- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 22 June
Welcome, folks, to the Week In Review. We’ve got a varied assortment of highlights, including some handy carry for cyclists, sleek ladies’ carry and a stylish option for work carry if you’re after something different from a backpack or standard messenger…
Versatility in bags can allow you to either carry less or carry in different ways, as is the case with the Strawberry Pink Pannier/Backpack Hybrid from Vaya Bags. Available in two sizes (21.8 liters and 34.5 liters), this rolltop bag comes with some handy features including a waterproof lining, reflective side stripes for greater visibility whilst cycling, as well as a U-lock holder. The hybrid design enables you to utilize this bag as a pannier on your bike and then sling it onto your back once you’ve reached your destination.
Statement U-lock carry
Got a favorite cycling bag without a designated U-lock holder? Alternatively maybe you just don’t need to carry a bag all the time when you cycle? Well this leather U-lock holster from Walnut Studiolo might be a solution to your U-lock carry needs with its easy-access design and durable style thrown into the mix. There’s a choice of four vegetable-tanned leather colors to choose from and if you like a bit of customization on your carry you can even get it monogrammed.
Clean, classy aesthetics
Maison Charoussas (House Charoussas) is a young French brand established in 2012 but its collection of carry items have a timeless elegance to them. The pieces are constructed out of vegetable-tanned leather and offer understated and functional designs that can accommate everyday use or the occasional short trip. The quality construction and smooth, minimalist looks offer the type of long-lasting sophistication that may just encourage you to draw a very deep breath and take the financial hit to add one of these pieces to your carry collection.
Spanish style for the office
Work carry looking a tad tired? You might want to introduce some Spanish flair into your carry collection with the Oscar briefcase by Spanish brand Steve Mono. The shoulder strap allows you to carry it messenger-style or alternatively remove the strap and use the grab handle for a more formal look. Interior pockets provide a degree of organization and there’s also some customization available as you can choose your leather color combinations.
Man with a mission
If you haven’t checked out part 1 and part 2 of our interview with Tae Kim, you need to switch your phone off, grab a drink, prop your feet up and settle in for some seriously awesome reading. Tae has an impressive and influential history in the carry world behind him and his thoughts and insights are well worth checking out.