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The “peak design everyday backpack 20l v2 review” is a backpack that has been around for a while now. It’s the perfect size and it’s very durable. The only downside is that it doesn’t have many pockets.
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The newest generation of Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack 30L is a great candidate for photographers, videographers, and commuters alike, thanks to its versatility and careful touches.
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, as well as some improvements. This updated Everyday Backpack also comes in a 20L form, in addition to the 30L bag we’re examining.
In Detroit, Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
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.
In Detroit, Michigan, we’ve been using the Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) as a camera bag and an everyday carry backpack for the last three weeks.
Let’s get started without further ado.
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 the time of this review: black, charcoal, and midnight (dark blue). Except for the black, each colorway is created entirely of bluesign®-certified recycled materials, which aligns with Peak Design’s Climate Neutral program.
Material: Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The backpack’s primary fabric is a DWR-impregnated 400D double-poly coated nylon canvas. To put it another way, that’s some really harsh stuff. The ripstop characteristics of the fabric increase its durability, while the DWR coating improves weather resistance and gives it a somewhat rubbery feel.
In general, we prefer the new material over the coarser Kodra that was utilized on V1. It’s also held up better 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.
Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) by Peak Design Logo
The Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) sports a tiny Peak Design logo on the front tab and a logo 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 the majority of the Pack Hacker crew. We polled our Instagram followers, and you (largely) agreed.
Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Zipper by Peak Design
Are you prepared for some quick Zipper Talk? Peak Design’s UltraZips, which they created alongside Zoom Zippers, are 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 so far 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, there are several exterior components concealed inside a streamlined package. There’s a lot to talk about. So, make yourself at home since we’re about to enter.
Shoulder Strap on Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) vs. V1
Let’s start with the harness system, which has been 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, but it is still not the greatest 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 (more on that later) and grab everything you need without missing a beat.
Shoulder Strap Swivel Points on Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The shoulder straps are thick, spongy, and comfy, which is 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. The rear of the straps on the original Everyday Backpack become chewed up and start pilling, according to some accounts; 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 not only looks fantastic but can also be used to attach a carabiner or other small objects. At the bottom, some smaller nylon webbing may serve the same purpose.
Sternum Strap for Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The 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?) Although the style is distinctive, yet we have some reservations about its utility.
It still takes a lot of effort to fasten and unfasten after three weeks of use—much more than a regular Duraflex buckle. We anticipate this will break in and/or 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 the 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 greatest 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.
Shoulder Strap Adjustment on the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
We’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. Simply 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 magnets in the rear panel so you can criss-cross and stow them—not an essential feature, but 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.
Back Panel & Magnetic Shoulder Straps by Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The rear panel is reasonably cushioned and will aid with ventilation to some extent. A baggage passthrough is located under the rear 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 over 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 useful 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 what Peak Design had 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.
Water Bottle Pocket in Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The water bottle compartments on the Everyday Backpack are next. There’s one on either side of the bag that 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 without that support, these holes may stretch out 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 nevertheless 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.
Side Handle Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The 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.
Top Handle Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The cushioned top handle is very simple to grasp. We also like the nubuck leather accent. When you add in the leather and Hypalon accents, some of the color combinations may appear a little clashy (is that a word?) but it’s a matter of personal choice.
Peak 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. Simply 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 strap’s connection to the bag. If your zippers are positioned at the top, you’ll find loops there as well. For increased protection, you may attach the laptop compartment zipper to one of the main zippers.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Padlock Secured
While TSA-approved locks at the lash points may be used to secure the top flap, we’re surprised Peak Design hasn’t designed an integrated top flap security system like they have with the zippers. There may be a method to accomplish this integrated with the bag, but we couldn’t find it at the time of this review.
Tripod Attachment for Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The 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 Jacket Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Lash Straps With Jacket
The 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.
Key Leash for Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
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.
Laptop Sleeve Height Adjustment Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
This laptop sleeve is a bit difficult to tighten, and the velcro sometimes get 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 Pocket Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Laptop Compartment & Quick-Grab Pocket
A 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.
Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Tech Pocket by Peak Design
Two 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.
Fully Opened Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
Okay, 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.
MagLatch Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
Starting 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) with MagLatch Rails and Top Opening
You 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) 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.
Side Access Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
The 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.
Side Flap Pockets on the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
Each 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 right side of the wearer, 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 to be cleaner than the red and blue stitching in V1.
Everyday 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 a variety of 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 wonderful for travel, especially when traveling with a photography gear, but they also function for daily carry.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) FlexFold Divider Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) FlexFold Divider
As a shelf and separator between the top and bottom of the compartment, we’ve been placing a divider in the centre of the bag. Anything on the top can be accessed via the top flap, while anything from the bottom compartment can be accessed by the side zippers.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Full With Packing Cubes Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2) Full With Packing Cubes
The 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, which make it easier to line things up and get the dividers straight across. 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 a bit better and easier to use.
Secret Pocket in the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
In fact, when testing V1 of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, our founder Tom left his passport in this pocket, leased the bag to another tester, who took it on a vacation throughout the United States—his passport was still snuggled in there when they returned after a month without even realizing it. 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 both a camera bag and an everyday carry backpack in Detroit, Michigan. It’s a flexible bag that can be used for a variety of things, but we believe it’s ideal for video and photography gear.
In Detroit, Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (V2)
Whether 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. This much wear and tear after such a short testing time is never a good indication. In the Usage Timeline below, we’ll make sure to keep you informed.
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