Bike Insiders Interbike Interview: YNOT Cycle

While at Interbike I stopped by the YNOT booth to talk about their new messenger bags and pedal straps for 2013. It is always good to see Tom Mosher, and it was a pleasure meeting the Laura and Tony as well. Check out the vid for a close look at YNOT straps, the highly anticipated Cobra backpack, and Gulper bag.

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Mission Workshop deals on Huckberry

If you’ve ever wanted to get yourself a Mission Workshop bag, this would be a good time to grab one. For the next week, Huckberry has savings on a bunch of Mission Workshop gear, including my favorite bag, the Vandal. Expect to see them for $30-$40 cheaper than anywhere else. Huckberry only has deals like this for only a limited time, so don’t sleep on in. It might be the only chance to save this much on such a quality bag.

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Forest Parker x Chrome District

Forest is the homie! This spot for Chrome is so sick. His lines are fast and clean, just how they should be. So refreshing to see a video with not a single grind trick too.

Solid Gray Backpacks

At first glance the Solid Gray backpacks look like some jetpack from a science fiction movie. Unfortunately, they can’t make you fly, but what they lack in jet-propulsion, they make up for in style & ingenuity. Solid Gray packs are made from a single sheet of highly durable polypropene, which has never before been used for consumer products. This high tech material gives the bag a unique geometric shaped hardshell that protects it’s contents. Inside you will find two compartments; one large one with elastic bands for a laptop or tablet and another smaller compartment for all of the little stuff. These bags are proudly made in the Netherlands and retail for about €139 (roughly $180). You can purchase one at

Mission Workshop – Arkiv Modular Bag System

This backpack is a continuation of Mission Workshop’s love for innovation and design. The bag allows for limitless customization with the use of independent attachable pouches and pockets. For those who love to micro-manage their stuff, this is the perfect tool. When reviewing the Vandal oh so many years ago, I recognized that the Mission Workshop design their bags to be be worn a multitude of ways and this bag really out-does anything I could’ve anticipated.

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Road Runner Square Top backpack

Roadrunner bags are handmade in Los Angeles. There new Square Top bag looks official and is a screamin’ deal with a price tag of only $95.

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Ignoble x Huckberry Sale and Bag Giveaway

Buy an Ignoble bag from Huckberry and win a currently unreleased Marion Tombs bag! I own the Cora which has treated me really well. Sleek utilitarian bags made in the U.S.A.

The men’s discount site Huckberry has teamed up with Ignoble Bags for a special sale and giveaway this week. Over the next seven days, HB will be offering an assortment of Ignoble styles for 15% – 25% off, and every customer that purchases one, will automatically be entered to win Ignoble’s brand new Marion Backpack. Two winners will be selected at random on Tuesday, April 10th.

HuckBerry offers promotions for a bunch of awesome brands. Be sure to browse through their site next time you do some online shopping; you might just find yourself wanting one of everything.

Cardiel x CHROME: Sacramento to Chico

The homie Colby put this video together for the Cardiel x Chrome series of bags.

1point61 Handcrafted Goods

1.61 is a an Etsy shop with an assortment of handmade leather products. The line currently consists of hip pouches, belts, and really nice looking leather iPad portfolio cases. We look forward to seeing what other products 1.61 will have to offer in the future.

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Chrome Yalta Series

Chrome bags have released a new series of Yalta bags. My favorite is the reflective ‘NIGHT’ version. You can see my thoughts on the Yalta over at my Put To Work post.

Product Review – Ignoble Cora Classic Rucksack

I have been sporting the Ignoble Cora Rucksack for the better part of two months now and it is definitely a step-up from other rucksacks. It is a very light-weight (624 g) nylon bag and is structured quite well. The straps on the side expand and compress depending on how much is being carried. The zip pockets on the top flap and exterior have nice leather pull straps and the side pockets make nice water bottle/u-lock holsters. The inside has a small pouch for small items, and there is even a slot that fits a laptop or books. The straps are well cushioned and it offers a cross-strap that helps keep it stable when riding.

The Cora Classic Rucksack is a good mid-sized bag that can fit quite a bit of stuff, but it works best as a day to day pack. Did I mention that it is made in the U.S.A. with military-grade materials?

A little over a year ago, Ignoble bags came onto the scene with their Mona Cocoon backpack, which was their only bag at the time. They now carry 5 different styles on their web store, each of which have their own unique look.

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Mission Workshop – Limited Waxed Canvas bags

The folks over at Mission Workshop made a limited amount of fine-looking waxed canvas versions of their Sanction and Fitzroy bags for themselves, but have a few extra for sale at their San Francisco store. I am hoping they create a waxed canvas version of my favorite bag of all time, the Vandal.

Put to Work – Chrome FTC Yalta

When I heard that FTC and Chrome were collaborating on a roll top backpack, I made sure to swoop one up. It is a well designed bag with a lot functionality for it’s small size. The main compartment is completely waterproof and uses a very simple closure system which I like better than the more common plastic buckle. It features a side zipper with a compartment that conveniently fits a 12″ macbook. The outside zip pocket is also pretty convenient for small items. The bag is great if you need to carry a light load, but doesn’t expand much so I wouldn’t recommend grocery shopping with the Yalta.

Chrome FTC Yalta

My digital SLR started glitching out and I ended up with an interesting diptych.
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Chrome FTC 25 Yalta

Skate brand FTC has been in business for 25 years and they’ve teamed up with Chrome bags to put out the Chrome FTC 25 Yalta bag. The backpack has a laptop compartment and a simple roll-top design.

Product Review: Blaq Bags – PDX

I gotta say I was very surprised when this backpack arrived, totally unexpected, from Portland based Blaq Bags. This particular model is called the PDX and features a large main compartment, waterproof lined, and a roll top. It has side pockets which work perfectly for a u-lock and water bottle, or anything else that might need to be accessed easily. The other two front pockets hold a good amount of stuff. It is really nice to have the outside compartments, because with roll tops I sometimes find myself rolling and un-rolling too much. That isn’t a problem with the PDX. Ease of availability and a simple design make it a really great bag for on-the-go. Wearing it reminds me of a rucksack, but a little more functional and way bigger. Overall, It is a great hand-made pack which I am proud to own. Not to mention, my bag is done in a pretty sweet Seattle Seahawks colorway, but if you purchase one they let you choose from a huge pallet of colors

Head to Blaq bags as they continue their Blaq to School sale (%20 off). The PDX is only $144 while the sale lasts so jump on it.

Above photos by Jake Hanson

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