ILE has been working hard on designing this new Transfer Bag, their race-day bag. It’s specially designed to take your kit, shoes, helmet and anything else you need for the track, cross or crit race. Get the scoop on one at MASH.
Today Mission Workshop added a new product to their Arkiv VX line, the R8 Field Pack:
“The Advanced Projects Edition VX / R8 Field Pack allows for the secure and simple attachment of weatherproof accessories to the exterior of the bag. The Arkiv® modular system gives the bag freedom to evolve and adapt as needed. With an arsenal of accessories to choose from the R8 series is ready to travel. Accessories range from simple cell phone pouches and tool pockets to larger organizers and laptop sleeves. Equipped with 8 Arkiv rails and available in two sizes.
The AP Edition is made with a 1000 denier VX Cordura ripstop shell backed with a PTFE waterproof membrane. In addition, the R8 is lined with a lightweight VX70 ripstop liner. All of which results in an exceptionally durable barrier to the elements.
All Arkiv bags and accessories are completely weatherproof, made in the USA and backed by a lifetime warranty. Only available through Mission Workshop and Firmament Berlin”
Pick up one of these here, at Mission Workshop.
This year, Chrome is doing something a little different with their limited edition bag run:
“Each season Chrome drops a limited edition of our most popular bags. This year we’ve partnered with Ben Ferencz – gentlemen, farmer, and creative director of the much loved Freeman Transport (R.I.P.). Designer and maker of stuff from the mountains & valleys of Montana, Ben is originally from NYC and has a unique perspective on what it means to live the city.
CHROME ELEMENTS includes heritage buckle messenger bags, technology packs, militia rolltops and accessories. Inspired by the natural dyes and trims used in original outdoor gear of the 1930’s and 40’s. Guaranteed for life.
ALL PRODUCTS MADE IN THE USA”
See more at Chrome and check out an interview with Ben Ferencz below.
This will probably be the simplest review I’ll ever do because this is one of the most straight-forward products I’ve reviewed. When DPow from PDW sent over a Takeout Basket Adventure Edition, I was going to wait on my tourer to be built before putting it on a bike. Then the summer months kept creeping along and I hated having a sweaty camera bag or backpack on for really simple runs. That’s when the comfortable size of this thing just took over. Off went the drops, on went the flat bar and the Takeout Basket. The brackets can be a pain in the ass to assemble if you’re not patient but the whole thing installed in under 5 minutes.
As the name implies, this is not a rack for heavy cargo. It’s a basket meant for small runs *like* takeout. I found it a perfect fit for a six pack of beer, or some simple grocery items. Because the Blaq-built Adventure bag doesn’t have padding, I swapped my ILE Photo Bag in its place for my Hasselblad and 5D. But the tall nature of a roll-top fit a giant bottle of bourbon just fine.
Overall, I’ve been very keen on this basket, mostly because I never know when I’ll have to pick something up without a backpack. It’s come in handy multiple times and I would even consider it on a longer ride to hold my camera. Now, let me just say, sure, there are other options for larger loads. Cetma comes to mind but this isn’t a rack, it’s a basket…
Photo by Kyle Kelley
Freight Baggage has been working on a new website since I can remember. The brand itself needs no introduction but some of their products might, like the Bike Bag, which has been around for a while, but never officially available online for purchase. These bags have been tested by people all over the world and have proven their durability. Check out more at Freight’s online shop.
I’ve seen this bag in person and it’s insane. A very clean, modern version of the military MOLLE system, done the Mission Workshop way. In this case, black waxed canvas:
“The R2 Field Packs allow for the secure and simple attachment of weatherproof accessories to the exterior of the bag. The Arkiv® modular system gives the bag freedom to evolve and adapt as needed. The R2 series is equipped with two Arkiv rails for a multitude of carry options in a minimalist design. Accessories range from simple cell phone pouches and tool pockets to larger organizers and laptop sleeves.”