Totes, backpacks and murses abound, but carrying a bag that looks like you mean business is a more badass way to lug your gear. Whether you’re an outdoorsman (or dream of being one), a bibulous boarder (surf or snow, that is) or a photographer who knows a smartphone will never outsmart his SLR, here are our favorite carrying cases that are cooler than the other guy’s.
Even when this sheath is snapped tight, what’s inside is obvious. Best Made Company’s ax case is the epitome of a man bag.
This briefcase from Filson looks old-school but has a built-in charger to power your electronics on the go.
Raise a toast on the chairlift and tote your 12-pack with Burton’s double-barreled insulated Beeracuda.
The Bowery is a handsome waxed-canvas camera bag that doesn’t look like it came free with your camera.
Messermeister’s orange knife roll holds 12 blades and gives Mario Batali’s Crocs a run for their money.