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Peak Design Everyday Backpack review: I've finally stopped shopping for new bags

I have a problem — I'm obsessed with backpacks. I've gone through three in the past year alone, each with its own set of pros and cons that always left me wanting more. A simple bag with a laptop sleeve is great for quick trips to the coffee shop, but in a busier setting, it's frustrating to have to dig around for one particular item. I love the flexibility of camera bags, but the custom-fit sections aren't always ideal when carrying multiple lenses isn't a priority. I wanted something in between that would allow for quick access and tight organization. Enter Peak Design.

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A quick look through Peak Design's products reveals that the company is primarily focused on photographers, and I had already been using one of its other camera-related products for a while: the Slide Pro strap, with its easy adjusters and Anchor Link quick-release system, has been a huge convenience for me. Naturally, I was curious when I stumbled upon the company's various bags.

The Everyday Backpack is available in two sizes — 20L or 30L — though both are identical in terms of design. The bag is made of a weather-resistant canvas material, with a large flap up top held in place by a magnetic latch. There are four "steps" for the latch, allowing you to expand or contract the bag to fit your carry load. It's easy to grab and carry in any orientation thanks to the handles on the top and sides, and the zippers along the sides allow for fast access.

It's hard to overstate the convenience of this bag.

The inside is almost entirely empty, save for three included dividers that attach to the inner lining with velcro and create shelves to section off the bag. Each divider has two collapsible flaps that can be folded up or down to create sub-dividers, allowing you to keep smaller items like lenses in place.

Combine all of these features together, and you have an incredibly convenient backpack. Being able to access the contents of the bag from the sides means you can instantly reach even items stored at the bottom — especially since it's all neatly separated by the dividers.

You can also swing the Everyday Backpack off of one shoulder to your chest and access the sides without taking it off, which has been one of my favorite features; at the airport this week, I was able to grab my headphones from the bag while walking to my terminal.

On the sides of the backpack, there are additional compartments with stretchable fabric to hold everything from external hard drives to items as large as water bottles. There are small pockets that are just big enough to fit most camera batteries — though only one of the pockets can fit the battery for my Panasonic GH5. The others are big enough to hold Canon LP-E6 batteries.

Straps on straps on straps.

There are also a ton of straps included with the bag. Like, a crazy amount of straps. Straps for shortening or lengthening the shoulder straps. Torso straps to attach to the shoulder straps to relieve tension. Straps to attach anything with an Anchor Link — I put one on my keyring when I'm traveling so I don't lose my keys.

At the top of the Everyday Backpack, there's a section for up to a 15" laptop and/or tablet (it can hold both), as well as a pocket for small items like cables. Around the back, the Everyday Backpack is nicely padded for comfort and protection, and breathes well to keep your back from sweating.

The Everyday Backpack isn't cheap, but it's one of my favorite purchases in recent memory.

Starting at $260 for the 20L variant, the Everyday Backpack is one of the more expensive bags on the market, and a lot of people will understandably be skeptical. But from the outstanding craftsmanship to the incredibly intuitive design and thoughtful engineering, I've never been more pleased with a bag. It's traveled with me through Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, and has yet to show any signs of wear.

The Everyday Backpack is simply too expensive for me to be able to universally recommend — there are so many great bags for a fraction of the price, like the OnePlus Travel Backpack (opens in new tab) or any number of bags from brands like Timbuk2 (opens in new tab). Still, if you, like me, are in constant search of a specialized bag that checks almost every box, this one's worth the money.

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Hayato was a product reviewer and video editor for Android Central.

  • I've had one of these since the original kickstarter and I absolutely love this bag. I've been noticing more and more people with it, so I'm glad Peak Design is getting rewarded for creating something great.
  • Too bad, I too have never found a bag I loved, but 260 is too rich for me. Cracked me up though, I went to the oneplus site to see the less expensive bag you mentioned, no pictures of the inside! Every possible description under the sun, but no pictures of what the most important part of the bag looks like? Maybe I missed something but . . . 🤦
  • I got one a few months ago and it lives up to the hype. Did you get the 20L or 30L?
  • I personally use the 20L. Plenty of room for me. It would be a super-tight fit for a 15-inch laptop though. I only have a 13-inch.
  • I've got the 15" MacBook Pro and it fits like a glove in my 20L.
  • I wish there were smaller bags which were this well designed. I don't carry a lot of stuff with me (I have a bad back), but would love to have sth will all the belts and whistles
  • Try PD Every Day Sling 5L or 10L. A nice sling/waist bag for smalller setups.
  • I'm a backpack connoisseur as well, and have lusted over this bag since it was a Kickstarter...just can't justify the price though.
  • I looked at these online and I very much want one. Not sure I can stomach the $260 price tag though. I very much believe that you get what you pay for and you never want to cheap out on a bag, but... How do you like the camera strap? I have been thinking of ordering one for my DSLR?
  • Their straps and Camera Clip system are great. High quality and work well.
  • Love it! The quick release system and easy length adjustment have made it a mainstay for me. Being able to wear your camera sling-style instead of hanging off your neck makes a huge difference in comfort, as well.
  • I've backed even Kickstarter Peak Design has ran, except for the backpack. I have their Messenger bag already and couldn't justify both. The only complaint I have with their stuff is their assumption that everyone uses Mac laptops.
  • ^^This^^
    Every single product description for decent bags says something along the lines of "fits a 15" Macbook Pro and an iPad". I really want to see something like "Fits the big a$$ 15.6" piece of plastic that your job gave you and its gigantic power supply."
  • I think it's just easier to list Apple products since they're popular and most people probably have an idea of their approximate size. The laptop/tablet compartment expands into the inside of the bag when you need more room, but with all that I carry, fitting both into the back is a bit tighter than I'd like.
  • This was a source of real frustration for me as well, having bought a 15" Surface Book 2. The whole wait through the preorder and shipping was very worrying, since I already had the bag and wasn't sure whether the laptop would fit. Peak Design's support didn't have any advice for me, beyond selling my Everyday Backpack on eBay or Craigslist and using the money to buy the slightly bigger Everyday Backpack.
  • Does the Surface Book 15" fit your 20L everyday backpack?
  • Well.. they assume you'll only overspend on a backpack if you've already overspent on a computer or tablet.
  • I have the messenger, and a bunch of straps and field pouches. Their products are great and worth the price for me. I had the backpack and loved it but I'm more of a messenger guy so I sold the backpack.
  • $260? Thanks, but no thanks!
  • I use to be a huge bag fan. Always looking for a bag that could carry my laptops and my gadgets. I was always looking for the latest and greatest but 4 years ago, I landed on the Oakley Sink series. I carry the Kitchen Sink as my main go to bag for my laptop and gear. I have the Hottub for travel and I have their Range Bag for my firearms. I haven't been more pleased or found anything to compete with them.