You might think that with at least a few hundred thousand years of human civilization, with most of our existence living outdoors and all the technology invested in outdoor gear and survival that by now the sleeping bag would have reached the limits of innovation. Well if you did, think again. The Kammok Thylacine sleeping bag pushes technology and expectations even further. Combining an array of their own technologies (waterproofing, windproofing, breathability and heat reflective shell), the Thylacine with its patent-pending baffle locking system looks to deliver variable warmth and function so you only need one bag for all your frontier and outdoor adventures. Able to use both synthetic and down, the shell allows you to swap or layer baffles as needed for your comfort and more importantly in extreme conditions, your survival. In addition to the temperature-adjusting baffle customizing functionality, the Thylacine also lets you to change your bags length and width where it matters. Available to you as either the Kammok Thylacine Ultralight (UL) or the Expedition (X), the Kammok team braved no less than the Patagonia Mountains to help ensure the quality and functionality of this boundary pushing bag prior to demanding your hard-earned coin.
After personally looking for a new bag for quite some time, I think Saddleback Leather will be the company from which I make my next purchase. This full grain leather duffel bag is an exemplary example of why. Made from 100% waterproof full grain boot leather, this duffel and the other Saddleback leather bags are made to survive the jungle, the dessert and practically whatever adrenaline fueling, fringes of society excursion you find yourself embracing, like Dave the founder of the company, who travels the globe with his own Saddleback leather bags in tow as living proof and as testimony that these bags are indeed some of the best in the world. This duffel in particular has no zippers or breakable parts, uses industry marine grade thread, pigskin lining (suede optional), has only three “major” seams and if that is not enough, it comes with a 100 year warranty.
The No.21 Rucksack from Fjallraven is eagerly waiting for you to make use of it on your next hike through the city. The medium sized (also available in small and large), top loading pack features a snow lock under the lid and is made from the time tested, wind and water resistant G-1000 waxed canvas. Aside from being able to hold up against the elements, the sweet looking Fjallraven No.21 Rucksack has interior and exterior pockets for your tag along goodies, plus one for your beverage of choice and padding for your laptop or tablet to keep it snug and comfy along the way.
If you are planning a romantic weekend, or a brief getaway, this handsome bag can lug your stuff. Whatever is on your agenda for the quick trip, the Moore and Giles Dillard XL Duffel is roomy enough to carry the basics and a few pockets for your favorite accessories. In case you don’t want to keep a grip on things, Moore and Giles provides you a nice padded shoulder strap so you can keep your hands free. Two zip pockets on the outside for quick reach of the essentials (think maps, phones and passport), one zip pocket on the interior and two more without zippers, the Cleland is an appreciated step above the common sports duffel. Available in Black Suede or Waxwear Rangertan.
The Stockholm-based bag brand Sandqvist strikes gold again with the Sandqvist Lars-Goran Mountain Backpack in a beautiful navy palette highlighted with red side pockets and vegetable tanned leathers. Composed of high performance Cordura nylon this Sandqvist backpack is fashionable and functional. Other details include a flat zip pocket up at the top and a roomy pocket on the inside, just right for your tablet, netbook or laptop. Available here.
Dana is the obsessed creative behind Urban Heirlooms. Inspired by all things vintage, Dana designs leather bags, leather accessories, and possesses a peculiar fetish for skeleton keys. Order from the Urban Heirlooms online boutique and you’ll receive an American-made, one-of-a-kind leather messenger bag made to order that will assist you with creating your personal image and individual style. The Urban Heirlooms Deluxe Pocket Messenger comes colored in a deep Espresso bean brown or in a rich inkwell black. This handmade bag is the perfect size for the little hiccups you need to carry, but prefer not to hold.
Industrial designer Spencer Nikosey continues to impress with innovations from the KILLSPENCER brand and has provided a brilliant update to the previously celebrated Weekender bag. The newly revised bag, the Killspencer Weekender 2.0 maintains the essentials but also acquires new features; including an expandable open top and a water-resistant interior zip pocket that seemingly is the perfect size for a MacBook Air or an iPad. As an essential weekend bag, the Killspencer has the perfect number of pockets to secure your stuff during last-minute overnight business stays and for your other more adventurous and pleasurable weekend affairs. Of course Killspencer provides several styling options for you to choose from for your made to order Weekender 2.0 bag of which includes military materials that were “used in combat” or select vintage fabrics of Vietnam and the Korean War from the KILLSPENCER “historical reserve” .
Before you venture off trail for that perfect place a few thousand feet up and secluded from modern civilization, you will want to take the ultra-lightweight Marmot Plasma 15 sleeping bag with you. Jam-packed with Certified 900+ Fill-Power Goose Down, EN tested (EN13537), with a 15F rating (hence the name), the Marmot Plasma 15 sleeping bag should keep you warm and comfy when the nasty wind and cold comes.
Full-grain leather that looks like you’ve just conquered a week long Safari tour, makes each bag in the Tumi Alpha Bravo collection unique. Plenty of organizational pockets on the interior and exterior of all of the bags make them good for both business use and casual affairs. The Knox Backpack looks great and the Lejeune Backpack begs you to test the limits of those waterproof pockets, but the McGuire Duffel takes rank as it can be your go to bag for gym visits, a carry-on duffel for casual flights and you can toss it in the backseat for the occasional nefarious overnighter. There’s enough room for work stuff too if needed.
For the uninitiated, this may seem inappropriate timing, but where there is water there is potential to ride. That means it is always time and a place where you can pull out your board. Dakine makes a surfboard bag to protect your goods until you get there. The Dakine Daylight Deluxe Thruster Surfboard Bag has a 600D polyester top, heat reflective tarpaulin bottom and quarter inch padding for board cushion. The board bag has a heavy-duty zipper that won’t rust or rot away from all the salt and a convenient shoulder strap to carry your board just in case you might need to lug a bit further than the parking lot to the sand.