Week in Review

Week In Review ~ 10 August

by , August 11, 2013

This Week In Review has more carry than you can shake a rather large stick at, from upcycled firehoses to military packs that are going undercover. Hope you’re having an awesome weekend and enjoy the read…


Ready for action…in the office

When you think of military packs, Goruck’s name is likely to be one of the first to pop up. However, what if you want a pack that has tactical toughness without the tactical look? Enter Goruck’s line of Slick rucksacks. Think GR1 in stealth mode. There’s no MOLLE webbing on the pack’s exterior and no Velcro for attaching a patch. Available in three office-friendly colours (black, sand and coyote), the minimal look could have you ready for action in your work environment or up for urban adventures as a city-slick daypack.

Chrome embraces the combat look

Chrome Barrage Rolltop Backpack

If you are after a military look for your carry, Chrome’s Barrage rolltop backpack is keen to pack a punch. The external cargo net is suitable for bulky or wet items and two compartments keep wet and dry items separate. The 22-liter main compartment can be expanded to 34 liters if extra space is required and compression straps help to keep contents in place.

DSPTCH sends out new carry

DSPTCH has a new collection out which includes some pretty interesting-looking bag carry. Both offering a selection of pockets and space for a 13-inch laptop, the Ruckpack offers front-loading access for carrying daily essentials or packing for a short trip, while the Slingpack provides a more minimal carry option for day to day use.

Getting fired up about upcycling

Realizing the potential of firehoses which had reached their standard time of use, HoseWear decided to offer these hardworking hoses a new lease of life in the form of carry items. Encompassing a range of items such as messenger bags, phone sleeves, iPad sleeves and tote bags, HoseWear’s collection offers unique and eye-catching pieces with handy rain protection built in.

Reporting from the front lines: OR Summer Market 2013

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2013

The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market has enough carry items to make you hyper for the rest of the year (just in time for the next summer market). This amount of awesome carry was a magnet for Carryology and we decided that it was our duty to scope it out and highlight what’s new and on the horizon in the world of carry (it’s a hard job but somebody’s gotta do it…). Switch off your phone, prop your feet up and check out the first part of our OR Summer Market 2013 report.

  • elasticman

    Goruck goes office-friendly , Chrome goes military :)
    “Everything is in flux”

  • AA

    I understand why the Slick Rucks exist, but I still think even without the webbing they still look military. I’d say unless you have to, to stick to the regular range as they’re a lot more flexible.

    That said, I’m about to have my GR1 replaced again, not particularly pleased!

    • MM

      Why? What happened?

      • AA

        First GR1 last year had molle that wasn’t quite in line. Very minor, but the bag is 300 dollars, so why put up with that? GR was nice enough to swap it. Admittedly it was for a bag without a properly padded handle, so back that went too. My third one was absolutely perfect until earlier this year it started tearing ever so slightly at the top of the shoulder strap.

        It probably could last a while yet (years probably with light-medium use), but quite disappointing. Oh well. GR1 four, here I come.

        • Buckaroomedic.

          Maybe it’s time to look at a different bag/company? Try Kifaru out of Colorado. You will not be disappointed.

          • AA

            Well, I’ve got a TAD EDC so that covets any outdoors need I have. The GR1 works well for the city, looks low key and incredibly streamlined and easy to use. So whilst I’ve had a stupid number of issues with it, I don’t think Kifaru would work for me.

            If I chose to replace my TAD I’d definitely go with Kifaru or Mystery Ranch.

  • Karl

    Hey Guys,

    Thought I’d ask some well worn experts around here since I this article just discovered the DSPTCH Slingpack for me.

    My Incase Messenger ( http://image.rakuten.co.jp/gettry/cabinet/incase/img56991096.jpg ) is falling apart. I love this bag! My bikelock sits readily in the front, it has lots of room and small compartments to keep everything neatly seperated, I can store my sunshades in the fakefur compartments without having to remember to take an extra pouch, I can get a set of groceries without having to worry about getting that stuff home and most important of it all: It’s comfy as hell! The first messenger I don’t get any shoulder or backpain in!

    I’ve seen the Mission Workshop Rummy and Shed but I like the Slingpack’s look, despite it’s very small size.

    Do you guys know any similar bags aking to the Slingpack but in a bigger size and probably even better padded Belt?

  • http://www.vvego.com/ Robert Porter/Vvego International

    Hey Everyone,

    I need some advice. We’re developing a very unique carry line…we’re prototyping two pieces currently.

    A medium size duffel…and a messenger bag.

    Our material combination is unlike anything I can find…we’re working out the hardware issues among other details currently.

    Anyway, is it possible to get some ideas on what would make your ideal features in each of the two pieces I’ve listed?

    The look of this line will not be for fence sitters. It will identifiable from quite a distance.

    I’m willing to swap some time and or advice in the areas I know, and or offer you something from our line up for people who can offer me serious directed advice.

    Thank you in advance.

    Robert Porter
    Vvego International

    • Mark

      I have had so many messenger bags over the years. Some have got it right, others not so much. I can tell you the features I thought stood out.

      *A front flap that is wider than the bag to ensure water doesn’t enter when the bag is full.
      *Serious hardware at breakpoints, like the carry strap and closure.
      *I’ve seen too many pockets that seemed ill-conceived. They should at smallest fit a pen, then a moleskin, then a kindle/ipad mini, etc. Tall/deep enough to ensure things don’t slide out when the bag inevitably ends up flat or upside down. If a pocket doesn’t have a purpose, remove it. Some great bags have been marred by useless pockets.
      *I personally liked a gusseted front pouch that contained a hidden pen and moleskin section. It was out of the way, but easily accessible.
      *A simple divider in the back is good, but making it a pocket is better.
      *I’m a sucker for compression straps at the bottom. My latest has them and I use it daily, as needed.
      *Waterproof. If you can do it, I would.

