If you subscribe to this site then you’re probably as much of a gear whore as I am. A lot of gear comes and goes here at Loadedpocketz but certain packs have been mainstays in my collection. I’m not talking about closet queens. I’m talking about packs that have seen frequent use for more than a year (and multiple Shot Shows). And because we’re gear whores, I think it’s fair game to count bags that we’ve purchased, sold, and re-purchased; even multiple times. Yes, it happens and I’m not the only one given the discussions I’ve had with some of you over the years.
Here are a few of my mainstays…
VERTX EDC GAMUT
The Gamut has to be at the top of the list because it’s the bag I’ve carried the most since reviewing it in 2015. It’s in my Work EDC rotation and it’s an absolute joy to carry due to the yoke harness. Add lots of versatile organization and very good device protection and you have a winner. I just wish it was a little deeper.
TOM BIHN TRI STAR
Some one bag travelers fit a weeks worth of clothes in the Tri Star and I don’t know how they manage it. Either their clothes are Hobbit sized or they are much more skilled at packing than I am. I love the Tri Star for 1-3 day trips. The ability to shift from hand to shoulder to backpack carry makes this bag a great option for the on-the-go minimalist traveler who prefers not to check a bag.
GORUCK BULLET 15L
This little gem is my white whale. I’ve owned bought and sold three; the latest being the classic 1000D Two Compartment version, which I purchased pre-loved off a fellow Perfect Pack member just a week ago. That one is not going anywhere. Since GoRuck discontinued the Bullet 15, they are getting harder to find in good condition and they selling on average at 2-3 times their original retail price. The original 1000D version is even more rare. Don’t understand what is so special about it? I think it’s the perfect setup for a grab and go bag. Just enough capacity and organization to be useful but long and wide enough so that even guys my size can carry it and not look stupid.
Honorable Mentions: Camelbak Urban Assault, Maxpedition Jumbo EDC
What are your keepers? Share in the comments.