- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 3 May
Tired of luggage that looks like it’s gone a round in the boxing ring? How about a pack that won’t weigh you down when speed is the name of the game? Our Week In Review has you covered, along with scoping out sweet new releases from Fjällräven and KILLSPENCER…
Luggage that doesn’t need a holiday before you’ve arrived
Nothing puts a dampener on your holiday mood quicker than luggage looking the worse for wear before you’ve even left the airport. Briggs & Riley understand that traveling isn’t always a luggage-friendly process, so they’ve given travelers a helping hand. The Transcend collection features their proprietary Tuff-Lite 2.0 fabric to give the luggage 60% more abrasion resistance. The fabric is a double-helix nylon twill material that packs in durability and resistance to moisture and wear, while cutting out a lot of the trepidation that goes hand in hand with waiting to see what greets you at the baggage carousel.
Classy carry with some clever versatility
Totes are great for quickly accessing your gear, while backpacks rule when it comes to conveniently and comfortably carrying it. With KILLSPENCER’s new M-22, you don’t need to make the daily decision of which bag to carry – because you get both. Forming part of the brand’s Women’s Collection, the M-22 is a chic backpack-meets-tote that lets you alternate between carry styles depending on your needs. Available in tough but beautiful black or natural bullhide leather, the bag fits a 15-inch laptop within its 22-liter volume and includes an interior pocket that holds an iPad Mini or other small items.
Fjällräven drops a new duffel with a twist
Adventure is calling and you need a bag that can handle the action. Fjällräven knows all about adventure and has designed their new travel duffel to keep up, whether it’s time to hit the city streets or get back to nature. The Duffel No.6 comes in three sizes to suit different travel needs, namely 50 liters, 70 liters and 110 liters. Plus it has the nifty ablity to embrace backpack mode when you’re going to be on the move for a while. If you need a cleaner profile (such as during the check-in process or storing the bag in an overhead luggage bin), stow the straps away and you’re good to go. The exterior pockets let you quickly access items, while top and side handles provide added carry flexibility. The bag features a double-waxed HeavyDuty version of Fjällräven’s G-1000 fabric for protection against the elements, so you can focus on soaking up the surroundings rather than your gear soaking up the weather.
Leave the load behind
When you need to move quickly, hauling a heavy bag is the last thing you want to do. Luckily Granite Gear is ready to lighten the load with their new summit and travel pack, the Virga 26. Available in three colorways, the pack is large enough to comfortably hold the essentials without weighing you down. Coming in at 1 lb, the bag accommodates a hydration bladder and the roll-top closure handles larger and smaller loads with ease. There is no framesheet or stays, so it’s easy to roll the pack up and carry it in your luggage or a larger adventure bag until you require it.