- Buyer's Guide
Best Accessory For Travel EDC 2019
The Best Accessory is all about making carry better, whether it’s keeping your EDC gear well protected against the elements, keeping all your essentials neat and tidy on the go, or helping make you travel as smooth as possible…
Carry innovation makes us stop and take note. And NiteIze have truly raised the bar with their RunOff collection and game-changing TRU Zip.
The TRU Zip is a completely waterproof zipper with a toothless design that’s both silent to use and self-healing. The zip has an interlocking extruded ball-and-socket rail design and glides smoothly into an overmolded garage, providing a trusty IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating.
The zipper is utilized throughout the RunOff collection which includes a toiletry bag, wallet, two pouches and two packing cubes. Each piece has a tough TPU build with RF-welded seams, resulting in a completely submersible and dustproof construction. Perfect for keeping your gear organized and well protected from the elements across during travel or adventure. And with their translucent panels, it’s easy to discern the contents at a glance. Win!
We salute NiteIze for creating a truly innovative zipper, deftly integrated into a well-considered collection, that simply and effectively makes our everyday and travel carry better. Superb job, NiteIze!
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Peak Design always make the effort to bring considered design to the table, always solving a problem, and the Tech Pouch is no different. The pouch puts organization and access front and center, doing away with the jumbled mess that often accompanies sack-like pouches. Instead, it takes inspiration from origami and offers a host of pockets carefully laid out to maximize the use of internal space, while also ensuring items inside are easily visible and quickly accessible. The wide opening aids in convenient access, while the durable and weatherproof construction takes regular use in its stride. Conveniently adaptable for EDC and travel needs alike, it’s a smart solution to the often tricky task of organizing smaller carry essentials. Great work, Peak Design!
Toiletry bottles can present quite the carry conundrum. Often bulky or awkwardly shaped, they can be a pain to pack, and take up more than their fare share of space in your toiletry kit. But Matador rethinks what a toiletry bottle can be with the FlatPak™. A savvy partner for a more minimalist or ultralight approach to travel, the bottle features a compressible design that shrinks as you use up the contents. It’s also lightweight at only 11.5 grams, and suits carry-on requirements with its 3oz (90ml) volume. The FlatPak™ Toiletry Bottle features a welded Cordura construction with a proprietary coating that results in a waterproof design ready to handle a range of pastes, gels and liquids. This is a great travel companion that saves you space as your trip progresses and is easy to reuse year after year. High five, Matador!