Backpack Recommendations


I’ve used a Goruck GR1 daily for about 5 years and it still looks the same as the day I bought it. Very comfortable to wear, opens clamshell, well padded laptop compartment that still opens and is usable when the bag is stuffed, fits a surprising amount of stuff, works under airline seats. Water resistant… I bike commute in the pouring rain with it and have never had anything get damp. With careful planning I’ve been able to travel for 5 days with just that bag.

You do have to get past the GRAR AMERICA marketing, but I like having a bag that is just an unbranded anonymous black.


secondhand patagonia :slight_smile:
new to me…


Kids at work gave me a gift voucher, so got a Berghaus trailbyte.

Swallows a lot of stuff.


I second the GORUCK recommendation! The GR1 is the best bag I’ve ever owned. It’s indestructible, feels insanely comfortable when filled with weight, and opens totally flat to make packing and unpacking extremely easy.


Does anyone have a recommendation for a backpack that can carry a handful of 12" records - I’m not looking for a dedicated record bag itself, got one already. More looking for something that can double up as a commuting bag, weekend travel, small gig bag etc etc.


I would check out mission workshop. I have the rhake, which I absolutely love. They have a larger version which would likely work for records as well. They are pricey but I use mine every day bike commuting with computer and everything else I need and I’ve had it for over a year, and it looks like new.


12"+ is really wide for a backpack that is going to be comfortable.

I’d recommend finding a lightweight packable tote and just keeping it in your backpack at all times.

edit: some bookbag-like backpacks like 1733 or Topo are relatively flexible and are a bit over 12" wide.


I’ve been using a Mission Workshop Vandal everyday for over 5 years, 4 of those year-round bike commuting in Maine. The only issue I ran into was the main plastic buckle cracking from cold weather, which I replaced with their metal “Cobra” version. Quality, seemingly indestructible product.


I can vouch for this mission workshop bag. Nice and water resistant.