- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 7 May
A bike-friendly bag with office style, self-repairing carry, and packs ready for nomads and EDC. Find out more in our Week In Review…
Cooling commuter chic
Commuting by bike often means having to choose between the urban style of a work backpack or the technical performance and comfort of a cycling pack. But with the Alite x Boreas Collab Pack you get both. The pack merges Alite’s Pine to the Pacific Rucksack with the adjustable Boreas Super-Tramp suspension that delivers increased ventilation for a cooler ride or load stability depending on your needs. Crafted from weatherproof waxed canvas, the bag features a rolltop closure, external straps to carry bulky items, and an interior pocket. As an added bonus, it comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you’ll be commuting in stylish comfort for years to come.
Kayak meets carry
Easy to carry is not what comes to mind when you think of a kayak. That’s not the case however with the Topo Designs x Oru Kayak. The collaboration features the Beach LT model kayak and takes inspiration from Topo Designs for the top graphics, custom blacked-out bulkheads and base plate. The kayak comes with a paddle and folds into a backpack-style format that enables convenient portability and can also be checked in for plane travel.
Feature-rich carry for town and travel
Whether you’re on the go around town or on your travels, NOMATIC has you covered with two new pieces that pack in a host of handy features. The NOMATIC Backpack is designed for EDC use while the NOMATIC Travel Pack suits trips spanning one to three days. Both pieces include stowable backpack straps and side handles for briefcase-style carry. The self-standing designs have a full-perimeter zipper that also enables access from all directions, as well as multiple pockets for keeping the contents tidy. The NOMATIC Backpack features three interchangeable panels including a paper organizer, tech pocket and shoe or clothing pocket, and expands from 20L to 24L. The NOMATIC Travel Pack extends from 20L to 30L, and includes a mesh divider, a shoe or clothing compartment, and a flat-lay laptop and tablet compartment. Also included with the Travel Pack is a compression packing cube with two compartments for clean and dirty clothes. Delve into more details in the NOMATIC Kickstarter campaign.
Portfolio totes with personality
Started in 2010 by a husband and wife team with previous positions at Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and others, General Knot prides itself on producing ties and bowties from fabrics and materials sourced worldwide. The pieces are limited edition by nature due to the rarity and unpredictability of their supply, and makes it unlikely you’ll find someone else with the same tie as you at a wedding. Keeping the same idea of provenance and collectibility, the Paynes just dropped their tote collection. The Portfolio Totes feature vegetable-tanned leather, brass hardware and fabric options ranging from dyed indigo cotton to jute. The bags come in just one size and seem perfect for carrying your documents, notepads or even a laptop, plus all the accessories you might need for a day out.
Stress-free carry repairs in seconds
Between regular use and unexpected accidents, you never know when a puncture or tear may happen in your bag. But with Imperial Motion’s Nano Cure Tech fabric repairs can be carried out in seconds. The fabric is a specially treated ripstop with self-healing properties. Small tears and punctures can be fixed by simply rubbing two fingers over the area for about ten seconds. The fabric is available across two carry pieces, the NCT Nano Backpack and the packable NCT Nano Duffel, that cater to a range of day-to-day and travel needs.