- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear: December 2018
December has delivered a bumper crop of covet-worthy carry to pore longingly over. So kick back, relax and discover the best new gear rounding off the year’s end…
Trying to keep things classy and comfortable for your bike commute is tough. But Bellroy have your back with chic carry customized for cyclists. The Bellroy x MAAP Shift Backpack tweaks the Shift Backpack with cycle-friendly features including an ergonomic and breathable back panel, a reflective strip and a bike light loop. The water-resistant construction rolls with inclement weather, while the slide hook closure is simple to use even with gloves on. And with a quick-access pocket plus side zipper access to the main compartment, you can get to work and EDC essentials in a jiffy.
KILLSPENCER are kings of clean, elegant carry. And now you can enjoy their signature style in a sleek EDC pen. The CW&T Pen Type-B is precision machined in the USA with a pared-back sleeve and barrel that look equally suave in the boardroom or out and about. The pen features a minimalist, durable and lightweight titanium build with a black cerakote finish. It also includes a 0.3mm black Hi-Tec-C gel ink cartridge.
With its city-sharp looks and multifunctional designs the Modal collection moves easily from work to play. The collection features two slings, two backpacks and a duffel designed to flex to a variety of carry needs. They’re crafted with an attractive and understated twill melange fabric and backed by a lifetime guarantee. A handsome blend of style and durability for users who are on the go and want the freedom that adaptable carry provides.
DSPTCH deliver sleek simplicity and versatility with a slick collection released under their new sub-label RND (Research and Development). The line provides an opportunity for DSPTCH to step away from their traditional offerings and provide more experimental and innovative pieces. RND’s first collection features three bags crafted from Dyneema Composite fabric. The tough, lightweight and weatherproof nature of the fabric allows the designs to be simplified, leading to the “unit” reference in their names. The collection includes the Unit Sling Pouch, Unit Musette and Unit Zipper Tote. Each bag provides a practical and adaptable design for EDC and travel essentials, with a removable and easily adjustable shoulder strap.
Need tough, compact functionality for carrying the essentials? Mission Workshop have a solid offering in their Spar sling bag. The bag provides easy access on the go with a choice of top and side entry points. It comes in a choice of VX-07 diamond ripstop or 500D Multicam® Cordura® black camo, with handmade construction backed by a lifetime guarantee. Inside you’ll find a microfleece-lined sleeve for an iPad, with additional features including a removable stabilizer strap and a magnetic Fidlock V-buckle for one-handed opening and closing.
People prize merino clothing for its great performance properties, from its moisture wicking to its breathability and odor resistance. But unfortunately those benefits come with a high price tag. However, Woolly Clothing Co set out to provide merino clothing at more affordable prices. Their Longhaul Pant and Short are wardrobe foundation pieces that can be worn in the office, outdoors or on your travels. The 70% merino blend fabric offers a considered mix of comfort, durability and timeless style. Lightweight, packable and water resistant, these are smart additions to your everyday and travel wardrobe alike.
For trusty multifunctionality the Leatherman Charge+ is hard to beat. And if you want added wow factor, the Leatherman Charge+ TTi Damascus delivers in style. The limited edition multi-tool provides 19 tools, with knife blades crafted from American-made Damascus steel. The multi-tool also features handsome anodized titanium handles for an eye-catching look and appealing surface feel.
Super limited and packing a host of enticing MACS accessories is the Intern Techwear Corp Limited Edition Hypalon DutyPack. The bag carries as a backpack, duffel, briefcase or messenger and features a rugged Hypalon exterior and X-Pac liner. Hard-wearing, modular and highly adaptable, the release is limited to just 19 sets, each crafted in Vancouver and built to tackle a wide range of needs and environments.
Combining beauty and functionality, the Leon Flam Buenos Aires Satchel brings undeniable French flair to your everyday carry setup. Handcrafted in France with durable canvas and vegetable-tanned full-grain leather, this satchel looks suitably refined in a work environment but glides from the office to out and about when the daily grind is done. Three interior compartments and a zipped pocket organize your essentials, while the top handle and removable shoulder strap provide flexible portability.
Keeping track of all the little things you carry on a day-to-day basis can be tricky. But Adero offers a convenient tagging system to help keep on top of your carry. The system features Smart Tags and Taglets that attach to items. Pressing the Smart Tag will notify you when all of your Taglets are nearby. You can attach the Smart Tag to a bag and Taglets to individual items, so with a simple press you can check whether all your items are inside your bag or whether you’ve forgotten something. The Adero app allows you to set notifications, reminders and locate missing Smart Tags. And with the simple USB Smart Tag Charger you can keep the battery juiced and ready to go.
When you’re on the hunt for nature’s bounty, you need a reliable bag to carry your haul. The Barebones Harvesting & Gathering Bag is a fine choice, with a variety of useful features to help you gather supplies. A removable waterproof liner complements the durable and water-resistant waxed canvas exterior. The bag also includes a drop-out bottom for easy emptying and provides multiple carry options to best suit your needs and preferences.
Pacsafe have teamed up with skateboarding and street fashion brand Diamond Supply Co for a savvy and security-conscious limited edition collaboration. The collection includes the Diamond Supply Co x Pacsafe Southbank Slingpack and Republique Backpack, both of which feature cut-proof material and locking closures. The sling fits a 10″ tech device, while the pack fits a 12″ device and also holds a skateboard. The collab also includes the Diamond Supply Co x Pacsafe Macba Hoodie, packed with pockets to keep small items safe and close at hand.
Getting quick access to medical data is important in an emergency. And the Quid S.A.S. Tag lets you do that simply and effectively. The tag features a clip with medical data on a QR code. The code can be scanned by a smartphone to reveal the data offline, without needing access to the Internet or a phone network. This makes the code accessible in any country, in any location. For added convenience, the clip fits on one-inch straps so you can easily secure it to a variety of bag straps or watch straps. Additionally, the tag includes an emergency whistle which doubles as a tile to cover the code and keep data secure.
Alpaca wool offers plenty of benefits in apparel, from its soft warmth and water repellency to its odor resistance. And now you can embrace this premium material in low-key wardrobe staples courtesy of Mission Workshop’s Alpaca wool collection. Designed to keep you cosy during colder weather, the collection includes the men’s Renan Sweater, women’s Ripley Sweater, Oberland Scarf, Blaik Beanie, and fingerless Killian Gloves. Each piece is handcrafted in Peru with a soft, smooth and durable blend of 55% Alpaca wool and 45% cotton. Plus they’re backed by Mission Workshop’s lifetime guarantee for added peace of mind.