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Best Everyday Accessory Champion | Carry Awards IX
With its exceptional access, flexible organization, and dependable durability, our Best Everyday Accessory champion effortlessly adapts to a variety of daily carry setups…
On the surface, pouches are an all-in-one storage option to keep small items together and quickly retrievable from a larger bag. But dig down and you quickly discover the wide variety of designs out there. So creating a pouch that stands out in this already crowded space is pretty remarkable. Then you get your hands on the Civic Access Pouch 2L (CAP2L) and realize just how thoughtful the design is.
One of the key features of the pouch is its angled zipper, which creates an unusually wide opening for super-convenient access. Take a look inside and you’ll find a light gray interior with a useful selection of pockets and a flexible divider, preventing a jumbled black hole of gear inside. Outside you also have quick-access pockets and webbing for securing small items (plus dual webbing handles to easily carry the pouch and store or retrieve it from a bag). Another nifty feature is 360-degree padding, keeping the contents protected while you’re on the go.
The CAP2L not only does a great job of organizing gear but takes things a step further. The self-standing design and wide opening make this a solid little workstation you can set up on a desk, bench, or shelf to keep gear close at hand. Add in the durable and water-resistant 420D HT nylon exterior and this pouch is ready for the long haul.
The thought and attention to detail that has gone into each element of this pouch is exceptional. Highly functional, adaptable for a multitude of loads, and made to last for years to come, the CAP2L is a truly worthy champion. Congratulations, EVERGOODS!
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, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Dan Matsuda has been a phenom ever since breaking out on his own. As a softgoods designer for over a decade with Triple Aught Design, his designs have garnered fans across the carry industry. But now Dan is doing it his own way, and building a special EDC maker brand in the process. And his limited edition EDC organizer pouches have been that steady drumbeat and momentum builder, pushing SAMPLE to peak popularity within our carry community.
Dan’s pouches are expertly handcrafted and released in ever-changing plays in color and fabrics. Designed in different layouts and sizes, and offering an assortment of elastic loops, adjustable cording, an elastic retention sleeve, a mini zipper pouch, and more. The wide opening and self-standing design provide convenient, quick access to your gear. And there’s something undeniably special about holding a handcrafted, small-batch item in your hand; knowing there are only a few pieces just like this in the world. Awesome work, Dan!
When Peak Design decide to design something, they go all in, dreaming up innovative solutions that rethink whole categories. So when they turned their attention to mobile phone cases and mounts, we knew things were going to get interesting. And they’ve lived up to their reputation, releasing a line of mobile accessories that not only protect your tech but make it usable in a host of scenarios.
Cases are available for iPhone and Samsung models, but what if you don’t own either? No problem, PD also have a universal adapter that works with most other phone cases, making it compatible with their mounts and accessories. Key to the system is PD’s mounting technology called SlimLink, which connects the case to the arsenal of mounts and accessories. A selection of six mounts for use in a car, on a motorcycle, a bicycle, and even on a wall give you plenty of options for keeping tech secure yet visible on the go or in your home.
Then, of course, there’s more: including a Mobile Tripod and a slim Mobile Wallet with an optional kickstand, making for one very complete and dynamic eco-system.
Bravo, Peak Design!