Peak Design is a company that makes high-quality, innovative backpacks and bags. As a long-time fan of their products, I was excited to see if they could do something new with the Everyday Backpack for me.

Thanks to its versatility and careful touches, the newest generation of Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack 30L is a great candidate for photographers, videographers, and commuters alike.

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) is part of the brand’s Everday Line revamp, which explains the “V2” in its name. This updated version has all of the elements we liked about the original and some improvements. This updated Everyday Backpack also comes in a 20L form, in addition to the 30L bag we’re examining.

This bag is now primarily a camera bag, with “access, organization, growth, and protection” as its primary goals. However, we’ve discovered that it’s also great for everyday use (particularly if you have a lot of gear) and one-bag travel.

For the last three weeks, we’ve been using the Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) as a camera bag and every day carries backpack in Detroit, Michigan.

Aesthetics & Materials

Peak Design is known for producing stylish bags, and this one is no exception.

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) is available in three colors at this review: black, charcoal, and midnight (dark blue). Except for the black, each colorway is created entirely of bluesign®-certified recycled materials, aligning with Peak Design’s Climate Neutral program.

The backpack’s primary fabric is a DWR-impregnated 400D double-poly coated nylon canvas. To put it another way, that’s some rough stuff. The ripstop characteristics of the fabric increase its durability, while the DWR coating improves weather resistance and gives it a somewhat rubbery feel.

We prefer the new material over the coarser Kodra that was utilized on V1. It’s also improved throughout our tests (we’ve discovered fewer scuffs and scratches thus far). If you want more nitty-gritty facts, check out our video comparing the Everyday Backpack V1 with V2.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) LogoThe Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) sports a tiny Peak Design logo on the front tab and a symbol on the rear leather strap from a visual and branding standpoint. The PD mark may also be seen on the bag’s smaller components, such as the metal hardware.

The Everyday Backpack’s clean, contemporary style appeals to most Pack Hacker crew. We polled our Instagram followers, and you (essentially) agreed.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) ZipperAre you prepared for some quick Zipper Talk? Peak Design’s UltraZips, which they created alongside Zoom Zippers, is featured on this backpack. These UltraZips are not only attractive (look at those beveled edges!) but also easy to use. They smoothly slide around the corners of this pack, which is something we can’t say about a lot of bags.

We had our doubts about Zoom Zippers’ durability, but we’ve had no problems with them when testing this bag and others from Peak Design’s new collection. Only time will tell how well they stand up in the long run; don’t worry, we’ll keep you informed in the Usage Timeline below.

Aluminum hardware can be found on locations like the sternum strap and shoulder strap adjusters, rounding out the remainder of the materials on the Everyday Backpack 30L (V2). The handle and other design details are made of nubuck leather. Finally, the zipper pulls and reinforcing sections, such as the rear of the strap, are made of Hypalon.

Components on the Outside

As is typical of Peak Design, several exterior components are concealed inside a streamlined package. There’s a lot to talk about. So, please make yourself at home since we’re about to enter.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Shoulder Strap Compared To V1Let’s start with the harness system, a popular subject among Pack Hacker members. To summarize our results, Peak Design has made significant improvements to the harness system on the Everyday Backpack (V2) compared to the V1. However, it is still not the most excellent harness system available.

Swivel points at the top of the harness system allow the shoulder straps to be easily moved. Swing the bag out in front of you to get to the side pockets or main compartment (later on) and grab everything you need without missing a beat.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Shoulder Strap Swivel PointsThe shoulder straps are thick, spongy, and comfy, the most significant upgrade over the V1 range. In contrast to the V1’s ballistic-style straps, the flexible mesh on the rear of the straps has a more ripstop construction. According to some accounts, the end of the straps on the original Everyday Backpack become chewed up and start pilling; this modest design tweak should assist with that. Time will tell, of course.

