- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 30 November
Welcome to the first Week In Review since launching our new site and what a week it’s been. We hope you love the new look and are finding the layout user-friendly but in addition to exploring the new site, we thought you might like to also explore these fun things that have been happening in the wider world of carry recently…
GORUCK gains new ground with a bang
Generally you expect a laptop bag to protect your tech against bumps, scrapes and accidentally dropping it – plus hopefully withstanding a few kicks as you scurry to snatch it off the ground in a crowd. Well it seems GORUCK liked the sound of this – after all, they have a reputation for tough bags – as they have come up with their first ever shoulder bags in a 15-liter and a 20-liter version that will hold your laptop plus some extras for your daily needs. They’re understated enough in style to not look out of place in the office, though GORUCK’s tactical vibe isn’t completely lost thanks to the side webbing. However, what could they do to really add their GORUCK mark to the world of office-friendly laptop carry? Hmm…wait a minute, a bombproof laptop compartment! Yeah, that sounds pretty GORUCK to us…
Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep this bag away from you
Rocking to a very different style but bursting (well, not literally – these guys make their stuff well) with functionality is Topo Designs’ Mountain Bag. This bag will always be willing to commute with you, no matter how ridiculously early you have to get up. It loves going on short breaks and is more than happy to keep you company in airports. Plus, it’s content to stick by your side and just enjoy the simple pleasures of a leisurely outdoor stroll. Lots of pockets and a padded laptop section keep the contents organized and the padded shoulder strap ensures the only digging going on is appreciation for its versatility.
Incase and BEAMS tag team on a new collection
Incase and BEAMS are no strangers to collaboration and they’ve obviously enjoyed their past experiences because they’ve teamed up again to produce their Pack 3 collection. Featuring a pattern that could be described as an urban camo of sorts, the collection incorporates a backpack and a case, with the nylon and leather pack offering protection from all sides thanks to strategically placed padding. The collection isn’t available yet but is scheduled for a December release.
Streamlined style is the bottom line for Oppermann
The Vallance Briefcase by Oppermann wears suave like James Bond wears a tuxedo – well, very well. Boasting a refined, sleek design this leather briefcase will stride into any business setting with confidence. It’s large enough to accommodate a 15-inch laptop and some documents or books and there’s an exterior slip pocket for small items. However, the Vallance is designed the way office meetings should be – brief and to the point. This isn’t for carting loads of stuff; it’s stylish minimalist carry for your work essentials.
No rest or relaxation for Defy’s weekender
You could say we’re offering two road tests this week. The first is our shiny new site and the second is our Defy R&R Weekender road test. Did we go easy on it? Well this is Carryology – so no, we didn’t hold back in the slightest, testing this weekender for almost six months in rain, dirt and sun. What do we think about it? Come find out.
*Editor’s Note: Oppermann London has now rebranded to Carl Friedrik.