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The 8 Best All-Black EDC Backpacks Out Right Now!
A great EDC backpack is a thing of beauty. But what makes it great? Obviously it should cater to your daily carry needs, though a little flexibility to embrace different environments is always handy too. Practical organization is a definite plus for keeping your daily essentials in order, and versatile aesthetics will help you move unobtrusively between a range of settings. And when it comes to understated aesthetics, you can’t beat black. Great for work, the weekend and travel, it’s the most adaptable colorway out there. So which packs should be on your radar? We’ve rounded up some prime picks of the 8 best all-black EDC backpacks available now…
Aer Fit Pack 2 (US$ 135)
One bag that can handle both your office and gym gear? No problem for Aer’s Fit Pack 2, which offers up a sleek silhouette with thoughtful organization to keep gym and work supplies separate but within easy reach. A ventilated shoe compartment and front-loading main compartment take care of your gym gear, while the separate back compartment stores your tech, cables, books and other tools and essentials.
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault (US$ 139)
If great access is a priority, look to Mystery Ranch’s Urban Assault. The 3-ZIP opening lets you easily reach items located throughout the main compartment without having to unpack and repack your gear. And being Mystery Ranch, it’s built to handle a hard day of hauling too, with the versatility to move from the city commute to the outdoor trails when you need it to.
DSPTCH Daypack (US$ 180)
The DSPTCH Daypack is a handy EDC partner that lends itself to a variety of uses, from carrying work or school supplies to the essentials on your day off or even a change of clothes for an overnight trip. The pack features dedicated storage for a laptop and tablet, along with a front pocket for keeping quick-access items tidy. As an added bonus, this made-in-the-USA pack comes with a lifetime guarantee for added peace of mind.
Datum Trecknos Roll Top Pack (US$ 194)
The Datum Trechnos offers a stylish mix of durability, functionality and attractive looks for a variety of day-to-day carry needs. The water-resistant pack is handmade in the USA and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The rolltop main compartment can expand to suit larger loads and is also conveniently accessible through a side zipper, while a choice of exterior pockets keep frequently used items at the ready.
Mission Workshop Sanction (US$ 205)
Mission Workshop’s Sanction teams understated, office-friendly aesthetics with tough construction that can handle demanding use on foot and bike alike. The 20L pack features a weatherproof, USA-made build with a lifetime warranty and offers a range of pockets for storing smaller daily essentials.
Helinox [New]TERG Daypack Anotherday (US$ 220)
Fancy striking urban looks and handy functionality in one versatile pack? The Helinox [New]TERG Daypack Anotherday delivers with its pared-back aesthetics, comfortable carry and convenient access. The main compartment opens up wide for access to gear throughout, while exterior webbing and pockets let you organize quick-access items to suit your needs.
GORUCK GR1 (US$ 294.98)
The GORUCK GR1 is legendary in its toughness – throw the commute, hikes, outdoor adventures and travel its way and this pack will take them all in its stride. But it backs that up with practical design too, featuring a range of interior and exterior pockets and MOLLE webbing for organization, a dedicated laptop compartment, and a main compartment that opens flat for easy packing and access.
Triple Aught Design Axiom X25 (US$ 350)
This year’s winner of Best Work Backpack, the Triple Aught Design’s Axiom X25 packs a host of features into its super sleek and low-key design. A variety of external and internal pockets and webbing are on hand to keep smaller items neat and accessible, and the flat-lay main compartment opens wide for convenient modular packing and retrieval of your gear. Want to pack a little extra? The adaptable design lets you do just that, expanding from 25L to 40L when you need to carry more. Want something built to last? Its build, hardware and VX fabric are seriously best in class.