Drive By :: Millican Smith the Roll Pack 25L
James Jeffrey reviews the Millican Smith the Roll Pack…
Millican, the change of pace kings based in the Lake District in lovely England have a new range of bags known as the Maverick Collection. Based on their heritage of being influenced by the maverick himself, Millican Dalton, the bags are built from eco-friendly materials and embrace one of the best eco practices around, making stuff that is used well, lasts well and will survive the test of time.
The result is a group of clean and understated bags made of Bionic canvas, metal hardware and a minimum of seams to reduce wear and any potential of failure.
Millican have been covered here on Carryology before. I have reviewed one of their earlier pieces, an organic cotton writer’s bag. Their newer product is tighter and feels like a great selection of fit for purpose materials and constructions. For this Drive By, we got behind the wheel of the Millican Smith the Roll Pack 25L.
Who It Suits
Simply put, the bag’s fabric looks awesome. It is matt finish with added texture and a natural dual tone to the color. This gives the base fabric an interesting blend of technical and heritage tones. The bags are all monocolored and minimal on the branding details, so they have a touch of sophistication to them that pulls them into a more everyday appropriate range of outdoor gear.
Who It Doesn’t
I was using the 25L version of the pack and the main point to consider is that if you are wanting to use this as a city commute bag you are carrying a lot of webbing straps and external storage pockets. The end result is that it is slightly too busy to fit well into an office environment. I think that the minimalism of the Smith the Roll Pack 18L would be better suited to this environment, as it has just one webbing loop/clip to deal with.
The main closing G-hook was great; it slides easily into a leather loop that is part of the top grab handle.
“The bags are all monocolored and minimal on the branding details, so they have a touch of sophistication to them that pulls them into a more everyday appropriate range of outdoor gear.”
The G-hooks and webbing are all excellent quality. The thing that makes this bag great is the body fabric; it is a cotton, recycled polyester and high tensile polyester blend which feels tough, natural and semi-technical. A large part of the bag is unlined and it does not need to be due to the well-balanced stiffness/softness of the canvas.
“…the sternum strap is kind of frustrating due to it being a metal latch construction and the waist strap is thin webbing with metal latches.”
Alternatives To Consider
I really like the bag but feel that I don’t love it. Why?
It all depends on what you are after. I don’t need as much side storage as the bag offers. After using the pockets they push out and don’t quite go back, meaning you have some large pockets muddying up the silhouette. It’s not an issue if you are using this as an outdoor bag, but if you are trying to ‘dress it up’ for a meeting or office it is very difficult. This is compounded by having G-hooks and webbing hanging from lots of spots.
That and dealing with a G-hook hidden under the flap of my most frequently accessed pocket.
“After using the pockets they push out and don’t quite go back, meaning you have some large pockets muddying up the silhouette.”
The materials are great, the comfort is good, and the story and overall feel of the bag is awesome. I would recommend considering the trade-offs between a cleaner pack, such as the Smith 18L, and the advantages of more organization from the Smith 25L.