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Best New Gear: January 2019
The start of a new year and the carry world has hit the ground running, dishing up a varied and tempting selection of new gear to tackle everything from the daily commute to emergency survival situations. Keen to find out more? Discover January’s best new gear…
The Scout Duffle collection is a classic in North St. Bags’ lineup. But even classics can benefit from a revamp now and then. And the collection gets a variety of updates including the introduction of the larger Scout 44 to replace the Scout 21. The collection features the Scout 6, Scout 15 and Scout 44 duffles, with two new fabrics and four new colorways. Weatherproof X-10 canvas in burgundy, midnight and olive plus weatherproof X-51 X-Pac in black provides enticing options to match your tastes. The Scout 15 and 44 include lengthened carry straps and a new interior hanging pocket for smaller items. Weatherproof zippers round out the features of these durable and versatile gear haulers.
Eagle Creek are well known for their functional, reliable travel carry. But they’re also firm supporters of sustainability and their redesigned Gear Warrior series celebrates this more environmentally-friendly approach to manufacturing. The series is made with 100% recycled PET ripstop material and a recycled coating, across a range of carry to suit different travel needs. The series also features laminated exoskeletons for reinforcement in areas of high wear, a new impact-resistant handle system for improved strength, as well as redesigned wheels to provide a larger tire for enhanced off-road capability.
Orbitkey changed the key carry game with their Key Organizer, bringing clink-free calm to previously chaotic pockets. And now they’re doing so with added stealth style, courtesy of their limited edition collaboration with EverydayCarry.com. The Orbitkey x Everyday Carry Nylon Key Organizer blends minimalism with understated tactical efficiency for EDC use. A combination of 1050D Ballistic Nylon and 500D Cordura Nylon provides durability and water resistance while still retaining suppleness. Plus each Key Organizer adds something special to your setup, featuring a one-of-a-kind digital-camouflage pattern that ensures each piece is unique. The Key Organizer holds 2 to 7 keys and also accommodates a car key.
Mission Workshop caused some serious buzz with their Rhake backpack. But how to take the pack to the next level? They embraced the challenge with a premium fabric upgrade, Dimension Polyant® VX-21 diamond ripstop. Offering excellent abrasion, tear and weather resistance for its weight, the fabric elevates an already durable pack to premium levels of urban sleekness with robust reliability for whatever the day chucks your way.
In an emergency you don’t have time to waste gathering necessary survival supplies. So RINO Ready have created the Companion for grab-and-go readiness at home, in the office, in your car or outdoors. The survival system sustains two people for the first 72 hours of an emergency. The system provides essentials covering first aid, water, food, warmth, sight and air, light, comms and tools. All stored within a tough, weatherproof, reflective and fire-resistant backpack that’s easily portable across a variety of environments. The bag opens flat for easy access and has a Velcro backing that allows you to configure the modular sub-sections to your desired setup.
There’s lots of EDC bags out there. But finding one for the professional who wants a quality build, clean aesthetics, and useful organization without being boring? Now things start to get trickier. But Alchemy Equipment deliver the goods with their AEL027 City Trek Pack. The 15″ laptop sleeve is accessible from the top of the main compartment, as well as through a side zipper for ease on the go. Further organization options include an interior lid pocket and four exterior pockets. The pack also includes a convenient side carry handle, bottom compression straps that can also hold the likes of an umbrella, plus a stowable waist belt. All in a sleek and durable design crafted with Ballistic weave nylon and leather for a sophisticated look and feel.
The Teranishi Teardrop is the kind of pack that can’t help but turn heads. And now there’s an even more eye-catching redesign in the works. The pack digs down on the weather protection front with YKK AquaGuard zippers, a storm flap visor and a floating DWR-coated packcloth lining. The technical vibe of the pack is also enhanced with the use of darts to provide structure. The design is in a test phase and might become available in a small batch to snag for your own collection.
Timeless style, rugged durability and suave flexibility to move from work to the weekend? The WP Standard Canvas Briefcase ticks all the boxes. It’s crafted with a combination of 18 oz green duck canvas and full-grain leather detailing including a leather bottom. The bag can be carried with the detachable strap or top grab handles and provides an interior pocket, two-way zipper and choice of exterior quick-access pockets for storing day-to-day essentials.
master-piece Spring Backpack L and Tact Backpack
Seeking distinct urban styling, excellent Japanese craftsmanship and functional versatility? master-piece are on point with two prime options, the Spring Backpack L and Tact Backpack. The water-repellent Spring Backpack L unzips fully for easy access throughout the main compartment. And with multiple pockets to choose from you can get to small items quickly and conveniently. The water-repellent Tact Backpack can be locked with an included lock and key for peace of mind on the move. It features a wide top opening and choice of interior and exterior pockets for organization. Multifunctional for work, travel and play, built with long-lasting quality and durability in mind, these are adaptable additions to your carry quiver.
A project released through TAD’s Foundry, this special edition of the FAST Pack Scout is crafted with Dimension-Polyant X50. A combination of 500D Cordura nylon bonded to X-Pac ripstop polyester, the Multicam Tropic fabric provides solid protection from the elements and hard-wearing abrasion resistance. The 15L pack weighs in at 1kg and offers a sleek profile and adaptable organization to remain agile while conquering a variety of carry missions. The pack’s clamshell main compartment provides ready access to gear, while the removable 1″ stability belt adds functionality. Just 200 pieces will be produced if the project is successful.
Work carry needs to have a certain air of professionalism to it. And a little flexibility in how you carry it doesn’t hurt either. Add in protection from the elements and options to organize your gear and you’re onto a winner. But features like these can start to add up. However, UNIQLO’s 3-Way Bag demonstrates you don’t have to splurge to enjoy all of this. The bag offers work-friendly style, weather-resistant fabric and zippers, three carry options including briefcase, shoulder bag and backpack, plus a choice of exterior and interior pockets to organize tools and EDC items. And all yours for an affordable price tag, making it great value for money.