Bags & Luggage

Jump starting your adventure kit

Gerber GO Bag

Whether it’s for your bug-out bag or your hiking kit, the fundamental survival items — knife, flashlight, multitool, your bag itself — make up 98% of what you’ll use and anchor your camp/hike/escape. The Gerber GO Bag ($274) gives you the whole kit and caboodle. Not only does it provide a laundry list of quality,...

A spacious convertible

Briggs & Riley Excursion Convertible Brief

Briggs & Riley is a brand known for their intelligently designed, immensely practical luggage that’ll stand up anywhere from the sub-Saharan to the subway. Using lightweight, rugged materials that are easy to clean and able to withstand all the (ahem) care an airport staff is happy to provide, the luggage gurus at B & R...

Style Pick: Barbour + Jack Spade

Two prominent names in mens style come together to bring you a line of smart-looking waxed cotton bags and coats. Barbour, the British company that forged a tradition over almost 120 years, joins with Jack Spade, the Manhattan upstart 100 years junior. The younger clothier has been making inroads with the British Empire — a...

Travel tamer

Unit Portables Unit 05-08 Overnight Kit

The chaos of flying hither and yon on short trips for business or pleasure can add stress to an otherwise bucolic lifestyle. With the Unit Portables Unit 05-08 kit, you get an entire travel system to bring order to your universe. This overnight bag and accompanying pouch system is the product of a team of...

Swiss Army light

Mammut T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag

Mammut understands pack space is a premium when it comes to ultralight camping and designed the T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag ($50) to pull triple duty. Like most dry bags, it protects your gear from the elements, or conversely, safely carries up to three liters of liquid to and from your base camp. At night, the bag earns its name when paired with the included T-Trail headlamp -- serving as a soft diffuser and makeshift lantern that provides enough ambient light to set the mood in all but the largest of tents. More importantly, it frees up a vital space in your equipment pack -- leaving you with just enough room for some speakers and a little Marvin Gaye. Buy Now: $50

Rolling up, rolling out

eBags Exo Hardside Spinner Carry-on

While we love a good weekender or duffle, there are times where several days worth of gear necessitate a hard side carryon with wheels. The thing is, a great hard side case (like those from Tumi or Rimowa) don’t come cheap. Enter a surprisingly achievable solution. The in-house line of Exo Hardside Spinner Carry-on from...

Take it all and then some

BigFoot Cargo Bags

The utility of a BigFoot Bag wouldn’t be lost on a wiseguy like Tony Soprano. They’re designed to lay completely flat for quick loading and unloading of everything from large bundles of cash to liberated merchandise, or even the recently “disposed of” competition. Once the dirty work is done, the bags zip up and securely...

Everything you need to live it up

Roundup: Memorial Day Weekend

Looking to make your extended weekend celebration extra memorable? Well, our editors have culled through our latest posts to help provide some last minute inspiration for your Memorial Day weekend, whether the festivities are at your place, or elsewhere. You can thank us by throwing another burger on the grill. Two slices of cheese, please....

A match made for messengers

Incase Range Collection

Incase continues their love affair with cyclists with the release of their new collection, Range. Created with two-wheeled travelers in mind, the Range series figures that if it can stand up to the beating of a bike messenger whipping through New York’s Lower East Side, it can probably do just fine lugging your books or...

Laundry without borders

The Scrubba Portable Wash Bag

Looking good should never be your first priority when trekking, but that doesn’t mean feeling dirty is fun. The Scrubba Portable Wash Bag ($30) is a new project started by Ashley Newlandon on the Kickstarter competitor IndieGoGo. The idea came to her while prepping for her summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. As she saw it, soaking...

Tanin Toter

Zebag Wine Carrier

Leave it to the French to create a better way to schlep wine from chateau to chateau. Wrapped-up in its hexagon tote form, the Zebag can hold and insulate six bottles securely. When not on the move, the carrier can unroll into “bar mode”, functioning as an 11 bottle rack, or simply hang in a...

Noel Nomad

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Picks for the Traveler

The person who coined the phrase “getting there is half the fun”, clearly never had to travel by air, train, bus, or car during the holiday season. No amount of planning can ever guarantee a smooth journey, but having the “right tools for the job”, as they say, will go a long way towards making...

Hot pocket

GORUCK Field Pockets

After a long wait and numerous teaser posts, GORUCK Field Pockets ($85-$110) are finally up for grabs. While there are plenty of excellent MOLLE pouch options out there, we’ve been holding out for GR’s option, and it’s been worth the wait. In the lineup are three pockets of varying sizes from 1.6L to 4.2L, each...

Pack It In

Goruck Brick Bag

Gear Patrol favorite Goruck has launched their first accessory offering in the form of the Brick Bag. In spite of its misnomer of a name (re: it’s not actually intended for bricks), the Brick Bag is an excellent addition to the Goruck line. Built from the same 1000D Cordura, ballistic nylon, mil-spec webbing and hardware...

