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Down to the last detail

The telltale signs of superior craftsmanship have been, and forever will be, found in the little things that make the big things shine. We scrutinize every pocket, every yard of material on down to the quality of the zippers and the integrity of the stitching before any bag is even considered for our collection. Obsessive? You bet.

Aesthetics

The bag must be artful and contemporary with an eye-catching silhouette and complimentary features.

Materials

We insist on durability, resistance to the elements and the ability to perform to our expectations.

Zippers

We make sure the zippers are top quality and the correct size. Poor quality zippers are known to jam when undersized and they can also compromise the overall strength of the bag.

Suspension System

We take great care to make sure the shoulder straps, back panel and any other auxiliary straps are able to deliver the appropriate strength, comfort and fit for their intended purpose.

Compartment Design

We check to ensure that pockets, laptop sleeves, etc. are adequately sized according to specs as well as placed for proper weight balance and accessibility.

Organization

Depending on the application, a good bag should offer ample places to store your belongings in a very logical and orderly fashion.

Protection

We prefer bags that perform more than storage duties with sufficient padding in places that can be especially vulnerable.

Finishing Detail

We have an eye for things like specialized trim, gusseting, grommets, decorative logo plates and all the things that accentuate a fine bag.

We love our brands

We can tell the brands that bring the goods from the pretenders. From New York to San Francisco and everywhere across the world, we find the most driven and most dedicated artisans in this business to bring you exceptional quality and design with every bag we ship.

Before we align ourselves with a brand, they must meet three defining criteria.

Brand Quality
Quality

We make sure that the bags we’re looking for meet the highest manufacturing standards in durability, functionality and construction. There will be no cutting of corners or compromising of any sort. We’re not selling you a bag we wouldn’t buy ourselves.

Brand Style
Style

We look for bags with tons of personality and ones that make a statement full of character and flair. Our collection is big on diversity: Traditional everyday drivers, sophisticated travel-oriented daypacks, innovative messenger bags and tech-savvy designer bags to name a few.

Brand Passion
Passion

In backpacks, as in all things, the difference between ‘meh’ and ‘wow’ is whether or not it was made with love. We have combed through countless bags and brands searching for the ones that demonstrate a desire to be that trusted friend for wherever your day takes you.

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Into the Wilderness: Outdoor Backpacks for the Adventurer at Heart
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by  Dima Vitanova

Into the Wilderness: Outdoor Backpacks for the Adventurer at Heart

April 13, 2017

It is the crunch of golden leaves and crispy soil under your boots. Or maybe, it is the rumble of waves lapping against your body. Perhaps, the crackle of wet snow beneath you.

Whatever pumps up your adrenaline, frees your spirit and clears your mind, keep on doing it. From hiking to snowboarding, the great outdoors hold numerous adventures for you to feel the majesty of life swell through your veins.

Yet, be smart when you venture into mother nature. Be tough and be ready. One of the surest ways to prepare for whatever may come is to have a trusted backpack to carry the gear and supplies you need when jaunting into the wilderness.

Water Escapades

Whether you surf or boat or snorkel, the Dakine Jetty Wet/Dry 32L is a great companion to together set off on aquatic journeys. This 32-liter backpack features a giant roll-top compartment that easily fits a wetsuit, while isolating it away from any dry garments, stored in the belly of the bag. Adjacent to a fleece-lined sunglasses division and quick-access side compartments is an insulated cooler pocket to keep any packed nourishment safe and fresh throughout the day – come sun and water.

Hiking to the Summit

There are many hiking bags out there but few offer the durability and efficiency of the Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia 18L Backpack – I’m Feeling Lucky. For such an avid nature lover only a hiker can be, this active backpack seamlessly fits into the philosophy of respecting and protecting natural environs. The bag is cobbled together by repurposed nylon pieces which, along with all the webbing, hardware and edge binding, is handpicked during production not only to keep wild habitats clean but to also create a one-of-a-kind backpack. With a top drawstring closure, the 18-liter Cotopaxi bag flaunts a large main compartment with an internal hydration sleeve that makes sipping water such an intuitive, hands-free action. No need of bulky water bottles.

If you like hiking as much as you fancy fashion, the Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks Flip has got you covered on both fronts. Crafted in the US, this backpack carries a vintage flair, infused with superb materials and more than four decades of design innovation. Chiseled in a retro barrel shape out of 1000D Cordura and 1680D Ballistic nylon, which makes for a durable and reliable performance, the 22-liter bag not only has enough room to host your hiking essentials and your laptop but it does so with simple sophistication. Accentuating the old-day elegance of this Mystery Ranch backpack are details in heirloom leather. Going outdoor, after all, does not mean leaving spiffiness at home.

Camping it Out

If camping is your thing, The North Face Base Camp Duffel will up your game. It is a lightweight bag but do not mistake that for a flimsy built. The bag boasts a sturdy and rugged construction with a multitude of compartments that easily houses all your camping equipment and clothes. To withstand any harsh camping conditions, The North Face Base Camp Duffel flaunts durable double stitching with extra bartacks. If you prefer to carry it as a regular backpack instead of a duffel, link up the detachable and adjustable alpine-cut shoulder straps and you are all set to camp on.

Snowboarding On and On

The conception of a snow-loving team at Dakine, the Dakine Mission 25L will delight any self-respecting snowboarder. Resting on padded contour-shaped shoulder straps, made out of a breathable mesh fabric, this 25-liter bag has a streamlined shape that unites a slew of compartments, including a sunglass or goggle pocket and laptop and tablet sleeves. Its greatest trait yet – this Dakine bag comes with vertical straps to tie up your snowboard when not swooshing down a snowy slope.

