- Buyer's Guide
Our Favorite Bags Made from CORDURA
CORDURA® fabrics are synonymous with durability and reliability – ideal traits when you want to build bags designed to last. So it’s no surprise that these fabrics feature widely across various carry niches, from travel to everyday and military use. But using topnotch materials isn’t enough to make a great bag. You also need thoughtful and functional designs that are easy to integrate into your carry routine. Qualities which our favorite bags made from CORDURA® have in abundance…
With its smart-casual Japanese style and durable build, the anello® Clasp CN bag moves smoothly from work to the weekend while easily embracing frequent use. Crafted with 1000D CORDURA® Classic fabric, the pack offers around 22L of storage capacity and a wide opening for convenient access to the main compartment. Complementing the interior laptop storage are quick-access front and side pockets so you don’t need to rummage for smaller essentials.
Tough, sleek and versatile, this carry-on trolley case adapts to changing travel terrains with a choice of carry options. Wheel it on smoother surfaces or carry it as a backpack over rougher terrain and up steps. Plus there are also top and side handles for added maneuverability in tight spaces. The clean silhouette suits business and holiday travel alike, with a volume of around 47L. The bag features hard-wearing and weatherproof construction with 500D CORDURA® ripstop nylon and ultrasonic welding. An interior pocket and quick-access front pocket stash smaller items, and a wide opening enables easy packing and access.
The Synthetics with Soul (SWS) collection caters to a range of EDC and travel needs with pieces including the SWS Patrol Pack, SWS 100L Roll Top Duffle, SWS 50L Roll Top Duffle, SWS Field Case, SWS Passport Case, and SWS Pocket Case. Understated, functional and durable, the pieces are crafted with 1000D CORDURA® and lined with a water-resistant coated-cotton twill. In addition, YKK AquaGuard® zippers add extra peace of mind when unexpected showers strike.
Built strong and ready to roam, the Atlas Backpack is a versatile travel and everyday backpack from Pittsburgh-based Kovacs Company. The 20.5L pack is made with burly 1000D CORDURA® and offers a choice of organization options, from an interior laptop compartment and slip pockets to an exterior daisy chain and quick-access exterior pockets.
For the last 60 years, KELTY has been an icon. They were there when the outdoor scene sprouted (and then boomed), and they’re still here today. But what most don’t know is that this rich heritage is more pronounced in Japan – more celebrated. KELTY Japan is a different beast. Exhibit A: the Urban Denim Daypack. Made with denim inspired 500D CORDURA® Classic fabric, this pack is not only durable but clad with daypack nostalgia from top-handle to base. And if you’re keen to dig deeper into what other gems from KELTY might lie in the Land of the Rising Sun, you can peep their catalogue here.
A celebration of CORDURA® and The North Face’s extensive history together, this collaboration gives a nod to classic designs, but updates them with durable materials for modern-day use. The collaboration puts a new twist on old favorites, offering the original 1968 pack and 1978 duffel designs in an Arctic Multicam® printed 1000D CORDURA® fabric. Complementing the fabric are classy Horween leather accents. Versatile and tough enough for a variety of travel and day-to-day needs, the collection is made in Chicago and will be available 1 November 2017.
Topo Designs strives to create carry that can embrace city living and outdoor adventures equally well. Carry like the 22L Klettersack, a multifunctional pack for travel, day-to-day and work use. The pack is made by hand in Colorado, featuring a durable combination of 1000D CORDURA® and leather lash tabs for attaching external items as required. Quick-access top and side pockets keep frequently used items within easy reach, while an interior 15″ laptop sleeve takes care of your tech.
Crafted with a lightweight and abrasion-resistant CORDURA® nylon/polyester ripstop, the Ascensionist Pack is well suited to climbing and summit use. The pack’s foam back panel provides structure and support for heavy loads, but is removable when you want to shed carry weight. Likewise, the padded hipbelt provides comfort for heavier loads but can be slimmed down to a simple webbing belt when you want to travel light. A zippered lid pocket is ideal for stashing small items, while larger ones can be attached to the exterior daisy chains and tool loops.
Mystery Ranch combine excellent load-bearing comfort with easy access and plenty of organization in the Terraplane pack. Designed for backpacking and expedition trips, the 82L Terraplane features the Mountain Frame with an adjustable yoke for comfortable carry over long periods of time. Made with 500D CORDURA® fabric and YKK® zippers, the top-loading bag can also be accessed through a side zip in the main compartment. The Terraplane offers storage for a sleeping bag, a hydration bladder, and a choice of exterior pockets and attachment points to keep your gear tidy. The lid is also removable so you can shed weight if needed or easily bring small essentials into a tent at night.
Triple Aught Design’s FAST Pack Litespeed adapts to a host of urban and outdoor uses, with plenty of attachment points for customized carry setups. The pack opens wide for easy packing and access to gear, with two interior pockets and an exterior top pocket for further organization. Comfortable to wear and built to take a beating, the bag is made in the USA with 1000D CORDURA®.
Convenient access to your gear is a key feature of the Khard, which can be unzipped to open out flat for complete access throughout the pack. Alternatively partially unzip it to access specific areas of the bag while keeping the contents contained. The interior has Velcro-lined panels which can accommodate organizational accessories (sold separately or you can supply your own). The pack is hydration bladder compatible and combines quick-access top and side pockets with daisy chains for further organization. Built lightweight but tough for military or law enforcement use, the weatherproof pack also doubles as a travel or outdoor bag. It’s made with 500D HT CORDURA® Plain Weave and comes in a choice of sizes.
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