Home-Grown Quality

TOPO Designs Klettersack

One would expect intelligent design and exceptional function from a group of unsatisfied American outdoorsmen who previously scattered across the world to purchase premium alfresco gear. The only logical action was to take matters in their own hands and create an American bag company suitable for even the most austere mountain man, or, perhaps, even...

Style Pick: Jack Spade Salted Canvas Rocket Duffle

$325 | Jack Spade.com Made from densely woven 450-gram cotton canvas that has been salt water washed. The salt water gives the canvas a beached look and textured hand. Detailed with saddle leather trim, custom die-cast Jack Spade hardware in an antique brass finished, natural webbing with blue ticking stripes and a polyurethane-backed cotton twill...

Goody Bag

Wood & Faulk Deluxe Carpenter’s Bag

Wood & Faulk is a brand born from a long time craftsman, who spent many of his early years working on everything from cars, to furniture, to plumbing, and old houses. After making the move to Portland Oregon, he decided to apply his keen eye to workwear ready goods, including this brilliant Deluxe Carpenter’s Bag...

Wharf Clothing Marine Canvas Duffel

Photography by Ryan Plett of You Have Broken the Internet While most of the country continues to get buried in snow, there’s never a better time to start planning your next getaway. The new Marine Canvas Duffels from Wharf are a perfect way to lug your kit at wallet-friendly prices. Drawing inspiration from Wharf proprietor...

Have shaker, will travel

Moore & Giles Meehan Utility Bag & Bar Rollup

Hitmen may carry their “equipment” in stainless steel brief cases filled with foam padding or possibly a fake crutch depending on the job. Construction workers have tool belts and trucks. Professional Wrestlers have tight-fitting spandex outfits with a few spare syringes and bandannas, just in case. The point is, every trade gets their gear to...

Protection, Minus the Bulk

Cocoon Tribeca Digital SLR Sling

Toting around your SLR, a couple of lenses and the multitude of other accessories you need to get your Terry Richardson on can be a bulky proposition. The Cocoon Tribeca ($50) aims to ease your pain. The bag features two main compartments, one for your DSLR and a second to hold up to two additional...

Bags Made the Right Way

LAYERxlayer Wayfarer Pack

The Wayfarer Pack ($189) is bag for those who value materials and production sourcing above all else. Made in the U.S.A from 100% US sourced denim, details like denim rivets and a grommet & rope cinch top indicate it’s built for the long haul while still fitting perfectly with today’s heritage menswear looks. Size-wise, the...

Bring Your Gear, Ditch the Bulk

Naneu Sahara 217F Camera Bag

The Naneu Pro Sahara 217F ($114) is an ideal carry-on solution for camera enthusiasts frequently on the go. Made from water-resistant Kodra, the bag is designed to be both compact and ergonomic while still including space for critical camera gear as well as a 17″ laptop. Don’t go thinking that it’s just like every other...

Hemingway Might Be Envious

J. L. Powell Waxed Cotton Safari Bag

Truth be told, we don’t have a lot of history with the J.L. Powell brand, but products like their Waxed Cotton Safari bag ($485) speak for themselves. Sharp enough for your Botswana safari or a visit to the in-laws, quality details like its waxed canvas exterior, real leather strapping, and brass hardware make it both...

Look funny, stay warm

Selk’Bag 3G

Remember the tent with no poles we reviewed here a while ago? Well, today we bring you another outdoor product from the “thinking outside the box” category: a sleeping bag with legs. The Selk’Bag, conceived of by a small company in Chile, is hardly a new idea. It was modeled and named after an indigenous...

Putting Everything in Its Right Place

Qwestion Organizer Bag

We’re fans of all kinds of bags, but many that look great don’t provide the conveniences that make traveling easier. This Organizer Bag by Qwestion ($185) may not win beauty contests or walk the runway, but it does sport a ton of useful features without crossing the line into camp gear land. True to its...

A Heritage Bag From a Modern Day

Archival Clothing Rucksack

Reading Gear Patrol and seeing all the bags we feature, you might think we live by the motto “the measure of a man is how many bags he owns.” Well, here’s some more proof to that theory – our newest luggage obsession, the Archival Clothing Rucksack ($240). Archival Clothing started out as a place to...

A Positive Spin on Excess Baggage

Billykirk Sienna Carryall

We had the opportunity to interview the founders of Billykirk back in 2009 and ever since we’ve been in love with their products. All of their leather inspired wares are made with a sense of craftsmanship that’s sadly all too rare in most men’s products today and that’s why we’ve never felt any remorse paying...

Baggage Minus Baggage

Nau Fleunt Traveler Duffle

Unlike a lot of men’s luggage today, the Nau Fleunt Traveler Duffle ($200) is made for guys who prefer to keep their carryall tastes a few feet under the radar. Made from 100% organic cotton canvas with cotton poplin lining, the duffle is shaped to recall the look of a classic doctors bag while providing...

