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Best New Gear :: July 2017
A diverse mix of great gear has stepped onto the carry stage recently, ready for some well-deserved recognition. From burly carry-on to compact key carry with location tracking, check out the best new gear in July…
Helinox have made a name for themselves creating innovative outdoor adventure equipment. Their TERG line takes that experience and applies it to functional pieces for everyday use. Pieces like the Helinox [New]TERG Daypack 3way, which as the name suggests can be carried in three ways – across the shoulder, as a backpack, or by hand. The 25L bag opens wide for great access to your gear, meaning you don’t have to rummage to get to specific items. Like the Daypack 3way, the Helinox [New]TERG Daypack Anotherday also opens wide for excellent access. The 21L capacity works well for handling day-to-day essentials or an overnight trip, and the stylish silhouette will draw admiring glances wherever you roam.
Love your GORUCK but wish there was something a little larger for travel use? There soon will be with the upcoming GORUCK GR3 backpack, a 45L bag suited to maximum carry-on use. The pack includes a removable padded hipbelt to keep you comfortable on the go, along with bottom MOLLE webbing, side compression straps, interior organization and a dedicated laptop compartment. The pack’s expected release date is November/December 2017, but pre-order now and you’ll save $100. Plus you’ll get the chance to customize the bag with options that won’t be available after the release date. Opt for side carry handles, front MOLLE webbing, and/or an attachable GR3 Tough Bag to suit your needs. In addition you’ll also score a free sternum strap and GR3 leather patch.
Bellroy are all about keeping the little things organized in sleek and durable style, and their two new releases help you do just that. The Bellroy Pencil Case is a stylish and versatile case that’s equally adept at keeping pens and pencils, cables and small work tools, or even toiletries in order. The thoughtful design folds out into a tray for quick and convenient access, with pull loops on either end for easy portability and opening. For more active environments the Bellroy x MAAP All-Conditions Phone Pocket has you covered. The weatherproof leather and YKK AquaGuard Zip protect your pocket essentials against the elements, dirt, sweat and grime, while the soft microfiber lining keeps your phone safe and sound. And with interior pockets for a key, cash and cards you can get to items in a jiffy. A choice of two colorways and two sizes lets you pick the option best suited to your needs and tastes. Plus with its slim and elegant design, it’s easy to slip into a cycling jersey pocket and looks good wherever you use it.
Want to stay organized while looking good on your travels? The Voyager 2 Weekender from This Is Ground hits the mark with its suave aesthetics and useful pockets. Crafted from vegetable-tanned leather, this chic carry offers an easy-access front pocket with interior organization for travel and EDC essentials. Further pockets are available inside the main compartment, including a 15″ laptop compartment, along with sufficient space for clothing and other travel gear for a five-day trip. A zipper lets you expand the bag to squeeze in a little extra when needed, and the back pocket can also be unzipped to form a luggage passthrough sleeve. For further flexibility, the bag can be purchased with an optional power source to keep your tech devices charged up on the move.
KeySmart turned bulky pockets into ordered key carry with its sleek and compact design. Now that good design is even more functional through KeySmart Pro with Tile™. The KeySmart Pro still delivers organized key carry and reduces bulk in your pocket, but is also paired with Tile for location tracking. You can use your phone to track lost keys through the free Tile app, as well as ring the keys to help locate them faster and more easily. In addition, KeySmart Pro can also be used to ring your phone if you misplace it, even if your phone is on silent. And for even more functionality, the design incorporates an LED light so you can enjoy handy illumination while cutting down on EDC items.
It’s hard not to get dirty or sweaty when you’re traveling. And it can also be hard to find a convenient place to wash your clothes during your explorations. But the Scrubba Stealth Pack is your very own portable washing machine. Just fill it with your dirty clothes, water and cleaning liquid, seal the bag and use the interior washboard to give clothes a good scrub. In addition, the weatherproof pack can also protect dry clothes and travel gear against the elements, and even doubles as a portable camp shower. As an added bonus, it can be compressed down into a compact form for easy storage inside your luggage, ready to serve as a daypack at your destination.
Small but mighty, Trakke’s Fingal backpack is a durable, low-key, and compact bag for everyday use. But now its stealthy style is elevated even further, ready to blend into a variety of daily carry environments with a limited woodland camo edition. Crafted with digitally printed waxed cotton twill, the bag offers a 13L capacity for the essentials, with space for a 13″ laptop inside and an exterior quick-access pocket to keep frequently used items within easy reach.
Sometimes the unexpected opportunities, the overnight stays and the last-minute getaways can deliver some of the best travel experiences. And having carry you can grab and go with makes it a lot easier to embrace those moments. Carry like the pieces in Timbuk’s new Travel Collection. Set for a Fall 2017 release, the collection features convenient and versatile bags such as the Quest Rolling Duffel, Wander Pack and Blink Pack. The Quest Rolling Duffel (available in 48L and 66L sizes) can be carried by hand or wheeled, with a wide opening for easy access and multiple pockets to keep your gear tidy. The 40L Wander Pack and 24L Blink Pack keep your tech safe with padded laptop compartments, while also offering a choice of pockets and wide-opening main compartments for hassle-free packing and access.