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Week In Review ~ 20 April

by , April 20, 2013

Source: http://shop.roberu.com/?pid=37847842

We’re spanning the carry categories with this Week In Review. Keeping things varied, we’re checking out a stylish wallet for the office or leisure use, two very different duffels, a versatile daypack, and a tactical twist on a matching tote and dopp kit…

The duffel with a difference

Source: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Paddling/BagsPacksCases/Packs/PRD~5030-821/mec-scully-30-duffel.jsp

As is probably clear from the image above, the MEC Scully 30 Duffel isn’t your typical duffel. Beneath the flap is a roll-top closure that helps to keep water at bay. If you don’t need this feature, the roll-top can be tucked away and the duffel can be used as a normal duffel would. There is an option of top, side and end handles or alternatively shoulder straps that can be stored out of the way when not in use. Other features include a purge valve that enables you to remove excess air from the bag to make it as compact as possible, as well as an interior mesh pocket on the top flap. Potential drawbacks? The duffel is water-resistant but not waterproof so if jumping off cliffs into waterfalls with duffel in tow is in the cards, look elsewhere. As duffels go, it’s not necessarily going to be winning any style contests either. Still, if you like your duffels for their practicality and versatility and don’t require sleek looks or waterproofness, the MEC Scully 30 is definitely worth considering – plus at $65 it’s not going to break the bank, which is always a bonus.

Classy coin carry

Source: http://shop.roberu.com/?pid=37847842

Style and deceptively simple design go hand in hand with the ZIP wallet from Japanese leather goods brand Roberu. Available in a choice of six leather colors, the wallet has an internal divider that forms three compartments within the wallet, enabling you to store coins, bills and cards separately while keeping a slim profile. If you like your cards super-organized or you don’t like to fold your bills, this wallet won’t be your first choice. However, if you frequently use coins and are happy to sacrifice multiple organization options for quick and easy access with medium organization, this wallet may be just the thing you’re after. The unisex style adds to the versatility and the chic looks make it a suitable option for work or play.

Traversing the urban jungle

Source: http://heimplanet.com/shop/en/daypack-monolith-series.html

Source: http://heimplanet.com/shop/en/daypack-monolith-series.html

Heimplanet’s Monolith Daypack offers 22 liters of space for your EDC essentials, with a dedicated padded laptop section and dual carry options. The bag can be carried as a backpack or messenger. The shoulder straps can be stowed away when not in use and the two belts on the front of the daypack enable you to carry bulky items that won’t fit in the pack. These belts can also be concealed if desired. Additional items can be attached via the exterior MOLLE webbing (there are optional pouch accessories if you want to create further volume). Though the front belts can be concealed, there’s still an urban tactical vibe to the pack which, depending on your work, might not cut it in the office (or alternatively might just not be your style). You can have it in any color – as long as it’s black (which granted is a favored color choice for many and definitely the most versatile color option but it won’t tone down the tactical look). Still, if the looks don’t detract from your EDC carry needs and you like a pack that offers some flexibility in terms of exterior attachments and carry options, this pack may find its way into your collection.

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Providing a city-chic take on the tactical look is Jack Spade’s Swedish M90 Cordura Dipped Coal Bag and Travel Kit. Both items have Waxwear trim and reinforced bottoms available in a choice of orange or black. The shoulder strap of the Coal Bag is removable, while the Travel Kit includes a waterproof lining and inner ID label. These carry items are certainly eye-catching but this striking style doesn’t come with an inconsiderable price tag – $295 for the Coal Bag and $165 for the Travel Kit.

Putting the Red Oxx Safari-Beano’s PR4 duffel through its paces

Red Oxx Safari-Beano’s PR4 duffel

If you’re in the market for a duffel but want something with a very different look and feel to the MEC Scully 30, our road test of the Red Oxx Safari-Beano’s PR4 duffel provides an informative read that can help you decide whether to add this duffel to your consideration list or not. You can check it out here.

  • Anil A.

    Woah. That monolith pack definitely seems GR1 influenced (especially on the shoulder straps), but has my favourite features of my litespeed too – compression straps. I’m sorely tempted but I’ve already got two stellar bags. Also, nice that it is in euros and I’m not worrying about tax for once. Usable as a messenger too (although I’d imagine it would be useless as such it’s nice to have the option).

    That said, I want it. At the very least I’ll be buying a pouch from them.

  • Dave

    That Heimplanet bag looks awesome. Is anyone aware of any dealer selling it in the USA? The Heimplanet site charges 50 euro to ship it to US and doesn’t give the option of avoiding VAT for a non-European buyer.

    May be Goruck inspired, but better looking and more practical. Plus IMHO, ballistic is better than cordura for a casual bag – looks and feels better and cordura’s better abrasion resistance isn’t really necessary.

    • Moritz

      Hi all,
      there is one point you need to know about ” ballistic nylon” and “cordura”. As far as I know, both terms doesn’t describe the same thing and are not easily comparable. Cordura is a brand name, like Velcro for example, and offers a wide range of different fabrics. The commonly used term “Cordura” does not define if it’s made of nylon, polyester or anything else. Cordura also provides different “ballistic nylons”. This defines the way the yarn is processed. Today any 2×2 or 2×3 basket weave can be called “ballistic”. The original fabric was developed by DuPont (today Cordura). They aimed for proper protection against debris and fragmentation caused by bullet or artillery shell impacts and is not bulletproof! As far as I know ballistic “fabrics” like this are always made of nylon. Today there are many suppliers for this kind of fabrics. Many people don’t use the term “Cordura” as a brand, so I hope I could point out some facts.

      So far… best regards. Love this side!

      • Dave

        Yep, not everyone can afford the best (e.g., Allied Signal Fibers Tru-Ballistic 1050) or the higher end corduras.

        That said I still have a distinct preference for any type of decent ballistic (e.g., no name 1680D used in plenty of commercially offered bags) over the commonly used “real” cordura (eg. 1000D).

        Several reasons: 1)I hate the way cordura feels (rough and abrasive), 2) don’t like the way it picks up lint and 3) don’t like its dull lifeless appearance. These are a function of the way cordura is made (woven texturized discontinuous fibers) vs. ballistic (woven single filament fibers). This also explains why ballistic is stronger and cordura has better abrasion resistance.

        This site rocks!

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  • Roox

    The MEC Scilly is most certainly fully waterproof once the roll to is secured. It can even be used as an ice cooler.


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