- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear: April 2020
Looking for a unique Dyneema daypack? Seeking out streetwear vibes? Or a travel collection with real smarts? You’ll find it all in the month’s best new gear…
Little-known Italian techwear brand Adeft have just dropped their Platform 01 P01 bag… and we’re super impressed. Crafted by hand and built rugged, the bag dishes up aggressive and boxy lines with exterior stash options for days. Streetwear fans, we’ve got a new player in town!
No sunglasses represent cool, classic and adventure quite like Aviators. And now you can enjoy them in a fresh new look courtesy of Randolph’s Matte Black Cobalt Aviator Sunglasses. A supplier of Aviator sunglasses to the U.S. Military for over four decades, their military-spec Aviator collection welcomes an eye-catching combination of SkyTec™ Polarized Cobalt Blue lenses and a durable Matte Black metal frame. Crafted by hand in the USA, these tough and stylish sunglasses are built to go the distance, however far that may be. An ideal way to spruce up your style for Spring and welcoming sunnier weather.
The small Japanese boutique is at it again, upgrading their Shift collection with version 2.0. The collection is led by Dyneema® Composite Fabric, known for its exceptional strength to weight ratio and weather resistance. Lightweight and minimal, the bags work well in urban settings, but have the durability and weather resistance needed to deal with more demanding environments. The collection features multiple bags and attachment pieces that can adapt to everyday and travel use, but our focus is squarely on the daypack!
ORBITGear have been inspired by the functionality of military gear from their inception. And that inspiration is saluted in the limited edition SP002 Falcon Duke. The bag provides a modern take on classic aviator helmet bags, combining technical build performance with eye-catching aesthetics. Crafted by hand in their in-house studio, it’s made with a laminated heavy cotton duck canvas face that is reinforced with X-Ply fiber. Organization is covered by five pockets including space for a 15″ laptop.
A professional bag goes a long way in the working world. And Mismo are experts in work chic. The M/S Endeavour brings boardroom-ready briefcase styling to the table, with shoulder bag portability and practical access. Dual compartments let you neatly store daily work supplies, with one compartment taking good care of your tech with padded protection. You’ll also find a range of pockets to store smaller items, along with a luggage pass-through for travel convenience. The M/S Endeavour comes in multiple colorways in nylon and cotton canvas options, with vegetable-tanned full-grain bridle leather detailing rounding out the luxurious look and feel.
With working from home the current norm for many, thoughtful accessories can help separate your work/downtime areas and keep you focused throughout the day. And if you can add a dash of refined minimalism to your work area, even better. Enter Carl Friedrik’s range of elegant home office accessories, featuring a single panel desk mat, mouse pad, and valet tray. Each piece is handcrafted by a small artisan manufacturer in England and comes in a choice of Cognac or Chocolate vegetable-tanned leather. Sleek, durable, professional, and guaranteed to dapper up your workspace.
Bulky, awkward-to-carry wallets aren’t doing you any favors. But KeySmart has a sleek alternative with their Slim Wallet. It’s lightweight and compact enough to fit in a front pocket, while holding up to six cards with a thumb slot for easy access. Built for the long haul, it’s made with Tectuff® Leather that’s designed to last up to ten times longer than traditional leather.
Great for jotting down notes at your work desk but equally adept at holding to-do lists or capturing ideas while you’re out and about, Grovemade’s Desk Notebook is a smart and practical addition for your EDC/work setup. Created through a collaboration with Pacific & West, the notebook has a lay-flat brass disc binding system and can fold over on itself to take up minimal space. The binding system allows paper to be easily refilled, removed and reorganized to suit your needs. Crafted with vegetable-tanned leather covers in a choice of black or tan, the Desk Notebook comes in three sizes with a choice of ruled, plain, and dot grid paper.
While those laid-back summer trips may be on hold at present, that doesn’t mean you can’t dream about them – and prep accordingly with your travel carry. Mismo’s Palm Jacquard collection blends summer adventure vibes with understated luxury across eight pieces including a weekender, pouches, totes, and over-the-shoulder bags. The limited-edition collaboration with Limonta is inspired by Limonta’s vintage weavings and combines a jacquard woven cotton canvas with full-grain bridle leather trimmings, quality YKK zippers, and durable brass hardware.
Our friends at Bellroy have added to their travel line with four stellar new additions: the Transit Backpack Plus, the Weekender, the Weekender Plus, and the Flight Bag.
The 38L Transit Backpack Plus builds on their super popular Transit and adds volume for longer voyages (and one baggers). The 30L Weekender and 45L Weekender Plus both feature a zipped top that folds out and down, creating a wide opening for easy access throughout the main compartment. The 28L Flight Bag is a versatile work and travel companion that moves smoothly from the airport to meetings, keeping work and travel items organized yet separate. But the best part? Their Baida Nylon has filtered down from their Apex line and into this new range – oh yes!
Travel packing necessitates smart choices about the gear you bring on trips. And when it comes to savvy travel clothing, why not pick pieces that offer performance, packability and versatile styling in one? Just like the Proof Shift Packable Shell. The lightweight jacket is made from a durable, abrasion-resistant nylon blend and is breathable, wind resistant, and water resistant. And it keeps packing bulk to a minimum by packing down into its own chest pocket. It features a stowable hood that can be stored in the collar when not in use, along with elastic cuffs and an adjustable hem. Additionally, two zippered hand pockets and a zippered chest pocket provide useful storage for small on-the-go essentials.
Protecting your hands is important when you’re out amongst it. But Triple Aught Design have taken gloves to a new level! Teaming up with Patrol Incident Gear (PIG) on Foundry project these gloves are honed for rugged adventures, first responder needs, and military personnel alike. The PIG Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Delta+ Glove TAD Edition features PIG’s new Delta+ glove design upgraded with a single layer leather palm for robust use. The gloves are touchscreen compatible on the thumb and index finger and also feature a paracord pull loop for a tight fit and secure attachment option. Rounding out the design is a TAD logo Ranger Eye and 3D topo screen print that just adds yet another element of ‘wow!’.