There’s an unlimited amount of ways to carry your gear, and picking the perfect pack is certainly one of our favorite aspects of “carry” culture. But we wanted to find options other than the standard black packs that dominate gear lists, given that it’s a great way to add color, texture and design features to your EDC. Pack in featured image is the Red Rock Rover Sling Bag in black. Patches and side pouches not included. No items were comped for this roundup. For an overview on this series, go here.
Incase Campus Mini Backpack, $49.95
This minimalistic backpack is a great fit for mobile urbanites who walk, bike or take public transportation. It’s secretly a laptop bag, and can house a 13″ Macbook comfortably, also offering some all-around padding in case you (inevitably) get jostled in the crowd. At $49.95, it just barely meets our price criteria, but we think it’s worth the price to protect your devices and other valuable items. Available in five color combinations.
Red Rock Rover Sling Bag, $46
A pack with plenty of pockets and MOLLE is a must-have for tactical folks, but heavy-duty tactical packs can get quite costly. This pack offers all you’ll need to house a full EDC, and the sling bag reduces the weight strain on the shoulders and upper back. The strap is easily adjustable if you prefer a closer carry. While it’s smaller than a full-sized backpack, this makes it a great option for everyday use. Available in four colors.
SwissGear Computer Laptop Backpack, $35.50
SwissGear is a brand that understands its customers, and the outdoor enthusiast’s need for versatile packs on the trails and off. This backpack is a great option for carrying a laptop comfortably–and when not holding electronics, is spacious enough to pack a picnic, camera, sweater and other athletic necessities. The Airflow system also helps to keep sweaty backs cool and dry during strenuous activity.
Timbuk2 Blackbird Laptop Backpack, $39.99
This backpack is fully equipped with pockets and pouches ready to accommodate different types of devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and accompanying earbuds. Not to mention, you can also carry books, waterbottles and other items comfortably. There’s a reason Timbuk2 calls this a “gadget-happy” pack. It’s also spacious enough to add your own cable inserts or other bag organizers. Available in five color combinations.
Ogio Brooklyn Tablet Purse, $40
This asymmetrical purse scored major points with us for its simple but unique design. The wide strap reduces shoulder strain, and the padded interior protects devices. This purse can be tossed in the washer and dryer when needed. The interior also features several secret pockets, and a full panel organizer, to keep miscellaneous items from clattering around on the bottom. Available in six colors.