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Fourth Annual Carry Awards :: Reader’s Choice Awards

Fourth Annual Carry Awards :: Reader’s Choice Awards

by , May 31, 2016

Our carry-savvy readers know more than a thing or two about what makes good carry. And they know what brands get them excited, which crew deserve respect for the top-notch gear they create. That’s why we put the power in their hands for our Reader’s Choice Awards. Our Fourth Annual Carry Awards winners are decided through a balanced combination of our specialist panel, our knowledgeable readers and a helpful algorithm to keep things fair. But our Reader’s Choice Awards are different. Based entirely on readers’ votes, these awards celebrate the carry that drew major fan love…

Best Work Backpack: Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Pack

Reader's Choice Award: Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Pack

The Urban Assault benefits from Mystery Ranch’s solid construction. But it also has a cleaner silhouette than most of their other offerings, making it a work-friendly pack with the versatility to go beyond the office too. Mystery Ranch’s 3-Zip design provides great access, and a choice of pockets keep those important EDC essentials organized.

Best Work Messenger: Mission Workshop Transit 19L Laptop Shoulder Bag

Mission Workshop Transit 19L laptop Shoulder Bag

Mission Workshop’s Transit 19L Laptop Bag ticks plenty of boxes for work functionality. Its shape suits items such as folders, documents, books and of course a laptop, while its understated style can zip between work and travel needs. Speaking of travel, the Transit also comes with a choice of carry options and quick-access pockets for stashing frequently used items.

Best Active Backpack: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema 2400 Ice Pack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema 2400 Ice Pack

Lightweight, durable, highly water resistant, with just enough external attachment points to carry the right gear as opposed to unnecessary weight. Hyperlite’s Dyneema 2400 Ice Pack is an excellent example of pared-back, focused design that aids the user in their activity rather than restricting them.

Best Active Messenger: Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

One of the key features of the Everyday Messenger is its adaptability, making it a great choice for active users with changing carry needs. An expandable design, low-volume padding, lots of pocketing and thoughtful hardware all play their part in making this a versatile messenger for EDC, travel and camera carry.

Best Carry-On: Alchemy Equipment AEL012

Alchemy Equipment AEL012

A host of practical features complemented by attractive aesthetics? The AEL012 is just the ticket. The pack looks good in a variety of settings while delivering a travel-friendly design. A full-panel opening for easy packing and access on the go. A mix of exterior and interior pockets to organize smaller items. An EVA exoskeleton around the main compartment for added protection. Plus tuck-away shoulder straps for a tidy silhouette in tight spaces.

Best Check-In: Kathmandu Terrane Adapt

Kathmandu Terrane Adapt

Wheels work well for pavements and reduce carry strain. Backpacks are great for rural environments, steps and rougher terrain. With the Terrane Adapt you get both. The hybrid trolley/backpack design gives travelers greater freedom to easily navigate a range of terrains and environments during their journeys, helping them go further and experience more.

Best Specialist: The Forge Co. Frontline Pack

The Forge Co. Frontline Pack

Firefighters and rescue service personnel need to rely on their gear. The Frontline Pack is tough enough to handle demanding situations but also provides the added bonus of modularity. Users can tailor the pack to changing carry needs and access requirements, alternating combinations of modules to accommodate larger and smaller loads, and ultimately making their jobs easier.

Hall of Fame: First MOLLE


MOLLE changed the way the armed forces carry for the better. Replacing the previously used ALICE system, the first MOLLE system improved carry comfort and load distribution. In addition, a combination of modular equipment and PALS webbing offered users great flexibility to customize carry setups to different missions and needs.

Best EDC: Bellroy Micro Sleeve

Bellroy Micro Sleeve

Elegant and minimalist in design, the Micro Sleeve is a stylish piece for carrying the essentials. Cards and cash are easily accessed from the two exterior slots and main compartment (which opens with a simple squeeze). The slim format keeps unsightly pocket bulge under control and looks suave whether it’s time to work or play.

Best Accessory: Peak Design Field Pouch

Peak Design Field Pouch

The pouch that does more, going beyond the call of duty to deliver awesome versatility. The Field Pouch works well as an accessory pouch for organizing small items within a larger bag or on your belt. Plus it accepts a shoulder strap, turning it into a handy small camera shoulder bag, and can even be used with Peak Design’s Capture system. Multifunctional, with quick access and a choice of carry options, this is a hardworking accessory for daily use and travel.


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