      I hope these haven’t been too obvious. I’ve got more, but this is off the top of my head. Best of luck!!

    • Karl

      It takes time until I finally decide on a bag cause the ones I’m usually looking for long lasting quality as in tough textiles, metall buckles and of course waterproofness.

      In about 10 years I had 3 messengers: an earlier bagjack, the first incase messenger commented earlier here and a dakine.
      The reason I stick with messengers is easy access to the bag. You just toss it around, pull the flap open and get the stuff you need. This is the reason they’re called messenger. I’ll pass on any messenger bag not getting this straight.

      Another point is ergonomics. Incase was the only bag which really figured this out. 80% of messengers I had or borrowed didn’t get this straight. A padded belt and a bag size big enough for the stabilizing second belt not cut into your body should do it.

      Which is the third issue for me. A stabilizing second belt keeping the heavier loaded bag to fall off your back when raving through city traffic. Some prefer backpacks for exclusively this reason! A second belt does it for me and keeps the bag on your back in between point A and B.

      Interior pockets are important! In my opinion there can’t be enough. There is a reason I lust for the discontinued Incase. It had one small pocket on the front flap,, great less valuable stuff you frequently or instantly need like tickets, notes or bike lights to put on while riding (!). Two deeper pockets on the outside of the bag holding stuff like chain grease, some snacks, a compressed rain jacket or smaller frequently used items. Two interior pockets on the front side just big enough to hold your wallet, IDs, swiss knife, a pen… stuff like that. Deeper pockets here would press against stuff in the main compartment and it would be a pain to find whatever you’re looking for. It had a laptop compartment in the interior with faux fur which is awesome cause I could leave my laptop bag at home. And finally there was a set of 2×2 pockets on the back side of the interior sewed right into the laptop compartment: 2 small velcro pockets and two deeper zippable pockets. The small velcro pockets had faux fur interior for electronics perfect for a camera, portable hard disks,,mouse or power adapters. It really kept these items in a good condition! The deeper zippable pockets where big enough to keep your paperbacks and the zip was cool to keep a rain jacket permanently stashed.

      The only thing no bag ever fixed was to attachement points where the main strap attaches to the bag. I had no bag where the straps detached or peeled off but when carrying heavier loads the weight ripped the fabric right next to the attachement points. I always wondered why the belt isnt looped through around the interior so the weight won’t pull on the attachement points/the textile rather that be distributed directly on the strap around the main compartment inside the bag.

      • http://www.vvego.com/ Robert Porter/Vvego International


        Holy Smokes…I was hoping to get these types of thoughtful, detailed responses.

        Sure enough, this is the place.

        I can’t think of more useful information than from those who use and critique the good &bad on their carry pieces.

        I can see that we probably won’t be able to please everyone…

        The heavy duty attach points-buckles…and straps is where we’re trying for a bit of innovation.

        Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts…The team here will work hard to bring something to our clients that is worthy.

        Vvego International

        • Anil A

          Duffel – long enough shoulder straps so that you can carry it on the shoulder, not so long that it’ll touch the ground if you carry it by your side.

          Messenger – seriously, I cannot say this enough, no gaps in the corner. Make them fold or make the flap wider, no gaps. No hardware on the straps that isn’t padded.

          And finally I’ll say this for all bags.

          Bigger pockets. I don’t need business card slots. I don’t need pen slots. I need pockets that can swallow a pouch or a kindle. Goruck definitely gets this right, Defy seem to. Crumpler did at one point and may still do.

          • http://www.vvego.com/ Robert Porter/Vvego International

            Anil, Thank you.

            GR seems to be very popular. This may be a stupid question…but do most people who purchase their goods use them in some sort of competitions? Or do they use them for their everyday carry?

            We’re stress testing our pieces, straps/handles included in the 400-500lb static load tests. We have one version that goes higher.

            I’ve learned more from the people in this forum about this subject than in 10yrs of design work.

            I’m printing every post and having our team discuss each and every detail y’all bring to light.

            Again, I’m appreciative of Carryology in allowing me this resource.

            Vvego International

          • Anil

            Hi Robert,

            GR is popular – great branding, great product by and by large even though I’ve had some bad experience of them. They’re exceptionally simple and work well. I think it’s a mix really, a lot of people use them for competitions. I use them for travel and work. Overkill? Yes, but they’re excellent bits of kit. I’ve had failures with a few of their bags but they do replace them.

            Hope that helps.

          • http://www.vvego.com/ Robert Porter/Vvego International


            It helps more than you know…We’re working hard to have a limited run of our new gear ready for the holidays.

            Lots of prototyping.

            Hoping to video some of the stress testing and destruction of the bags. We’ll get a chuckle or two out of that.

            I appreciate you.

            Vvego International

  • http://www.vvego.com/ Robert Porter/Vvego International


    Wow…I’m grateful for you taking the time to post these thoughts. I’m copying your note for our files.

    This site is a great resource for me…and has been very kind to us in the past.

    Mark…If I can ever return the favor, please let me know…we keep a few tricks up our sleeve around here, and I’m always glad to share.

    Vvego International

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