- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 9 March
Across the carry industry, from the fashion front to the outdoors and military spheres, folks have been furiously working away to bring fresh new carry to the gear-hungry and we’ve got a selection of new treats to cater to diverse carry tastes in this Week In Review…
Tough minimalism for everyday use
When it comes to creating hardwearing and long-lasting wallets, people often turn to leather to do the job justice. Dynomighty’s new billfold is super-tough, waterproof, tearproof and designed to accompany you on a lifetime of adventure – without any leather in sight. Plus it’s thin and lightweight, making it a very minimalist piece of carry. So what do they use, you ask? Tyvek. It won’t give you that personalized worn-in patina that leather does but instead you can get creative with your pocket carry courtesy of a variety of eye-catching and fun styles such as Scratched Metal, Tweed, Wood, Crinkled Paper and Leather if you want a traditional look with Tyvek toughness. If you’re eager to get your hands on one of these wallets keep your eyes peeled…there’s a little bit of giveaway goodness just round the corner.
New carry from Carhartt WIP
As part of their new offerings for Spring/Summer 2014 Carhartt WIP have released their Duffle Bag and Sport Bag. Both pieces come in a choice of colorways, with a polyester canvas construction for the duffle bag and a water-repellent polyester duck canvas constuction for the sport bag. With 30.5 liters of space in the duffle and 56.3 liters in the sport bag, both pieces suit overnight or weekend trips in addition to everyday use.
Cool creation from Granite Gear
When you’re outdoors hauling a pack for a significant amount of time, sooner or later your back’s going to start crying – and not in the pain sense. Sweaty backs are one of those things that you can’t really avoid if you’re out and about getting active but Granite Gear aims to make the pack-hauling experience a pleasanter one thanks to their new Advection back panel. Available on their Nimbus Trace and Nimbus Core packs, the back panel is designed to facilitate airflow over the back in order to remove heat while keeping in contact with the back’s natural contours to support load carrying.
Advancing forward on the fashion front, the Moncler W backpack stems from a fusion of Japanese and French-Italian design courtesy of the collaboration between White Mountaineering and Moncler. The collaboration label is predominantly known for its outdoor clothing but the pack is a soon-to-be-released offering from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
Impacting accessibility in a big way
If you like flexibility when packing your bags, the Titan backpack from London Bridge Trading is more than happy to oblige. This modular backpack can be opened out to lie flat for easy packing or unpacking. The pack is still in the pre-order stage (shipping at the end of April) and it isn’t cheap (plus if you want the pouches they need to be purchased separately) but it’s a less expensive alternative if you dig the layout of the Arc’teryx Khard backpack but don’t have the budget for it. The Titan pack also has a designated laptop section which could tip the scales in its favor if you regularly carry a laptop on your adventures.