- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear: October 2017
From tech protection to all-in-one EDC, October has welcomed a host of great new gear onto the carry stage. And we’ve rounded up the best new gear for your perusing pleasure below…
Backpacks and Luggage
Value fast access to your gear? Then look to the master-piece Delta series, which puts rapid access front and center with a rip-open design to quickly get to your gear. And if you don’t want to fully open the bags, no problem. The zippers can be opened from either side to reach specific items. The series features the Delta Backpack, Delta Shoulder Bag and Delta Waist Bag, each combining water-resistant and lightweight builds with eye-catching street style. Great for day-to-day urban use, the bags also include a choice of pockets for keeping your EDC organized and within easy reach.
Launched in A/W 2017, nunc is a new Japanese brand focused on designing around the concept of “what is needed now”. nunc designs functional bags for modern-day use, including pieces such as the Traveler’s Backpack. The pack is inspired by origami and features multiple pockets for organizing travel essentials, with a durable 840D nylon construction to embrace the demands of an on-the-go lifestyle.
Looking for travel bags that combine tough functionality with low-key aesthetics for business or leisure use? Meet the Treadwell Travel Collection, constructed with a hard-wearing 1680D ballistic nylon to endure demanding travel use. The collection features the Juno Travel Tote, Vega Transit Brief, Hightower Transit Backpack and Kilo Dopp Kit. With multiple pockets to organize your tech and travel items, plus a range of carry options to adapt to changing settings, these pieces deliver practical style for a variety of travel needs.
Worried about unexpected downpours soaking your gear on your travels? Or maybe you’re looking for a carry option to keep the water in, somewhere to stash your wet towel and swimwear away from dry items? The Roark Revival Missing Link 25L Wet/Dry Backpack is up for either challenge, featuring a waterproof tarpaulin body that keeps water out or in depending on your needs. A weatherproof side pocket comes in handy for valuables such as your wallet and phone, while the side mesh pocket is a handy place to store items that don’t need protection from the elements. And with a front bungee you can easily secure bulkier items for easy access on the go.
Adaptability is key when traveling, and the Patagonia Black Hole MLC is designed to provide the flexibility to adapt to a host of travel needs and environments. The soft-sided suitcase can be carried as a shoulder bag, backpack or briefcase-style, and also includes a luggage passthrough sleeve for attaching it to wheeled luggage. The clamshell opening enables fast and easy access to gear, with plenty of pockets on hand to tidily store your travel essentials within easy reach. The 45L bag is made from a weatherproof polyester ripstop and suits maximum carry-on use.
Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack delivers great functionality for everyday use, from its customizable organization to its expandability and convenient access to gear throughout the bag. But one thing that was missing was the ultimate EDC colorway option. Until now. Peak Design have introduced a sleek, all-black colorway available for the 20L Everyday Backpack. Understated and stylish, the black colorway makes it even easier to move between work and play with just one bag.
Making a bag can be challenging. But with the Lasso Backpack you can still get hands-on, minus the frustration and time-consuming effort involved in crafting from scratch. The pack is made in France from a single piece of weatherproof wool-felt. However, the self-assembly design lets you get involved in the creative process, with a choice of color options available to suit your tastes. Sleek and minimalist, the Lasso Pack looks equally good during the commute or on downtime adventures, and includes three interior pockets that will fit up to a 15″ laptop and smaller work or EDC accessories.
Mystery Ranch are known for their tough and reliable carry gear, and the Slick and Crest Mountain Packs are no exception. Designed for users who want durable, everyday functionality, the packs are crafted with 500D Cordura and water-resistant YKK zippers for hard-wearing reliability. The 23L Slick daypack offers a clean design with a padded 15″ laptop sleeve and a wide-opening main compartment. The 23L Crest Mountain Pack on the other hand is inspired by Mystery Ranch’s military packs, and features a range of exterior organization options including MOLLE webbing, pockets and a front “Stick-It” panel to secure additional gear as required. Additionally, the Crest’s telescoping yoke allows for a custom fit for improved comfort on the move.
Built for the city, Timbuk’s new Lug Collection combines urban-friendly styling with rugged construction that takes the daily commute and weekend adventures in its stride. Available in Fall 2017, the collection features two packs and a tote, each crafted from tough and water-resistant sail cloth fabric. The 14L Lug Knapsack features two exterior pockets and a central daisy chain for quick access to frequently used items. The 12L Lug Recruit Pack combines a slim profile with multiple exterior pockets to keep EDC and work tools tidy and at the ready. Rounding the collection off is the 24L Lug Tote, with its versatile design that suits daily or overnight use and choice of shoulder strap or top carry handles for flexible portability.