You Can't Have Too Much Waxed Cotton

Barbour Waxed Cotton Holdall

In the market for a classic holdall that, if properly maintained, will last you the rest of your well-traveled life? Then allow us to recommend the Barbour Waxed Holdall ($190) made from the Barbour’s famous waxed cotton, which we can’t gush enough about. Outside of being water-resistant and durable, the bag features two additional zip...

A Bag for Tools (Only in the Literal Sense)

Timbuk2 Tool Shed

Constructed of waterproof and grease-resistant Tarpaulin, the Timbuk2 Tool Shed $35 can handle being tossed around and is easily secured by an anodized aluminum buckle. Despite Toolmonger pointing out that it’s suited for the hipster-repairman or Timbuk2’s own claim of adoration by hairstylists, we still this case is great for that spare set of tools...

The Bag with Dads and Picnic Fans in Mind

Monkey Bed Esplanade Bag

The Monkey Bed Esplanade Bag ($135) may look like a run of the mill messenger satchel, but like they say, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Measuring 18″W x 14″H X 5.5″D, this bag has the room to carry must haves and integrates a 58″ x 68″ zip-out fleece blanket which is shown in...

A Pack With An Identity Crisis

Outdoor Research DryComp Ridge Sack

Outdoor Research calls the DryComp Ridge Sack a perfect pack for peak bagging and summit pushes. Well, living in Minnesota, there aren’t a lot of peaks to be bagged but we have a few thousand lakes and countless rivers, so I’m re-positioning this waterproof bag as the perfect paddling pack.

Just Add Sand

Ally Capellino Freddie St. Holdall

UK designer Ally Capellino has been in the fashion business since the 1980s and holds clear goals when it comes to creating a bag. As her site states, the ideal specimen should be “timeless, but never boring” and “made from beautiful durable leathers and fabrics that only improve with age.” Personally we couldn’t agree more...

Made for the Military, So it Should Do For You

ACU Digital Medium Transport Pack

Made to be practical, tough, and unassuming, the Acu Digital Medium Transport Pack ($53) by Uncle Sam’s Army Navy outfitters is a solid carry all for those who prefer to steer clear of hipster messenger bags and high-tech camping backpacks. Featuring heavy-duty zippers, adjustable padded shoulder straps, padded back with breathable mesh backing, and polyurethane...

Making Lugging Gear Look Good

Ralph Lauren Large Varsity Duffle

Ralph Lauren may be a world-famous clothing brand, but its real secret to success lies in promoting a lifestyle. To make the point, this large varsity duffle landed on our radar mostly because we wish we were invited to the kinds of swanky events where slinging this bag around our shoulder would clearly separate us...

A Bag with Taste For Trips in Haste

Earsdon Weekend Bag

Made of 100% cotton canvas and accented by leather strapping and antique brass metalwork, the Earsdon Weekend Bag is a great looking option for spur of the moment trips. Available in classic barley shown above or a more striking Watermelon shown below, the bag measures roughly 23 inches long by 18.5 inches tall and 12...

The Perfect Versatile Carry On

Briggs & Riley Travel Satchel

Designed to compliment your standard rolling luggage (or a great weekender bag), the large travel satchel from Briggs & Riley is about as practical, and well priced, as they come. Made of durable ballistic nylon, the satchel measures a roomy 12″ x 19″ x 9″ inches and features snapable corners that allow packers to expand...

Your Laptop's Best Friend for Battling Mother Nature

Ken Kai DRI Welded Seam Computer Messenger

Whatever your style is, chances are there’s a laptop bag for sale that matches it. For those who tote their computer on a daily basis, though, things like comfort and protection are far more important than looks, particularly for long commutes walking outside. Along that line, luggage manufacturer Ken Kai’s new DRI laptop messenger bags...

One Camera Bag, Two Positions

LowePro Inverse 200 AW

Beltpack or shoulder bag? An endless debate in the world of photography. The Lowepro Inverse 200 AW allows you to seamlessly transition from both worlds with ites versatile set up. Here at the Gear Patrol, we always appreciate versatility, so read on to hear our take.

One Bag, Many Uses

Go GaGa Messenger Bag

All guys need a bag. That bag can serve a different purposes for each of us, but in the end you need a reliable bag that helps get you through the day. Dusty, needs one to tote his yoga mat and energy water, then subsequently to carry his favorite German lager back home. Eric needs...

UDG Producer Bag

There are a lot of guys out there who have to carry a lot of gear. Sometimes this gear is for work and if you work in the creative industry, then electronic and media centric. If that’s the case then the UDG Producer Bag is for you. It’s a bag specifically designed to carry your...

Morgan Gray’s Laptop Case

Nowadays it’s tough to go anywhere without the need to bring along your laptop. A sad notion yes, but an inevitable one. That said, you might as well make sure that what you’re bringing is sheathed in something durable and stylish. Morgan Grays bags are classic American-designed leather goods with an English influence. They have...