As you go down the shoulder straps, you’ll see nubuck leather, which looks fantastic and can also be used to attach a carabiner or other small objects. At the bottom, some smaller nylon webbing may serve the same purpose.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Sternum StrapThe detachable sternum strap, which has three separate adjustment zones, is located between these two places. The aluminum hardware is stunning (are we the only ones who get all teary-eyed when they see lovely buckles?) However, although the style is distinctive, we have some reservations about its utility.

After three weeks of use, it still takes a lot of effort to fasten and unfasten—much more than a regular Duraflex buckle. We anticipate this will break in and become easier to use after you get the hang of it, but it’s still a little tight right now. Also, since this isn’t a permanent form of attachment, there’s a potential it’ll be misplaced. Isn’t it true that rigidity helps with that?

The metal clips may be inserted into one of three holes to alter the height of the sternum strap. At least four adjustment slots are available in most bags. A movable rail on some of the most excellent sternum strap adjusters we’ve seen enables you to place it wherever it fits best on your body. So, this sternum strap is adequate but not exceptional.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Shoulder Strap AdjustmentWe’re almost done with the straps—we warned you there would be a lot of ground to cover. The shoulder straps of the Everyday Backpack V2 include easy-to-adjust hardware at the bottom. Pull on the little nylon loop and the straps will slide like butter.

Finally, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) has magnets in the shoulder straps. Those magnets hook up with interests in the rear panel so you can criss-cross and stow them—not an essential feature. Still, we always prefer the option to keep straps out of the way, particularly when cramming the bag beneath an aircraft seat or in congested locations where they may get caught.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Back Panel & Magnetic Shoulder StrapsThe rear panel is reasonably cushioned and will aid with ventilation. A baggage passthrough is located under the back panel and is likewise magnetized—a considerable upgrade over the velcro used in V1. This updated version has a much cleaner feel to it.

Another addition to the Everyday Backpack’s first version is a tiny, velcroed gap at the bottom that enables you to put in a detachable hip belt. A hip belt isn’t essential for a backpack this big, but it might be helpful if you’re carrying a lot of heavy lenses and camera gear.

The hip belt on the original iteration was more like a waist strap. The redesigned hip belt should be more practical and pleasant to wear with this connection point. Although we haven’t tried it yet, the structure is much more logical than Peak Design’s going in V1.

Overall, we think the harness system on the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) is a significant upgrade over the original, particularly in terms of the straps. They’re more substantial, plush, and seem to be more long-lasting. Nonetheless, this isn’t our favorite harness system out of all the ones we’ve tried.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Water Bottle PocketThe water bottle compartments on the Everyday Backpack are next. One on either side of the bag uses magnets to lie flat (are you finding a pattern here?). The elastic loop at the top enables them to stretch out smoothly, while the mesh around the back gives you a little extra space. These water bottle compartments are great since they rest flat but can extend out to accept larger bottles or attachments like a tripod.

A drain hole is located at the bottom of each side pocket. A drain hole is a good feature, but there’s no eyelet or extra reinforcing here.

We’ve discovered that these holes may stretch out without that support and become malformed, which has already occurred to some extent in our three weeks of testing, despite the 400D fabric’s robustness. Even though it’s a little element, it’s unexpected considering the bag’s other design concerns and attention to detail.

We’re nitpicking to the max, but hey, that’s why we’re here. Overall, the side water bottle compartments are excellent.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Side HandleThe Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L has three handles (V2). The two on the sides are effective, beautifully cushioned, and simple to grab—though you may not be able to fully utilize the side handle if you put a higher water bottle or a tripod on the side.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Top HandleThe cushioned top handle is straightforward to grasp. We also like the nubuck leather accent. When you add the leather and Hypalon accents, some of the color combinations may appear a little clashy (is that a word?), but it’s a personal choice.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Locked ZippersPeak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) with Locked Zippers Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) with Locked Zippers because of the Hypalon pulls and little attachment loops around the backpack, every external zipper on the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) is lockable, something you’ll undoubtedly like if you value security. Detach the zipper pull, loop it through a loop, and reattach it.

