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Our Favorite X-Pac Backpacks Right Now
Once you’ve carried a backpack made from X-Pac, it’s hard not to get addicted. From the excellent strength-to-weight ratio to the high weather resistance to that familiar crunch, it’s all a part of it. So we’ve rounded up our favorite X-Pac backpacks right now, to give a little love to those doing it right.
Hong Kong-based Able Carry know all about the challenges of carrying in busy urban environments. So they designed their 20L Daily Backpack for versatile everyday use, with sleek looks and a functional design that moves smoothly from work to play. Available in a range of X-Pac colorways, the pack keeps you carrying comfortably with an A-frame and anti-sag strap system design, a padded ventilated back panel, and padded shoulder straps. The bag fits a 15″ laptop, with a range of interior and exterior pockets to organize your gear.
Chicago-based 1733 gives a nod to traditional school bags but provides an updated twist with their X-Pac Bookbag. A cinch-top laptop sleeve stores your tech, with a selection of exterior pockets keeping smaller items quickly accessible. The pack is made with a VX21 body, 500D Cordura nylon base, and YKK AquaGuard zippers, offering a good balance of light weight, durability, and protection from the elements.
North St. Bags help you straddle the EDC/travel divide with their Weekender Backpack. It’s crafted by hand in Portland with a choice of X10 fabric (a combination of heavy-duty duck canvas and X-Pac backing) or X51 fabric (500D Cordura®️ nylon and an X-Pac backing). Each option results in a tough, highly water-resistant build that can handle the daily grind and demanding travel use. The clamshell opening and assortment of pockets keep gear tidy and accessible, with stowable backpack straps and a luggage handle passthrough for travel convenience.
Rugged handcrafted build quality and thoughtful access makes ILE’s Race Day Bag a versatile pack for day-to-day use and short trips. The pack offers top and side entry for easy access, along with a full front panel opening for packing efficiency and gear retrieval. A variety of pockets store diverse items such as dirty laundry or shoes, water bottles, a helmet, and smaller EDC items. And for a little personal styling, this California-made pack comes in a wide variety of X-Pac colorways, from MCB to Alpine and everything inbetween.
Meticulous Californian craftsmanship, clean styling and well-considered organization makes the Conceal Backpack a worthy go-to companion for the daily commute and weekend adventures alike. The pared-back exterior keeps things smart on the move, with quick-access storage for frequently used items. Take a look on the inside and you’ll find more extensive organization and Velcro linings to tailor gear to your daily setup.
A Carry Award and community favorite in its many iterations, the TAD Axiom is a pack of supreme build and organization. And their revamped Axiom 24 features 13 updates for 2020, improving access to gear and adaptability throughout the pack. The refined organization is complemented by a comfortable, well padded harness, and a sleek silhouette that looks covert and clean wherever you carry it.
Japanese brand And Wander’s X-Pac 30L Backpack blends outdoor inspiration with urban street style in a pack that’s so easily recognizable. Ease of access is prioritized with a diagonal front zipper to the main compartment, multiple pockets and attachment points, and detachable pouches. The bag is made with a combination of X-Pac and coated Cordura nylon, providing lightweight durability and solid weather resistance for exploring the great outdoors or shielding your gear during urban roamings.
Modularity can make a big difference to the way you carry, helping you haul greater loads or trim things down to the essentials to suit changing needs. And modular carry is the foundation of Boundary’s X-Pac Prima System. The system’s key components are the Prima Backpack, Verge Case (handy for camera carry) and Fieldspace (useful for organizing tech and small accessories). Pieces that can be used together or independently, organizing your gear and making it easy to adapt to different settings and loads. Sustainably made with bluesign® fabrics and factories, this versatile all-rounder system transitions easily between work, travel and photography needs, making it an enticing option for users who want a lot of flexibility out of their carry gear.
Mission Workshop’s Rhake has been a revelation, breathing new energy into their pack line. Taking their signature US build and delivering heightened access in a unique and attractive silhouette. Its rolltop main compartment accommodates changing loads, while the tough, weatherproof build embraces commutes, overnight trips and more come rain or shine. The pack is handmade with VX21 fabric and includes Fidlock magnetic buckles for easy access. You’ll find dedicated storage for tech and a host of other pockets for organizing daily or travel gear. Plus there’s also a luggage passthrough for smoother travels with wheeled luggage.
If you dig carry custom and premium, check out VORMANN and their FRT23+. This version is handcrafted in Germany with VX42 material. But no one is the same, and the options in hardware, materials and functionality are almost endless. This is a pack fiend’s dream! And if that sounds like you, you can customize your own FRT23+ here.
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