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Carry Awards VII: Giveaway of Champions!
Our Seventh Annual Carry Awards are all done and dusted for another year, with over a hundred pieces of the world’s best gear voted on, and the best of the best crowned for nailing great design.
But we’ve got one more special announcement left. We, in partnership with all of our winning brands, have put together the biggest giveaway ever to have graced our community – a giveaway of champions!
One lucky winner will score all of the pieces below. That’s right, all 14 champions for one carry fan. A prize pack valued at over $3200!
How To Enter
Winner of our Best Active Messenger, the Arc’teryx Granville 16 Courier Bag serves up a top-notch blend of clean aesthetics, durable technical construction and versatile functionality. A bag that can move from the city to the outdoors, it carries comfortably and securely with its molded back panel. There’s sufficient organization to keep your gear tidy without becoming cluttered and the highly weather-resistant build provides welcome protection from the elements too.
Great access, excellent carry flexibility and a burly build makes Mystery Ranch’s Terraframe 3-Zip well suited to a wide range of outdoor carry needs. The winner of our Best Active Backpack award features Mystery Ranch’s 3-Zip opening so you can easily reach gear throughout the main compartment, along with their OVERLOAD™ harness that carries diverse loads externally.
Balancing a luxury feel with everyday functionality isn’t easy in work carry. But Stuart and Lau excel with their Cary Double Briefcase. Our Best Work Shoulder Bag winner fuses quality materials with timeless aesthetics to create a weatherproof, premium piece that looks suave in formal and informal settings alike. And with dual compartments and a considered mix of pocketing at your disposal, it’s easy to keep work and EDC items tidy and accessible throughout the day.
Trakke’s updated Bannoch Backpack delivers improved patterning, along with a durable and weatherproof dry-finish waxed canvas to embrace those rainy commutes. Merging modern and heritage styling, it’s a classy piece for a variety of work settings and complements its suave looks with excellent handcrafted build quality. A thoughtful range of pockets also enable our Best Work Backpack winner to keep your tools, tech and EDC well organized too.
Innovation is hard. But Nite Ize have truly delivered with their RunOff Waterproof Collection. A series of waterproof, submersible pouches and packing cubes that feature the TRU Zip. A completely waterproof zipper that’s toothless, silent to use, and self-healing. Winner of our Best Accessory for Travel EDC, it’s a game changer in the industry.
A specialist fulfils a particular carry need. And in the case of our Best Specialist winner, the ONFAdd Wrapping Backpack specializes in exceptional carry versatility. Inspired by Japanese furoshiki, it’s a bag that can carry everything from chairs and screens, to bike wheels, bulky boxes and more. And when you don’t need to carry awkward items, it can be used in a default compact form as a regular everyday backpack for work or play.
The updated Brown Buffalo Conceal Backpack serves up even more durability and improved organization in a sleek, understated design that moves easily from the office to the weekend and day trips. The excellent craftsmanship and super clean style is complemented by thoughtful organization updates including a removable Porterpen Pouch and a removable 15″ laptop sleeve that also doubles as a shoulder bag. Tough yet chic, our versatile Best Everyday Bag winner is a pack you can reach for to conquer a variety of day-to-day carry needs.
Sling bags are ideal alternatives when you want to ditch larger bags and carry smaller setups. But what if you still want the flexibility to carry the occasional bulky item? CODE OF BELL comes to the rescue with their X-POD. Winner of our Best Sling Bag award, this adaptable bag features an expandable front compartment that carries larger loads when needed but cinches down small when not. You’ll find a useful mix of pockets to organize your smaller essentials, while the durable X-Pac construction and flexible front, back and waist carry options further enhance its functional design.
Peak Design’s Travel Duffelpack 65L delivers a fresh feel on the duffel category, combining the gear-hauling capabilities of a duffel with the carry comfort of a backpack. The bag’s shoulder straps, waist belt and sternum strap provide welcome relief when carrying heavy loads. And the harness stores neatly away behind magnetic flaps for snag-free storage in tight spaces. Winner of our Best Travel Luggage award, it features a wide opening that makes packing and access straightforward, while the expandable design lets you play between 45L and 65L to accommodate changing loads.
Adaptable volume? Comfy carry? Superb access? And great flexibility? Peak Design delivers it all in one bag with their Travel Backpack. Our Best Carry-On Bag winner serves up low-key aesthetics with a choice of back, front and dual side access. A mix of pockets are ready to step up and secure smaller items, while the stowable harness provides welcome comfort in getting your gear where it needs to go. Plus with its expandable volume that can grow to 45L or compress to 30L, you don’t need to worry about squeezing in that coveted souvenir or carrying more compactly with smaller loads.
The key to travel packing is picking items that can adapt to multiple environments with ease. That way, you can pack less without being restricted on your journeys. And the Western Rise Evolution Pant is all about adapting – to work, play and outdoor settings alike. Our Best Travel Clothing winner is made with bluesign® approved stretch nylon Supplex® fabric, which provides a great mix of breathability, durability, stain resistance, water repellency, and two-way stretch. Ideal for helping keep laundry to a minimum, while moving easily from meetings to outdoor hikes and city sightseeing.
Leatherman are an iconic name in multi-tools. And their FREE series builds on their stellar reputation, scoring our Best EDC award. Five years in the making, the series features a range of multi-tools with magnetic architecture that allows for smooth opening and closing. The tools are located externally for easier access, while the solid build quality lends confidence to the mix and is backed by a 25-year guarantee.
Winner of our Best Camera Bag award, the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L exudes a highly considered design that works equally well for urban and outdoor photography use. The back panel opening allows ready access to camera equipment, while the front compartment provides handy storage for personal items. Keep the waist belt secure and swing the pack to your front for a mobile workstation. And with multiple interior and exterior organization options you can tailor the pack for a range of loads.
We welcomed the GORUCK GR1 into our Hall of Fame this year. And it’s not hard to see why. No pack has a devoted following quite like this one. Its legendary toughness makes it a go-to option for everything from day hikes to overnight trips. The lay-flat opening makes packing and retrieving items quick and easy, with just enough pocketing to keep gear tidy but not forget where you stashed things. Rugged and versatile enough for work, play and travel, it’s the pack that started it all for GORUCK and a worthy icon in the carry world.