- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 20 November
A backpack that keeps you ready for on-the-go dining, smart camera bags for urban environments, plus a handsome new Topo collab. Discover more in our Week In Review…
Handy haulers for holidays and work trips
With the holiday season approaching, it’s a good time to start thinking about getting away for a bit. Perhaps you’ve got a grand adventure planned. Maybe you’re looking forward to a few days of downtime with family and friends. Wherever you may be going, the TRACTO Duffel and VIA Backpack from Incase are handy travel companions to have along for the journey. The weather-resistant TRACTO Duffel is a carry-on bag designed to adapt to wherever adventure leads, with concealed backpack straps and a removable shoulder strap. The VIA Backpack is designed with overnight or two-day trips in mind and features an expandable main compartment and a clamshell-style opening for easy packing and access to your gear. Plus their urban-friendly aesthetics suit work trips too, making these useful pieces for year-round travel.
Have good gear, will roam
You can do a lot with good boots and a good bag. Get out more, explore further, and embrace more challenging environments. With the new Topo Designs x Danner collection, you get both. The collaboration features the tough Topo Designs x Danner Ridge Boot and Topo Designs x Danner Klettersack. With a nod to Topo’s distinct aesthetics, the boot includes a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX lining and a hard-wearing full-grain leather and Cordura upper. The Klettersack features a durable 12 oz. duck canvas exterior and a coated pack cloth lining. Complementing the canvas is a Horween leather base, water bottle pockets and lash tabs, while metal hardware further boosts the durability of the pack. Each pack is handmade in Colorado and versatile enough for a day outdoors or hitting the city streets.
Outdoor dining picked, packed and ready to go
Life’s simple pleasures are some of the most enjoyable. Things like a spur-of-the-moment picnic, or enjoying day hike refreshments in beautiful surroundings. The Excursion Co. Ultimate Picnic Backpack is designed to help you make the most of such opportunities. The waxed canvas pack features an interior cold storage compartment, and comes with a waterproof-backed picnic rug, a serving board, two enamel tumblers, two enamel plates, two knives and forks, a cheese knife and a bottle opener. Rather than needing to gather your gear beforehand, you can keep all your picnic gear packed and ready so when spontaneity calls you’re good to go. Check out the Ultimate Picnic Backpack Kickstarter campaign for more details.
Putting the style in lifestyle camera bags
With some camera bags aesthetics are an afterthought. They may work well but leave a lot to be desired in the style department. The new Manfrotto Windsor Collection delivers protection and style with a range of camera bags that suit the casual photographer and professional shoots alike. The collection combines water-repellent fabric with leather trims, and includes four pieces. The Manfrotto Windsor Backpack fits a medium DSLR with up to a 70-200/2.8 lens attached plus two extra lenses, as well as a 15″ laptop. The camera insert can also be removed to use the bag as a regular backpack. The Manfrotto Windsor Reporter holds a medium DSLR with a 24-70 lens attached, an additional 70-200 mm lens plus another standard lens. It also offers a range of pockets for everyday items including space for a 13″ laptop. The small Manfrotto Windsor Messenger holds a Premium Compact System Camera with an attached standard zoom lens plus a 70-200/4 and an additional lens, as well as a tablet. The medium messenger fits a medium DSLR with up to a 70-200/2.8 mm lens attached plus two to three extra lenses and a 15″ laptop. See the full collection here.
A multifunctional bag that goes with the flow
Need a bag that can go from work to play? Adaptability is front and center with the Flowfold Denizen 18L Tote Backpack. The flexible design allows the bag to function as a tote or a backpack, making it suitable for the commute, a grocery shop, or a day spent adventuring outdoors. The water-resistant bag features an interior 15″ laptop sleeve and zip pouch, a quick-access exterior pocket, and comes in Cordura and limited edition X-Pac or Lite Skin options. Plus you can also bag a 15% discount on the tote backpack by using the code DENIZEN at checkout.