Have no affiliation with GoRuck, am a happy customer
I too have no affiliation with the maker.
Edit: I literally have a closet full of mission-specific packs. Ice climbing, backcountry skiing, multiday hiking, rock climbing, speed ascents, etc. The GR1 isn't suited to any of those things. But it's ideal as a multi-purpose EDC that will literally not wear out in a human's lifetime.
I used to go through a bag every 2-3 years so it speaks to the build quality of the the GR-1 that it still looks this good.
Maybe I also have a habit of treating my belongings too nicely: most of my acquaintances break a phone on average every year, and they also replace screens so many times.
My iPhone 6S, bought in 2015, it's basically brand new cosmetically, and I literally live on my phone, averaging probably at least a couple hours a day of usage while on public transportation.
it looks attractive, bears weight far more comfortably than any other pack i've ever owned, it's easy to clean, it's waterproof, and the ability to open flat means that it's easy to pack very densely. i was able to live out of my 26L pack for nearly a week, and it goes with me wherever i travel.
the MOLLE straps are functional, and i strap my water bottle to them all the time. gotta be careful to avoid that overly tacticool look though!
i'm a total fanboy since my purchase -- the high price point was definitely worthwhile.
* https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13369197 (Jan 10, 2017 - 135 comments)
* https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14721746 (July 7, 2017 - 42 comments)
* https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15250044 (Sept 24, 2017 - 48 comments)
I bike commute with it every time, sometimes with a laptop, and it is wonderful. I really enjoy that it sits on my back comfortably while pedaling and has enough venting to not leave me crazy sweaty.
First, it had to be relatively compact. Specifically, it had to fit under a standard economy-class airplane seat with room for my big feet.
Second, I wanted something more vertically oriented than usual. Most backpacks have multiple pockets in a "sandwich" configuration, so everything slumps into the bottom of each one and the top remains completely slack. I hate that. Having two decently sized outer pockets in an over/under configuration really helps. The straps (it's meant to be a skateboard pack) are occasionally handy to hold a jacket or hoodie instead of stuffing it inside.
It's not as weatherproof as some, certainly not as stylish, but it has survived a dozen week-long coast-to-coast trips and still seems barely worn. I looked at a lot of camera and other packs that might satisfy my preference for verticality even better, but for one third the price this one has done just fine.
PS there is also an even newer model, the Crossover 2. But it’s different and I don’t know if it’s as good as the one I have.
I think it looks great. It's well built, and should last me my lifetime (if looked after)
Fits 15 inch MBP. A lot of pockets. Very stylish, I get a lot of compliments on this.
When I was going to gym during lunch, this was perfect, cause could hold shoes and gym clothes in separate pockets each. Though no place for towel.
What I wish it had was another pocket for personal iPad. Well it kind of does but it is too tight when both laptop and iPad is in.
I love it. It's spacious enough that I can pack everything I need for a week away from home, yet compact enough that it fits under the seat in an airplane. Kind of pricey but sturdily built, I've had it for six or seven years now and it isn't showing any signs of wear or tear.
With some recommendations from friends, I ended up with the Timbuk2 Especial Tres. I love it because:
- it carries a ton of stuff (rolltop bags are great for this. I use it to carry a week’s worth of groceries home with me on my bike)
- waterproof (for biking in the rain/winter)
- sits much more comfortably on my back than the Chrome bag
- buckles for securing the top instead of Velcro that will wear out or breakable zippers
- good laptop compartment and organization pockets
Here’s a link (no affiliation): https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00E1O36AC?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_...
Their Tech Pouch in particular is an amazing design, and has organized all of my random cables and adapters. https://www.peakdesign.com/products/tech-pouch/
For just around town, I like Timbuk2 messenger bags. Sadly, they stopped making the Especial messenger bag, which was the best product they've ever made.
One of my two upright tubes on my (third) Tioga broke during BMDM this year after a punishing training schedule, so I'm going to use something different for 2020. However, I was doing three training runs a week with bulky dried food (beans and lentils) taking my pack weight to 40 pounds and that's not what the Tioga is designed for, so it's my own fault, not Kelty's.
I got an Ogio (I think at Target). Tried to find the same model on Amazon just now and don't see it, but lots of similar options. I like that it fits my reqs and has a hard top strap (aluminum) for hanging from hooks in stalls. The two large compartments help keep thing accessable for travel. Commuted several years (trains and flights) and still going strong. I wouldn't use it for extreme weather or terrain.
