- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 17 July
Everyday bags with excellent adaptability, photography backpacks that focus on easy access and protection, and a pint-sized pack for young adventure seekers. Discover more in our Week In Review…
A blank canvas for creative carry
Millican’s Blank Canvas Project aims to promote brands, individuals and movements that inspire creative freedom and positive change. The second bag to emerge from the project is the Miscellaneous Adventures x Millican Blank Canvas Pack. Miscellaneous Adventures offers outdoor and camping equipment as well as a range of woodland workshops, all encouraging people to engage with nature and crafts. The Miscellaneous Adventures x Millican Blank Canvas Pack is ready for adventure, with a flexible design that helps you explore the city or embrace the outdoors. Compression straps accommodate external loads, while the exterior fabric is weatherproof and made using recycled plastic bottles. The external laptop compartment provides easy access to your tech, and the roll-top design suits a variety of loads.
Carry for cubs on the go
Busy school days. Adventure-packed weekends. Family holidays. Being little doesn’t mean your lifestyle isn’t as demanding as the grown ups’ – but a lot of kids’ bags simply aren’t designed to keep up. The Cub Ruck from Cub Cubs is different. This versatile backpack can dash from one scenario to the next, hauling school supplies, scampering in the outdoors, or navigating the hustle and bustle of the city. The capacity of approximately 14 liters provides plenty of space to keep the secret stashes a child needs at the ready. Mesh side pockets, a front zippered pocket and a daisy chain on the exterior organize quick-access items, while inside a padded pocket protects tech devices. Reflective and adjustable shoulder straps also help keep cubs safe and comfortable on the go.
MindShift meets Moose
Capturing that great camera shot in the outdoors isn’t always easy. Terrain can be challenging, the elements don’t always play in your favor, and carrying heavy gear can become a real drag. Wildlife photographer Moose Peterson knows all about dealing with such conditions, which is why he created three backpacks incorporating “Moose Ears” for easy access and protection from the elements. Now the original Moose Peterson Photopacks have been updated courtesy of a collaboration with MindShift Gear. Suitable for a variety of photography environments, the Moose Peterson Backpack series features three backpacks with a choice of compartments for organizing camera equipment. The compartment flaps are designed to automatically close to protect the interior from the likes of dust, wind and water. The packs feature water-repellent exteriors, and the compartments allow camera bodies to be stored with lenses attached so they’re always at the ready when a photo opportunity arises.
Nifty designs for adaptable everyday carry
Peak Design enjoyed tremendous success with their Everyday Messenger, recognizing real carry problems and delivering thoughtful solutions with this versatile camera and everyday bag. Now they’re adding new members to the Everyday line with their Everyday Backpack (in two sizes), Tote and Sling. Taking inspiration from the Everyday Messenger, the Everyday line features great expandability, access, organization and versatility. Check out Peak Design’s Kickstarter campaign (which has already smashed its funding goal) for more details.
Bike bags for city living
Urban styling, technical materials, and cycle-friendly features all come together in the new collaboration between Timbuk2 and New Balance. The C-Series Backpack and Sling are designed for fast-paced life in the city, getting from A to B on two wheels, and keeping your daily essentials organized while doing so. Both pieces fit a 15″ laptop within an interior padded pocket, and include exterior storage for a helmet and reflective detailing for increased visibility on the move.