Thursday, August 30, 2012



New Carry-ons/Packs and Haulers for Everything, including little humans/pets Fall 2012/13


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
FISHPOND had/has a fab collection of SPORTING CLUB named, tough canvas luggage last time we checked the collection out ...we thought, very spiffy.
If not even more impressive-the new- 100% water tough luggage....backpacks, rollers and duffels available soon. Even the zippers, embedded in rubber-keeps the elements OUT.
heavy duty zippers
Details we expect-like plenty of interior/exterior organizing pockets, separate interior compartment for wet stuff, grab handles, compression, sticky and padded straps-all present. Plenty of room/attachments for rod tubes, waders, vest, attire...
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
EAGLE CREEK -somehow we never previewed the ginormus collections by the company "inspired by travel."

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

ID tag

great pulls
Smart-the No Matter What™ Duffles  ($65-$95) and Rolling Duffels ($130-$140), pack down into transport friendly,  reusable pouch storage bags...from 1lbs 6oz--- to 3 lbs 10oz for x-large rolling duffel . Amazing-the unique collapsible bags.
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

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.
Padded Compartment...large interior pocket-lockable, with self repairing zip-tuckaway backpack straps and waist belt-sternum strap with with Pack-It™ system, too.

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.

Amazingly...this wheeled bag contains 10 days worth of clothes-for one try neat guy/gal.
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™ SPECTER ($13-$38) are seriously featherweight/ lightweight, tissue thin but made of durable silnylon ripstop that are a great way to organize stuff-and protect from spills. Available in folders, zipped sacs (s-m-l), zipped cubes-in small to large sizes too- with quick grab handles...

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
We can see why HIGH SIERRA was recently acquired by world wide luggage company SAMSONITE---the Ilinois based company adventure travel backpack, luggage company has both street and active outdoor creds...what with the terrific prints and graphics on amazingly affordable school/messenger bags, day packs, totes, business/laptop haulers---to serious gear duffels/roller bags and expedition worthy backpacks.
Freewheel backpack=with large front load main compartment with padded custom zone laptop sleeve, zipped front compartment, corner guards, reflective accents, padded shoulder straps, large corner mounted wheels, open side pocket, triangle clip for attachments...many color options too!

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.

EVOLUTION (Amazon, Pine, Leaf-green,  Lava, Red Clay, Ash)-made of nylon, mini-diamond ripstop fabric-stain and water resistant, inline skate style corner mounted wheels-intergrated foot handle so the bag can stay upright, padded grab handles-nice tough, ergonomic zipper pulls...wheeled uprights and drop bottom wheeled duffels- have custom ID holder hidden in front pocket, reflective piping, lots of pockets and expandable main compartments...plenty of inner/outer multi- compartments-including in wheeled duffels-can  unzip to create large one.

AT 6-made of Duraweave and Metallic Miniweave fabrics=durable, with corner mounted sport wheels, lightweight aluminum pull-up handle  that tucks away, custom molded zipp pulls, low profile grab handle, hide-away id tag, custom rivets, mesh side pocket, clothing hold-down straps...uprights are expandable...styles include a wheeled business organizer  with a separate padded sleeve,  and a 3-in-1 carry-on wheeled backpack and expandable duffels with hideaway, padded backpack straps (3 sizes) with removable day pack that zips off. HANDY. AND wheeled cargo duffel-with a main and two spacious side compartments plus pockets.

BRIGGS&RILEY B R X™ collection is a lightweight, adventure ready luggage bunch with the signature Outsider® Handle-a patented system that provides for greater interior space.
SPEEDDOCK™ allows transport of 2 bags as one via easy attachment straps/clips

NEW-the Exchange Rolling Backpack...a hybrid bag with a zip-down back panel ...conceals the wheels, keeps dirt/moisture way, provides access to padded backpack harness with waist straps and lumbar support panel. Carry-on ready size---good for 2-3 day trip...
back panel zipped up

padded backpack harness

padded back-adjustable sternum strap keeps backpack straps from sliding off

handle hides-away

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

roomy interior

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
There are several models of Croozers/Chariots available-
3-IN-1-Jogger, Trailer and Stroller CROOZER KID-folds down for ez transport...features bicycle arm with axle hitch, safety flag, stroller wheel and a large front wheel with wheel arms, combo insect/weather cover, safety tested according to ASTM standards

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 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 other patented all Chariot models-including the Sport Series-with conversion kits for cross country skiing. How cool is that!
The Touring Series also offers the Corsaire and Corsaire 2- with 2-in-1 weather cover with zip down front window---and a bigger seat for bigger kids.
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

handlebar console

Chariot-Cup holders/handlebar consoles,-lots of storage...and with Click N Store™ can store jogging/biking arms on the Chariot itself.
There is an entire video series by Chariot Carriers---featuring all the highlights...
What else:
THULE continues with it luggage collection-rollers, convertible backpacks, duffels-now out in nice deep blue

Daypacks and Messengers
No surprise, an engineer conjured up the ATLAS 8-a cargo trailer- with a slim profile, lockable, weather proof design-with a lot of capacity (73 cubic feet/1000 lbs capacity).

Features abound-removable bulkhead creates separate compartments to organize gear, resin transfer molded fiberglass on aluminum frame construction-easy handling and rugged...with an optional roof rack attachments for boats and bikes (pictured above).

Lots of ways to access...with removable lids (and tailgate) for storage options....gas spring assist lids -easy to lift up.

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.