- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 7 August
Clean versatility for the commute, a pack that jumps the gap between pedal power and life on two feet, and a daypack designed to adapt and keep up wherever you go. Welcome to the Week In Review…
Modern styling on the move
Flexibility is key with a commuting bag. Whether you’re carrying extra work documents or gym gear, your bag should be able to adapt to changing carry loads. Of course, it should look the part too – and that’s where the new Everlane Modern Commuter Backpack comes in. The versatile unisex design offers a clean exterior that suits work and play environments. But take a closer look and you’ll find no shortage of organization for your daily essentials. The bag provides two main compartments, side slip pockets, two interior organization pockets, a front quick-access zip pocket, plus a padded laptop sleeve that fits a 15″ laptop. Available in three work-friendly colorways, the backpack combines a cotton twill exterior with a full-grain leather grab handle and zipper pulls. Even better? This stylishly functional pack benefits from Everlane’s transparent pricing and is friendly on your wallet.
A bike bag that can break away from cycling
Whether you’re walking or cruising on two wheels, The Breakaway Backpack from Life Behind Bars can get your gear wherever you need it to go. Dig down into the details and you’ll discover this bag is packed with handy features. Expandable from 27 liters to 32 liters, the pack can be carried as a flap-top or roll-top. Front quick-access zipper pockets stash frequently used items, while a water-repellent exterior, water-repellent zippers and waterproof TPU liner protect the contents from the elements. The bag’s bright lining increases interior visibility, and internal organization pockets keep small items tidy and away from crush zones. The bag provides easy access with a central front zipper, plus a suspended and padded compartment for a 15″ laptop. Rounding things off are compression straps that double as a two-way exterior carry system, and a luggage passthrough sleeve.
From downtime to the daily grind
Hitting the highway in search of adventure, navigating the daily grind, or winding down in nature…wherever the day takes you, the Colfax Design Works SDP_01 Backpack wants to come along for the journey. And with its tough build and useful features, it’s ready for it too. The 21-liter pack provides weatherproof construction, with a roll-top design for accommodating diverse loads, from work supplies to travel gear. The daypack fits a hydration sleeve and a laptop, and can be paired with Colfax Design Works’ advanced modular cargo system attachments to adapt the pack to different carry needs. Available in black and camo colorways, the SDP_01 includes a quick-access top pocket, a removable sternum strap, and side compression straps.
Flipping bulky cooler carry on its head
Large coolers are great for longer trips and big loads. But for shorter trips and smaller loads, their bulky designs can be frustrating and awkward to move. The YETI Hopper Flip 12 is designed to help you keep your cool though. This leakproof soft-sided cooler provides a conveniently portable alternative for day trips and carrying the essentials. The wide opening provides easy access, while the multifunctional design makes it suitable for use as a work lunch box, storage for supplies on the trail, or even a bag to keep wet items separate from dry ones. Built to go where you do and tough enough for frequent use in a variety of environments, the Hopper Flip 12 is due for release on 25 August.