Talk about truth in advertising: Rugged Men’s Bags is a new Maryland-based company specializing in rough-and-tough handcrafted carryables. We carried their leather backpack everywhere for a week, and found it to be an excellent balance of style, comfort and durability, with enough compartments to carry our gym gear and laptop (nicely separated), water bottle, notebooks, you get the picture. The finish is beautiful—ever-so-slightly distressed to give off that ideal professorial/adventurer/adventurous-professor vibe. Best of all: At $149 (a satchel style is $89), it’s a fraction of the price of other bags that have a similar quality and finish. ruggedmensbags.com