What a ride. From a very humble start just a few years ago, Carryology is now a truly global resource, sharing countless insights and learnings.
We thought we should try and actually explain a little of what we’re doing and why we exist. So here we go…
What is carry?
When we started, there wasn’t really a broadly accepted term for bags, wallets, cases, luggage, and all the products we use to carry our things. To us, this is ‘carry’.
Why does Carryology exist?
Essentially, we’re here to discover, discuss and disseminate new and better ways to carry. We figure if we can act as something of a campfire for the carry community to gather around, then we should all win from the insights we gain.
You are. As are a huge number of readers around the world. Lots even leave comments, which are often as good as the posts themselves.
Then we have our contributors, who generously volunteer their time and expertise to share knowledge and insights. These guys are professional carry designers, carry retailers, or just carry nuts that have abused more than their share of carry goods.
And then our bills are paid for by Bellroy, our sugar daddies who ask for little in return other than objectivity (and the occasional ad).
And finally, through our eyes, what makes a great carry piece?
Fitness for purpose, and then some. It has to suit its core task really well, but then also have a little versatility.
Function AND emotion: There is lots of carry with one or the other. There is not much that nails both. We believe a bit of style and personality makes solid functionality all the better.
More than a product: The brand and the experience matter. If you do a GORUCK challenge, a little piece of that experience lingers on with the bag. If a brand uses toxic materials or crap labor practises, a little piece of evil also lingers. Products are more than their physical manifestation. Call us hippy, but the other shit matters.
You can get in touch with us through the comments, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
New to Carryology?
To get you started on your quest to Carry enlightment, here’s five hand-picked posts we think will help get you up to speed:
#1 – Slimming your wallet – 5 Steps to reduce the bulk in your back pocket.
#2 – Backpack or Messenger? – A guide to help you choose the right bag for your day to day use.
#3 – Leather Care Tips – Essential care advice to keep that hide looking as good as new.
#4 – Choosing Good Rolling Luggage – If it’s wheeled travel bags you’re after, start here.
#5 – What makes a great wallet – The basic fundementals of good wallet functionality and design.
And here’a quick hit at one of our favourite posts – a neat head to head between two amazing backpacks, Chrome and Mission Workshop.