- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 31 August
Innovations in luggage material, a streamlined bike pannier and a handsome wallet are cropping up in the lineup this week, along with a backpack that will keep keen organizers content and the urban style treatment for the military duffel…
Tailfeather takes on the duffel
In partnership with Vanishing Elephant the military duffel has received a modern reworking with the Tailfeather touch, putting it through a style bootcamp so to speak. Designed to hold enough for a weekend away, the canvas and leather duffel offers some organization in the form of an interior and zipped exterior pocket, with urban-chic aesthetics that favor the urban jungle over the military training ground.
Thule does a Houdini with hardware
One of the main features of Thule’s Pack ’n Pedal™ Commuter Pannier is its attachment system which is designed to make attachment and removal of the pannier easy while also providing a sleek aesthetic by disappearing from view when not in use. The roll-top pannier comes with a rain cover and side pockets that enable a bike light to still be visible from within, with reflective fabric for enhanced overall visibility and compression straps to accommodate different load sizes.
Wallet for everyday wandering
Like your wallet without all the bells and whistles, just some stylish, efficient and hardwearing carry that will see you through life’s EDC needs? Simple yet effective in design, this handmade minimalist leather wallet from Just Wanderlust offers quick access to bills and cards with some rugged good looks thrown in for good measure.
Getting clever with carpet carry
Recycling materials for use in carry products is becoming increasingly popular – think tyre tubes, hosepipes, truck tarps and the like. However, designer Daniel McLaughlin has taken this a step further with the biowool Terracase. What’s biowool, you ask? A combination of bio-resin and waste wool fibre which aims to give wool a new lease on life. You’re not going to be able to walk into a shop and purchase this right away, but who knows, perhaps in a few years your next hard case will be made of recycled carpets.
Lexdray’s trusty travel companion
If you like bags where everything has its place, Lexdray’s Vienna Pack is likely to appeal to your organizer nature. With 12 pockets in total plus a fleece-lined laptop compartment that accommodates 15-inch laptops, you’re not short of organization options. The pack comes with a waist strap that is removable if needed, as well as a concealed and removable rain cover. If you like Lexdray’s Boulder pack the Vienna pack may replace it in your affections, as it’s based on the Boulder but offers an extra 2 liters of volume while weighing around 0.5 lbs (about 226 grams) less.