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Week In Review ~ 23 October
Tech protection for your MacBook Pro, outdoor photography packs that keep a low profile, plus trackable minimalist luxury for work, play and travel. Discover more in our Week In Review…
Seasonal carry that’s ready to adapt
The enticing oranges and reds of Fall are enough to make you pause and linger when you’re on the move. Great if you’ve got the time, not so great if you’re in a rush. But with QWSTION’s Organic Redwood colorway you can carry a little bit of the beautiful outdoors with you wherever you go. Inspired by Redwood trees, known for their longevity and adaptability to a range of weather conditions, QWSTION have showcased the colorway across pieces that are built to last and adapt to different environments. New for Fall/Winter, the colorway features across a seasonal edition of QWSTION’s Simple Collection and Modular Pockets. The Simple Collection includes the Simple Office, Simple Pack, Simple Ziptote and Simple Bag, while the Modular Pockets include the Pencil Case, Travel Kit and Toiletry Kit.
Stylish protection with easy access on the go
Got your eye on Apple’s MacBook Pro refresh coming soon? Why not pair your new tech with new protection? WaterField Designs have released the new Maxwell MacBook Pro sleeve for pre-order at an early bird price until 27 October. The sleeve is available in three material options. The textile sleeve comes in four colorways with a water-resistant and stain-repellant Nano-Tex® finish. Also available is a waxed canvas or ballistic nylon version to suit personal tastes. The sleeve features shock-absorbing neoprene padding, a full-grain leather accent for improved grip, as well as a convenient magnetic closure. You can opt for a vertical or horizontal orientation, plus an optional strap to convert the sleeve into a dedicated shoulder bag for your tech.
Bike packs that help you keep your cool
A backpack that fits well and is comfortable enough to forget you’re wearing it? That’s the aim with the EVOC CC Series. Featuring three Lite Performance backpacks, the CC (climate control) series is designed for maximum back and shoulder ventilation with low weight. The series includes 16L, 10L and 6L packs featuring a refined EVOC Air Pad System for back ventilation that allows air to circulate and distributes weight optimally. The bags include quick-drying 3D airmesh on contact surfaces, plus breathable hip belt wings. The flexible Brace Link feature on the shoulder straps allows them to move to suit the individual user for better fit and comfort. The packs are made with lightweight and abrasion-resistant Nylon 100D Shadow Box Ripstop exteriors. Each size accommodates a hydration bladder and includes a fleece-lined pocket for delicates, a map compartment and key clip. The two larger sizes also include a front tool compartment and attachment for XC helmets.
An alternative path from your bulky camera bag
Venturing outdoors calls for a comfortable backpack that offers space for all your carry requirements, while remaining as lightweight as possible. Add camera gear to the mix however and this can significantly bulk up your carry. But MindShift Gear have stepped in with two sleek solutions, the SidePath and TrailScape outdoor photography backpacks. Both packs offer a compact and comfortable design that doesn’t look like a camera backpack, but still provides space for your camera kit and personal items. The SidePath weighs 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg) and can be used for the outdoors, as a daypack or during your travels. The pack holds a large mirrorless body and one to two standard zoom lenses or primes, or a compact DSLR and one to two lenses, or a DSLR (5DMIII or D750) with one standard zoom or two primes. The rear panel access to camera gear keeps it secure when you’re on the go, with additional space for a 10″ tablet and personal items. The TrailScape is a good option when you need to carry extra camera gear. It fits a standard-size DSLR and four to six standard zoom lenses, or two large mirrorless bodies with five to seven lenses and a flash, plus dedicated space for a tablet, laptop and small EDC items.