Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…
Among the Eucalyptus Trees: A Shop Visit with Framework Designs
I’d only started dating my partner Sam for a matter of weeks before we left to cycle around the world together. Red flag? Romantic? Stupidly spontaneous? – I’ll let you decide. I’ll concede that a multi-year bike tour isn’t exactly a traditional way to start a relationship. But with precisely zero bike touring experience under my belt, cycling around the world with a stranger was ironically the least of my worries. I had to find a bike, learn how to ride it (yes, I’m serious) and figure out how the hell I was going to pack my life into two panniers and a basket bag.
To say I made some mistakes would be an understatement. I mean, who knew hair straighteners and a hardback copy of The Power of Now wouldn’t be suitable for a bike tour? That said, I also made some damn good decisions, not least my choice of basketbag: The Sight Seeker from Framework Designs. That bag has travelled halfway across the world with me, weathering everything from tropical monsoons in South East Asia to numbing snowstorms in Nepal. So when Sam and I returned to Melbourne three years later, I couldn’t wait to check in with Framework Designs Founder, Tia Evans on how the business was going, visit her home studio and, of course, share it all with you.
PNW Components: The Rover Hip Pack
PNW Components recently moved to produce its own apparel and today, the brand announced its new Rover Pack. This $69 hip bag has space for everything you need and all the stuff you carry with you that you don’t need. This pack is made from a tri-layer sailcloth, has YKK zippers, a detachable water bottle holster, four compartments, side cinch straps, and a big, thick comfy belt. Head to PNW Components to see more!
San Util is a Bag Company Based in Winter Park, CO
There’s no shortage of bag makers out there but it’s rare to find a company bringing some new ideas to the table when it comes to bicycle portage accessories. San Util is doing some fun stuff with an interesting spin. They have a Kickstarter campaign, along with some stock on their website, so head on over and check it out. Our favorites include the Salmon Big Stache Daddy, MTB Hip Pack, and the Mini Beer Tote.
Ron’s Bikes Restocks the Fabio’s TECH Fanny in Olive
These fanny packs turned bar packs turned back into fanny packs are rarer than rainbow lobsters but are in stock momentarily at Ron’s Bikes. If you’re looking for a new camera pack, we highly recommend these. Or if you just want to support a small brand making things in the USA, you can’t go wrong. See all the details at Ron’s Bikes.
The HMPL 6 Pack Fanny Pack is Made in Canada
I have an addiction to hip bags and love seeing all the offerings being made across the globe. For those wanting to buy local in Canada, HMPL has the “6 Pack”, a fanny pack made from VX21 Xpac/1000d Cordura with a hook/loop closure and available in a variety of colors. These are in stock for $160 at HMPL.ca
-VX21 Xpac/1000d Cordura
-Adjustable Waist Belt
-Interior Stash Pocket
-External Zipper Access
Full Open Height: 13″
Full Closed Height: 5.5″
EVOC Adds New Hip Pack Capture 7l to Line
Evoc just dropped a whole lot of new camera packs for 2020 and while the camera backpacks and travel bags look great, my eye was drawn to their new camera hip bag, the Hip Pack Capture 7l.
The 7l has Lots of storage space, with a separate padded compartment for a mirrorless or small DSLR camera, with several mini-compartments, and external lashings for water bottles and a tripod.
Because putting a camera in a hip pack can mean a lot of weight around your waist, the gap between the wearer’s back and the pack can be adjusted using the VENTI FLAP system. There are also ventilation gaps in the padding provide a comfortable fit and allow air circulation.
These packs come in heather grey or light olive and will retail for $100. Expect more information soon from EVOC.
North St Bags: Hip or Handlebar Pioneer Bags
I use a hip bag to carry my camera on rides, or my tools, a water bottle and snacks. They’re versatile and best of all, you don’t have to have something on your back. North St. Bags takes it one step further with their Pioneer bags. They’re designed to fit on your body or your bars and come in two sizes, with a variety of colors. The Pioneer bags are in stock now and shipping from North St. Bags.