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Third Annual Carry Awards :: Reader’s Choice Awards
You thought the Third Annual Carry Awards were over? Well we’ve got a surprise in store – one final award, and the first of its kind for our annual Carry Awards. Welcome to the Reader’s Choice Awards.
So what’s different about these awards? Well our Carry Awards are decided through combining readers’ votes with votes from our specialist panel and cranking it all through an algorithm to find out who gets the gold. With the Reader’s Choice Awards however it’s all about people power, pure and simple votes from the fans only to decide who claims victory. Sometimes there are crossovers with Carry Award Winner and Highly Commended results; sometimes not. So come and find out how they compared and celebrate the brands who know how to stoke fan love with awesome carry…
A bag that looks good, has solid construction to withstand frequent use and keeps your EDC organized and protected. Not much to ask for, is it? Well with a lot of bags it is. Not so with the Cargo Works MacBook EDC Kit. The military inspiration is clear but toned down for urban settings, with MOLLE webbing for attaching gear externally. Inside you’ll find elastic webbing and four slip pockets for organizing your daily carry, while the padded main compartment has a soft microfiber lining for keeping your MacBook safe and scratch-free. The EDC Kit also comes in two sizes to accommodate 11-inch and 13-inch MacBooks.
Dakine’s DLX 80L Roller has a host of features that make it a useful travel companion. A clamshell-style opening allows for easy packing, adjustable dividers and a choice of pockets keep your gear organized, the wheels offer easy transport and there’s even a built-in bottle opener when you want to kick back with some refreshments. A solid choice whether you’re planning a round-the-world adventure or a few days’ getaway.
The Rimowa Bolero has bags of appeal with its rugged polycarbonate construction that’s ready to rock up plenty of air miles, while the exterior pockets provide quick access to the items you need on the go. Plus with its understatedly elegant looks you’ll be keeping things stylish whether you’re traveling for business or heading to a holiday hotspot.
TAD’s updated FAST Pack Litespeed is just as wildly popular as the original, with tough construction to withstand active use, lots of exterior and interior attachment points and the ability to get creative and customize it to your specific carry needs. TAD have done a great job of giving this bag fresh appeal and no shortage of functionality for a diverse range of use environments.
FREITAG utilizes upcycled truck tarps for their bags, meaning each one is a piece of unique carry. The water-repellent F152 Harper combines zipped pockets, a storage space for your U-lock, a padded shoulder strap and a removable interior compartment into a rugged whole that’s ready for action, whether you’re hitting the road on two wheels or getting out and about on foot.
Thanks to its sleek profile this pack slots easily into a range of work environments, while the variety of interior organization options keep your tech and work supplies neat and tidy. The pack accommodates a 15-inch laptop, with a soft-lined top pocket for delicate items and a hip-side pocket that includes an integrated cable port so you can keep your audio devices safe while listening to music or charge up a device while storing a power source.
Pacsafe’s Intasafe Z400 combines the best of both worlds – a range of handy anti-theft features along with office-friendly aesthetics that don’t draw unwanted attention to the bag. Security features such as anti-slash straps and interlocking zip pulls mix with handy organizing for your work tools and solid construction, making this a versatile messenger that’s great for work use but can also double as a convenient travel bag when business trips beckon.
Worried about your carry items plunging to their doom every time you’re on a bike? Well with the Mr. Fusion Seat System from Porcelain Rocket you can put your fears aside. The system combines a support rack and a seatpost clamp for secure attachment to the bike, so you can focus on the road or trail ahead rather than keeping an eye on items that have no sense of self-preservation.
An icon in the world of bike bags, Chrome’s Citizen messenger has stood the test of time and in all likelihood will continue to do so for many years to come. Featuring Chrome’s trademark quick-release seatbelt buckle, the messenger boasts weatherproof construction, a stabilizer strap, reflective hits for increased visibility and plenty of “I’m ready for anything” attitude.