- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear | September 2021
Looking for stylish and functional protection for your phone? A completely waterproof sling for aquatic adventures? Burly daypacks ready for urban and outdoor use alike? Discover all of this and more as we delve into September’s best new gear…
After spending four years in development and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Peak Design is finally ready to launch its mobile ecosystem. With the recent announcement of the iPhone 13, the timing couldn’t be better. The line focuses around the Everyday Case, an ultra-protective and ultra-slim MagSafe compatible phone case, which then allows you to attach accessories to your phone, or attach your phone to mounts.
Using their proprietary SlimLink technology, Peak enhances and reinforces on Apple’s MagSafe, by using a ceramic zirconia insert surrounded by magnets. This provides a much stronger grip. For extra assurance, situations that require extra holding power (bike and motorcycle mounts, for example) have extra mechanical locks. Everyday Cases are available for all models of iPhone 11 through 13 and Samsung S21.
Available in three colorways, Mujjo’s latest release is a set of cases for the new iPhone 13. The leather cases are single-piece affairs designed for maximum protection and coverage, while leaving the switches, charging ports and, of course, cameras exposed for you to use unhindered. The team focused on subtle details that might go unnoticed at first. For example, the leather-covered power and volume buttons and chamfered edges.
The case is also available in wallet form by adding a leather pocket card on the back. This allows you to carry up to 3 cards and is perfect for the grab-and-go type. The new cases are compatible with all size models of the Apple iPhone 13.
memobottle rethought what a reusable EDC bottle could be, swapping traditional round design for a flatter, squarer design that was easier to carry in a range of bags. Now it’s stepping up for a style makeover with the Stainless Steel memobottle. The same functional, easily portable design is now available in durable, sleek stainless steel with a scratch-resistant powder-coated finish. Available in two colors and four sizes, it’s a stylish EDC water bottle upgrade to suit your hydration needs.
Redesigned for even better form and function, the Urban EDC Baby Barlow is a compact EDC knife that’s easy to carry and which adapts to a range of everyday needs. It features an updated handle shape for improved symmetry and a better hand feel with improved comfort and usability. It also offers a front flipper tab for one-handed opening and a deep-carry titanium pocket clip. It’s available to pre-order now for delivery in Spring 2022.
Valet trays are great organizational tools for keeping all your EDC in one easily accessible spot. And the Combat Beads EDC Dump Tray is a particularly stylish option for housing your EDC in elegance. It’s made in Canada using vegetable-tanned Sepici Leather and is an ideal way to swap last-minute frantic searches for easy exits with all your EDC in tow.
Benchmade continue to create a wide variety of excellent knives, and the Bugout® has become one of their most celebrated products. How to improve such a fan favourite? Use M390 steel on the blade, make the handles out of aircraft grade aluminium and add Cerakote to keep the blade strong. You’re left with a lightweight, capable, and slimline knife that can attack just about anything. At 2.5oz, this slips in and out of your pocket with ease ready to tackle your daily tasks – whether that’s opening packages or fileting fresh caught fish – the Bugout® has you covered.
Looking for a bold bottle opener? The VoxDesign Sterile BrewBug will turn heads and pop bottle caps with equal ease. Made by renowned knifemaker Jesper Voxnaes, the design is machined from solid titanium and comes in at a lightweight 54 grams. Sling it on a lanyard for easy carry or to create double-duty jewelry that’s ready at a moment’s notice when it’s time to kick back and relax with a refreshing brew.
With Bond 25 No Time to Die finally arriving on our screens – many of the partner brands have released special edition items – some are accurate onscreen replicas, while others are just homages to the world’s favourite spy!
Leica are THE original camera masters. Famed for helping capture some of the biggest moments in history (Think Death of a Spanish Loyalist, Che Guevara’s famous portrait, Vietnam war, World War II) for over 100 years, Leica has been one of the most trusted names in the camera game. To commemorate the longest franchise in British Cinema History, they have released a limited edition of their highly praised full frame Q2 camera. Aside from the excellent technical features that come as standard on every Q2 camera, this 007 version has a meticulously handsome finish. A bespoke ocean green leather covering by world renowned luggage maker Globe – Trotter which matches the included Globe-Trotter suitcase for safe passage. This touch of luxury is complimented by limited edition numbering (out of 250), a metal lens cover complete with the famous 007 gun barrel engraving), a leather next strap, and a subtle matte 007 logo to complete a truly unique homage to film. Interestingly, all of the behind the scenes shots of Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond have been shot by Leica ambassador Greg Williams – the proof is in the pudding and this camera will up your espionage game, and failing that, you might at least feel like the next 00.
