- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear: November 2018
A travel duffel that ups your organization game, a slick EDC pen, and snow packs for slope adventures. Discover all of this and more as we delve into November’s best new gear…
Jakarta street style meets EDC with this urban-ready collab between ORBITGear and DOMINATE. The brands fused DOMINATE’s military-inspired style with ORBITGear’s functional and technical design approach to create a pack that rolls from daily use to overnight or weekend travel adventures. You’ll find eight compartments to keep gear organized and within easy reach, including a 15″ laptop compartment with both top and side access for on-the-go convenience.
When you’re celebrating a 15-year anniversary, it’s fitting to take things up a notch. And that’s what the DSPTCH x 3sixteen 15y Capsule Collection does. Forming part of the collection is the brands’ collaborative Daypack, which gets a slick upgrade with increased durability and stylish new colorways. The material has been swapped from a 10oz waxed canvas to a tough and beautiful 18oz waxed twill. The pack has also been released in four colorways including Olive Drab, Field Tan, Grey, and Black. All with canvas-matching zippers and leather detailing for an added touch of style.
Not too big, not too small. The Defy Menace finds that EDC sweet spot that embraces a range of work and play carry needs. Inside you’ll find a padded 15″ laptop pocket, while adjustable quick-access pockets store items externally. The bomber build will take hard use in its stride, combining handmade American craftsmanship, tough water-resistant 1050D ballistic nylon and a rugged AustriAlpin Cobra buckle.
When it comes to killer urban style fused with everyday practicality and luxurious craftsmanship, few do it as well as KILLSPENCER. Case in point, the R-22 Rucksack. The chic aesthetics are emphasised by premium handmade build quality featuring full-grain leather. You can easily reach gear thanks to multiple quick-access pockets and a wide top opening, with an interior 13″ laptop sleeve to store your tech.
Duffels are great for hauling a range of gear, but many fall short when it comes to keeping that gear organized on the move. The Tortuga Setout Duffle Bag is different, offering up three compartments to tidily store your travel items. One compartment stores up to a 13″ laptop and 9.7″ tablet, another stores your clothing and toiletries, while the third keeps smaller items such as your passport within easy reach. The duffel also includes a shoe compartment and comes with a luggage pass-through sleeve and a removable shoulder strap.
With winter and the holiday period on the horizon, you may be dreaming of hitting those slopes on an epic snow adventure. And if you are planning to roam with skis or a snowboard, Thule’s new Upslope series is well worth scoping out. The series includes the Upslope 20L which accommodates a range of ski and board widths, with a wide-opening main compartment to easily reach gear throughout the bag. If you’re looking for added space and enhanced safety on the slopes, check out the Upslope 25L and Upslope 35L, both of which accommodate the Mammut Removable Airbag 3.0 system (sold separately).
Looking to carry your travel essentials in minimalist style? Haerfest delivers with their sleek Travel Backpack Large. Elegant and understated, it suits business and leisure travel and features a handy luggage pass-through sleeve. A variety of pockets including a padded laptop pocket and quick-access front pocket store items neatly and within easy reach. A chic choice if you’re after a polished travel partner that moves smoothly to everyday use.
The James Brand have carved out a solid reputation with their functional and minimalist small EDC goods. And their latest piece is an eye-catching take on an everyday staple. The Benton is a stylish and practical clicker pen designed for daily use. The pen features a laser-etched grip and a durable 304 stainless steel barrel available in black and stainless colorways. The Benton offers both a pocket clip and lanyard for flexible portability and comes with a black Schmidt 900 M cartridge.
Mismo are well known for their refined, understated and luxurious carry. Goods is a renowned Copenhagen menswear store serving up dapper offerings for the man about town. Bring them together and you’re going to get something really good. The Mismo M/S Goods, to be precise. This handsome collaboration piece celebrates Goods’ 10-year anniversary in style, crafted with durable and weatherproof hand-woven Italian navy nylon. It’s inspired by the M/S Shopper but features enhanced organization with the addition of multiple exterior and interior pockets. Suave, functional and versatile, the bag is limited to just 40 pieces and is an appealing all-rounder for the commute and the weekend.
Jackets designed to keep you warm on the mountains often have a distinct outdoor vibe to them. Fine when you’re adventuring, but not necessarily what you’re after in more urban settings. But what if you could have urban-friendly tailored style with outdoor technical performance? With the Huckberry x Western Rise AirLoft Jacket, you get both. This lightweight jacket features Toray 3DeFX® Active Insulation, a C6 durable water-repellent finish, and four-way stretch for freedom of movement. Ideal for answering the call of the mountains or the city commute.