- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 20 July
Welcome to the Week In Review where we’re checking out two collaborations, cool carry for your mini MacBook, snappy wallet style and a backpack that traverses the gap between EDC and outdoor adventuring…
Outlier goes hyper over packs
Outlier have teamed up with Hyperlite Mountain Gear to produce the Hypercity International backpack. Constructed using nonwoven Dyneema with a bonded polyester face, this pack is designed to be lightweight without sacrificing strength. The design is inspired by Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Windrider pack but pared down to produce a functional urban design. The pack has a removable waist belt and chest strap, exterior and interior pocketing and aluminum hardware, with a white interior back panel for enhanced visibility of the contents.
Compact work/play carry
Incase’s Leather and Canvas Mini Messenger boasts chic sleek that slides effortlessly from lesiure time to the office. This mini messenger accommodates up to a 13-inch MacBook Pro, with exterior zipped and slip pockets for smaller items. The main compartment is zippered, with a magnetic closure fold-over top.
Kika NY’s Snap Wallet is an eye-catching piece of cash and card carry. Constructed out of leather with snap button closures, there are two pockets designed to hold bills and cards respectively. Though if you need to carry coins, you could probably store a few with the bills if required. The wallet comes in a choice of tan or walnut leather.
Piercing the urban/trail divide
Whether you’re hitting the trails or the streets, Arc’teryx’s Spear 25 daypack is always up for some traveling. The hipbelt and chest strap help with load distribution while the range of pockets offer a good degree of organization, such as a zippered document pouch and a felt-lined storage section for small items that need extra protection. There are also two water bottle pockets and the pack can accommodate a hydration bladder if needed. The pack doesn’t have a dedicated laptop compartment but could hold a 17-inch laptop in a sleeve.
Swedish Street Style
What do you get when German skateboarding meets Swedish carry? The AMBIVALENT backpack, 23 liters of ruggedness in black canvas and leather. This limited edition backpack stems from a collaboration between Swedish bag and accessories brand Sandqvist and Berlin skateboarding brand Ambivalent. The pack has four exterior pockets and an inner laptop sleeve suitable for a 15-inch laptop.