- Buyer's Guide
Best Work Backpack Results – The Fifth Annual Carry Awards
There’s been steady rumblings emanating from Triple Aught this year, signs of a new direction and change in their carry approach. And it’s been epic! Enter the Axiom X25. A pack that teeters at Bond-level when it comes to smarts. Performance, modularity, aesthetics, construction, and materials (vx fabric!) are considered and celebrated.
This is a crossover pack at its best. Sure, this will protect your tech, swallow your essentials, and sit snug on your back as you commute to work. That’s a given. But it’s the ability to adapt is where the Triple Aught Design Axiom X25 excels.
This is a bag built for before, during and after-work hours, with a design that expands from 25L to 40L to tackle a range of work loads, a grocery shop on the way home, or travel gear for a short work trip. The padded laptop compartment fits a 13″ laptop and there’s separate storage for keeping shoes, gym clothing or dirty laundry away from the rest of the contents. The clamshell-style main compartment opens wide for easy packing and access, and there’s no shortage of pockets and attachment points to keep EDC and work tools tidy and within easy reach when you need them.
Sleek in style and highly adaptable in design, the Axiom X25 accommodates a range of work settings and carry requirements, with the versatility to go above and beyond when you need it to. Truly awesome work, Triple Aught Design!
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.
Old-school mountaineering meets modern-day practicality in the handsome Assynt 17 backpack. Trakke takes inspiration from vintage mountaineering gear and gives it an urban twist, creating a stylish and compact pack that’s equally at home in work or play environments. The pared-back aesthetics won’t stick out in a work environment, while useful organization options including a laptop sleeve, interior valuables pocket, and quick-access lid pocket keep your tools tidy. The handcrafted construction is also tough enough to handle commutes and hikes alike, with beautiful and durable weatherproof canvas serving as a sturdy barrier to the elements. The Assynt 17 finds a considered balance between your work needs and your after-hours adventures, helping you get more out of your gear. Fine work, Trakke!
The Quick Pack LUX 1.1 is an elegant, one-bag solution to storing work and workout gear together, so you can do more with your day while carrying less. You may first notice the Quick Pack LUX 1.1’s striking silhouette. But this pack is all about delivering solid performance along with style. A molded internal shell helps protect your gear, while great access is enabled through a drop front design. Hang the pack up to use it as a portable locker for your gym gear, or keep work supplies at the ready through its wide opening. The laptop sleeve fits up to 15″ tech, while a choice of pockets are on hand to store smaller work tools and quick-access items. From the commute, to work, to the gym, and back again, this pack takes it all in stride with casually suave style. Kudos, RYU!