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Finding gear that exudes both style and function isn’t always easy or straightforward. But the folks at Huckberry have made it their mission to do just that. Their curated gear collections find that sweet spot between form and function, city living and outdoor adventure. They take the time to hunt down undiscovered gems, showcase big names and up-and-coming brands alike, and can spot a solid piece of gear from a mile off. So we asked them to share their insights and expertise with their top selections for bags that stood out in 2016/2017…
Slicks makes an ultra-tough city backpack that’s pretty slick (zing!), if a little inconspicuous. But pat down its stealthy exterior and you’ll find enough pockets to make a family of kangaroos jealous. Plus, open it up flat and there’s room for three available modules — Tripcover, Suitcover, and Dopp Kit — which make transforming the bag from backpack to suitcase to weekender as easy as clicking shut your seatbelt and awaiting the in-flight beverage service. If you’re serious about keeping your packed clothes wrinkle-free while flying (business travelers, we’re looking at you) this bag has your name written all over it.
Peak Design’s messenger bags and backpacks aren’t exactly a rare sight around San Francisco, as they’ve garnered a cabal of diehard fans (and $6M on Kickstarter for their latest project). The power of their new backpack can only truly be seen in the wild, with a light splash of a Spring rain beading up on the weatherproof outer and the leather accents contrasting the heathered ash colorway in the early Spring light. For the record, the wearer of the bag in question had this to offer: “It’s the best camera bag I’ve ever owned.” It’s not just a sleek-looking pack, it’s an exceptionally functional one too. Flexible dividers and ample capacity let you adapt the interior to any loadout you want, and a closure system like no other keeps everything both secure and easy to access at all times. Add in the ergonomic design and it’s easy to see how this bag earned its reputation.
Forty years since their introduction, Kletterwerks has come storming back on the scene. These no-nonsense bags are made in Bozeman, Montana by the same guys who make backpacks for US Navy SEALs and forest fire-fighting Hotshot crews — and out of the same materials too. Plus, each bag has been updated with a padded laptop sleeve to make up for the fact that the 70’s weren’t exactly known as a great time for portable computing. Based on an archival Kletterwerks design, the Drei Zip combines their classic lines with their modern 3-zip design. The triple zippers give you easy access to gear stored anywhere in the bag, and a zippered lid compartment and accessory pocket consolidate and make accessible all of your small items.