What's your favorite bag?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Hotshot10, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. Hotshot10

    Hotshot10 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2012
    Duffel, backpack, grocery—whatever your favorite bag is, let us know.

    I'm enjoying the Kifaru Door Gunner these days. It's the perfect size for day hikes or EDC, and I love the fact that it has stays, even though it is a small pack.
  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    My favorite bag is an old packable day pack made by a long gone company out of bend Oregon called Western Trails.
    My dad bought it at a local sporting goods store as a teenager back in the 70's and gave it to me when I was a kid.
    I keep it in the storage box on the back of my E scooter and use it when I buy something at the local hardware or to carry home packages and mail from the post office.


    It's lightweight, well made, and doesn't take up a lot of space.

    Sure packable bags like this are common, but I've never seen another like mine by Western Trails. The only other products from them I've seen are hunting and fishing vests.
  3. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Have quite a few choices in different sizes, but for a favorite it is probably the small sling bag (Rush Moab 6) made by 511. I use this bag more often than the others to put things that I want ready access to when I travel or when just a few things are to be carried on day hikes like water, poncho, map, and small first aid kit. I have larger versions when needed. The 511 messenger bag comes in handy for over night trips when I am traveling light. My laptop generally rides inside it on business trips over night.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2020
  4. Mongo


    Nov 5, 2001
    Now.... this is NOT a fair question. We all know that different situations require different bags. SO.... I am gonna interpret this as, "what is your most versatile bag?"
    My answer is: My Filson briefcase. I could probably use this as an overnight bag if pressed. Holds a fair amount of stuff, famously durable, handsome to boot. Can be used in many different scenarios.
    Psy223 and Hotshot10 like this.
  5. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    GoRuck GR1. Mine is from a limited run of foliage green in 2013 back before they ruined the zippers and straps and moved production off shore. I’ve carried it well over 2000 miles since it was new so it’s broken in like its part of me.
  6. Knives&Lint


    May 10, 2013
    I've been carrying the Oakley Extractor sling pack as my EDC pack for a few years now and it has suited me perfectly. I don't sling it over my neck, I just carry it on one shoulder, and it goes with me when I leave the house and stays in my vehicle (typically in the passenger seat next to me). It has a velcro lining on the inside so I was able to customize it to fit everything I need, plus it has plenty of convenient pockets to store things like batteries/chargers/etc. Then in the small dump section there is plenty of room to throw a bag of snacks and my camera. On the outside it also had a velcro section where I was able to put a phone pouch so it's always handy, and I was able to use the strap along with a key-bak ring to keep my house key always in perfect reach when I'm at the door. This bag has proven to have alot of utility in a compact package. I've considered upgrading, but honestly I don't think I could find anything that fits more of my uses better.



  7. Hotshot10

    Hotshot10 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2012
    I had one of those. They are built insanely well. After using it for a few years, though, I just could not bring myself to love the organization.
    CHNeal likes this.
  8. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    I completely understand that! It took some time but I have it dialed in to fit my usage perfectly E86F42BF-AEE3-432C-8DA5-596E4204A642.jpeg now...
  9. JBoone


    Dec 30, 2012
    Filson large duffle is 15+ years old and not showing much wear. Not cheap but should outlast me. Also have the large briefcase which is a few years older.
    Mongo likes this.
  10. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Stock photos as pictures here can be a PIA.

    Hill People Gear Tarahuma - Have 2 going on three. Use for weekend city trips with family of four to carry basics (water, snacks, etc..), to motorcycle camping with friend where we hike off bike to waterfalls and scenery, to solo camping with gear organized by pack (day/night).


    Shoulder Bag
    Mission Workshop Transit Multicam Black. My work laptop case, amazing build quality, holds everything I need, although could be an inch wider. Since I travel with my work gear, this is the main bag I add to whatever other bags are going on 2-14 day trips, self contained everything for work.

    jkwithawave, jmh33 and Hotshot10 like this.
  11. jfindon


    Dec 12, 2006
    My NutSac Duffel by far.
  12. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    Fjallraven highcoast 24. Carry on size, holds a decent amount and is sized to the straps, so it doesn't tend to get over weighted. Unlike many other packs in its category, its not uncomfortable to carry if its only got a few things in it. I find may packs get weirdly saggy, curl up, or have compression straps that are not useful 90% of the time. Their version of waxed cotton, and while I've never done a major hike though the rain with it, I have not had any water problems with it overall, though I tend to keep my EDC stuff pretty water resistant anyway. Good closure, don't have to undo a lot to get it open. Good size, simple, durable.
  13. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    Millican The Smith (larger version) I wanted something modern and technical with old school feel and it hit my tastes perfectly. Lots of different kinds of pockets for papers, gadgets and gear. Perfect size for everyday needs or minimalist travel (weekend). Waterproof and feels very solid yet comfortable. Discreet and stylish. I love how it's compact yet doesn't look ridiculous on bigger guy like me.
    Hotshot10, heat_treat and CHNeal like this.
  14. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I like the canvas bags LL BEAN sells. Great for tools, ice fishing traps, lunch, etc. They come in lots of sizes. The key is to go to the outlet store when they have a clearance sale on the already discounted returned bags that have monograms on them. Once I even found one with my initials!

    Their backpacks are pretty awesome too. I got one and put an American flag patch over the initials my son fell in love with it and used it for school for 5 years or so. The ones my wife buys last him maybe 3 months.
    Hotshot10 likes this.
  15. navman

    navman Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    I am a bit of a pack whore and have had (or have) packs from TAD, PDW, Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, LBT and a few others. To date, my absolute favorite backpack for everyday is the Remote Equipment Alpha 31. X-pac VX-50 black material, no pilling/comfortable back panel, adaptable roll-top with a full front opening feature, easy access to a laptop. It's water resistant, comfortable and really well made!
    CHNeal and Hotshot10 like this.
  16. Scott321


    Jul 20, 2016
    I don't have a pictuer of it, but I picked up a Nike sling backpack at a discount store about 15 years ago. It's small, cheap, and probably meant for a child, but I've used it for groceries on my motorcycle, documents and "travel stuff" on the other side of the globe, hauling books and notebooks in grad school, and to pack a small change of clothes or rain jacket when out and about. It swing around on my body for easy access and has a chest strap (great on the motorcycle and bicycle for quick access).

    I haven't found a cheap or expensive sling pack that I like as much since i bought it so many years ago... even though my others are better quality.
  17. pshn60

    pshn60 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2008
    73596446-8379-4FEA-9D9B-1370A68E02D1.jpeg Probably 10 years or so. At times pretty loaded and still in great shape. Can’t beat quality.
  18. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I own 3 packs from Eberlestock.
    Couldn’t be happier with all of them.
  19. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I've had this little 4 pocket Columbia pack for years, I'm not sure where I got it but I do quite like it.


    It is currently what I take with me every work day.
    Started with it, then went to a larger SOG tactical style backpack I was gifted and went back to this once a locker became available for me to put my tool pouch and such in.

    I like the size and configuration of it, and it's pretty sturdy with it's polyester lined canvas ( or canvas like ) construction.
    It's just barely enough really, but it keeps me from bringing too much stuff.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2020
  20. onekerf

    onekerf Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Belstaff 554 20200406_165250.jpg
    razorburn, ml100 and Hotshot10 like this.

Share This Page