- Buyer's Guide
The Carry Awards :: Best Work Backpack
“Is anyone else radically impressed by the refinement Cote&Ciel have undergone over the last few years? From a quirky and offbeat fashion carry brand, they are now a serious force for awesomeness, represented in many of the coolest retailers around the world.”
There is no doubt that the ‘Isar’ has broken free of the typical backpack language of their outdoor heritage and replaces it with that of a beautiful winter coat, with folds and fabrics that hide its technical credentials. It expands easily and is available in every fabric and color combo you could imagine, just take a peek, we lost track after ‘grey cargo canvas’! And truly, we love this pack and can happily recommend the 15″, but prepare to be spoilt for choice.
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.
We were slightly surprised by the number of votes that Modern Industry received, but perhaps we shouldn’t have been. Despite being rookies to the carry scene, they’ve mixed a strong brand feel with a masculine aesthetic and very refined proportions. Reminding us of the Bedouin ‘Delireis’, the ‘Drive’ simplifies back the roll-top format with great fabrics and uncluttered design. The floating laptop pocket improves the pack’s fit for those commuting, and the chunky hardware looks like it will outlast any plastics.
Always a huge vote winner! This year seemed like Goruck HQ activated thousands of dorment Goruck-fanatics and strapped them to keyboards, refusing to provide nutrition, until our vote forms exploded and disappeared into whisps of white vapor. It was truly impressive. The GR0 was a clear sign that Goruck GR fans are stoked to get a smaller version.