- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 8 November
Packing phone power in your wallet, laidback leather style, plus smart urban carry with eco-friendly credentials. Discover more in our Week In Review…
A classy Filson x Burton collaboration takes flight
Burton and Filson are both well-respected brands that build gear for adventurous lifestyles. So what happens when you bring them together? Meet the Filson x Burton Wheelie Flight Deck Bag, a seriously handsome hauler that values practical and durable design just as much as stylish looks. The roller tackles the demands of travel head-on with a hard-wearing 18 oz. Oil Finish Luggage Twill constuction. The side compression straps feature Tech AustriAlpin COBRA buckles, while leather zipper pulls and a wool lining enhance the classy feel of the case. Internal compartments help keep the contents organized, and size-wise the case meets most carry-on restrictions.
Boost your phone without bulking up your EDC
Most times you step out your front door, you’ll have your phone and wallet on you. But how about also having juice for your phone without needing to carry any more items? The Nomad Wallet for iPhone is a Saffiano leather bifold that carries your cards and cash but also packs power for your tech. A discreet inbuilt 2400 mAh battery with an Apple MFi certified Lightning cable provides a complete charge for an iPhone 6/6s, all while maintaining a slim profile. That means you can always pick up those important calls without picking up a bulky power pack. Add efficiency to your EDC at a discounted rate by pre-ordering the wallet here.
Lending a helping hand to your daily carry setup
A lot of items you can chuck in a bag and go. Others are a little more demanding – awkwardly-shaped items, wet gear, quick-access items – and you simply need your carry to go the extra mile. DSPTCH have recently dropped an accessory collection designed to handle just these sorts of carry situations. The Fidlock Key Chain Set provides quick access to keys on your bag or belt, while the Shoe Straps let you carry shoes on the outside of your bag, saving on internal space and keeping dirty or wet shoes away from the rest of your gear. The DSPTCH Utility Strap is great for attaching wet or bulky items such as jackets to the outside of your bag, and for photographers the Stabilizer Strap is a cross-body strap designed to keep your camera safe and secure against your body.
Urban-friendly looks with eco-friendly design
The new Felt & Leather Collection from Looptworks offers stylish and versatile pieces for daily use – then takes things a step further with a focus on eco-conscious production. For the collection, Looptworks partnered with FilzFelt, a Boston-based producer of German-milled 100% merino wool. Combining durable excess wool felt from FilzFelt with premium upcycled leather from the shoe industry, the collection covers a range of carry situations courtesy of a messenger bag, pencil carrier, laptop sleeve and tote.
Carry for your kicks
Traveling with your sneakers requires some packing finesse – but things get a lot easier when you have dedicated space for your shoes. The HEX Sneaker Duffel delivers with two end pockets that each fit a pair of sneakers, along with mesh pockets for your socks. The main compartment features a padded laptop pocket that fits up to 13-inch tech, with space for clothes and other travel items, while the exterior padded pocket provides quick-accesss storage for a phone or tablet. The duffel is available in black and camo colorways and includes feet to help protect it against the scuffs and scrapes of travel.
TAD takes the FAST Pack EDC to the next level
The FAST Pack EDC from Triple Aught Design is a pack well-loved for its rugged versatility – but it’s set to garner a lot more appreciation thanks to a complete redesign based on extensive customer feedback. The new version features a number of updates such as improved suspension so it rides higher on your back, improved comfort with redesigned shoulder straps and load lifters, and spacer mesh that boosts airflow, wicks moisture, dries faster and reduces abrasion to garments. New external and internal anchor points allow you to configure the pack to your needs, while a paracord attachment system on the handle provides a convenient place to store bulky items. Further updates include a full clamshell opening for easy packing and access to gear, as well as a top entry compartment that is separate from the main compartment. Now there’s even more reason to get out adventuring and push this tough pack to extremes.
Hot style from Hard Graft
Hard Graft balances refined and relaxed with their new Coal Collection. Putting casual-chic front and center, the collection features an attractive washed black vegetable-tanned leather currently available across four pieces. The Offhand Shoulder Bag doubles as a holdall and messenger, while the Ad-Lib Folio is designed to fit up to a 13-inch MacBook with space for extra items such as documents and folders. The Wild Phone Case and Wild Pocket Wallet also get the Coal makeover, with both offering space for your cards and cash, plus a dedicated space for your phone in the Wild Phone Case.