Bag Guide

Last updated: September 18th, 2016


Aer Travel Pack

The Good:

  • Good looking
  • One of the better organized bags I’ve tested
  • Great value
  • Lots of padding

The Bad:

  • Compression straps don’t work as well as I would like
  • Lots of jingly zippers
  • Shoe compartment really only works for smaller footed people

Price: $220

Posts: here.

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Brooks Review HQ Status: Still well liked and used.


The Good:

  • Fantastic feel look of the fabric
  • Cavernous amount of space
  • great accessories
  • neat fits-all-sizes laptop protection
  • great value

The Bad:

  • very bulky
  • unless full items in main area tend to slosh around.

Price: $160

Posts: here

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Brooks Review HQ Status: Review unit sent back, no current plans to purchase one.


The Good:

  • Built to last forever.
  • Holds and incredible amount of great and weight.
  • Very comfortable for long periods of time.
  • The most versatile backpack I’ve tested to date.

The Bad:

  • Military design, with MOLLE webbing, might turn some off.
  • The bag is very heavy when empty.

Price: $295

Posts: here, here, and here.

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Brooks Review HQ Status: Still owned, still used.


The Good:

  • It’ll last forever.
  • It’ll make it through a war zone, or an unexpected layover.
  • It’s spacious, yet fits easily in overhead bins and at your feet in a pinch.

The Bad:

  • It weighs almost 10 lbs empty
  • It’s pricey
  • No compression straps
  • Lacks a sleek look

Price: $395

Posts: here.

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Brooks Review HQ Status: This is my go to travel bag, hands down.


GORUCK Bullet Ruck 10L

GORUCK 15L Shoulder Bag


Hardgraft Flat Pack

Incase City Compact

Incase ICON

Lodinatt Backpack and Shoulder Bag

Ona Bowery

Outlier Quadzip

Tom Bihn Aeronaut

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase

Tom Bihn Founder’s Briefcase

Tom Bihn Ristretto

Tom Bihn Parental Unit

Tom Bihn Smart Alec

Tom Bihn Yoeman Duffel


Standard Luggage Carryon Backpack