Reasons: After 5 years of everyday use, it's still in perfect shape, it's definitely build to last. I cycle to work every day with it, it's very comfortable for short (~40 min) rides. It's also good for travelling since it's capable of expanding quite a lot if needed, fits most 15" laptops (probably also some 17").
Prior to that, Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L.
The backpack part consists of a part where you can store a 15½ inch laptop, and a part for small stuff like cell phones, head phones, cables, adapters, etc.
I use it mostly when going on a weekend trip or a week trip for work. Is big enough, has a lot of compartments, space for a laptop/gadgets.
Sturdy enough, laptop is safe there, but don't expect it to keep your DSLR camera safe ;) As the biggest compartment is meant for clothes, not for electronics
I see they discontinued it, I couldn't find it on official website (they changed the design, can't tell you if it's still the same quality)
The bag is a bit on the heavy side (5lb), and a bit on the pricy side ($180), but I absolutely love it. Use if every day for almost 2 years. Laptop, Work, Photo Gigs, Groceries, Bike Commuting, etc.
I cycle commute or walk with it 5-7 days a week and it is large enough for single person grocery trips.
It is not particularly trendy but has already lasted 20 years, probably with use at least once per week for the last 15 years.
I have been thinking about replacing it with another locally made high quality bushwalking pack, if I can find pack with a simple design made with durable components.
Disclaimer: a family member works for QWSTION
It has a compact (rectangle) shape, one large space compartment, you can convert it from a backpack to something you carry by hand like a suitcase. And it looks really good :)
The company makes high quality products, a bit expensive though (190+€), but I would recommend if you don’t care too much about the price.
My brother liked it so much he bought the mkII.
It is on the small side, but fits a Dell XPS 13 or even a 15” MBP (but definitely not any bigger). Helps me keep the amount of crap I carry way down, and is super tough. Straps are wide and comfy, and the back has padding that helps the back breathe a little.
It's great for commuting: fits large laptops in sleeve, has space for 2 mugs on each side (coffee and water), and has 2 support straps (chest and waist). It's also good for hiking and travelling. I've had mine for 4.5 years and it still going strong.
For everyday use I have a SwissGear bag that I got at Target outside Siggraph a few years ago. Decent bag at ~$60 that's held up well for 3 years of abuse.
* It has a laptop sleeve
* It's big enough to pack for I'd say 3-5 days
* For the day-to-day I can also pack all of my gym gear (shoes, belt, wraps, clothes)
* It's so heavy duty that you'll never have to worry about it breaking down (and if it does they have a guarantee for repairs)
Waterproof, well made, roll-top (you can cram things in if you need to without worrying about stretching zippers), holds a laptop well, etc.
Big enough for travel but compresses down pretty flat if all you're carrying is a laptop and a few bits.
Kickstand feature is actually quite useful to stop it falling over.
It's sturdy, it can host a multitude of stuff (for me, it has hosted laptops going from as light as the ThinkPad T440s to as heavy as the ThinkPad W530 -- with its 170W power supply).
The back padding is nice on my back, and so far it hasn't shown any sign of destruction (I've owned it for two years now).
Would always recommend diving into Wirecutter articles to figure out what's best for your specific needs.
Personally, I have the Wandrd Prvke 31 but who knows if that fits your requirements
If you want some backpack recommendations you should go to /r/onebag
Tons of room, comfy, and has zipped expansion section for packing for overnight trips.
Pretty heavy, but I like it a lot, holds my laptop and other gadgets, clothing, etc. And if I need to get out, this one won't let me down - I volunteer for a local SAR team sometimes (or, more lately, a lot).
The fabric below the notebook compartment ripped open a few years ago (probably because I used to carry two heavy notebooks, a private one and a work-issued Thinkpad), but my mother sewed a patch over it and the backpack is still going strong.
While we're at it, I strongly advise against Wenger. I got one of their backpacks from my employer. Although they're supposedly just as high-quality as Deuter, that particular backpack came apart at all seams within just a year. Total disappointment.
i would fully recommend it, i got knocked off and the only damage done to me/bag was a small scratch, bike needed 7k(gbp) work, but me and all my stuff was fine
I went to a smaller Osprey model, I got on sale, but holy hell I have nothing but nice things to say about the TB build quality.
Plus, unlike GoRuck, no troublesome tactical aesthetic.
I use it every day and it goes pretty much everywhere with me, and doubles as a good sized carry on when I fly.