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Week In Review ~ 24 July
Fast access to camera gear, backpack meets pannier, and new releases designed for adventure everywhere. Welcome to the Week In Review…
A special touch to signature pieces
A refreshed look with rare materials? The J. Panther Luggage Co. pounced on the opportunity to give a new twist to signature designs through their Special Fabrics Series. The first two releases from the series feature their best-selling RucTote in scarce deadstock fabrics discovered in Japan. Available online only and in limited numbers, the fabric series includes soft but durable and water-repellent gray Swiss loden wool and 1950s Czech army tent canvas. Each option is complemented by solid brass hardware and leather trims.
Two-way carry for two wheels
Cycling with a backpack can make you uncomfortable and sweaty. But using a pannier as an alternative doesn’t give you much carry freedom away from a bike. So Two Wheel Gear figured, why not both? Their new Pannier Backpack Convertible offers fast conversion from a pannier to a backpack, allowing you to easily freewheel between cycling and off-bike carry environments. The mounting components can be conveniently concealed in a zipped compartment when not in use. Available in a choice of weatherproof materials, the bag features organization for daily essentials including space for a 15″ laptop.
Hunting great photos with the Wolffepack
The original Wolffepack put easy access front and center – quite literally – by allowing the user to access the contents of the backpack without having to remove the harness. Now the team are back with the Wolffepack Capture, utilizing the same convenient access in a pack designed for camera carry. The bag includes a removable padded pod for camera gear, and can be hooked on the front of the shoulder straps to provide a mobile workstation without putting the bag on the ground. The front attachment option also helps keep your gear more secure in crowded spaces. The internal dividing shelf allows the pod to be carried at the top or bottom of the bag, and can also be unzipped to form one main compartment. Learn more through the Wolffepack Capture Kickstarter campaign.
Classics designed to stand the test of time
Bags that can traverse the outdoor/urban divide? Trakke is ready to leap the gap, bringing lean and light to their Future Classics Collection that features new additions to the Trakke family as well as updates to old favorites. New to the lineup are pieces such as the Fingal, Cuillin and Assynt backpacks, and accessories like the Laggan pouch and Foulden packing cubes. The collection also updates earlier pieces, with offerings such as the Bairn Mk2 messenger and Wee Lug Mk2 messenger.