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The Carry Awards :: Best Accessory Results
‘Meet one of the most comprehensive packing cube ranges on the market – the Specter. It’s crazy lightweight, fun to use, and helps you get better organized.’
Variously called ‘inception packing’, ‘modular loads’, ‘Matryoshka packing’, or just being organized, the idea of splitting different types of contents into small sub-bags just works. But choosing the right packing cubes can make or break your system. Eagle Creek have not only used ultra-light fabrics, but they’ve also created excellent patterns. Whether it’s a subtle piping for a structural element, or a pattern curve that means the tiny zipper still slides smoothly, these are well thought through bags that make a real difference to how well they work.
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 honour, we bow our heads in the upmost respect and kudos. If this were a dias, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And I’m sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Known simply as TAD to their hordes of loyal fans, Triple Aught Design are most definitely churning out a grade of gear that hits the mark with all types of crew, from tactical to hiking to urban cats who just dig awesomeness. And their OP1 was a massive fan favourite this year, just missing out on the gold to, admittedly, an entirely different product in Eagle Creek’s Packing Cubes. But the OP1 has its own cult following, with message boards dedicated and flooded with “OP1 loadouts”. Oh, and did I mention they make killer packs, too? And we might have something really cool in store for TAD fans very soon? Stay tuned…
Our Carry Awards panel are not allowed to vote for their own associated designs, so with a few Carryology contributors involved in Bellroy, that radically reduced any potential Bellroy votes. But with loads of public votes, and the praise of several non-Bellroy contributors, the Passport Sleeve thoroughly deserves its commendation.
This minimalist sleeve is built from just leather and thread, but uses several progressive construction tricks to make that feel more refined than it should. The pen helps keep the passport secure, and the pull-tab eliminates the hen pecking to try and remove it. This is a very refined design.