If your pack has zippers on the bottom, they may be attached to a little loop near the bag’s strap connection. If your zippers are positioned at the top, you’ll find loops there. For increased protection, you may attach the laptop compartment zipper to one of the main zippers.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Secured With PadlockWhile it may use TSA-approved locks at the lash points to secure the top flap, we’re surprised Peak Design hasn’t designed an integrated complete flap security system as they have with the zippers. There may be a method to integrate this with the bag, but we couldn’t find it at the time of this review.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Tripod AttachmentThe Everyday Backpack 30L has two lash straps that release from a magnetic pocket at the bottom (V2). Two more lash straps are featured in the bag’s side pockets on the inside. The front lash straps may be used to attach a jacket, while the bottom lash straps can be used to attach a tripod. These removable straps are a great solution to keep the bag looking modest and clean on the exterior while also providing some carry utility if you choose to use it.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Lash Straps With JacketThe Everyday Backpack 30L also has a bungee-like elastic key leash (V2). For this important leash, we prefer the V1’s material, which had a tough seatbelt-like nylon webbing that felt durable. Because it isn’t connected with the bag at all, the V2 key leash seems a bit, well, cheaper and more like an afterthought.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Key Leash

Inside the Bundle

Okay, everyone. We’ve made it to the inner sanctum of the pack. We completely understand if you need to take a break. Are you still with us? Let’s get started.

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) has a laptop pocket in the rear with a very nice adjustable laptop sleeve—like it’s a laptop hammock. The sleeve’s height may be adjusted to match various laptop sizes. For a 15-inch laptop, for example, lower it, or raise it so a 13-inch laptop rests higher in the pocket.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Laptop Sleeve Height AdjustmentThis laptop sleeve is a bit difficult to tighten, and the velcro sometimes gets caught, but once you have it set, you can pretty much forget about it—unless you purchase a new laptop. The laptop is hung in the rear, which protects it from the bag’s unexpected drops.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Laptop Compartment & Quick-Grab PocketA tablet sleeve and a flexible mesh portion for your gadget devices are included in the laptop compartment. To keep your tablet or papers in place, the tablet sleeve shuts using (you guessed it) magnets.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Tech PocketTwo divider pockets made of the same material—soft and strong—are included in the stretchy mesh drop pocket. This compartment is ideal for storing your phone, wallet, keys, and any other electronic items that you use on a regular basis. Just remember that the more you stuff this tech pocket, the more it cuts into the bag’s main space.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Fully OpenOkay, that’s it. It’s (almost) time to dig inside the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L’s main compartment (V2). The top flap, which opens in a top-loader manner, and the two side zips are the only options to get inside the main compartment.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) MagLatchStarting at the top, we like this bag’s MagLatch design. It’s simple to use and navigate. To remove the magnet and unzip the bag, pull down on the metal loop. When you’ve got everything you need, just draw the loop below the chosen rung and the magnets will take care of the rest. It’s also fun to play with if you’re delayed in an airport lobby or on a lengthy bus journey.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Top Opening & MagLatch RailsYou should be aware that, although Peak Design refers to this Everyday Backpack as the 30L version, it is only 30L when the MagLatch is completely extended. In this aspect, the brand’s marketing is a little deceiving—if the MagLatch is constantly at the top, it’s a rather unsexy way to carry the bag.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Attached At Highest MagLatchPeak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) With MagLatch Attached At The Highest Level. The cloth on the top of the bag may also hang out on the sides when the MagLatch is fastened in the top position, possibly allowing rain, snow, or clever pickpockets inside. The Everyday Backpack’s material is weather-resistant, but it doesn’t fare so well when left open.

This gap was a concern for us in V1 as well. While V2 is an improvement (the gap has shrunk somewhat), it is still a problem. We’ve discovered that the Maglatch works best on the lowest bar, so if you have a full 30 liters of gear, a somewhat bigger bag could be a better option.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Side AccessThe main compartment of the Everyday Backpack may be accessed from either side of the backpack, as we explained at the beginning of this section. Remember those UltraZips we mentioned before? There are four of them (yes, four) at the pack’s main entrance. You may retain one top and one bottom zipper on each side with the four zippers. That way, you’ll have simple access to the main compartment’s sides, top, and bottom.