Danner makes some of the toughest boots in the game and have done so since 1932. Not only do they manufacture some incredible workwear, hunting, and outdoor boots, they also create some excellent tactical boots. You will see the Tanicus on screen as 007’s tactical footwear choice. Featuring a 1000d Nylon and rough out full grain leather upper, these boots are designed to take whatever you, or a supervillain, can throw at them. Matte black finishing provides a look that is understated enough to blend into the shadows, while the custom Vibram Tanicus outsole will keep you steady and ready on any terrain. It wouldn’t be a 007 special edition without some accoutrement. These boots are based on the 851 last, an updated version of their athletic 850 last – designed for all day comfort and high mileage. The Tanicus departs from Danners traditional green and brown box, and arrives in a black box, the only colour coming from an embossed gold 007 logo. That is not all though, a custom metal hangtag and an exclusive 007 keychain make this a collectors dream set.
If you’re looking for more urban chic from your spy inspired footwear, look no further than the Adidas Ultraboost. Available in four different colourways, these sneakers feature all the trimmings (and a few extras) that have made the ultraboost series so popular. Knitted uppers, responsive cushioning, a 007 inspired sockliner graphic (from a scene in NTTD) and even a hidden tuxedo pocket on the lace cage for small items! These sneakers are ready for anything.
Looking for techwear vibes in a multifunctional pack? The RIOTDIVISION F28 Backpack is designed to take you from the commute to the gym and outdoor trails. It’s made with durable, weatherproof nylon Ripstop 800D and X-Pac fabric, paired with water-resistant YKK zippers for protection from the elements. Dedicated storage for a 15″ laptop, shoes and quick-access items keeps your gear within easy reach and makes it simple to transition to a range of settings throughout the day.
GORUCK’s GR1 is an iconic piece. But many folks wanted its versatile design in something a little small. Enter the Radio Ruck. Inspired by the size of the primary radio used by Special Forces, the Radio Ruck still offers 21L capacity but in a shorter design with increased depth and width over the GR1. Built in the USA with 1000D Cordura, it features a clamshell opening, suspended 15″ laptop compartment, and a choice of organization pockets for your EDC or travel essentials.
An evolution of their much loved Luzon, Cotopaxi have created a daily carry and daily adventure winner with the Moda. With a cinch top closure, separate suspended laptop sleeve (including organisation) and a quick access front pocket – all of your essentials are close at hand. Once you combine that thoughtful organisation with daisy chains, a durable weather resistant recycled 630D nylon body and recycled 840d TPU coated nylon on the bottom and front panel, mesh water bottle pocket, and a bottom grab handle – you have a bag that can go just about anywhere and do just about anything.
Mission Workshop are known for their tough, versatile and eye-catching packs. And their newest pack, the Speedwell, elevates on all these fronts in its newest edition: the Speedwell : VX. Now available in X-Pac fabric (VX21 for black, slate, and yellow colorways and VX25 for the orange colorway), the pack offers sleek urban styling with dependable durability and weather protection. The pack uses the same breathable floating harness system utilized on their hydration packs, with an ASP pocket system for easy organization and access, whether you’re taking on city streets or more far-flung destinations.
Doubling down on their commitment to the environment and sustainability, and fresh off the heels of their collaboration with Bionic, Incase has launched the A.R.C. Collection. Short for “A Responsible Carry”, it is comprised of four unique bags: Travel Pack, Commuter Pack, Daypack, and Tech Tote. Key features of the ecosystem include RFID-blocking material, eco-friendly Ortholite foam, a lining to prevent bacterial growth, and 900D/1200D recycled polyester fabric.
Olivers Apparel FW21 Collection and Updated All Over Short
Moving into the cooler part of the year, Los Angeles-based Olivers Apparel just launched their Fall/Winter 2021 collection. Consisting of great-looking pieces, backed by technical fabrics and performance, the standouts include the Alpine Thermal Henley and Porter Hoodie.
In addition, the team has updated their super popular All Over Short with new colors and a few choice details. They’ve added an inner zip pocket (highly requested), refined the fit, and offer subtle branding via a tonal high-density heat transfer. Available in two inseams, this is the perfect pair for a quick trail run or the gym.
Ray-Ban are a household name in the glasses world. But what if something you wear daily could do more? Well, the Ray-Ban Stories do a lot more. A collaboration between Ray-Ban and Facebook, these smart glasses capture videos, play music and more. An inbuilt camera lets you take photos and videos. Inbuilt speakers and microphones also allow you to listen to music and calls, with touchpad controls for easy functionality. And of course, they also work as glasses too, with clear and sun lenses available in non-corrective and prescription options.