Name Your Adventure

No matter what your wilderness boost is, know that there is a multipurpose backpack that will help you turn a good time in the wide open into a great experience. In fact, there are several such bags. A leader among them is Fjallraven Stubben, which is all-around awesome. Made of highly durable and water-resistant waxed polyester – cotton blend and leather trimmed for additional strength, this bag can storm through any outdoor activity. Brimming with various pockets, the backpack can accommodate any type of gear and necessities. But wait – there is more. The Stubben lies on a welded aluminum frame that allows it to double as a seat.

Another multipurpose champion is Topo Designs 22L Klettersack-X Woolrich – Western. Manufactured in the US, this 22-liter bag has an exterior that is as stunning as its interior. Clothed in Woolrich’s Western Print pattern wool, which is unique to every bag, the backpack has an inner drawstring closure , which seals several divisions, including a laptop sleeve, and a zipped back wall pocket. No matter where you go, this bag is to make an indispensable companion.

Adventure-Ready Backpacks for that Special Someone
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by  Dima Vitanova

Adventure-Ready Backpacks for that Special Someone

March 10, 2017

No matter when and where your adventures happen, it is with whom you take them that singes the thrill and cheer into eternity. Truth is, the moments on the go with your significant other often chart the peaks of life. The shared intimacy, love and rapport elevate the routine and underscore the rare in every venture. Nothing shows your gratitude and appreciation for your partner and travel buddy more than a quality backpack that carries the wanderlust of your relationship and reflects your beloved’s personality. Charting the ultimate trip abroad, a leisurely weekend escapade or brining in some vogue into the ordinary, do not forget that special backpack for him or her to bring along for the journey.

Backpacks For Him

For the Outdoors Guy

Those who relish the outdoors know the pains of finding the right backpack to accommodates all terrains and situations. From biking in town to hikes in the woods, an active-type pack must be big enough to envelop all travel essentials without straining the back. Brooks England Islington fits all the demanding criteria. Rendered in a water-resistant inky black canvas trimmed in leather, this cycling bag flaunts an innovative strap system that provides robust support for the body in action. Enclosing a lift handle, the broad shoulder straps also allow for a crossed-chest wear that boosts stability. Closing 27 liters of compartments, a flip top and an oversized metal clasp make for a stylish finish.

For the One Who Means Business

Tailored suits, crisp shirts, polished shoes. Business demands impeccable looks. The men who grasp the nature of winning enterprise also know sophistication. Not every backpack captures their refined fancy. Knomo Hudson, however, surely does. This bag just stands out. With ample space to stash work materials or adventure necessities and a special phone pocket, it comes in full-grain leather in either black or brown. The adjustable straps lie on low-profile comfort pads to ensure not only a great design but also a weight-free wear. A smart lock-buckle mechanism secures the top flap, which gives the backpack the silhouette of a classic briefcase.

For the Cool Dude

His wardrobe screams urban chill. He is a wiz in matching and contrasting fabrics and prints. His easy ensembles are haphazardly low-key and yet effortlessly dandy. Call him a hipster, if you wish, but he would carry this description with class. The same way as he would Herschel Supply Co Settlement. On quite the affordable price spectrum, this backpack comes in four hues, each emitting a distinct cool vibe. Tucked under a vintage shell with exposed zippers, the interior of the bag – with the internal media pocket – is fitted for a tech-savvy lifestyle. Functional and neat, Hershel Supply Co Settlement not only serves a scrum of purposes. With its streamlined shape, it can also enhance any outfit.

For Her

For the Working Woman

Ask any accomplished woman and, chances are, she would confess to sporting several bags – at once. There are work documents and personal essentials to carry around and, oftentimes, a single purse is not enough. Unless it is Brooks England Pickwick. Bulging into 12-liter capacity, the backpack features secret zipped compartments on the back – for that important sales report or the favorite beauty kit. Worried that the seams might burst under the weight of the contents? Already a dream bag, Brooks England Pickwick is garbed in a leather canvas, which has undergone a special wax treatment for extra strength and water repellency. Conceived by designer Andre Klauser and executed in Tuscany, Brooks England Pickwick brings elegance to the work routine.

For the Fashionista

Heeding the latest catwalk trends, she is always the one to stun. She is a connoisseur of fashion who knows a superb garment or accoutrement when she spots one. Frye Clara Fringe is to certainly command her attention. This American-made bag has it all. With two parallel fringes that swoosh down its length and frame a couple of playful tussles, the backpack evokes a bohemian aesthetic. The vintage Italian leather and suede pique to Old-World luxury, while the metal buckle and the top flap, reminiscent of a horse saddle, cue to the Wild West. Despite the many references, Frye Clara Fringe comes off as a chic tote that can carry quite a lot.

For the Nature Lover

If she lives for camping in the great outdoors but balks at parting with the comforts of modernity, Osprey Quasar is for her. This bag is an adventurer’s dream – from volume to wear. Boasting ergonomic padded shoulder straps and a mesh-fabric back panel, it ensures a painless carry, even when its 28-liter capacity brims full. Bolstered for stability, the backpack unfolds into a bevy of compartments of various sizes that can schlep a load much bigger than mere essentials. Now, she can lug along that portable coffee maker.

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