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The Gear We Use Every Day
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…
Bellroy Card Pocket. Sometimes it’s my daily wallet. Sometimes it holds extra cards in my bag.
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.
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.
Bellroy Passport Sleeve. Leave it loaded with a passport, pen and frequent flyer cards. Then simply grab and go.
Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sack. Really light, and epic for laundry, wet boardshorts, leaking sunscreen, or random protection.
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.
Bellroy Travel Wallet — I will never travel without this (or something like it) ever again.
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.
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.
Weekender duffel – 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.
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.
Incase Tensaerlite ICON Sleeve for MBP
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.
Arc’teryx Carrier Duffle 75L – This thing swallows anything.
Boreas Tsum Trek 55L – For hiking/backpacking trips.
A few MUJI packing cubes and an unhealthy supply of ziplocks.
For daily carry I rotate through:
Weekends and holidays:
MacBook Pro 13″
The Roost Stand
Apple keyboard and mouse
Toiletry bag – Topo Designs Dopp Kit
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.