- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 12 July
A leather travel duffel, an adventure pack, a sleek and tough work bag and a thoughtful take on an everyday piece of carry. Welcome to the Week In Review…
Traveling in style
Good looks, durability and versatility…everything you want in a travel bag – and the 4Style Duffel ticks all the boxes. Crafted by hand, this leather duffel can be carried in four ways, making traveling just that little bit easier. Sling it over one shoulder or carry it using the carry handles if you need to stop a lot. Alternatively haul it using a crossbody strap or as a backpack for longer distances. As an added bonus, a side handle offers easy maneuvering in tight spaces. The double zipper opening allows for convenient packing and quick access to gear, while external pockets enable frequently accessed items to remain close at hand.
Playing in two worlds
Fancy an adventure pack that can play in urban and outdoor environments? Ogden Made dishes up a heritage vibe with modern functionality in their Two Bit Klettersack. Featuring a tough 1000D Cordura construction, the pack includes a padded section for a 15-inch laptop and can be paired with the Ogden Made Monte Camera Module to safely carry a mirrorless camera system or GoPro kit. A drawstring opening provides access to the main compartment, while a front zipped opening provides additional access to the pack contents or direct access to the camera module if used together. Check out the Kickstarter campaign to make the pack your next outdoor companion.
A bag that works as hard as you do
Balancing a compact and smart design with enough space for all your work tools…challenge accepted by the booq Boa saddle. Water-resistant 1680D ballistic nylon will see you through the scrapes and scuffs of being on the move, while the padded laptop compartment keeps up to 15.6-inch tech safe. Carry the bag over your shoulder when you’re on the go or remove the strap and use the bag as a briefcase for formal settings. A host of internal and external pockets keep work tools organized, along with plenty of space for books, folders and a water bottle. A luggage pass-through on the back of the bag also makes it easy to travel with the bag and additional luggage. Plus a Terralinq serial number gives you peace of mind that you can be reunited with your bag if it is recovered after going walkabout.
Honing the EDC basics
The folks behind the uber-successful BASICS Wallet are back with a new Kickstarter campaign. This time, they’re taking on the challenge of reimagining another EDC item – the humble notebook. The BASICS Notebook keeps you organized during your day, week and month thanks to features such as monthly and weekly calendars, blank pages and lined pages. Other user-friendly details include dual elastics for holding the notebook closed, ensuring it always opens to a specific page and securing both halves to keep the notebook open for reading, typing and during windy days. The reduced page height provides space for a pen, while a back pocket in the notebook comes with whiteboard paper and is a handy spot for storing documents and other flat items. If this feels like a solid addition to your EDC, browse through the Kickstarter campaign which has already smashed its funding goal.