Picking the perfect ‘all-round’ pack can be a complicated journey with so many options on the market. When looking for a bag to cover all your school / work, travel, and commuting needs there are three styles to consider; duffels, day packs, and luggage.
Duffels – the ‘hold all’ of the bag world, duffles are perfect for everyone from daily gym buffs, to weekend warriors, to gear heavy travellers. Minimal compartments allow extra room for gear but often don’t allow a lot of room for organization but adding in a couple packing cubes can help keep all your gear in it’s place.
Patagonia Black Hole – The Patagonia Black Hole duffel series is a tough as nails lineup of bags ranging in a variety of sizes – from 45L to 120L – there is a size and colour for everyone. Made of a durable ripstop highly water resistant polyester there isn’t much these duffels can’t handle. Each bag stuffs into its own pocket for storage and comes with detachable padded shoulder straps to convert the duffel into a backpack. With multiple carrying options and a single compartment wide opening these are perfect gear schlepping bags. Shop the line up here.
Fjallraven Splitpack – A classic looking bag with a twist, the Splitpack has a robust middle zipper that opens the bag in half to two large compartments. Mesh panels zipper shut to keep each compartments belonging in place while providing a view through to the contents. This divide allows for optimal organization; clean vs dirty, warm vs cold, his vs hers, the organizational options are endless! Made from strong organic cotton and recycled polyester, G-1000 fabric means it can be waxed to become eco-friendly weather resistant! This spilt style duffle comes with carrying handles and padded shoulder straps for backpack style carrying. Shop it here.
Day Packs – designed with the commuter and student in mind most days packs have a designated place for everything. Tablet, laptop and phone sleeves with built in cushion keep your valuables safe, while smaller pockets come with lanyards for key chairs and holders for pens and pencils. Day packs will hold enough for your day to day needs, or a light weekend away, they also make great carry on bags.
Mountain Hardwear DryCommuter – This tech-forward commuter style backpack has a compartment made Mountain Hardwear’s patented OutDry technology to protect valuables from the elements. A side access RFID pocket protects your items from unwanted data transfer while inside organized compartments have a place for everything from your cell phone to your keys. Cushioned straps and back panel, and reflective details plus a bike light attachment spot makes this bag perfect for the student or commuter on the go. Shop it here.
Arc’teryx Granville Daypack – Designed in Vancouver this day pack is built with rainy weather commuting in mind, outer nylon fabric, taped seams, and a Watertight™ zipper all work together to keep you belonging dry. A suspended padded laptop sleeve keeps tablets and laptops (up to 15″) protected during bumps and thuds. Shop it here.
Luggage – mostly ideal for the frequent flyers a quality piece of luggage can help make transition from airport arrival to destination a smooth journey. Compatible systems can allow travellers to attach their briefcase or secondary carry-on directly to the primary bag.
Thule Subterra Wheeled Carry-On – Thule has become well known in the outdoor transportation world and their luggage is no exception. The sleek Subterra Wheeled Carry-On comes with divided compartments to keep contents organized and a compression panel maximizes packing space while keeping contents from jostling around in flight. Pro tip: the Subterra backpack and carry-on packs have a pass-though panel and will slide perfectly over the Subterra Wheeled extended handles. Shop the Subterra lineup here.
Lowe Alpine AT Roll On – A suitcase that can do it all, the AT Roll On’s wheels are moulded all terrane wheels allowing you to take this suitcase places others can’t go. Detachable padded straps help you turn your suitcase into a backpack just a click. Two large interior compartments and one smaller organization pocket flawlessly hold all your belongings in place when stowed in the overhead compartment. Designed to fit within the carry-on restrictions of all major airlines this bag will always have you covered. Shop it here.
Whatever style of bag suits your needs it’s important to remember that the best way to shop for a new bag is trial and error. Our staff have a great knowledge of all the secret in’s and out’s of the large variety of packs we sell and love to show them off. In store weights can be placed in a pack for you to test out the packed comfort. While on the road you pack becomes your home away from home so make sure to the time to pick the right one for your needs.