- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 19 March
Stylish business carry, a highly adaptable duffle, and a thoughtfully designed travel backpack are just a few of the pieces sharing the carry spotlight in our Week In Review…
Sleek city carry punching above its weight
Chrome Industries have built up a reputation for tough bags that can take a beating on the city streets. Their new Welterweight collection doesn’t lose sight of that hard-wearing heritage, but delivers the right hook to reel urban users in who want durability that won’t weigh them down. Designed to be light but durable for quick, easy movement in your day-to-day carry needs, the collection features some of their most popular pieces crafted with fabrics that are around half the weight of their non-Welterweight counterparts. In addition to lighter fabrics, the pieces also feature aluminum buckles that weigh around half the weight of Chrome’s steel buckles. Along with good water and abrasion resistance, the bags offer retroreflective fabric details for boosted visibility at night.
Modularity for diverse carry missions
Duffles are the great gear haulers of the carry world, with the ability to haul a variety of loads. The new Mission Workshop Cadre is not only a solid addition to this niche, but takes versatility to the next level with its Arkiv® Modular System. The system allows the bag to adapt to a range of carry needs, from the gym to travel or the commute, through the use of optional Arkiv accessories. In addition to modular customization, the Cadre delivers a sleek weatherproof construction built by hand in the USA, with a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship. The 26L duffle is suitable for carry-on use, and includes two exterior pockets, one interior pocket, and a removable shoulder strap.
A business partner you can rely on for years to come
Creating carry that seamlessly blends refinement and efficient design is no easy task – but Oppermann London get it right in a way that exudes understated confidence. Their latest piece is no exception, offering a slim and functional design that looks suave in any setting. The Palissy Briefcase offers a sleek alternative to their popular Palissy 25-hour bag, and is ideal when you just need to carry day-to-day business essentials. The briefcase features an extended zip that allows the bag to open wide for easy access. A choice of interior pockets provide organization for items such as a notebook, wallet, pens and a 15″ laptop. Crafted from beautiful and durable vegetable-tanned Italian Vachetta leather, this piece will stand the test of time in both looks and build quality. Even better, you can enjoy a 10% discount by pre-ordering it now.
Snappy style for photographers on the go
The Lexdray San Francisco Camera Pack was designed with a simple goal in mind – to keep up with changing photography needs. It does this by teaming up with the Monterey Camera Insert to create a modular, customizable carry setup. The pack comes with one insert, but can fit up to three (sold separately) if desired. The pack’s two main compartments provide easy access to gear through clamshell-style openings, and a range of pockets keep camera accessories and EDC items neat and tidy. The pack also includes a top-loading laptop pocket for your tech, exterior compression straps that can secure a tripod, top and side carry handles, and a removable waist strap for added carry comfort on the go.
Outfoxing travel packing challenges
Keeping your gear neat and accessible during your travels can be challenging, but the Fjällräven Travel Pack has a few neat tricks up its sleeve to help you out. Forming part of the brand’s first official travel collection, the 35L Travel Pack lends itself to a variety of uses, from business travel to weekend getaways. Constructed with durable G-1000 HeavyDuty material, the bag offers a range of handy pockets for organizing small travel and EDC items, as well as a padded laptop compartment that fits 15″ tech and includes storage for a tablet. The main compartment of the bag opens clamshell-style for convenient packing and access to the contents, and there’s also a zippered compartment that can be accessed from the front and the interior of the bag which is designed to neatly store Fjällräven’s new Travel Toiletry Bag. The Travel Pack includes all-around padding to help provide structure as well as protection for your gear on the go, with further features including stowable shoulder straps, and top and side grab handles for easy portability.
*Editor’s Note: Oppermann London has now rebranded to Carl Friedrik.