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I'm an old guy in search of a non-hipster/non military EDC bag.

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by jame, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. jame

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    For the last 15+ years, I've been carrying a blue Mountainsmith Tour bag, and it's really been a great one. It still fills the bill, and everything works as it should, but it's starting to get a little ratty looking.

    I'm now 57, and although I'm not an office guy, I'd like to carry my stuff (Bluetooth speaker, tablet, wallet, the occasional mail, firearm, or whatever) in a bag that's not hipster, but not full blown tactical either.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. phatch

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    Step up to their Day bag. It's a great bag and lots of variants.
     
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  3. My3kidsfather

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    May I suggest the 5.11 Lima bag. I have one for nearly a year now, just getting broken in, very functional. It's whatever is your taste.
     
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  5. Codeman

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    If you've got the coin, Saddleback Leather Co. cannot be beat. Heck, even if you're like me and just can't spend that much, you owe it to yourself to at least look at them. And there are plenty of leather shops that aren't at the pinnacle of cost. If these were lower cost, they would most likely fall into the hipster category.

    What I am using are oilskin haversacks, regular and XL, from Self Reliance Outfitters. They aren't hipsters nor tactical, are functional as heck, , well made, and fairly priced. They're also very comfortable to carry and, with only one large pocket and a small slip pocket on the interior of the cover flap, there's no confusion as to which pocket something is in.

    A little creativity with a handmade backer inside one of the haversacks would allow safe concealed carry.
     
  6. malraux72

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    filson 256. Great bag .
     
  7. tmgplc

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    Check out The Gator from Red Oxx
     
  8. jame

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    Yep, I'm a big fan of Saddleback, and I own a few of their products. The price is a little out of my league, however.
     
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    How about a Patagonia Headway Shoulder Bag?
     
  11. jame

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    Great suggestions so far guys.

    So far, I'm liking: Mountainsmith Day Bag, The 5.11 Lima, vertx Essential, and the Filson ($$!)

    I'd love to get another Saddleback product, but their pricing is getting a little steep!

    Keep 'em, coming fellas. This has been very therapeutic......
     
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    Small messenger I would check out First Tactical. Red Oxx Gator mentioned above and really nice leather Satchel and Page.
     
  15. dml24

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    A great many good day packs out there. Pantagonia, REI, Kelty, Osprey make very good day packs that meet the few specifications you presented. Most are non-tactical looking and while good looking most if not all put function and durability over fashion.

    Happy pack shopping.
     
  16. dcmassena

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    +1 I had the Vertex Courier and it would probably be a bit big for your needs but the satchel would work great.
     
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    Tom Bihn Pilot or co-pilot might work
     
  18. Spyke

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    Do yourself a favor and take a good look at the Alpha One Niner Evade.

    Not tactical looking at all (I have the two tone diamond ripstop)

    Lighter color interior to help find stuff.

    Excellent organization- admin area (best I have ever seen), mesh pockets, several D Rings inside (I keep a JBL Bluetooth speaker hooked to one of them)

    Additional Matroskya pouches (optional purchase) make the set up perfect in my opinion. I keep two of the clear PVC pouches in it....one is an FAK and the other a toiletries kit.

    CCW compartment fully lined with Velcro on both sides plus some D Rings. Dual zippered on both sides of the bag for quick access. I carry a small revolver on a regular basis but when I travel long distance by car I carry a full size M&P 9 with two mags....all fit very nicely)

    Almost full clamshell opening.

    Room in main compartment for a change of clothes, light jacket etc.

    Laptop/tablet/book compartment
    Sleek profile (keeps a nice shape when packed, not like a big ball or egg)

    I could go on....it really is simply an excellent bag. I've been carrying some type of EDC bag for over twenty years and this one, for me, has been unbeatable. BTW I'm 48 and work in a business casual environment. My bag fits in just fine whether I'm in a manufacturing setting or professional office.

    Any questions you might have or if you want photos of how it's organized, whatever, send me a PM.

    I have absolutely no affiliation whatsoever with Alpha One Niner....just a great bag and outstanding service.



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    I use an Osprey Flare. Works great for me.
     
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    I think Brendon's on the right track. Hiking style day bags don't draw attention and are very flexible in their compartmentalization and sizes. I use a Northface Recon and it's great for me. the main pocket has a sleeve for a laptop/tablet as well as a lot of space for food and other goods to be stowed, while the second pocket has a lot of organization which I use for smaller electrical stuff (bluetooth speaker, phone charger and batter bank)