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NYC Agenda and Capsule Show Recap
Our newest contributor and avid bag collector JP Guilbert gives us the low-down on new carry to look forward to courtesy of Agenda and Capsule Show…
On July 20th and 21st many of our favorite bag brands descended on New York to show their future offerings at multiple trade shows exclusive to retailers and select media. With a little schmoozing we were able to gain access to the Agenda and Capsule trade shows to give you a sneak peak.
Let’s jump right into it! If you’re the type of person who enjoys premium materials, Americana, hunting, fishing, biking and a love for the outdoors then Frost River is gonna get you thinking about your next adventure! The offering is extensive, with packs and bags for just about anything you can do in the great outdoors.
Their flagship piece is in the canoe packs category called the Grand Portage Pack. This thing can hold a lot of gear at 7,484 c.i. – you can get lost for days.
The line is pretty extensive; they’ve thought about everything you would need and have a bag for it.
If you are the type of person who has an extensive shoe collection, whether it’s the latest retro drop or some bespoke Italian shoes, traveling with your heat can be stressful. The brand The Shrine has the answer. They’ve created bags that can transport your footwear. You’re going to really want to check these bags out for yourself.
For Holiday ’15 they have a new style and several new color stories. The new style is the Overnight Duffel; it has one shoe bay and enough room for a couple days’ worth of gear. The first color story is the Diamond Press Collection; the outer comes in either grey or black with accent teal hits. The second color is called Duality; up close it’s a blue/white fabric and from a distance it looks grey. All three color stories are offered in all styles.
Here is a highlight of all the bags in the line.
Up front are the backpacks that have the shoe bays open.
This is the duality color and as you can see it looks light grey.
Poler Outdoor Stuff is the original camp vibes company that has been making product to bridge action sports and traditional outdoor activities. For Spring 2016 they’ve added new bright colors and several new styles to the line. These guys single-handedly married camping and skateboarding together.
The Mega Camera Cooler is the first one I noticed. Based on the success of the camera cooler that can hold either a 6-pack or basic camera equipment, the Mega Camera Cooler can hold more camera equipment or an 18-pack of your favorite canned drink, shown in blue green. The Roamers pack shown in blue has classic styling, three outer pockets and some really cool custom hardware. The Rolltop shown in yellow is accessible from a zipper on the outside or the top, and the Rucksack shown in green is similar to the Roamers pack but can hold more stuff and has two larger pockets on the sides. These have a great retro feel to them and would definitely look great on your next wilderness or not-so-wilderness adventure.
Here’s some more color options of the Roamers pack and Rucksack.
This one was one of my favorites. It’s called the Tourist pack and it can either be used as a waist or sling pack. And if you need more space in your travels it can transform into a backpack. Shown in the two colors it’s offered in.
Drifter is an American heritage brand that started as a parachute brand in 1977 and has since entered the bag world. The bags are made here in the USA and will be available in the USA this month.
The Urban Hiker pack is one of their best offerings. It’s not too big and not too small, perfect for holding all your stuff when you go explore your city.
They also make a number of other organizational items to make sure you have a place for everything.
If you happen to cycle or run at night then you should check out Nocturnal Workshop. The owner created the brand after one of his friends was hit by a car at night. There are several styles in the line including backpacks and duffel bags. They’ve even created smaller styles for kids. The backpack below with the dots on it is actually a mesh overlay that adds a cool feel to the pack.
This is a mini duffel.
This is their rolltop offering; it looks to be built really well and a large portion of the bag is reflective.
A new brand to hit the States is Indispensable. Hailing from Japan, they have created a lot of great ways to carry your gear. From reflective backpacks, to compartmentalized laptop cases, and even a duffle bag that can fold flat once you get to your destination. From a color standpoint they have our basic colors covered and also offer a geometric pattern and camouflage for something a bit more interesting.
Burton is obviously known for their snowboards, but they’ve also built a name in the apparel and bag categories as well and they don’t disappoint for Spring ’16. They pride themselves on thoughtful styles that are durable and look good too #durablegoods. They are blazing new trails in the camping and festival niche for 2015 and in 2016 they set their sights on commuter bags and new color stories.
The Easy Livin’ pack is perfect for your next festival. Shown in the Black and Tan colorway, it has an insulated cooler front pocket, rain cover, koozy built into one of the straps and has attachments for a solar panel to keep all your gadgets charged. The Golden Haze yellow and Methyl Ripstop colors are new for the season and carry through most of the bags in the line, and finally the commuter series bags are on the end. The Gorge pack in True Black is on the top and the Spruce pack in Pelican Grey is on the bottom. Both are made of Cordura and are built to carry everything you need to get you to and from work.
Here’s another view of the bag wall from the other side.
Here is a closer look at the commuter bags, the Gorge pack in True Black on the far right.
The Spruce pack in Pelican Grey far right.
There are a lot of great bags releasing in the very near future, the only decision now is which ones to pick up. Which ones are you interested in checking out?