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4 All-Black (and Super Versatile) Backpacks for EDC
Black is the ultimate carry colorway for all-round adaptability. It looks suitably understated in work settings, goes with a range of clothing choices, and glides easily into downtime and travel environments. And these all-black backpacks for EDC provide even more versatility with their multifunctional designs and quality builds…
Okay, so it’s not entirely all-black. But the stylish leather detailing certainly isn’t a hard compromise to accept. The Haglöfs Torsång’s sweet heritage vibe looks a treat in work settings and outdoor environments alike. The bluesign® approved main fabric is 500D ATY Oxford Polyamide, while the leather is sourced from Leather Working Group audited tanneries for a reduced environmental impact. The interior tech sleeve fits a 15″ laptop, with an interior zippered pocket and two exterior zippered pockets for further organization. If you’re after a pack that flows from city streets to forests and fields, this is a fine pick.
The Dayfarer Backpack delivers a knock-out punch to the work/gym carry challenge. The clean silhouette looks sleek in the office, while the tough and water-repellent 1680D ballistic nylon exterior handles everyday bumps and scrapes with ease. And you’ve got plenty of organization on hand too. A separate padded laptop compartment, ventilated shoe compartment, and multiple pockets including an expandable water bottle pocket keep gear neat and accessible. The wide-opening main compartment enables easy packing and access throughout the bag. Plus the Dayfarer Backpack also serves as a travel bag for minimalist loads, with a luggage passthrough sleeve and useful top and side grab handles for maneuverability.
You need a bag you can carry on the daily. But some travel flexibility would be great too. Oh, and if it holds your camera gear, it’ll be close to perfect for your needs. Well, the folks at WANDRD created just such a bag. The PRVKE 21L Backpack has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, designed to adapt to a variety of carry loads and environments. Its weather-resistant build features water-resistant tarpaulin, 1680D ballistic nylon, and water-resistant zippers to shake off wet commutes with ease. Plus it comes with a rain cover too. Handy travel features include a lay-flat checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeve and secure passport pocket. Gear can be accessed through the roll-top opening or through the front-panel opening. There’s also the option to expand the pack from 21L to 25L through the roll-top closure. The bag can be paired with an optional camera cube to protect photo equipment and provides quick side access to your camera so you don’t miss that epic shot. And the expandable water bottle pocket can also double as a tripod pocket if required.
TAD are experts at sleek efficiency and versatility, with plenty of both on offer in the Axiom 24. Lightweight yet durable, the weatherproof pack is made in the USA with a VX-21 ripstop shell. The pack does well at blending a clean aesthetic with thoughtful organization to accommodate both EDC and short travel trips. The fully padded laptop compartment fits up to a 15″ laptop. And there’s a useful range of quick-access pockets including a front admin pocket, a top zippered pocket and side pockets for water bottles or outer layers that bellow into the main compartment to maintain the sleek form. Additionally a separate pocket for dirty laundry or shoes protects the rest of your gear on the go. Inside the main compartment you’ll find PALS webbing and Helix attachment points for securing smaller items and modular accessories. For ease of access the pack features a clamshell opening to quickly reach gear throughout the main compartment. And with the wide shoulder straps you can enjoy all-day carry comfort.
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