- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear :: August 2017
August has welcomed a host of highlights in the carry world, from business luxe to packable hydration and modular accessibility. Discover these and more as we delve into the month’s best new gear…
Tough and water resistant yet incredibly lightweight, there’s a lot to like about Dyneema. Incorporate the material into a multifunctional design and it’s even more appealing. Best Made have done just that with a limited edition version of their Patrol Pack made with Dyneema. Available in just forty units, the Dyneema Patrol Pack is a versatile 40L pack with convenient front-loading access and a choice of handy pockets for keeping essentials within easy reach. The pack also includes a light-colored water-resistant lining to boost visibility in the main compartment, along with a padded laptop sleeve to keep tech safe on the move.
Hydration, filtration and packability in one bag? The Matador Hydrolite is set to streamline the way you carry with its innovative design that features a HydraPak 2-liter hydration bladder and integrated Sawyer MINI water filter. The bag also offers a waterproof 8L main compartment and a quick-access shoulder strap pocket. For ultimate travel flexibility, the whole system packs down into a compact form that’s easy to store in luggage or out of the way at home until needed.
Most laptops aren’t designed to embrace demanding outdoor environments. But sometimes you still need your tech by your side. The Lander Carry System helps make that happen, with two backpacks that combine functional outdoor design with tech-friendly features. The 35L Traveler Backpack and 25L Commuter Backpack both feature two compartments, the Crash Pad and main Cargo section. The Crash Pad is designed to keep up to a 17″ laptop safe, with foam padding for impact protection and a combination of TPU-coated ripstop fabric, water-resistant zippers and taped seams for protection against the elements. The Commuter features a top-loading Cargo section, while the rolltop Cargo section of the Traveler pack opens up completely for access to gear throughout the bag. Plus with plenty of pockets on offer and optional accessories including the Lander Kit (a tri-fold Dopp kit) and Parcel (a 10L collapsible packing cube), you can easily keep gear tidy on the trails or your travels.
Finding the time to get to the gym can be hard enough. Add the hassle of hauling multiple bags if you’re coming from work or campus and you’re likely to feel a lot less motivated. But Aer’s new Active Collection takes care of the carry challenge with sleek office-friendly designs that will store your EDC and work supplies as well as your gym gear. The collection includes the Fit Pack 2, Sling Bag 2, Gym Duffel 2 and Duffel Pack 2. The bags are made with a 1680D Cordura® ballistic nylon exterior for the black colorway and a 900D eco-dyed exterior fabric for the gray colorway. The collection features improved ventilation and increased storage space across the line, along with a variety of pockets for convenient organization.
Built to last. Multifunctional. Ready for a range of environments. DSPTCH’s quality gear is already appealing on multiple levels, but their new Moss collection makes it even more so. The collection features some of their most popular styles in a versatile moss colorway that can adapt to formal, travel and EDC environments alike. With pieces including the Daypack, Gym/Work Bag, Ruckpack, Bookpack, Gym/Work Pack and Dopp Kit, you’re equally well covered for the daily grind and days away.
Cascading access is great for getting to different items quickly and easily, but how to implement it in carry? If you’re Outlier, you get creative with Ultrahigh Dyneema Composite to form the Ultrahigh Waterfall System. A range of differently sized Ultrahigh Waterfall Flat Packs keep a variety of items tidy and accessible on the go. The modular system uses Molly Hooks to connect the Flat Packs, letting you easily adjust your carry setup to suit changing loads.
KILLSPENCER Utility Attaché Briefcase and Utility Weekender
When it comes to combining luxury and utility, KILLSPENCER know how to do it right. Suave in style and practical in use, their new Utility Attaché Briefcase and Utility Weekender deliver a premium feel to your carry for work or a weekend getaway. Crafted in the USA with stylish and durable full-grain leather, each piece includes a removable shoulder strap and a choice of exterior and interior pockets to organize your gear. The Utility Attaché Briefcase fits up to a 15″ laptop in a dedicated padded compartment, while the Utility Weekender is suitable for carry-on use and features a wide opening for easy packing and access.
Delivering dependability and functionality is always good. But every now and then it’s also good to introduce a little freshness. Tanner Goods find a fine balance with their Safari Collection, incorporating their appreciation of nature while also putting a fresh twist on classic pieces with an enticing Safari Olive colorway. From cards and keys to a camera or documents, the collection’s varied pieces will help you carry a range of day-to-day items in practical and timeless style.
Filson are known for their durable gear designed to embrace outdoor settings. Now they’re using that gear to salute the people who help look after those environments. The Filson USFS Ranger Backpack is a limited-edition version of their Ranger Backpack which takes inspiration from vintage forestry packs. The pack gives a nod to the U.S. Forest Service with a USFS embroidered emblem patch. Crafted with Filson’s durable Rugged Twill and Tin Cloth, the bag includes an interior document divider and exterior shoulder strap webbing for attaching extra items.
Fashion or function. A lot of carry items aimed at women sacrifice one for the other. But Bellroy’s new Women’s Range doesn’t make you choose. Instead, you get both. The range merges chic aesthetics and thoughtful, functional designs that elegantly move from work to the weekend and back again. Four pieces feature in the range including the Pocket Mini, the Pocket, the Folio Wallet and the Clutch. The Pocket Mini is ideal for the essentials such as some cards, cash and coins, while the Pocket fits cards, flat bills and a phone. The Folio Wallet is great for organizing a variety of items such as cards, cash, coins and a phone. And for something that can hold wallet essentials as well as small personal items, the Clutch is ready to lend a helping hand.