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Best New Gear: July 2019
July rounds off with a flourish as a host of new carry drops across the globe. From adaptable daypacks to streamlined multitools, there’s plenty of quality on offer. Discover the month’s best new gear…
Cotopaxi Chuspa 15L Messenger, Ostra 30L Backpack and Camello 50L Duffel
Cotopaxi make gear for good and always with a little fun and character. Gear like their Chuspa messenger, Ostra pack and Camello duffel.
Taking inspiration from bike messengers, the Chuspa offers secure and comfortable carry with a magnetic flap buckle for quick access and suspended, padded storage for a 15″ laptop.
The Ostra’s wide top opening lets you easily reach gear, while its versatile design adapts to outdoor hikes, urban EDC use and overnight trips too.
And when you need to pack a little extra for multi-day trips, the Camello is ready with its wide opening, magnetic buckle compression, stowable shoulder straps and separate storage for shoes and dirty laundry.
Valet trays are great catch-all areas for smaller items such as your phone, keys and wallet. But you still have to do a time-consuming gear transfer to your bag when it’s time to roam. Not so with hardgraft’s Valet Pack.
This clever piece combines a valet tray and sling bag in one. The design opens up to create a storage space for items. When it’s time to go, simply zip it up into sling format and you’re all set to step out your door. The Valet Pack has a top zip to access items on the go while in sling mode and comes with a removable shoulder strap.
Victorinox Swiss Army Knives are some of the most popular and useful multi-tools around. But storing them in a pant pocket with other items can make them hard to access. And connecting them to a keyring still means you need to work around other keyring attachments when using the multi-tool.
But the SwissQlip offers a thoughtful, simple solution for SAK pocket carry. The SwissQlip is a pocket clip designed to fit most 91mm Victorinox Swiss Army Knife models. The clip attaches via the keyring loop and makes it simple to carry your SAK in a pocket for quick and easy access on the go.
Looking for killer street EDC that offers something a little different? KILLSPENCER are flying high with their Parachute collection, made from repurposed US military pilot parachutes. The tough yet super lightweight ripstop nylon and mil-spec webbing make for a durable, tear-resistant family of bags that are also collapsible for easy storage. The range includes two backpacks, a duffel, a tote, a belt bag and a pouch.
One bag that moves slickly from work to play and back again? WANDRD designed their DUO Daypack to do just that. The pack features a weatherproof YKK zipper with four sliders that provide straightforward access to gear throughout the bag, including dual side access, top access and full clamshell access. The pack also offers adaptable padded storage for fragile items such as camera gear, along with a variety of internal and external pockets for further organization. The bag is made with a waterproof 840D Jr. Ballistic Nylon with a 5pm coating and backed by a lifetime guarantee.
But what about when you just need to carry a smaller setup? WANDRD have you covered with their D1 Fanny Pack, a durable and compact alternative for smaller loads. Interior organization, multiple carry options and a magnetic strap buckle make this a functional, easy-to-use carry companion for storing a small camera, travel essentials or EDC items.
How can we do it better? Words that aptly sum up The Brown Buffalo’s design philosophy. And an approach deftly applied to the Conceal Backpack V3. A pack that has been honed for even better functionality, versatility and durability. Available in a choice of burly fabrics, the pack welcomes improved pocketing and adaptable organization including a removable laptop sleeve that converts into a shoulder bag, as well as a removable Porterpen Pouch. Sleek on the outside and practical on the inside, it’s a savvy EDC pick.
Durable, attractive and thoughtfully designed, Trakke’s Pencil Case provides a dapper way to store stationery, EDC items, travel supplies and more. The case has a self-standing design for convenient access and is crafted with weatherproof waxed canvas that will stand up to a lifetime of regular use. Additionally, the pouch can pack flat for space-saving storage.
Inspired by traditional helmet bags but ready for diverse modern-day carry needs, the Bellroy Tokyo Totepack delivers a nifty design that alternates between backpack and tote mode. The bag has stowable shoulder straps, allowing you to carry comfortably during the commute and then switch to tote carry for a more professional work aesthetic. You’ll find a handy mix of pockets located for easy access to items, along with a zipper guard to protect your tech when packing or retrieving a laptop. All in, a versatile carry choice for work and the weekend alike.
