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Best New Gear: December 2017
From office tool organization to kitchen knife carry, December welcomed a host of intriguing and covet-worthy gear. And we’ve rounded up some of the best below…
Like your pocket carry slim but still packing plenty of character? Dango’s C01 Civilian Wallet fits the bill (plus a few cards too) with its eye-catching and durable design. Crafted with cards and cash in mind, the wallet offers a choice of four pockets for organization and a silicone band to secure cash. The C01 Civilian Wallet fits up to 10 cards comfortably and includes a 550 paracord lanyard for enhanced EDC adaptability.
ARKTYPE’s Dashpack finds that sweet spot between everyday functionality and clean, stylish aesthetics — and now they’ve made it even sweeter with a limited edition version in waxed canvas. Available in Olive Drab and Slate colorways, the pack is handmade in the USA with a weatherproof 10 oz army duck waxed canvas exterior and YKK AquaGuard® #8 water-repellent zippers. Equally adept at the daily commute and pared-back travel, the 15L bag features a padded and suspended sleeve for a 15″ laptop in the main compartment. Additionally, the back compartment fits up to a 13″ laptop and a 10″ tablet. And with further organization in the form of quick-access front and side pockets, front webbing, and an internal mesh pocket, you’ve got plenty of options for keeping your EDC or travel gear tidy and within easy reach.
Dig the understated versatility of TAD’s Axiom X25 but wish you could have it in something a little more compact? Well, consider your wish granted with the Triple Aught Design Axiom 18 Pack. The bag retains the low-key aesthetics of its big brother, but in an 18L design that’s well suited to day trips, commuting, or even overnight stays. Made in the USA, the pack features a weather-resistant VX-21 ripstop shell and water-resistant YKK zippers to protect your gear against the elements. Want flexible organization? You’ve got it, with a dedicated 13″ laptop compartment and a host of pockets and attachment points to keep work, EDC and travel items neat and secure on the go.
Looking for an elegant and efficient way to organize your work and daily essentials? Bellroy’s Work Folio A4 looks chic in any setting, while also delivering thoughtful organization for your gear. The folio fits A4 notebooks and papers, with plenty of pockets to store a tablet, phone, cables, cards and other small tools. Crafted with quality, environmentally-certified leather, the Work Folio is built to work hard by your side for years to come and will age beautifully with use.
Chrome Industries are known for their rugged and functional urban bags. But how to bring that same dependability to carry for the kitchen? Simple. Team up with Chris Cosentino to create a knife roll that’s as durable as it is practical. The tri-fold design is made with hard-wearing 1050D nylon and a military-grade tarpaulin lining that’s cut resistant and easy to clean. The Chef’s Knife Roll holds up to 11 17″ knives, and also offers four top snap pockets for storing additional items. A zippered snap cover keeps the contents secure on the move, and the offset carry handle provides easy and balanced portability.
One bag that can handle hauling at speed down the highway, carving up the wilderness trails, or simply strolling down the street if you want to swap two wheels for two feet? No problem for Velomacchi’s Giro 35L backpack. The weatherproof and abrasion-resistant pack features a magnetic rolltop main compartment and a side pocket for safely storing your tech. Designed to hold the load close to your center of gravity, the bag also includes a convenient magnetic sternum strap and is hydration bladder compatible.
Tom Bihn’s Synapse 25 has no shortage of fans, but the brand is set to scoop plenty more with the Guide’s Edition Synapse 25. The Guide’s Edition gives the Synapse 25 an outdoor makeover with a Coyote Brown trim and lining. But it’s more than just an aesthetic update, with new additions ranging from a removable and adjustable internal frame, to an ice axe loop and accessory strap holders to secure additional gear externally as required.
What do you get when you combine Chrome and Cardiel? The Antihero x Chrome Fortnight 2.0 and Field Survival Kit, ready to haul your board, your EDC or those travel essentials for a weekend of fun. Designed by John Cardiel, the pack features a quick-access pocket for stashing frequently used items, as well as a wide-opening main compartment for easy access to the rest of your gear. Teaming up with the pack is a Survival Kit featuring a printed tourniquet, slingshot, stickers, a patch and the Antihero x Chrome Field Survival Guide, so you’re ready for mishaps and mischief alike.
Sometimes you need to carry a lot. But other times, fast and light is a priority. And this is where the FAST Pack Scout is right at home, helping you stay ready and nimble on your feet with its rugged 15L design that weighs in at 1 kg. Made in the USA with durable Cordura® nylon, the pack offers a clamshell opening for quick and easy access to the main compartment. Interior and exterior pockets provide organization, and compatibility with accessories such as FAST Transporter Tails provides further flexibility for tailoring the pack to your needs.
When you’re venturing into the outdoors, a good multi-tool is one of the most useful carry items you can take with you. Leatherman make some of the best around, such as their Signal which is primed for adventure with handy features such as a firestarter, whistle, hammer and saw. Even better? With their new all-black version you get a generous dose of stealth style on top of all that versatile functionality.
Traveling with just a carry-on bag is great if you want maximized freedom to roam. But it’s not so great if you want the flexibility to pack what you need, along with space for a few luxuries and a souvenir or two gathered along the way. But with the GoBag 2 you get the best of both worlds. A carry-on backpack that includes a vacuum compression system, so you can pack more but still enjoy space to spare. Added bonus? Multiple access points and the option to fully unzip it means you can easily pack and retrieve items without rummaging.