- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 3 November
Travel on the cards? Jonesing for a stylish backpack or a pack that offers flexible customization? Perhaps you like your packs looking like space-invading armadillos. Maybe the fact that there’s a guilt-free reason to indulge in a new tote is the best news you’ve had all day. Well you can have it all in your weekly carry fix…
New luggage to check out Incase traveling awaits
Having a bit of a carry on with your carry-on? Well Incase may have just the solution to your luggage woes with their new EO Travel Collection. Consisting of five pieces of carry-on luggage, the collection offers a backpack, duffel, roller, hardshell roller and rolling brief. The pieces come with padded compartments to protect tech gear (size-wise they are designed to accommodate Apple products) and the organizer pockets ensure small items (such as tech accessories) are kept safe and sound.
A collaboration to leave Incase fans beaming
Incase have been busy recently, as in addition to their EO travel collection they have also been working on updated versions of packs from their 2011 sold-out collaboration with Japanese fashion and culture brand BEAMS. The 2012 Incase x BEAMS collaboration features two backpacks based off the Incase Campus pack, in a choice of black canvas with black pebbled leather and gray canvas with navy pebbled leather.
On a modular mission
You might have read our post on Mission Workshop’s Arkiv Field Pack. Well now you can get your hands on the Advanced Projects Edition VX / R8 Arkiv Field Pack. With its modular system offering a choice of accessories (including the likes of a laptop case, cell pocket, waistbelt and shoulder strap) you can customize the pack to suit your needs. You may have a sneaking suspicion already and one which will be confirmed if you play around with building your own pack – it’s not cheap. Yeah, quality tends to hurt your wallet. This pack might just make it wince a bit more than normal. However think of this as the pack version of your forever home and it might reduce the sting a little.
As the subheading suggestions, ESPEROS is a brand that’s all about carrying hope – through carry. A donation from each bag sold by ESPEROS goes towards funding a child’s education for a year in Haiti. Following a successful initial offering of backpacks, the brand branched into totes which incorporate leather straps from one of Haiti’s top tanneries. Simple, stylish designs that support a worthy cause – awesome indeed.
Backpacking stormtrooper style
Yes, the Solid Gray pack looks like something that belongs on a distant planet but is it a case of style over substance or can it hold its own in whatever galaxy it may find itself? Find out in our Solid Gray road test which comes complete with the video definition of extreme testing.