- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 9 June
Welcome to the Week In Review, where we’re checking out a streamlined adventure pack, some bag organization for your travels and shining the spotlight on an Australian brand making some solid carry. There’s also an ergonomic backpack for those with cash to splash and a functional everyday messenger for the cash-strapped. Hope you’re having an awesome weekend and that you enjoy the read…
Sometimes all you want is a tough little pack for your daily outdoor adventuring that doesn’t look like you’re heading up the Himalayas. Trakke’s Óg backpack keeps things simple and sleek, with an 18-liter main compartment, hydration pocket and rolltop opening. The pack is constructed out of Ventile cotton for its weatherproof properties. The waist belt can be removed if desired and an ice axe loop provides some exterior carry flexibility.
A good way to keep your travel items organized is to pack them in bags within bags. If you like coordination in your packing bags, this set of nylon zipped bags stemming from a KELTY x BEAMS PLUS collaboration might appeal to you. The bags come in four color choices and three sizes. The assorted sizes allow you to pick and choose your carry as required to accommodate different uses.
Shining the spotlight: Klaus Goods
We’re always keen to spread the word about brands making great carry and Klaus Goods is doing some nice work with handcrafted canvas and leather carry items including wallets, iPad cases and sunglasses cases. This Melbourne-based brand incorporates vegetable-tanned Kangaroo leather and bovine leather sourced from local tanneries. All of the items are made in Australia.
This Fusion Ultimate Black backpack stemming from the creative mind of Jérôme Olivet is designed to be an ergonomic pack that follows the natural contours of your body. The pack carries up to a 15-inch laptop and has an interior zipped pocket suitable for smaller items. This version is made of calf leather and comes in at a whistle-worthy €690 (around $900). However, if this is just a tad too much to stomach there are cheaper versions that range from around $220 to $260.
If a bit more wallet-friendly carry is in order, you may want to check out Burton’s Flint messenger. Coming in at just under $55, this messenger has a padded laptop section and 20 liters of internal space. For this price tag you’re not going to get top of the range materials (for instance the detailing is faux suede) but if you need an economical carry option, this may pique your interest.