Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip (15L) review

Arguably the most good-looking everyday bag available today

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip in Bone
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TechRadar Verdict

This is one very good-looking backpack that, like some other Peak Design bags, is remarkably customizable. If you’re after an everyday backpack to hold light camera gear and a laptop, this could be your go-to pack. However, if you fill it up, the Everyday Zip isn’t the most comfortable bag to carry around all day. Also, it’s going to take a few days coming to grips with the ins and outs of the bag.


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    Super-slick, clean design

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    Excellent build quality


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    Small internal pockets

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    Uncomfortable when full

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Every Peak Design product that we’ve tried – Everyday Backpack, Travel Tripod, Everyday Messenger – has been some of the best in their categories. And we had high expectations from the Everyday Zip as well.

We were sent the 15L Zip in a color ominously named Bone, and our eyes popped at just how beautiful it looked. It’s got a very sleek, minimalist design that belies how much can be packed into one of these bags, and how remarkably customizable it is. 

That said, a light-colored ‘everyday’ backpack may not be the best idea as the bag starts to pick up dirt and scuff marks almost instantly, and every single one of them is visible on the off-white color. Thankfully three other darker color options are also available.

Man carrying the Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip

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In Peak Design’s own words, the Everyday Zip is a “visually and functionally simpler version” of the Everyday Backpack. So it does have plenty in common with the larger backpack – the inside is identical in both – but one external feature make the Everyday Zip stand out.

And that's the front access zipper that gives the pack its name. It’s called the UltraZip and has been made in partnership with Taiwanese company Zoom Zippers specifically for Peak Design. It’s smooth as butter, gliding along without a single hiccup even along the curves of the backpack – something that can’t be said of plenty of other bags on the market. 

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip anti-theft zipper pulls

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While the UltraZip looks like it only offers a single front access but, like the Everyday Backpack, the Zip can be opened from either side. This is achieved by the four zip pulls (or tabs), where the last two on the UltraZip can be used to open either side of the pack. And just because there is side access available, the Zip also comes with padded side handles.

Like on the Everyday Backpack, the zip pulls can be looped together or attached to a lash point to prevent unwanted hands reaching into your bag – not quite theft-proof but it definitely makes it harder for a potential thief.

Rear of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip

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Other than the UltraZip, the other external features of the Everyday Zip are two large side pockets for water bottles or a tripod. These hide away a couple of straps that can be unhooked from inside the pocket and used anywhere else on the bag – for example, you could strap a tripod to the underside of the bag instead of lashing it through a side pocket. Additional loops are provided around the backpack as well, but just one pair of removable straps are available.

There is a laptop compartment, but we found it quite tight in the 15L for a 13-inch MacBook Pro. Even the internal pockets (on the sides and on the inside of the rear pane) are small and tight – we found ourselves using the FlexFold dividers to stash away knick knacks as the internal pockets are just too darn small. Perhaps the 20L Zip has slightly more spacious internal pockets.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip side access and FlexFold dividers

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The Zip also has a luggage passthrough on the rear and, like the Everyday Backpack, the shoulder straps are anchored at swivel points to reduce the stress on them.

As we mentioned earlier, the internal organization of the bag is identical to the Everyday Backpack, thanks to the FlexFold dividers. And even in the 15L option you can fit quite a lot. A DSLR body, a couple of lenses and a bunch of odds and ends – you just need to play around with the FlexFolds to make the most of that internal volume.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip swivelling anchor points for shoulder pads

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That said, when the bag is full, it does become uncomfortable to carry – the straps tend to bite into the shoulders and the luggage passthrough presses into the back of the wearer. This can become an issue for anyone who needs to carry the pack around all day.

Like all Peak Design bags, the Zip is made from 100% recycled 400D poly-coated nylon, and the waterproofing is enforced with a 900D nylon bottom panel. And it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Should I buy a Peak Design Everyday Zip?

Peak Design branding on the Everyday Backpack Zip

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Buy it if...

You’re after a fashion-forward everyday bag

We’ve bought and used our fair share of backpacks at TechRadar but we have to admit that the Everyday Zip is one of the slickest-looking ones we’ve seen yet. Not only is it good-looking, it’s utilitarian too, packing in quite a bit, even in a 15L capacity bag.

You’re after quality

Like all Peak Design bags the Everyday Zip is extremely well made. It’s sturdy, water resistant and, of course, comes with a lifetime warranty. Buying Peak Design products also means you’re helping the planet – the bag is made from recycled materials and the company offsets all its carbon emissions (including its delivery process).

Don't buy it if...

You’re keeping a tight rein on your spending

All that quality and looks don’t come cheap. At $189 / £145 / AU$270 for the 15L option, it’s not what we would call affordable, but there is value here. Still, there are more affordable alternatives out there.

You need a bag for all-day use

While the Everyday Zip is a great everyday bag, it does get uncomfortable when stuffed full. So if you need a bag that you’ll be carrying around all day, you might be better off spending more for the Everyday Backpack or looking for other, more comfortable, alternatives.

Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, Sharmishta's main priority is being TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor, looking after the day-to-day functioning of the Australian, New Zealand and Singapore editions of the site, steering everything from news and reviews to ecommerce content like deals and coupon codes. While she loves reviewing cameras and lenses when she can, she's also an avid reader and has become quite the expert on ereaders and E Ink writing tablets, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about these underrated devices. Other than her duties at TechRadar, she's also the Managing Editor of the Australian edition of Digital Camera World, and writes for Tom's Guide and T3.