News & reviews covering the world of backpacks, everyday carry, on–the–go tech, and travel written and curated by Keir Whitaker, a UK based carry–on obsessed frequent flyer.
April 15, 2019
I’ve tried quite a few tech accessory packs over the last few years and have found most of them to be particularly bulky when carried in a day pack. The benefits of straps, multiple pockets, cable pass throughs are, to me, outweighed by the space they take up.
April 13, 2019
I’m a huge advocate of bag–in–bag travel and have many pack flat totes that I can throw in my carry–on at a moments notice but this was the first packable backpack in my collection. I’ve not been disappointed, especially as this retails for only $39 USD.
April 01, 2019
Back in March 2018, the “Akra & Vaga Carry-on Luggage System” by Arcido was funded by 321 backers on Kickstarter to the tune of £49,252. I mentioned these two packs on my personal site at the time and had every intention of reviewing them here when LOTP launched but for some reason, they slipped through the editorial net — so let’s dig in.
These two packs tick almost all of my carry-on boxes, if only they were available in black. That said, that’s a personal preference and not one I can hold against this well made and feature-laden pair.
March 23, 2019
Look around my co-working space and you’ll notice that the reusable cup movement is strong. Popular among many, including myself is the Stojo collapsible cup.
Designed by coffee lovers, the Stojo is a convenient alternative to more rigid travel mugs and of course, better for the environment than disposable cups.
February 11, 2019
Every good backpack deserves a great notebook, right? The Sidekick is a 160 page lovingly crafted hardcover notebook purposefully designed to fit around your keyboard poised for to be on hand for your next big idea (or to-do!). You can grab your own for $24 USD + shipping.
February 11, 2019
An 85-litre inflatable travel bag made from used truck tarpaulins, bicycle inner tubes, and used car seat belts for £690.00 you say? Well, why not! This beautiful beast from the folks at Freitag certainly won’t fit in an overhead bin but I’ll make an exception just this once for this genius bag (although bag really doesn’t do it justice). Top marks for a great pun too!
February 11, 2019
I’m really impressed by the number of features on the Veer including multiple ways to access the bag, expandable water bottle holder, organisation pockets, internal mesh organiser, theft deterrent buckle, key clip and plenty more.
At the time of writing, you can get yours for under $100 USD. Check out the WANDRD shop for more travel-related packs, pouches, and hats.
February 09, 2019
If you are in the market for a sub $100 USD stylish camera backpack then the Rücken Camera Backpack by Bagsmart might just be for you.
Available in black and brown this pack is made from 210D water-repellent polyester and is designed for the camera lover who needs a carry to keep their kit safe in all weathers.
January 28, 2019
Is it too late to wish you a Happy 2019? I hope not, so Happy New Year. It’s been way too quiet on the blog for the last few weeks but with good reason. At the end of last year, I decided to move on from my role at Shopify and have recently set up my own business.
With starting the new venture, the Christmas break and trying to ship my new work-related web site I’ve not had the time to get back to regular Leader of the Pack postings. Thankfully I’m close to getting most of the building blocks in place and will now be able to carve out more, much needed, time to write here.
November 26, 2018
It’s that time of the year when we look for inspiration for the ultimate thoughtful gift. Here are 20 carefully curated gift recommendations for that significant road warrior/traveller in your life.
November 13, 2018
During one of my regular scans of Kickstarter for new backpack campaigns, I noticed the Switch by WiWu. It recently funded with 99 backers pledging $11,740 USD to help bring it to life. I’m a little surprised that this didn’t have more interest as this looks like a great value pack for well under $100.
If you like the look of the pack I’d recommend keeping an eye on the Kickstarter page for further details of how to purchase.
November 08, 2018
Peak Design may be familiar to many of you already. Perhaps you know them from Kickstarter where they have run many successful campaigns. In fact, they recently they completed their eighth which closed with almost 14,000 backers pledging over $5 million USD for their soon to be shipped Travel Line range.
I have my good friend and professional photographer Greg to thank for my own introduction. Some months ago he pitched up at a conference I was attending sporting the bag I am reviewing here.
Greg travels the world with his camera and couldn’t stop espousing the benefits of the Everyday Backpack. A few weeks later whilst in London, for work, Michael pitched up for breakfast carrying the same pack and waxed lyrical on his love for it too (you can read more from Michael below). There had to be something special about this bag!
October 19, 2018
Bellroy products have featured a number of times on Leader of the Pack. I’ve been a long time admirer of their range and it’s been really interesting to chart their move from the items we put in bags to the bags themselves.
To date, Bellroy products have tended to be on the high end of the price spectrum so when I received an email touting their latest offerings as their “most affordable bags yet” I had to learn more.
October 04, 2018
I’m a big fan of having a wallet just for travel. I’ve been using the Bellroy Travel Wallet for a few years now and would highly recommend it. It’s not the cheapest but well worth the investment — mine looks as good as the day I bought it.
If you are looking for an equally useful, but more affordable, model then the new Aer Travel Wallet looks like a great shout. Featuring a dedicated passport pocket, four quick-access card holders, dividers for currency and boarding passes and an RFID-safe lining that provides enhanced security.
Currently available in black for a mere $55 USD from the Aer web site.
October 04, 2018
Heimplanet is a really interesting company. Launched in 2011 their first product was am an inflatable tent. Since then they have gone on to produce a range of outdoor related items and an extensive luggage and accessory series.
Their Transit Line ticks all my boxes. It’s clean design, minimal branding, and grey colour make it look great and from first glance, this is up there as a contender for your hard earned dollars, or euros, with the likes of the Minaal, Peak Design, Nomatic, and Tortuga.