This function is fantastic if you’re using the Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) as a camera bag. You can arrange all of your vacation photography gear inside (more on that later), swing the bag around to your front, and retrieve just what you need—without pulling anything else out of the bag.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Side Flap PocketsEach side flap opens to provide some basic, well-organized storage. A zipped pocket on the bottom and a top pocket that closes with—yep, more magnets. They’re both constructed of the same flexible material.

Two tiny divider pockets are included within the bottom zippered pockets, which are ideal for SD cards, dongles, and other small items. The other two lash straps that came with the purse are likewise kept here by Peak Design.

With one exception, all side flaps are identical. On the wearer’s right side, the stitching on the top pocket is gray, whereas, on the left, it is black. Why? So you may put your fully charged batteries on one side and your fully discharged cells on the other. It’s entirely up to you whether or not that’s helpful, but we like it. You can use those colors to arrange your backpack and keep track of what’s in each pocket—whether it’s camera batteries, sunglasses, a power bank, or something else entirely. The black and gray stitching also seems cleaner than the red and blue stitching in V1.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Main Compartment Top AccessEveryday Backpack 30L by Peak Design (V2) Main Storage Area Top-Level Access. Peak Design’s unique FlexFold dividers are included in the Everyday Backpack 30L (V2). These origami dividers may be positioned in various ways to ensure that your lenses, camera bodies, and other accessories fit perfectly. If you’re a geek for organizing, you’ll like these items. They’re lovely for travel, especially with photography gear, but they also function for daily carry.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) FlexFold DividerAs a shelf and separator between the top and bottom of the compartment, we’ve placed a divider in the center of the bag. Anything on the top can be accessed via the top flap, while the side zippers can access anything from the bottom compartment.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Full With Packing CubesThe inside is coated with velcro on the front and back, allowing you to place the FlexFold dividers almost anywhere. They also remain put rather nicely. We particularly like the interior paneling’s lines, making it easier to line things up and get the dividers straight across. But, you know, it’s the small stuff.

Finally, one pocket on the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) is so inconspicuous that we nearly forgot to mention it. It’s essentially a smaller version of the stretchable, magnetic pockets on the top of the side panels, but it’s hidden under the front flap. This hidden compartment is ideal for storing a small notepad, passport, or wallet. It’s comparable to the V1 pocket, but it’s better and easier to use.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Secret PocketWhen testing V1 of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, our founder Tom left his passport in this pocket and leased the bag to another tester, who took it on vacation throughout the United States—his passport was still snuggled in there when they returned after a month without even realizing it. So when we say this pocket is simple to forget, we’re not joking (though we recommend keeping better track of your passport).

Testing & Durability

For the last three weeks, we’ve been using the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) as a camera bag and an everyday carry backpack in Detroit, Michigan. It’s a flexible bag that can be used for various things, but we believe it’s ideal for video and photography gear.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) In DetroitWhether or not you use this bag for travel is a matter of personal preference and how much you want to carry with you. Jon, who we featured in the Pack Hacker Travel Styles section, has been using the original Everyday Backpack 30L as a one-bag travel backpack for a long time and swears by it.

We believe that most people will use this bag as a daily carry backpack or in combination with a smaller piece of baggage, such as Peak Design’s duffel.

We’ve been satisfied with the Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) overall throughout our testing and use, particularly with all of the little design features that come with it.

We haven’t encountered any concerns with the bag’s durability, but the supplied FlexFold dividers have a lot of loose threads and frayed edges. We’ve been using them a lot—switching camera gear and arranging the pack—but we’re still surprised. After such a shift course, after testing time, this much wear and tear is never a good indication. In the Usage Timeline below, we’ll keep you informed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the peak design everyday backpack worth it?

A: The peak design everyday backpack is a perfect bag, but it is not worth the money.

Are peak design bags good?

A: Peak design bags are a smart option for travelers due to their design and durability. They also make great gifts for any occasion.

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