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Carry Awards VII: Sportique Selects…
With our Carry Awards VII in full swing, we asked the knowledgeable folks at Sportique, SF’s online carry curators, to bring their expertise to the mix and select their top choices for Best Work Backpack, Best Active Messenger and Best Everyday Bag…
Best Work Backpack: ISM Classic Backpack
The ISM Classic Backpack is the end result of hundreds of creative minds collaborating on one design. From San Francisco, the founder Justin Kwong created and built ISM after his bag broke down on him while heading to a meeting. With over 80+ designs and samples under their belt, ISM is confident they’ve crafted the perfect work backpack.
The Classic Backpack can be carried virtually anywhere with confidence. Crafted with precision and elegance, this bag boasts the best features of a travel pack. EVA foam and padding on the shoulder straps and back support offer comfort, while the exterior of full-grain leather and weatherproof YKK zippers add sleek durable styling. A TSA-friendly laptop sleeve and water-resistant nylon lining make this bag suitable for work or play.
Best Active Messenger: Nomatic Travel Messenger
The crowdfunding legend brings a new addition to their travel family with a feature-rich and stylish messenger bag.
Nomatic’s signature design elements and functional features are combined in this everyday carry messenger bag. Made with durable waterproof materials and a striking exterior, this messenger smoothly transitions to a briefcase, making it a great choice for active professionals. Removable panels allow you to customize the bag to meet your needs from weekdays to weekend. And Nomatic’s magnetic water bottle pocket, lockable RFID safe storage, and a roller luggage sleeve are just a few of the features to look forward to when on the move.
Best Everyday Bag: Côte&Ciel Kensico MemoryTech Backpack
Côte&Ciel’s presence became prominent in 2008 when their initial launch surprised the world of carry. Their mission is simple yet groundbreaking: travel goods that balance modern fabrics with architectural shapes for a functional and fashionable carry. Inspired by tradition and technology, Côte&Ciel’s classic and advanced designs work in tandem with your body to make your daily commute comfortable yet unique.
The Kensico is one of Côte&Ciel’s newest editions and pays homage to one of their iconic backpacks. Outfitted with a 13-inch laptop sleeve and convenient stash pocket, the Kensico Backpack meets the needs of commuters with savvy style requirements. While chest straps and a hip belt ensure comfort and security with large loads even off the beaten path. The Kensico Backpack features back ventilation and a lightweight, water-resistant MemoryTech exterior for that special kind of performance.