I’ve been asked many times about my criteria for selecting a great Commuter or EDC Work Bag. So, a video was long overdue…
A few other points that I didn’t mention in the video:
- As you can tell, I prefer backpacks. Why? My criteria is simple. If I had to hump it out of the city and walk my way home… or in the instances when I’m not able to catch a cab and have to walk to my destination… then what type of bag would I want to be carrying? Don’t get me wrong – messengers are great. I have a few. But, if you’re carrying a decent load-out, a single strap bag is not going to be something that you will want to schlep for long distances on foot. Believe me.
- In addition to a padded bottom, a raised or suspended laptop compartment is ideal. The laptop sleeve on the Gamut is flush (so the padded bottom is key), but the one on the Camelbak Urban Assault is suspended. So that is one thing that the CUA has over the Gamut
- In the interest of time, I also didn’t say specifically why I prefer the Gamut over the Camelbak Urban Assault. It really comes down to comfort. The Gamut is the most comfortable mid-sized EDC pack I’ve encountered to-date. Nothing is worse than enduring the grind of a daily commute with a bag that’s uncomfortable. The Gamut takes my 15+ lbs of electronics, EDC kit, and clothing without issue. In fact, the other day I had to take the pack off to double check whether I had remembered to carry my laptop. That doesn’t happen with most packs.
- One last point. A pack has to strike the right balance between being lightweight and durable. The Gamut isn’t the lightest pack out there, but it isn’t the heaviest either. And as you can see, it has held up to abuse really well.
Anyway, I hope that helps. As always, comments and questions are welcome!