Need a screwdriver at the ready but don’t want the hassle of carrying a bulky design around? With Big Idea Design’s Ti EDS you get pocket-friendly screwdriver functionality. The Ti EDS is a titanium everyday screwdriver in a compact package that clips onto your pocket for easy access on the go. The design features a 40mm magnetic extension arm that locks in place, as well as a magnetic bit storage tray that holds two standard quarter-inch hex bits. The Ti EDS allows for one-handed opening and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Does your toiletry setup need a little sprucing up? The Bellroy Dopp Kit offers suave styling and practical features to keep your toiletries in check. The water-resistant lining is easy to wipe clean if required, while mesh pockets organize smaller items. Plus a magnetic sleeve situated up high provides handy storage for a toothbrush or razor.
Mission Workshop’s Rhake has been a hit ever since it released. And now it’s available in waxed canvas: Meet The Rhake WX. The weatherproof pack is crafted with Fairfield Textile 10oz Army Duck Canvas featuring a Martexin Waxed finish. Crafted by hand and backed by a lifetime warranty, it’s a ruggedly stylish piece built to journey with you for years to come. And you can benefit from a pre-sale discount using the code RHAKEWX to get $70 off the full price.
Founded by Arc’teryx, Veilance is a brand dedicated to functional minimalism, innovation in materials and construction, and a pared-back aesthetic. And to celebrate their ten-year anniversary, Veilance give a nod to their founding principles with the 10 Year Anniversary Tote. Designed with the silhouette of the Seque Tote, the bag is crafted with a waterproof Gore-Tex Pro 3L exterior, WaterTight™ external zipper and taped seams. Limited to 500 units, this tough and packable tote features dual length carry straps and moves easily from EDC to travel use.
One bag with multiple carry options that adapts to the commute and journeys further afield? Meet the Black Ember FORGE Pack. The bag can be carried as a backpack, shoulder bag or briefcase, allowing it to quickly adapt to changing work and EDC environments. But it also dishes up a clever feature with an expandable design that increases the volume from 20L to 30L. Ideal for overnight or weekend trips with just one bag. Clamshell-style access and multiple pockets keep your gear tidy and within easy reach on the go too, whether you’re zipping through crowds on your commute or navigating airports on your travels.
Got a penchant for lightweight, strong, multifunctional and elegantly clean EDC? The James Brand delivers with The Holcombe, a multifunctional carabiner designed to be one belt loop wide in order to hang straight and avoid rocking back and forth. The design’s dual compartments provide secure, straightforward access, letting you add or remove items without the rest of your gear accidentally sliding off. The design includes a flat-head screwdriver and a pry bar and is made with 6al 4v titanium and stainless steel.
Technical chinos can sometimes get a little complicated and often come with a hefty price tag. But Everlane keeps things simple, effective and affordable with their Performance Chino. Understated and practical for everyday wear, the Performance Chino wicks sweat, dries quickly and provides four-way stretch. A useful addition to your travel wardrobe and day-to-day setup alike.
Don’t want to be restricted while recharging gear? mophie’s powerstation hub packs a lot of flexible charging into a compact form that’s easy to carry in your day bag or luggage alike. The portable hub features foldable AC power prongs to use it as a wall charger, while also offering an inbuilt 6,000mAh battery for on-the-go use. The wireless charging surface lets you easily recharge QI-enabled devices, while two USB-A ports and a USB-C PD port provide further options for charging multiple devices simultaneously.
Having a refreshing, cool drink at the ready is a welcome treat on adventures. But keeping that drink cool until needed can be challenging. Enter the Pelican Dayventure Sling Cooler, which offers the benefits of a cooler in an easily portable design. Made with puncture-resistant material, a leak-resistant zipper and a molded base, the cooler embraces rugged use and stands upright for easy accessibility. It comes with a padded shoulder strap, carry handle, and exterior pocket for storing dry goods.
Carl Friedrik are known for their elegant, practical and meticulously crafted carry. But they haven’t stepped into the wheeled luggage sphere. That’s all set to change with the Carl Friedrik Carry-on, a chic and functional suitcase designed to bring both style and travel-friendly features to your trips. The suitcase is made with lightweight and impact-resistant polycarbonate, an aluminum lock frame and Italian leather detailing. Silent Hinomoto spinner wheels keep you moving quietly and smoothly, while interior organization secures the contents in place. Classy, functional and durable, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty and is available to pre-order now at a 20% discount.
A lot of gear is designed with seasons in mind. But ORBITGear and technical apparel brand LIVINGBONE take a different approach with their collaborative “Not Spring/Summer.Autumn/Winter” Collection. The collaboration features eight apparel pieces and eight bags. Technical, versatile pieces designed without seasons in mind but rather for enduring use. The bags include a backpack, messenger, two-way sling and small shoulder bag. Each bag comes in a choice of X-Pac or 580D elecor fabric options, both offering weatherproof durability, and is crafted in-house at ORBITGear’s studio.