Inspired by the Tres Hombres but intended for smaller loads, the Red Oxx Lil Hombre offers a versatile multi-carry design handmade in the USA and backed by a lifetime warranty. The 40L bag can be carried as a backpack, shoulder bag or by the top grab handles and features exterior compression straps to help cinch the load. A choice of three compartments help keep your travel gear neat and accessible, and the burly build will stand up to years of demanding use.
G-RO’s innovative approach to carry-on luggage with axle-less wheels earned them great crowdfunding success. Now they’re back with four new offerings to conquer a variety of travel and day-to-day carry needs. The Check-In and Office both feature G-RO’s axle-less wheels. The Office doubles as an everyday commuter bag and carry-on bag, while the Check-In offers a clamshell main compartment that’s also expandable. The Backpack XV is an expandable backpack for everyday and short travel use. And if you’re after slim functionality for minimalist loads, look to the Backpack Light with its compact design and multiple pockets for organization.
The Creek Transit Bag from Black Diamond combines the toughness of climbing haul bags with practical features for everyday urban needs. A weatherproof shell helps protect the contents from the elements, and the exterior padded compartment keeps up to 15″ tech devices easily accessible. The pack’s bottom compartment provides useful separate storage for the likes of shoes or gym clothes, while an interior organizer pocket stores smaller items within easy reach.
Functionality in a bag is important. But carry with character is valuable too. And with two collaborations from Japanese textile experts Kiriko, you get both. Kiriko teamed up with North St. Bags to create the attractive and practical NSB X Kiriko Davis Daypack and Pittock Travel Pouches. Useful for everyday and travel needs, these pieces deliver eye-catching style without sacrificing functional design. Additionally, Kiriko has collaborated with Red Clouds Collective on a backpack and duffel, crafted in Portland with a handsome combination of durable cotton canvas, Japanese Sashiko, and vegetable-tanned leather.
Expensive tech deserves reliable protection. And if you can carry it in elegant style, even better. So Bellroy and Google teamed up to deliver both. The Bellroy Made for Google collection features simple, stylish and protective carry pieces for the Pixel 2 and Pixelbook. The Leather Pixel Case combines flex polymer and premium leather to create a case that’s chic, slim and functional. The Pixelbook Sleeve combines water-resistant woven fabric with leather detailing to create a handsome sleeve for your Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen. Additionally, the sleeve doubles as a stand to make using your tech easier wherever the day or night takes you.
There are a lot of portable power packs on the market. But the Romeo Power Saber aims to push the capability of portable chargers, in a shockproof and water-resistant design that moves easily from urban to outdoor environments. The Saber includes universal AC output and USB ports and can charge multiple devices simultaneously. Additionally, the Saber charges fully in two hours and features short circuit, overcharging and over-discharging protection.
Wallet, pen and paper. All useful everyday items to have at the ready. But carrying multiple items can start to complicate your EDC. The Dango Products P01 Pioneer Bifold Wallet, Pen and Notebook offer a compact solution. The wallet’s thoughtful design not only holds cards and cash but also provides dedicated space for a Dango notebook and durable pen crafted from 6061 aerospace grade aluminum. The pen works in extreme temperatures and at any angle, so you can capture those important ideas and to-do tasks at any time throughout the day. Even better, the all-in-one carry solution lets you easily slip the wallet into your pocket for convenient access while avoiding unsightly pocket bulge.
GNARBOX is a portable backup and editing system designed to give you greater freedom while using your camera outdoors and on the go. The system allows you to edit 4K video and RAW photos without a laptop. Simply plug in the camera’s memory card, connect your phone to the GNARBOX WiFi hotspot and open the associated app to start editing. Media can then be uploaded and shared via your phone. The GNARBOX is water-resistant, shockproof and dustproof and comes in 128GB and 256GB options, with a rechargeable 4000mAh battery that lasts around 4-6 hours.
It’s easy to misplace small items like your keys or wallet, but with the Tile Pro Series you can quickly locate them through your phone. But what about if you’ve misplaced your phone? Simply double tap a button on the Tile to make your phone ring even if it’s on silent. The Pro Series Tiles are twice as loud as other Tiles, waterproof up to 1.5 meters for an hour, and feature a range up to 200 feet. And with Sport and Style options you can pick and choose to suit your tastes.