If that month-long dream trip to New Zealand means the office comes too, consider this briefcase-cum-daypack. It has the de rigueur padded laptop compartment that segregates up to 17-inch models. Two more deep pockets organize reports and paperwork, a second padded compartment accommodates a tablet, and smaller organizing pockets stow floating valuables (our tester used them for iPhone, camera, and voice recorder). But it’s not just a workstation.
On the trail, the Altmont still pulls its weight, thanks to stretch side pockets for water bottles, a sternum strap that helps stabilize loads, and a padded back panel and cushioned shoulder straps that can handle moderate dayhikes (the hipbelt lacks padding, so you won’t want to overload it for long miles). Bonus: The suspension sits securely even without the waist and sternum straps buckled, so you can dash through airports and train stations without futzing with buckles—and without the pack slipping off your shoulders. $120; 2 lbs. 8 oz.; swissarmy.com