These Colorado-made carry-alls go from the office to the peak, and everywhere in between
WINTER SESSION: ROLL-TOP PACK
A handsome dude, the Roll-Top, made of heavy-duty waxed cotton canvas and finished with solid brass hardware, can carry a lot or a little, thanks to the roll-down top that fastens with an adjustable leather strap and a brass snap and buckle. Outside are two end pockets and two front pockets, as well as vegetable-tanned leather shoulder straps. Inside is a padded laptop sleeve and an accessory pocket. $285 at 3833 Steele St.
KATABATIC: HELIOS 55 BACKPACK
Super-lightweight but extremely durable, the four-season Helios is made of Cuben fiber, a super-strong and abrasion-resistant fabric, with one large internal main compartment and three external pockets made of stretchy Spandura. It closes with a roll-top for increased weather resistance and load compression, and has a hip belt with stretchy pockets, a sternum strap and dual hydration ports for water bladders. Comes in three sizes; $350
LOWE ALPINE: CERRO TORRE
The Cerro Torre, featured by Lowe for more than 30 years (but tweaked along the way), has an expandable 65- to 85-liter capacity and provides easy access from the top and bottom of the front through Lowe’s innovative snakeloader zipper. To provide comfort over multiday hikes, the Cerro fit can be easily adjusted to the back length of your body. It also has hydration pack compatibility, large hip-belt pockets, stretch water-bottle side pockets, a raincover, a key clip and stowable ice axe loops. Comes in two colors; $300
KIFARU: URBAN ZIPPY
Super-versatile, this new pack is rugged enough for the outdoors but boasts everyday features too: bottle pockets on the sides, a contoured pocket on the top lid (plus mesh pockets underneath), removable compression straps, a bungee for cinching down gear, roomy interior mesh pockets and a bladder pocket big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop in a padded case. $300
TOPO DESIGNS: MOUNTAIN PACK
Don’t let the cool design mislead you: The Mountain Pack is a workhorse, handmade of rugged Cordura fabric, with a large exterior vertical zippered pocket, side pockets big enough to fit 32-ounce Nalgene bottles, padded straps, a sternum strap and removable waist strap, an inner drawstring closure and daisy-chain webbing for extra gear. Comes in royal, silver, red or black; $189 at Topo Designs, 2500 Larimer St.
VALENTICH: WAXED BACKPACK TOTE
A great pack for the sporty hipster heading to the office, this backpack has a double zipper closure and an exterior zipped pocket for cellphones or passports. Best of all, it comes with a detachable and adjustable cross-body strap from seatbelt webbing for those days when carrying a load on your back just doesn’t look cool. Comes in two distressed colors; $120