Peak Design is responsible for running some of the most successful Kickstarter projects to date. The company has now launched updates to its existing series of popular Everyday bags while adding a few new ones into the mix. This time, they’re even skipping Kickstarter: everything ships today.
Peak Design made a name for itself by rethinking every aspect of the camera bag, from the materials used to the exact dimensions and placement of every zipper pocket, magnetic closure, and flexible dividers. The new lineup is no different and comes after several years of refinements, while staying true to the unique organizational concept the company introduced with its first releases.
New Ultrazips zippers slide smoothly while providing an industry-leading 20x improvement in anti-tear strength compared to standard zippers. The famous Maglatch closure system on the front of the Everyday Backpack and Everyday Messenger bags is also refined into a smaller, smoother system. And new styling adds rounder edges and a more structured top flap that feels more protective than the original. While I always personally enjoyed the styling quite a bit, my girlfriend much prefers the newer bags, as do others I casually polled at recent meetups; so, they may be onto something. Certainly, the toning down of the harder, more geometric lines in the original bags may be easier to visually digest for some.
At the end of the day, these are just bags. But they’re some of the best. I had the chance to play around with several before today’s release, so we’ll do a light review of the updates to those while we cover the other updates below.
Identical in styling, the larger 30L Everyday Backpack is more of a main photo bag due to its size, while the smaller 20L ends up filling in for the urban bag slot with its more compact and agile shape. Both solving a real first-world problem and so nice you never knew you needed until you had it, built-in magnets in the straps and on the back of the bag hold the straps in from flopping around when you stow it under a seat or in an overhead bin. Super tight — literally.
Additionally, new organizational layouts on the interior are better suited for stowing smaller items. The large side flaps now feature two smaller pockets instead of a single large one. Up top, a pouch is secured with a single magnetic closure in the center, while just below it, a zipper reveals a pocket with additional mini pouches for things like extra batteries and memory cards. Although the original featured similar micro-pockets on the inside and a large pouch at the bottom as well, this is much more useful and more accessible than the original, where everything was revealed behind that large zipper flap.
Finally, a new design for the top zipper pocket allows for easier and even adjustable laptop storage and better layouts for storage alongside or above the laptop in the secondary pouch. Many other smaller touches like the now-stretchable key lanyard are welcome additions that help make what was my favorite bag even better.
Everyday Backpack Zip (All-New)
The Everyday Backpack Zip is very similar to the backpack, but ditches the top Maglatch closure for a design that zips all the way around the bag. With dual zippers, you can easily access the main top compartment or the side compartments. The two 15L and 20L sizes are on the smaller side compared the standard backpack, but almost everything else is very, very similar. Still, it doesn’t feature some of the nicer touches of its original sibling, such as the magnetically held backpack straps. Because of this, I still prefer the Backpack with Maglatch, but that might very well be out of habit. Anyone wanting a smaller bag (or identical if you had the 20L anyway) at a better price should definitely look into this one.
The Everyday Messenger is where it all started with this lineup. Take the new refinements from the Everyday Backpack, copy and paste them into the Messenger, and that’s what we now have with the new Everyday Messenger. Refined shaping and touches like a new, padded strap for added comfort sit alongside features like external carry straps (which are also redesigned and feature more tie-down points on the other bags) and increased laptop and document storage. The best part: it’s 24 percent lighter.
The Everyday Sling comes in 3L, 6L, and 10L sizes, and once again, features the same styling language of the other Everyday V2 bags: wider access points, a more comfortable shoulder strap, and new materials and shaping round out improvements to an already great bag. Although in this case, I have to say the styling is particularly welcome. I didn’t not like the original, but the newer Sling is undoubtedly more attractive and modern. I’ll take it.
The Everyday Tote became quite popular with parents, and this V2 Tote should be no different. Again, new handles, straps, and wider top access complement the same 100-percent recycled materials and new Midnight Blue and Bone color ways that are featured across the lineup.
What I Liked
- New styling
- Better organization
- More comfortable shoulder straps
- Magnetic security for the straps on the Everyday Backpack
- New color ways offer more variety
What I Disliked
- I’m going to throw one in here others say: price. But honestly, if you find a bag that gets you to stop buying bags, isn’t that value enough? It was for me anyway.
Peak Design’s bags have been my favorite since they launched. I’ve finally stopped looking. The only thing their lineup is missing is a roller bag for the wedding or even photographer. But that’s not necessarily up their alley of ultra-portable, ultra-convenient travel bags. That’s not “Everyday.” And this everyday mentality is what they do best, continually improving upon what’s already there before we even ask for it.
You can find the entire lineup today at B&H. If you want to learn more about the features of each bag (there are a ton), the best way to check that out might be through Peak Design's YouTube page, where they have product videos for each of the V2 updates.