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The Gear We Use Every Day

The Gear We Use Every Day

by , June 15, 2016

The gear we use every day has a specialness to it. A certain something that makes us go “Yes, this is it” – at least for now, anyway. As carry enthusiasts we love to experiment with different pieces, swapping them in and out of our carry setups as needed, or until we find ‘the one’ (sometimes a simple matter, but at other times a lifelong quest). So we thought it would be fun to share the gear some of our contributors use, both in day-to-day and travel environments… 

Andy Fallshaw (Ando)

Andy Fallshaw

Every Day

Mystery Ranch ASAP

Mystery Ranch ASAP

ZPacks Stuff Sacks and Belt Pouch. These are so light and useful.

ZPacks Stuff Sack and Belt Pouch

Bellroy Card Pocket. Sometimes it’s my daily wallet. Sometimes it holds extra cards in my bag.

Bellroy Card Pocket

IKEA bags. I still live out of these some weeks. Shopping, car trips, works samples, anything.



CamelBak Tri-Zip. This bag is even better than the Mystery Rancg 3DAP because of the pocketing. It looks too tactical for work trips, but dang it’s good for other travel.

CamelBak Tri-Zip.
Samsonite Lite-Cube 82cm spinner (or Firelite). This is a workhorse for luggage that lets me load stuff on top for trolley-free travel with my family. I wish the casters held even heavier loads.

Samsonite Lite-Cube 82cm spinner

Outlier Ultrahigh Backpack. This pack is just so light and robust, two words not typically put together. It gets used as a travel daypack and on adventure excursions.

Outlier Ultrahigh Backpack

Bellroy Passport Sleeve. Leave it loaded with a passport, pen and frequent flyer cards. Then simply grab and go.

Bellroy Passport Sleeve.
Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sack. Really light, and epic for laundry, wet boardshorts, leaking sunscreen, or random protection.

Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sack

Brian Park

Brian Park

Archival Work Bag — I’m not sure they even make this anymore. Heritage carry isn’t my vibe at all, but for some reason this bag gets pulled out all the time.

Kifaru X-Ray — I have lighter bags and more purpose-built bags for most things I do, but I grab this thing more often than not if I’m heading out for whatever.

Kifaru X-Ray.
Bellroy Travel Wallet — I will never travel without this (or something like it) ever again.

Bellroy Travel Wallet

Various neoprene stash pockets (I like Tom Bihn) to protect and organize electronic gear.

Timbuk2 Copilot rolling luggage — I absolutely love this. It has skate wheels, is semi-structured, offers good organization, and has held up well over the past couple of years of travel.

Timbuk2 Copilot

David Vo

David Vo

Work backpack – Incase ICON: This pack isn’t perfect but it’s pretty darned nice. I do rotations every six months or so but before that I was carrying some form of messenger, usually the Crafted Goods Carrera.

Incase ICON Backpack

Weekender duffel – Everlane Weekender

Everlane Weekender

Carry-on luggage – An old beat up Samsonite. I really need a new roller. I’m not a fan of carrying duffels on a plane.

Travel organization – Eagle Creek cubes. I swear by these.

Electronics organization – A set of Tom Bihn zippered cases for USB cables, chargers, etc.

Toiletry bag – Briggs & Riley. I’ve had this for probably 15 years. It won’t die. I want a new dopp/toiletry bag desperately though.

Wallet – Original OG Note Sleeve. I have a Slim Sleeve too. Both are beat to hell but still holding up.

Bellroy Slim Sleeve

Beach/picnic tote – Jack Spade. This is my go-to when I need to throw in a towel, some sunscreen, my Kindle, etc. for a trip to the park or sand.

Frank Sedlar

Frank Sedlar

Every Day

Incase Tensaerlite ICON Sleeve for MBP

Incase ICON Sleeve with TENSAERLITE

Bellroy Slim Sleeve

Bellroy Slim Sleeve.
Whatever pack I’m testing for Carryology – sadly I have yet to find an everyday backpack that clicks for me. I guess writing for Carryology has made me too particular.

Defy Defender Workcase – I use this if the day requires something more formal than a backpack.

Defy Defender Workcase


Arc’teryx Carrier Duffle 75L – This thing swallows anything.

Arc'teryx Carrier Duffle 75L.
Boreas Tsum Trek 55L – For hiking/backpacking trips.

Boreas Tsum Trek 55L.
A few MUJI packing cubes and an unhealthy supply of ziplocks.

Mr Zing

Mr Zing

For daily carry I rotate through:

Joshu+Vela Zip Briefcase

Joshu+Vela Zip Briefcase

Mixed Works Swift Backpack

Mixed Works Swift.

Arc’teryx Granville

Arc'teryx Granville

Bellroy Elements Sleeve: It’s awesome, the leather is really elastic. Before that I used the Bellroy Slim Sleeve, awesome as well.

Bellroy Elements Sleeve

Weekends and holidays:

Tumi Alpha boarding bag

Bergans Trollhetta 75

Bergans Trollhetta 75


Tumi pouch


MacBook Pro 13″
Bose QC25s
The Roost Stand
Apple keyboard and mouse
iPhone 5

Mike Weiss

Mike Weiss

Work backpack – DSPTCH Ruckpack: Between work, play and the gym in the mornings, I never run out of room in this bag. Tom Bihn’s Brain Bag was my go-to for 10 years before I found the Ruckpack.

DSPTCH Ruckpack

Weekender – Now it’s the Octovo Weekender but before that it was the Amos Bag (now the company is called Alpine Modern). My girlfriend actually stole this one from me and won’t give it back.

Octovo Weekender

Toiletry bag – Topo Designs Dopp Kit

Topo Designs Dopp Kit

Wallet – My new addition is the Octovo Purist. Before that it was DODOcase’s leather wallet.

Octovo Purist Wallet

Electronics organization – I don’t really have one but I am quickly becoming obsessed with Cord Tacos. These are a game changer for my headphones (and miscellaneous cables).

Travel bag – Osprey Farpoint

Messenger/Miscellaneous bags I throw in rotation: YNOT’s Viken (still one of my favorite “duffels” but I treat it more like a messenger. I use this in lieu of the DSPTCH depending on my needs). Timbuk2 Classic XS when I just need the essentials, or to bring a cold six-pack to a party.

YNOT Viken


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