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.
June 12, 2019
I’ve written about RiutBag previously on Leader of the Pack. I’m a daily user of their Zipped Cable Bags and have long admired Sarah’s (RiutBag founder and designer) approach to design and business. The inspirational RiutBag story is well worth a minute or two of your time.
Yesterday Sarah launched her latest Kickstarter campaign and I was lucky enough to grab an early bird X35 Secure Origami Backpack.
June 06, 2019
The NEX: 3 in 1 Bag Mate is a velcro fastening strap cushion designed for backpacks and cross–body bags. It features an air cushion for comfort, easy access pockets and ships in a variety of colours. While this may fall neatly into the “stuff you never knew you needed” category I’m close to ordering a brace for myself.
Joking aside I think this is a rather neat idea. The design of the Bag Mate evenly distributes the weight of your bag across your entire shoulder which, they claim, makes loads feel at least 30% lighter, while “keeping your neck, back, and shoulders aligned in a relaxed position to improve your posture”.
June 05, 2019
If you’re like me you’ll travel with a bag full of cables, converters, adapters to cover every eventuality (all packed diligently into in my Riut zipped cable bag). Throw in a charger for your laptop and power leads and you’re already adding a KG or two to your back. Wouldn’t it be nice to lighten the load?
Enter the Passport GO travel adapter! There are cheaper alternatives aplenty and you’ll find many of them on Amazon but consider this — the Passport GO can charge up to five devices at ones, includes a USB–C port to charge (although not at full speed) your MacBook, is equipped with GaN (Gallium Nitride) technology for more efficient charging, has an auto–resetting fuse, and works in 200 countries. To top it all it ships in two colours, black and white.
May 15, 2019
If you are a regular reader you’ll know that I am a big fan of “one-bag travel”. Given that most of my travel backpacks aren’t reallly suitable for everyday use I always tend to pack a secondary carry for the days inbetween arrival and departure. For many years this took the form of a tote bag, my favourite being the Baron Fig, and most recently I have been using the Torguga Setout Packable Daypack as my go-to bag-in-bag.
Recently I was lucky enough to try out a new alternative — the Standard Luggage Backpack Packing Cube. Doubling up as both a packing cube designed for their 35 litre Carry-on Backpack and a daily carry backapck Standard Luggage have produced a extremely useful, nicely styled, and very comfortable item.
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.