You've Always Got a Place To Sit When Your Backpack Turns Into a Stool

Unless you're just wandering off into the wilderness for a week, there's often a lot of waiting involved when traveling—whether it's for a flight, a hotel room, a taxi, or even dinner. So for all those times when you're stuck in line with no place to sit, the Bagobago might actually be the best traveling companion… » 2/18/15 2:40pm 2/18/15 2:40pm

I Totally Want This Camera Bag That Looks Like a Normal Bag

Camera bags are not only almost always ugly, but they also shout to the world that you are carrying expensive objects around. The Brevitē is a backpack that looks gloriously normal yet has all the necessary compartments to stow your camera gear. » 1/29/15 3:35pm 1/29/15 3:35pm

Your Gadgets Deserve These Discounted SwissGear Bags

If you aren't totally satisfied with your current laptop backpack, Amazon's got great prices on a variety of SwissGears, today only. » 1/19/15 9:45am 1/19/15 9:45am

11 Nostalgic Gifts For The Lumbersexual Outdoorsman

Many new things suddenly look old again. Especially outdoors, where many brands have been resurrecting the simple designs and bold colors of the 1970s and 1980s and applied them to modern technology. Here's 11 gifts that look old, but work like new. » 12/18/14 11:33am 12/18/14 11:33am

Celebrate the Return Of the Start Menu With a Windows 95 Backpack

Microsoft fans around the world cheered when the company revealed the return of the Start Menu to Windows 10 yesterday, so why not mark the special occasion with a stylish backpack that celebrates the operating system where it all started: Windows 95. » 10/01/14 8:42am 10/01/14 8:42am

Everywhere's a Bed With a Self-Inflating Backpack Pillow

Even when stuffed full of laptops, textbooks, and other less-than-soft items, a backpack still makes for a great makeshift pillow. But imagine how comfy napping in the library would be with Ryan Frayne's Windcatcher Air Pakk that unzips and automatically inflates like a tiny air mattress. » 8/06/14 12:15pm 8/06/14 12:15pm

The Best Camera Bag Is One You Put Together Yourself

Out of all the camera bags I have either used or considered- none were comfortable and functional together. To hope for a the one bag you find to be stylish as well would be flat out impossible. Most companies try and sell a camera bag as a box with shoulder straps on it. Camera bags are designed by camera people,… » 7/18/14 11:04am 7/18/14 11:04am

This Backpack Has an Emergency Raincoat That Deploys Like a Parachute

Designed for motorcycle riders and cyclists who quickly need to protect themselves from a sudden downpour, the Funnell backpack actually looks useful to anyone who commutes without a car. With a quick tug on a couple of straps, a full-on raincoat deploys from the top of the backpack, keeping both the wearer and the… » 7/07/14 2:20pm 7/07/14 2:20pm

A Hammock In a Backpack Is All You Really Need For Camping

When you think of everything you really need for a weekend of camping, what comes to mind? Food? A change of clothing? A guitar? Wrong, wrong, wrong. All you really need is a comfy place to nap away the hours. So Nick Scroggs and Fred Bane created the HackedPack, a backpack featuring the most important camping… » 5/20/14 10:20am 5/20/14 10:20am

You're Always Guaranteed a Seat On the Subway With This Backpack Chair

Riding the subway at peak hours is often a well-orchestrated ballet as you and your fellow passengers jockey for position to snatch up seats as they become available. But why go through that struggle every night when you can just wear this folding backpack chair to work every day and guarantee yourself a place to sit… » 5/15/14 5:00pm 5/15/14 5:00pm

The Gizmodo Spring Outdoor Gear Guide

The snow melt is running into rivers, giving the grass its first glimpse of sunlight in months. It's warm enough to trade your down parka in for a light jacket, and, any day now, wildflowers will light up the meadows. It's spring, people. Who else is amped to camp? » 3/28/14 2:00pm 3/28/14 2:00pm

This Skiing Backpack Turns Parents Into Sled Dogs

Being a parent isn't always a glamorous job—in fact, it rarely is. But you'll do anything for your kids, including serving as a human sled dog when you're out skiing and your spawn are too tired to forge through fresh powder, thanks to the Snowmule backpack. » 2/06/14 6:20pm 2/06/14 6:20pm

Reusable Airbag Backpack Helps Keep You Alive In an Avalanche (Or Two)

A car's airbags are designed to absorb impact and protect passengers during a crash—and need to inflate immediately on impact. But the airbags that skiers wear to avoid being buried in an avalanche don't necessarily need to inflate as fast. So Black Diamond's new JetForce backpack uses a fan instead of compressed air… » 1/22/14 4:20pm 1/22/14 4:20pm

When the Storm Clears Up, This Raincoat Transforms Into a Backpack

The Boy Scouts advocate always being prepared, and that motto is a lot easier to put into practice with this transforming waterproof jacket from Vamoose. When it's pouring it keeps you dry and protected from the rain, but when the storm passes the jacket transforms into a lightweight backpack so it's easy to carry in… » 11/13/13 2:40pm 11/13/13 2:40pm

This Teenage Mutant Ninja Backpack Holds All of the Pizzas

Who among us hasn't secretly wished to find themselves suddenly mutated into a crime-fighting chimera, despite the risk of becoming another Dr. Baxter Stockman? Now you can live out your Ninja Turtle fantasies—without having to skinny dip in Ooze—thanks to this radical TMNT backpack. » 10/24/13 3:20pm 10/24/13 3:20pm

This Smart Water-Hauling Backpack Is Sterilized By Sunlight

With millions of people around the world lacking access to a consistent, reliable source of water, contaminated jerry cans and buckets have become the unfortunate go-to method of transporting water in the developing world. The PackH20, which just won the 2013 People's Design Award at the National Design Awards gala,… » 10/18/13 3:03pm 10/18/13 3:03pm

New York Subway Backpack Opens To Reveal an Eerily Empty Platform

If there's one thing you can count on in a large crowded city like New York, it's that there's always someone waiting on the subway platform. So while we love this gorgeous $48 backpack from Mojo featuring a subway door screen print that actually opens to reveal a platform, we're left a little unsettled by the lack… » 10/17/13 4:40pm 10/17/13 4:40pm

A Lightweight Backpack Made From Fabric That's 10X Stronger Than Steel

If you're not the type to take care of your belongings, you might want to check out Outlier's new Minimal Backpack when you're on the hunt for a new bag. You can think of it as the Tonka truck of carry-alls, except that instead of metal it's actually made from a lightweight fabric called Dyneema that has a… » 10/16/13 11:20am 10/16/13 11:20am

A Packable Emergency Backpack You Can Stash Almost Anywhere

Replace that mountain of awkward reusable shopping bags you've somehow amassed with Herschel's new packable backpack, which should make hauling home a week's worth of groceries a lot easier. Made from rip stop nylon, the packs can be squeezed into a compact internal pouch for easy storage or carrying as an emergency… » 8/30/13 5:00pm 8/30/13 5:00pm

Pump Up This Pressurized Hydration Pack So You Never Have To Suck

The most important thing you can pack for a long outdoor trek is water, which is why hydration packs are an ideal accessory. But trying to suck water through a long hose when you're exhausted, well, sucks. So Geigerrig is releasing a new pressurized hydration pack that's like having a Super Soaker strapped to your… » 4/18/13 12:48pm 4/18/13 12:48pm