Mystery Ranch’s 2 Day Assault is a tough and adaptable partner for a variety of everyday carry missions. And now Mystery Ranch are offering a stealthy style update with a new DPM Camo colorway. If you love tactical functionality and tactical styling, this just might be your ideal EDC buddy to conquer a range of carry needs.
There’s no denying black is a highly versatile colorway for everyday and travel use alike. But in a sea of black bags, sometimes you might just want something a little different. A subtle color that’s still adaptable to a range of settings, but steps away from traditional black. Well, ORBITGear have you covered with their Storm Bringer series. The collection features a wide range of bags in an understated Storm Bringer colorway that’s versatile for work, travel, and play. With a variety of backpacks, shoulder bags, pouches, and more to choose from, you’ve got plenty of options to suit your specific setup needs.
Taking care of your feet and promoting active recovery is key for athletes. And with the Kane Revive Recovery Shoe, you get science-based design with eco-friendly construction. The shoe pairs excellent cushioning with biomechanics, combining EVA, a 10mm heel raise, and arch support to allow an easy transfer from heel to toe so that foot and leg muscles can recover. The Revive features BounceBackTM foam made from sugarcane and is the first one-piece injection-molded shoe constructed from sustainable materials.
Hitting the waves for a surf session? Getting your laps in at the pool? Caught in the rain during a bike ride? Your carry essentials will stay safe and sound with the AquaSeal Active. This 100% waterproof EDC sling features an IPX7 waterproof rating and is fully submersible. The modular design also offers two interchangeable front bags, including a phone pouch and EDC organizer, so you can adapt to a variety of different environments and carry needs.
As we enter fall, slippery rocks and small streams can make for an uncomfortable, and dangerous, hiking excursion. With Vasque’s latest footwear entry, you can rest assured your adventuring will be stable and safe. The Breeze LT NTX is a lightweight, waterproof hiking boot utilizing a NatureTex outer. The Vibram soles are grippy and a pair weighs just under two pounds.
Snow Peak’s signature blend of minimalist aesthetics and thoughtful design come together in the Shimo Stein, a vacuum-insulated mug that works just as well for hot drinks as it does cooler ones. Made with stainless steel, it offers a double handle, non-slip rubber base, and a narrow mouth so you can enjoy a concentration of aromas while sitting back and relaxing with your beverage of choice.
Camping is all about finding a balance between compact portability and functionality. HYDAWAY’s Collapsible Camp Bowls give you both. Available in two sizes, each set includes two bowls, two lids, and insulation sleeves. The bowls feature a collapsible design paired with a stainless steel rim and leak-proof polymer lid. The insulating sleeve keeps food warmer for longer and also protects your hands. And they’re easy to wash in a camp sink or in a dishwasher. So you can do away with single-use and bulky bowls and enjoy reusable, space-saving, and practical alternatives for your camp kitchen.
While coolers offer useful functionality, they’re often bulky and awkward to store. But the Nutshell Cooler is different, offering a collapsible design that uses insulation from upcycled coconut husks. The cooler retains ice for over 48 hours and includes a removable leak-proof liner for easy washing. A shoulder strap and side handles offer carry options, while the front of the cooler can be unclipped to create an on-the-go dining or storage surface.
Urban style meets outdoor performance with the Vans Destruct Mid MTE-1. This all-weather shoe features a water-repellent leather upper with a HydroGuard Wrap for added moisture protection. Primaloft® insulation regulates temperature inside the shoe while an UltraCush™ midsole adds comfy cushioning. And with the rubber-wrapped reverse waffle lug outsole, you’re ready to tackle a range of terrains in grippy confidence.
A lot of suitcases are bulky and hard to store, taking up a lot of valuable space in your home. The LITO CASE aims to solve this problem with its foldable design. Four internal folding panels keep the design compact for storage but lightweight and fully functional for travel use. It’s also sustainably made with a 100% recycled shell, representing 50 recycled plastic bottles for every case. Spinner wheels enable easy maneuverability, while a quick-access pocket stores your tech. The LITO CASE comes in a 40L carry-on option and a 70L check-in option.
Some of the best journeys are the spontaneous ones. And the Layover Duffel is designed to embrace them wholeheartedly. Side straps allow you to adjust the shape of the bag, so you can adapt it to a variety of contents depending on your needs. Six pockets let you organize smaller items, while grab handles and a removable shoulder strap offer flexible portability. The tough and handsome blend of 10 oz. ripstop waxed canvas and English bridle leather looks understatedly suave in a range of travel settings. And when you don’t need to use the bag simply roll it up for space-saving storage at home.