Yes, it’s Bag Week, where we celebrate all the best bags of the year here at TechCrunch. And there is little more satisfying than finding a basic black one that’s functional, stylish and unique. Luckily, Canadian urban athletic apparel maker RYU makes three such bags, and while each one has its own particular appeal depending on what you’re looking for in a backpack, they’re also all winners that elevate the basic black backpack to new heights.
Quick Pack Lux 18L ($185)
RYU’s ‘just right’ offering for me is the Quick Pack Lux 18L capacity bag that’s pretty much perfect as a general use day pack in terms of cargo space, and that can also serve well for a one or two-night trip, depending on how lightly you pack.
The RYU’s signature feature, and what makes it my favorite daypack in terms of everyday use around the city, is its profile – a silhouette which is made all the better because RYU uses an internal molded shell to ensure that it never flattens down or loses its shape, regardless of how full or empty the bag actually is. This is actually a huge selling point for me, and one that makes the RYU Quick Pack 18L almost certain to become my go-to daily bag. Inside, there are a few pockets, including a laptop sleeve that can fit up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro – another rarity in a daypack this low-profile.
In addition to the integrated frame, the Quick Pack Lux is kitted out with premium materials, like the leather accent patch on the top flap, leather shoulder straps, and a outer layer of poly-cotton blend that covers a wax-treated canvas, and nylon interior for water resistance and durability. The materials definitely feel premium, though the outermost layer resembles kind of a yoga pant material, and in my house definitely attracts and picks up my dog’s easily shed white hairs with reckless abandon. I’m more than happy to get out the lint roller once and a while as a trade-off for just how good looking the bag is, however.