- Buyer's Guide
Best Everyday Bag Champion 2020
The Best Everyday Bag is a versatile piece that needs to adapt to multiple loads and environments, all while keeping gear accessible and comfortable to carry throughout the day…
Sometimes a piece comes along that makes you stop and pause. The Alpha One Niner EVADE 1.5 FULL is such a piece. Why? Well, this bag offers potentially the best value for money we’ve ever seen in a pack. And you’re not getting a super simple bag with inferior build quality here. Quite the opposite. This bag is packed with features, offering diverse levels of organizing your tech, EDC and other day-to-day gear, all delivered with a burly build that’ll carry for years to come.
This is a pack built upon numerous iterations. From a brand who listens to their customers, in the pursuit of perfection. There’s so much dialed in, from the harness system to internal / external organization to the quality list of accessories, such as the Beavertail and pouches – and the result is a pack you can customize and truly make your own.
The Evade 1.5 is rugged, honed for daily use, and super versatile, all at a price point that wows (from $180). Congratulations, Alpha One Niner!
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
The Apex Backpack represents a decade of design learning from our friends at Bellroy. And clearly they’ve been paying attention over the years. This pack is designed to push boundaries, merging technical build performance with superior access and that elusive X-factor that makes it a joy to use and look at.
No detail has been overlooked, from the custom water-resistant, 100% recycled Baida nylon exterior to the adjustable volume and highly flexible access that plays between top-loading and full access throughout the main compartment. And its clean styling moves smoothly between work and play, taking you from the office to the gym and overnight trips.
Clearly the best release in the premium / luxe space this year!
Fine work, Bellroy!
The super duo at EVERGOODS know how to dish up seriously good carry that blends ruggedness, style and versatility in one. Their CIVIC Half Zip 22L (CHZ22) serves up everything you’d expect in a great everyday bag, from sleek aesthetics that adapt to a variety of settings, to all-day carry comfort and a durable build that’ll handle daily use with ease.
The CHZ22 keeps your gear conveniently accessible through a wide-opening main compartment, with useful organization for tech and EDC gear. And it’s flexible too, hopping onto outdoor trails when the weekend rolls round, before zipping back onto urban streets for active commutes. The CHZ22 finds a great balance between minimalist aesthetics and practical design that’s functional without becoming cluttered. All rounded out with a great value price tag and warranty. Superb job, EVERGOODS!