- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 26 March
Lightweight travel accessories to help you on your journeys, an understated urban pack for unobtrusive carry, and a versatile new collection of bags that adapt to multiple environments and carry styles. Discover more in our Week In Review…
Leak-free hydration without the bulk
Staying hydrated on the go is important, but carrying a bulky water bottle can be a hassle. Realizing a flexible solution was required, Platypus have created the DuoLock SoftBottle. This water bottle bends to carry needs with its highly packable design that can be flattened and rolled up when empty for easy storage in a pocket or bag. Even better, the DuoLock dual-locking cap won’t flip or twist open accidentally, meaning you don’t need to worry about leaks. The bottle comes in 0.75L, 1L and 2L sizes and stays upright whether full or empty, with a wide opening for easy filling and cleaning. As a bonus, the clip gate handle makes it easy to carry the bottle by hand or by attaching it to a bag.
A helping hand on your packing journey
Tortuga created the Outbreaker backpack as a one-bag travel solution for roaming without needing to check a bag in. One-bag travel can take some getting used to though, but help is at hand with the new lightweight Outbreaker travel accessories. New additions to the Outbreaker collection include the Outbreaker Travel Daypack, Outbreaker Packable Duffle, packing cubes, and a wet/dry bag. The daypack and duffle can be stored in a larger bag and used as day bags at your destination, or as extra storage for bringing home souvenirs and the like from your trips. The wet/dry bag features an antifungal, antimicrobial coating and is useful for keeping wet or dirty items separate from the rest of your bag’s contents. The packing cubes come in a set of three (two small and one large), with structured construction for easy packing and mesh front panels so you can quickly determine the contents.
Urban style for work, travel or play
Taikan are big believers in timeless and practical designs that will serve you well for years to come. Their Collection 002 continues to embrace these qualities with the addition of two new pieces and a new colorway. Joining the Taikan family is the Apache Briefcase which features an external laptop sleeve and removable shoulder strap. Also joining the lineup is the Spartan Backpack which includes an external laptop sleeve, a water-resistant compartment, and two handy quick-access pouches on the front of the pack. The collection caters to a range of travel, work and everyday needs and is crafted from durable 1000D Ballistic Nylon. In addition to new pieces, the collection introduces the new Khaki colorway across the Lancer backpack, Spartan backpack, Tomcat backpack, Prowler duffel bag, and Sherpa tote.
Standing out for understated design
Looking for low-key carry that suits a range of environments? The px Invisible Backpack Three lives up to its name with a stylish, unobtrusive and functional design that works equally well for the commute and weekend. The latest version of the brand’s Invisible Backpack features a backwards-facing top zipper to give the bag more structure. The straps have been redesigned to be wider at the top, and there’s no shortage of pockets to keep your gear organized including a separate laptop compartment and shoe pocket.
Adaptable designs for the commute, urban exploration and beyond
Crafted Goods strive to continuously hone their designs, blending street, military and outdoor influences into bags that adapt to multiple needs and environments. Their new Perpetual collection demonstrates their dedication and passion in fine form with three versatile pieces. The Eiger 25L brings rugged style to the city streets and the outdoors alike, while the Cubly 23L is a convenient bag for urban commutes with its tote, shoulder bag and backpack carry options. The Simplon 18L is a handy bag to reach for during your travels or day-to-day needs, with a choice of pockets on hand to organize your gear and three ways to carry including by hand, over the shoulder or in backpack mode.