- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear: February 2018
Easily portable solar-powered lighting, sleek work bags, and ultralight carry for the outdoors and urban streets are just some of the best new gear making its mark in February. Get the inside scoop below…
Designed for creators, makers, and modern professionals on the move, Aer’s new Work Collection lets you stay organized so you can work whenever and wherever duty calls. The collection features five pieces including the Tech Pack, Day Pack, Commuter Bag, Tech Sling and Cable Kit. Their clean, minimalist style looks professional in a diverse range of work environments, while the water-resistant front panel and 1680D Cordura® ballistic nylon body provide durability and protection on the go. The Tech Pack, Day Pack and Commuter Bag offer upright designs that create convenient mobile workstations, and a host of pockets across the collection ensures your work supplies and EDC stay decluttered and within easy reach whenever you need them.
A trusty pen is a great addition to any daily carry setup. But if you’re looking to elevate your writing EDC, turn to the Inventery Pocket Fountain Pen. Elegant, durable and flexible, the pen features modular assembly and can adapt to a range of needs. The Extender Kit allows you to add length, while the interchangeable writing head lets you tailor the pen to your preferences. Additionally, the pen can be used with either disposable ink cartridges or a refillable mechanism, and provides further flexibility with a modular cap system including clip, clipless, keychain, and stylus options.
What if you could enjoy minimal weight with maximum functionality in urban settings? Timbuk2’s Parachute Collection is designed to let you do just that, featuring bags that can be stored compactly in luggage or easily carried throughout the day for EDC needs. The collection includes the Launch Pack, Mission Sling and Zip Kit, crafted with lightweight yet strong Tyvek in a choice of colorways. The 18L Launch Pack features a drawstring and top flap closure, with side access to the 13″ laptop storage. The Mission Sling offers an expandable rolltop closure that increases from 8L-10L to suit a range of loads, with flexible cross-body or waist bag carry options. The Zip Kit is ideal for carrying the essentials, with plenty of interior and exterior pockets to keep smaller items tidy and easily accessible.
Compact, functional and thoughtfully designed, the BioLite SunLight lets you leave the batteries at home and pack with sustainable adventure in mind. This solar-powered light provides up to 50 hours of light on a single charge, offering up to 100 lumens and RGB LED lights that can be switched to a range of colors to suit your needs and mood. The SunLight is compact enough to carry by hand, attached to a bag, or hooked up inside a tent. The light charges via solar in seven hours or via USB in two hours, and is ready for the elements with an IPX4 rating.
Thisispaper offer a refined blend of sophisticated style and practical design with their new Atom Backpack. The bag features two exterior front pockets, along with a central zipper for handy access throughout the main compartment. Inside you’ll find a further two pockets for organization, while the padded 15″ laptop pocket is easily accessed through an exterior top back panel zipper. The top part of the pack secures with magnetic closures for speed and convenience. Handmade in Poland, the Atom comes in a choice of colorways and materials including waxed cotton or raw linen with vegetable-tanned leather detailing, brass hardware and water-resistant YKK zippers.
Modern yet classic. Fashion-friendly without forgetting function. And durable enough to handle your everyday carry for years to come. The new additions to QWSTION’s Black Leather Canvas Collection include the Daypack, Simple Pack, Day Tote and Tote, featuring a suave and understated combination of organic canvas and vegetable-tanned leather. Easily handling a variety of day-to-day needs, from the commute to a relaxed weekend of urban exploring, these are solid choices if you’re after handsome, versatile EDC.
Need to travel with a suit but want to keep your carry as streamlined as possible? Meet the Bennett Winch S.C Holdall, a chic and practical carry solution handmade in England. The two-piece design features a suit carrier and holdall, secured together with magnets and straps. The pieces can be used together or separately depending on your needs, with the suit carrier wrapping around the holdall to help reduce wrinkles. The design comes with a removable waterproof shoe bag and slimline coat hanger, as well as a detachable shoulder strap.
Osprey Levity/Lumina Series
Looking to keep the load to a minimum on your next multi-day backpacking trip? Osprey’s ultralight Levity and women-specific Lumina Series are designed to help you do that, while still offering functional and durable designs to effectively carry the load. The bags come in 45L and 60L options, and are made with ultralight NanoFly™ fabric, 30D Siliconised Nylon and an AirSpeed back system for comfort and ventilation on the go. Honed features include an interior hydration sleeve, interior compression straps, safety whistle, lid pocket, front and side pockets and exterior attachment points for securing additional items.
Billykirk’s Camo Collection is a nod to the past but built for modern-day use. The Billykirk founders salute their family hunting traditions with four pieces featuring waxed cotton woodland camo. But the addition of premium full-grain black leather gives the collection a sleek, modern feel, complementing the durable waxed canvas and rugged, American-made craftsmanship. Ready to take on a range of travel and day-to-day needs, the collection includes a choice of three carryalls and a tote.
Carrying cards, cash and a phone, all in one stylish and easily portable piece? Bellroy deftly nails this carry challenge with their Phone Wallet for the iPhone X. In addition to a phone, the wallet fits up to five cards, or four cards and cash, and includes storage slots for a SIM card and pin. The magnetic closure is quick and simple, while the premium leather and flex polymer construction looks suave in formal and informal settings alike. And for added functionality, the wallet even doubles as a phone stand for convenient viewing wherever you are.