FISHPOND, EAGLE CREEK, HIGH SIERRA, BRIGGS&RILEY, CROOZER/CHARIOT CARRIERS-THULE, ROAD WARRIOR SPORTS at Outdoor Retailer
New Carry-ons/Packs and Haulers for Everything, including little humans/pets Fall 2012/13OUTDOOR RETAILER/SLC
words/images Judith Ecochard
Lugging around gear, gadgets, apparel, modern necessities...when traveling -with ease, versatile compartments that expand/contract, ensconced in protective/durable materials...without added weight...a must list of attributes for haulers on the go.
|RUGGED-1680 ballistic nylon|
|padded shoulder straps-removable, rod/tube cinch straps|
|heavy duty zippers|
|wheeled and molded for easy mobility|
|gear bags and backpacks -gunwale hooks for gear|
|Adjustable padded shoulder straps|
|ochre color-alos available in black and slate blue|
There was a lot to see...starting with the new Load Warrior™ wheeled duffles-3 sizes available ($230-$270)... holding a week's worth of gear and clothing...with an expandable main compartment and attached piggyback clips for add-a-bag versatility.
|Porter Key® bottle opener attachment|
|plenty of exterior and interior compression straps, grab handles and Harness Handle™ doubles as lash points, roller with bumper protection|
|easy access zipped outer pocket-ID tag pocket|
|handle stows away up top|
|great access-self repair zippers go all the way around-back panel doubles as storage option|
|Or outer compartment for the laundry|
|ergonomic ipper details|
|reflective accents...self repairing systems super tough...easy grab zipper pulls|
GEAR WARRIOR™ Wheeled Duffels (32-$285, 36-$310)---made of tough ripstop ballistic nylon---hauls it all via a Stowable Equipment Keeper™---a large secondary compartment, #10 lockable self repairing zipper, multiple grab handles and Harness Handle™ that doubles as lash points, exterior wings with full compression straps, ID tag pocket and reflective accents, durable wheel and handle system for smooth runs through the airport to catch that plane...
|easy access outer pocket-laundry ready|
FLIP SWITCH™ Wheeled Backpacks-pictured here in slate blue...(22, 28)-has zip-away backpack suspension system with 3D Air Mesh straps and hip belt.
|interior compression straps, large interior and exterior pockets, bumper protection, sturdy wheel housing and reinforced bartacks, reflective accents|
|zips away-detachable straps and hip belt-padded for comfort|
|2 grab handles|
|fairly lightweight too...6lbs 7oz, / 8lbs 6oz with- removable suspension system|
|hidden quick stash zipper pocket in back panel|
|removable padded shoulder straps, external compression straps, super durable nylon, bartack reinforcements on stress points, top carry handle|
|size of stuff pouch for No Matter What Rolling Duffels...wow|
|four sizes of No Matter What Duffels available|
DIGI HAULER™ Backpack $120
|Digi Hauler™ Backpack-full front access organizer-interior pockets for electronics, pen slot, key fob, top grab handle. A great overnighter for business travelers-or as a day hauler.|
EAGLE CREEK is getting major press and praise for its PACK-IT™ SYSTEM---that's a changeable, have-it-your way, user friendly assortment of folders, organizers, interchangeable zipped compartments, expandable and regular cubes, pouches and sacs for clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc...that fits into any sized luggage.
|folded shirts--in a zipped compartment, spacious -with padded three fold seams in a garment sleeve-instructions included, 2 sided cubes for socks, underwear, compartment sacs with mesh inserts for small stuff, laundry|
|a 22 inch carry on can hold a lot of stuff...when packed right|
|PACK-IT™ SPECTOR FOLDERS...fits in a carry on bag---see through allows visuals|
|Plenty of size and color options....nice detail-the garment holder has a handle to hang up.|
|Necessities-Packable tote, Packable Daypack and Packable Duffel-2100 poly ripstop with handy pack-in pocket doubles as additional pocket $24-$30|
What else---Undercover™ Security...made from breathable, washable silk...
|all terrain money belt $20.00- with hidden zippered security pocket, adjustable and quick release|
|Barbara Hillary-1st African American and lung cancer survivor (!!!) skied North Pole-en route to South-at High Sierra|
|NEO-in blue-up top|
|lightweight recessed telescoping aluminum handle with a locking mechanism, push button top,|
New for us -the incredibly lightweight EVOLUTION and A.T.6 GEAR----the later with a sporty, classic race car styling.
|SPEEDDOCK™ allows transport of 2 bags as one via easy attachment straps/clips|
|back panel zipped up|
|padded backpack harness|
|padded back-adjustable sternum strap keeps backpack straps from sliding off|
|access opening- outer zipped compartment ---|
|hide-away id tag|
|Unique zippered and Velcro opening allows access bag from the top in backpack mode.|
|main compartment can access standing up-in backpack mode|
|OR -can lie flat for packing like traditional suitcase|
|interior padded sleeve good for iPads|
|zippered interior compartment-padded|
MSRP $350-avaiable in amber, lava and slate.
At some point in our NYC living life-the brash "Don't Even Think Of Parking Here" traffic signs left no question as to whether to park--- or not to park--- (versus the plethora of mixed message signs up now).
We thought about that as soon as we saw the THULE-owned/distributed CROOZER DESIGNS and CHARIOT CARRIERS baby/dog/pet strollers/trailers---that frankly, floored us with safety/comfort features- and massive sizes.
Yes, the ultimate baby buggies destined for pampered prince and princesses, furry or not- everywhere---that we say-don't even think of hauling one of these on the subway, occupied.
|sales guy gives a tutorial|
|interior velcro-ed out for cleaning, padded shoulder harness/bucket seat/reflective pops and color tough water resistant fabric, sturdy!|
|one and two seat carrier options-individual seats with full protection of 5-point frame anchored seatbelts, robust aluminum bumpers...handlebar doubles as a roll bar|
|Cabriolet 2-for tiny tots by Chariot Carriers|
Chariot Carriers are the creme de la creme...in a way. With CTS versatility---good for joggers, hikers on trails, and bikers---the cockpit worthy seats offer ample protection, lightweight 20 inch aluminum spoke wheels for stability, side air vents with covering flaps and a rear flap that doubles as a sunscreen/bug proof mesh panel.
CAS-Chariot Adjustable Suspension, drum brakes, 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective materials, reversible handlebars...plus other patented extras...in all Chariot models-including the Sport Series-with conversion kits for cross country skiing. How cool is that!
|Chariot-Infant Sling that cushions like a hammock-top safety features included padded 3 point seatbelt...can be replaced by Baby Supporter older tots- height adjustable and removable head support mechanisms.|
|worthy of a fighter pilot cockpit -but a lot more comfy padded shoulder harness, bucket seat|
|lifts off for cleaning-wesh seat wicks away moisture|
|sun cover down-and rolls up|
|supportive baby seat|
|remove for cleaning|
|Chariot-Cup holders/handlebar consoles,-lots of storage...and with Click N Store™ can store jogging/biking arms on the Chariot itself.|
THULE continues with it luggage collection-rollers, convertible backpacks, duffels-now out in nice deep blue
|Daypacks and Messengers|
With an empty trailer weight of 550 lbs...that we were told is really light...the Atlas 8 can be attached to most vehicles to tow a lot-with minimal gas mileage impact.
Reminded us of how when a niece got driven to college for freshman orientation-her luggage required the back seat of the family sedan-tops...but by the end of senior year...her folks probably could of used one of these Road Warrior haulers- to get the graduate going on with her non-academic life.
FYI: matchy match colors/graphic options available.