FORGE-20 is a Three-Way commuter pack with the ability to transform to a Backpack for comfortable and efficient load carry, to a Soft-Brief for business, and then to Shoulder-Bag for casual carry. The FORGE-20 completes your modern wardrobe with elegant functionality. It is an 18 liter pack compatible with rolling luggage handles and features a TSA compliant fully protected and suspended laptop sleeve.

Featuring the new CORDURA® re/cor™ RN66 textile, and YKK Aquaguard zippers, the FORGE-20 is a multifunction pack for everyday use that will keep your gear safe and dry. The FORGE-20 is a clamshell style pack, that means it unzips 360 degrees, so you can see all your gear laid out and well organized right in front of you. 

Designed with logical gear access in mind, the FORGE-20 has all the organization needed for tech-centric lifestyles. External fast access for essentials like: keys, wallet and phone, soft and protective pockets for laptops and tablets, generous easy access pockets, and hidden zipper pockets for secure items.

The FORGE-20 features a “Butterfly Back-Panel” that makes shoulder strap storage simple, and more importantly allows room for our ergonomic 3D shoulder-straps. For optimized comfort and load carry: two layers of the same EVA-Foam found in the best running shoes make for an especially comfortable and supportive harness, while an airflow back-panel keeps you cool and dry in the summer heat. Our laser-etched hypalon zipper pulls lock together with a snap.

Details include Laser-Cut + Laser-Etched zipper pulls, Laser-Etched aircraft-grade aluminum hardware.

Black Ember is proud to be the world's first brand to collaborate with CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics on the launch of its new CORDURA® re/cor™ RN66 collection. It is the first 100% recycled nylon 6,6 textile from CORDURA®.

When compared to virgin N6,6 production CORDURA® re/cor™ RN66 produces 83% fewer GHG emissions, consumes 82% less energy and uses 57% less water.

The CORDURA® re/cor™ RN66 refers to recycled Nylon 6,6. That 6,6 rating means it's a high tenacity nylon and that it is ultra-durable. CORDURA® re/cor™ RN66 has passed the brutal barrage of tests that make a woven nylon CORDURA® brand certified.

All Black Ember products are made using our BOND-STITCH high-precision construction. All textile components are laser-cut for precise assembly. This construction yields a super durable, over-engineered pack with a blacked-out, minimal and stealthy aesthetic.

The FORGE is available in 18 liter or 20-30 liter sizes.


The FORGE-20 prioritizes simplicity and clean exterior aesthetics. Choose how you carry it : Backpack when you’re on the run, Brief for work.