Palmer West and Jonah Smith, the outdoor outfitters from the Los Angeles-based label Aether, have a knack for innovation. They outline the problems with typical performance gear and then, as if checking off a list, systematically improve them. Their utility tote is the latest example of their thorough research and development. Created to be the perfect summer carry-all, it's crafted from nearly indestructible waxed twill canvas. The bottom of the bag is a patented mesh, which allows sand, dirt and other debris to collect in a bottom compartment that empties through a magnetic side flap. It also serves as storage for wet swimsuits. The interior zippered media pocket (to keep your phone scratch-free and out of the sun) can be flipped to the outside of the bag for easy access. It doesn't have a personal air conditioner built-in, but anyone carrying this thoughtfully-engineered bag, whether on the beach or in the city, would feel cool.