- Buyer's Guide
Best Work Backpack Champion 2020
The Best Work Backpack 2020 needs to perform across multiple fronts, keeping gear organized and accessible while maintaining work-friendly aesthetics and commute-ready comfort…
Tom Bihn Synik 22
It’s not hard to see why Tom Bihn has such a loyal fanbase. They build tough, smartly designed bags that will serve you well for many years to come. And they listen to their customers and deliver on feedback. Case in point, the Synik 22. A new take on the iconic Synapse that weaves in a bunch of customer requests, making it exceedingly user-friendly and damn versatile.
The Synik 22 (and 30L for folks over 6ft) offers hassle-free access through its clamshell opening, dual-access suspended tech storage, and an array of easy-reach pockets that are an organizer’s dream. There’s also a wide variety of fabrics and colorways to choose from, so you can let your personality shine through with vibrant tones or keep things more understated for formal work settings. They’ve honed in on comfort too, with edgeless shoulder straps and comfy back padding. And they’ve even integrated travel versatility into the mix, with removable internal cinch straps to secure clothing during trips.
Durable, comfortable, and with plenty of options to organize your work and EDC gear, this pack makes work carry just that little bit easier. And its versatile travel-friendly design means you get even more bang for your buck. Fantastic work, Tom Bihn!
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.
rofmia Daypack V2
The original rofmia Daypack captured the attention of carry enthusiasts through its super clean styling and meticulous craftsmanship. But there was room for improvement. And that’s exactly what rofmia have done with the Daypack V2.
The new design welcomes a variety of useful updates including larger capacity, a more durable construction, easier access through a full clamshell opening, and enhanced comfort with improved shoulder straps. All while maintaining the pack’s killer minimalist aesthetics and top-tier craftsmanship. Making this one of the very best Dyneema daypacks ever built. Bravo, rofmia!
Aer Day Pack 2
Aer does everything so damn well. Nailing that perfect balance of features, urban minimalism, and value. Factor in their pursuit of perfection and consistent upgrades to their growing stable, and you have real magic.
Their Day Pack 2 benefits from a range of updates to the original, welcoming increased durability, even sleeker work-friendly aesthetics, and great organization to keep your tech and other day-to-day tools protected and secure yet accessible when you need them.
Features like the self-standing design add to the enjoyment of using this pack, while its luggage pass-through and versatile aesthetics let it transition easily to travel use too. Super clean in looks, with thoughtful organization, long-lasting durability, and coming in at a great price, this is a fantastic work companion for almost anyone. Kudos, Aer!