and two pockets, one inside and one outside.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $60
We’ve had our eye on Hard Graft’s 2Unfold for quite some time. Sure, it’s already gorgeous — albeit a little pricey — but if you’re ready to invest a buck might as well throw in the extra dime. Atelier Hard Graft, a new venture by the UK-based leather crafter, reworks selected pieces in limited fashion by using hand-picked hides of leather, triple-painted edges, and meticulous perfectionism in the execution of every exacting detail. The Atelier 2Unfold still sports the same transforming design as the original, becoming a shoulder bag or backpack to lug around a 17″ laptop plus miscellaneous goods, or a courier bag for smaller things (plus a 13″ MacBook Pro or two), but with the aforementioned refinements and a black-on-black color scheme.
Find it at Atelier Hard Graft (sign up required) – roughly $880
Space, the final frontier, unless you count the ocean of which less than 5% has been explored. But most agree that as kids we wanted to be astronauts, not fish. So what could be cooler than gear designed and inspired by the space program? The modular Anti-Gravity System is comprised of 4 individual bags, The Anti-Gravity Pack, Rover, Lander and Fuel Cell. First, the Anti-Gravity Pack, is made of 420 D coated nylon with integrated sternum strap and ventilated shoulder straps, a notebook sleeve and 2 hidden pockets, as well as magnetic hardware to attach to other components (Rover & Fuel Cell). The Rover, a case designed for pencils, pens, styluses, zip drives, keys, and your communication equipment (phone), features the necessary magnetic coupling technology to secure it to the Pack. The Lander is reminiscent of bags that held the space helmets of old. It’s designed to carry your 15” laptop with its fully padded, fur-lined interior and features nylon webbing handles for easy carry, plus magnetic attachment points for the final piece of the Anti-Gravity gear carry solution. The Fuel Cell, as its name implies, is perfect for carrying cables, battery packs, hard drives and also mini-tablets. Like the Lander, it boasts a fur-lined interior and is built to the same specs as the entire Gravity collection. So forget the moon and customize your carry for anything Terra Firma can throw your way.
Find it on Kickstarter – $70+
With its streamlined, compact design, Apple’s latest Mac Pro sort of tries to be portable – it just needs a little help. Waterfield Designs’ Mac Pro Go Case is the easiest way to lug one around. This perfectly sized bag holds your Mac Pro, wireless keyboard, mouse, cables, miscellaneous accessories, and power cord all at once, weighing in at roughly 14 pounds full. Else, a soft, cushy cashmere lining enveloped in water-resistant ballistic nylon protects the computer from any adversities encountered while a long strap puts the weight on your shoulders.
Check it out at Waterfield Designs – $130
Virtually all your gear is water-sensitive, at least to some degree. Unfortunately, so are most carrying solutions. Keep your goods dry with Filson’s Dry Duffel, a rugged bag that boasts vinyl-coated polyester construction, radio-frequency welded seams, and a roll-top closure with hook-and-loop tab to completely shut out water, dust, and sand. You won’t need to think twice about throwing it in the back of a truck or boat. And with its quick-dry webbing handles, giving it a good cleaning is as simple as blasting it with a hose.
Find it at Filson – $160
Hitting the gym before or straight from work requires discipline and, ideally, a special kind of bag. The Aer Duffel Pack can definitely help you with the latter. This low-key, highly organized pack is a cross between a duffel and a laptop bag thanks to a dedicated compartment for your computer and accessories, a waterproof vertical zipper that unfurls to access the large main compartment, plus a ventilated slot for your shoes and used clothing that isolates them from clean clothes. Else, its water-resistant ballistic nylon exterior ensures durability while padded shoulder straps and a mesh back panel make for a comfortable carry.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $150
Travel primarily on two wheels? Air out your back and strap your goods to your bike instead with hard Graft’s Frame Folio. Barely wider than your bike’s frame, this handsome tote packs away your tablet, books, magazines, writing implements, and other goods between two pockets, fitted with color-coded zippers to quickly find what you’re looking for. And when you’ve arrived at your destination, its straps can be repurposed into a smart handle or simply wrapped around the bag.
Find it at Hard Graft – roughly $409