Week in Review

Week In Review ~ 16 March

by , March 16, 2013

Welcome, folks, to the Week In Review. We’ve got quite the line-up with a concept rolltop messenger, an offering from The North Face which is bound to turn hikers into happy campers, tactical styling for the urban jungle and a simple solution for tangle-free cords…

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Tumi goes tactical

The Cool Hunting edition of Tumi’s T-Tech backpack blends military looks and urban functionality. Features include a range of exterior pockets, an interior laptop pocket and an interior neoprene hammock that holds the likes of a camera for easy access (plus the suspended design keeps the camera off the bottom of the pack). Interior and exterior MOLLE webbing provides additional carrying flexibility. You can find further info here.

Taking adjustability to the next level

If you’re heading out of the urban environment for an extended period of time, the Conness pack from The North Face could be your ideal traveling companion. There’s a choice of sizes from 52L to 82L. This pack has a range of handy features, from a designated sleeping bag compartment to dual-access options but what really stands out is the adjustability of the pack thanks to the Opti-Fit™ X suspension system that accommodates different body sizes and activities.

Sending the message loud and clear

This rolltop messenger concept design is something a little bit different from the usual style of bike messengers and is courtesy of Blicksbags. The Cleveland-based brand focuses on carry for bicycle commuters and values sustainable manufacturing. Each bag is made by hand and utilizes reclaimed material. Though the messenger above is still in the concept stage, you can get in touch with Blicksbags for custom orders.

Anti-chaos cord carry

While there’s definitely a place for feature-rich designs, sometimes it’s the simple ones that really stand out. The Cord Taco is such a design. Constructed out of leather, it has a simple button closure and is a cool way to keep the chaos of tangled cords at bay.

Behind the brand: Wilboro

Here at Carryology we’re not just interested in carry products, we’re interested in the brands behind them. How did they get started? What goes on behind the scenes? In the first of a double-post series we have some insight into Canadian brand Wilboro via its founder, Will Ficner. Keep a lookout for an awesome DIY tutorial from Will coming up soon…

  • Andy

    Beware of the North Face packs. They’ve been experimenting with suspension systems for years now. What you see here is the latest incarnation in the Opti-fit.

    I’ve used two iterations of this suspension, and both failed miserably. Ironically, the first one failed in the middle of the Conness Traverse (A Yosemite classic, and namesake for the packs above) by being bumped against a granite wall. That light impact snapped the internal frame/suspension system and turned the backpack into an unmanageable meatball.

    Worse yet, see those two ribs down the back that act as a frame/stiffener in the photo above? When one of those snaps, it goes right for your kidney. That’s not a pain you’ll want to endure for multiple days in the backcountry.

    Sadly, TNF discontinued that version of the suspension for the new iteration, and had no parts to repair. The replacement — based on the new iteration — failed a few trips later.

    If you’re just airporting or carrying necessities around campus, TNF is great, but they have come and gone as a true outdoor brand. North Face gear is most suited for fashion, and should not be trusted for any activity farther than a mile from your car.

    Need durability? Mile High Mountaineering has some very well thought out products that can stand the rigors of outdoor travel. Osprey would be the next best. Both companies use what they sell, add features thoughtfully, test rigorously, and stand behind what they produce.

    TNF will only offer you a prorated refund.

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