New to us-Gregory-vintage flavored Sunbird series that refs its design history (backpacks)…and produces sturdy selections made from classic-cotton-polyester canvas, authentic steel alligator clips and figure eight attachment systems, and chrome-tanned leather details.
|Sunrise Tote-zippered main compartment, front zippered pocket, internal zip pocket, quilted bottom panel, detachable shoulder strap $129|
|Offshore Day-single large main compartment with interior sleeve-good for personal electronics, top zip accessory pocket, quilted Cordura® tough nylon back panel, ice axe/trekking pole attachment loops, 2 leather attachment panels on front $99|
|zippered back pocket-nice added compartment|
NOMAD by Tess Johnson-has mass transit and electronic friendly details…that really are unique.
|Subway card slot easily accessed on the shoulder strap-2 pockets in fact-can hold smartphone, keys, etc|
|From Spain-Pikolinos accessories include this camera bag style stunner-but there are several satchels available|
|GYMANO BAG $300-primo leather with adjustable leather shoulder strap, outer pockets-made in Ethiopia|
|Gymano Bag-rustic brown-$300-back zip pocket ---|
|Colorado based MADE IN THE USA- TOPO DESIGNS-Rover Pack works off the mountains-low profile haulers made with water resistant cloth upper, rugged 1000d Cordura® base, cinch closure, 2 exterior zips for quick access to personal items, inner laptop sleeve, side pockets w/ compression straps...and back straps padded+mesh w/ accessory D-rings are compatible with sternum strap. $139|
Apparel wise-treat the athlete you know to something by iconic brands that just stand out…
ANYTHING BY GORE RUNNING---
We previewed the cold weather 2014 offerings-but only recently tried out a Windstopper enabled running vest (Air 2.0 WINDSTOPPER ACTIVE SHELL LADY VEST) that for us-really showed its namesake's ability to performed as billed-on bike rides in freezing cold.
What a difference----Holy Cow.
Close fitting (runs true to size-we wear USA women's 00/0 ---and the Gore Running Size 34 fit perfectly)--- and with enough stretch to wear layered over rather thick L/S basics…or just plain ole' tech tee for year round wear…and the slightly longer back hem allows for coverage when we're in that aero position on our tri-bike….resulting in a noticeable difference in our ability to stay warm -core-wise. Particularly noticeable on breezy days though riding a bike makes everyday a somewhat windy day.
Other features-the concealed front zip pocket-so well integrated we did not notice it until a few runs later-big enough hold Metrocard in case we wimp out somewhere in Central Park and opt for mass transit those last few miles... reflective pops on hem, mesh lining-and venting back---very helpful after finally getting warmed up, and inner chest pocket with detachable hair elastic (keys)-and a concealed back pocket for gels…
Price wise-the entire Gore Running collection is what we would call premium priced-but given our experience and how versatile our vest is-we hike in it too…def. worth it for the smart design features, top-of-the-line fabrics from namesake Gore-Tex®…and durable quality that will probably last for years.
For women only-MK (Mountain Khakis) hit a home run with this comfy Christi Fleece Lined Shirt ($99.95)---mad for plaid on the outside---plush faux fur fleece lining. Expect a guy version next year-given the interest…from media that eyed this winner.
|MK Christi Fleece Lined Shirt|