- Buyer's Guide
Trakke Whisky Collection is One Tasteful Release
The Trakke Whisky Collection adds a tasteful new element to their waxed canvas range…
It’s a new season at Trakke, and as such, they’ve introduced some new colors across much of their lineup. One of which you’ll find takes its inspiration from Scotland’s national drink of choice, Whisky. When you first see it, you’ll find that it instantly evokes a distinct heritage look that I just KNOW is going to age well over time (pun intended).
The Storr clocks in as Trakke’s largest bag currently available and it is a beast built for travel. It’s a fairly simple bag on the surface. But thanks to its squarish design, you can use every single one of its 35 liters of space. It’s a purpose-built bag for travel primarily featuring a large main compartment, with useful interior and exterior pocketing for your things. The Storr can be easily carried by hand thanks to handles on three of its four sides. Or you can very quickly attach the hidden backpack straps and off you go.
Updated for 2020, the Fingal is a slim and trim daypack that’s great for daily essentials. Bear in mind, however, this is a small pack. If you’re tall like me, it likely will feel pretty dainty on you. Despite the small size it is of course superbly made to Trakke’s high standards with their sumptuous materials. On top of that, it looks great in Whisky. A 13L daypack is something that forces you to be intentional in what you carry. The Fingal grants you a generous main compartment that features a padded laptop sleeve (suitable for 13″ devices). There’s also a couple of interior drop pockets for key items, as well as an equally spacious vertical-access pocket on the front (though this lacks internal organization). Overall, it’s a beautiful, small backpack, ideally suited for someone under 6′ tall.
Ah the Bairn, Trakke’s delightful small messenger, really looks fantastic in the new Whisky color. When Trakke updated the Bairn they increased the overall dimensions to accommodate a 13″ laptop while still maintaining an overall small form factor. It has great access for your gear and is easily worn over one shoulder or across your body thanks to the adjustable strap. Though it’s not explicitly designed to be one, I’ve found that the Bairn works so well as a small camera bag if you need to tote around some extra lenses (or film and ancient cameras in my case). Need a bit more space than the Kelso affords, but don’t need something as large as the Wee Lug? The Bairn is right in that sweet spot for daily carry.
The Finnieston is a classic musette-style tote that is incredibly easy to live with day to day. The design allows the user to wear it over the shoulder (or cross-body) with the top portion folded over if you’re not carrying too much. Alternatively, carry it by hand via the top handles if you need to expand the capacity. It’s so easy to appreciate simple designs like this because they never get in your way and they simply are there to provide storage and easy access to your things. Honestly, it’s quite refreshing.
The Kelso is a newer offering from Trakke, having only been on the market a few months now (as of November 2020). It’s their take on producing a small daily-carry sling bag. You’ll find that it’s very minimal in aesthetic with an adjustable (but non-removable) shoulder strap and a YKK AquaGuard zipper to close it up while you’re on the move. The simple yet organized interior is open space but also lined with pockets. This keeps all your essentials easy to locate in the bag rather than just dumping it all into the bag and having to fish around for your PKW (Phone / Keys / Wallet).
The Laggan Travel Pouch is built from the same weatherproof materials as Trakke’s other bags. It can attach to the exterior of ones such as the Storr, Bannoch, and Assynt backpacks. If you’d prefer not to attach it outside, it carries just as well as an interior organization pouch. It has a couple of small interior pockets to separate those little items. The rest of it is free space, which allows you to carry a water bottle or even your endless supply of power adapters. (Gotta be sure to follow the ABCs of travel: Always Be Chargin’).
If you’re like me and still prefer to physically write your thoughts on paper then you’re likely to have a multitude of pens, pencils, or even markers at the ready. This makes the Trakke Pencil Case a delightful addition to any daily carry setup. It’s small enough that it’ll fit in just about any bag (Trakke or otherwise). It’s also built from the same quality materials as the rest of the Trakke lineup, so whether you need to carry an assortment of mechanical pencils (…or is that just me?) or an array of cables for your tech devices it will all be protected inside.
Trakke are known for their simply delightful heritage materials, so whenever they see fit to add a new color to their palette it is done with thoughtful consideration. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing how the Whisky color ages with time and use.