I had the pleasure of getting a first look at my pal’s over at Layerxlayer’s newest creation. Done up in 100% US made waxed canvas, US made webbing, US made YKK zipper, and other hardware. This pack is truly 100% American, and made by Patrick and Leah themselves… who are also American, but anyways. A really good option for anyone looking for something different with a lot of neat details, and that will definitely break in nicely. Since I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, I’ll use the list of specifications straight from Lxl:
+ Waxed Canvas – Field Tan & Mustard.
+ Exterior front pocket held closed by straps.
+ Exterior side pocket x 2.
+ Grommet + Solid Brass clip strap adjustment.
+ D-RINGS on strap for attaching various objects.
+ Interior divider w/ pockets.
+ Sawtooth bottom stitching.
+ Denim rivets.
+ Leather backed rivets on front and side straps.
+ Beeswax on front strap ends.
+ YKK Zipper.
+ Heavy Duty webbing.
+ Secret pocket on back.
Patrick & Leah over at LAYERxlayer have done it again. These zipper pouches are extremely handy for your everyday items that don’t quite fit in your pocket, but aren’t enough to warrant carrying a bag around all day. Perfect for the gentleman who prefers pencil & paper over a smart phone, with room for a Field Notes (or similar sized notebook) and plenty of writing utensils. The inner compartment is great for carrying other small items like your phone, moustache wax, lip balm, etc. Can totally double up as a dopp kit as well for those weekend trips. For more information (dimensions, etc) or to purchase – head over to the LAYERxlayer webstore.
Patrick & Leah over at Layerxlayer are always up to something, sometimes awesome vegan recipes, or sometimes making so-tough-you’ll-hand-it-down bags. This is the second bag I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person, and the first one I’ll be carrying with me everyday. The canvas will soften up and fade with sun exposure, it should look really badass in a year or so. Completely made in the USA, by just two individuals, and every material that goes into one of their bags is sourced domestically. Awesome details from denim rivets, reinforced stitching throughout, rope & grommet tope closure, denim pocket on the front, and beeswax coated ends on the canvas straps. Tons of pockets for storing your goods and even a handy pencil pocket.
Without a doubt, there are plenty of options when it comes to a standard daypack. This one takes on a different style, lately it’s been all about hiking packs, mountaineering, etc. Patrick & Leah switch up the market with a whole new silhouette. It has a very “nautical” look to it – reminiscent to the bag a sailor would pack and take with him out to sea.
So how much will it run you? One dollar short of two Ben Franklins, and it is available for purchase over at the Layerxslayer online shop. These bags are made to order, so you’ll have to wait about two weeks to receive it. Check back in because I will be taking shots of this bag as it gets more & more worn in.
I really wanted to get everyone really rad gifts this year, quality stuff that would last them awhile and be utilized often. My girlfriend had been wanting a nice bag, so I did some research and wanted to find something that was feminine, but also spacious & sturdy. I stumbled upon Layerxlayer sometime ago in one of my “I’m up way too late browsing the internet for awesome stuff” kind of dazes, and even in that state of mind – managed to bookmark their site. Once I realized a nice day pack would be a really awesome gift for her, I went back and ordered one of their bags with hopes that it’d be crafted & delivered on time, and it was. Score!
Anyways, onto the bag:
The bag is a really, really sturdy denim twill that will definitely stand the test of time, think Filson canvas – it’s ALMOST that heavy. The design of the bag itself is really nice subtle, but not so subtle that it’s boring. The cardinal zipper lining, plus the natural canvas web make this bag super easy on the eyes. The YKK zipper is a minor detail that I always look for in bags or jackets. Sturdy was one of the things I was looking for, and these two have outdone themselves again by using hand-set rivets to secure the shoulder straps, which is definitely a better way to keep those crucial straps in place. The envelope sized front pocket can be removed, but I have no idea why you would – it’s the thing on this bag that differentiates it from anything else I’ve seen. Pattrick & Leah threw in one of their signature “twigs” – which my girlfriend tied onto the bag. At a really decent price point ($139.99) if you are looking for a bag for someone special, this is definitely an awesome choice, and a good investment.