New colors of Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Lapis and Asphalt
We’ve added two new colors of our Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Lapis Blue and Asphalt Grey. Both are available for order now and ship within one business day. The Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth gently yet effectively cleans glossy surfaces (such as those of the iPad or iPhone) of smudges.
In stock: Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air, Snake Charmer
Photos: Aeronaut, Kit in Navy 1050d + pre-order now
Available for pre-order in our new Navy 1050d ballistic nylon:
Aeronaut in Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian (Shipping by early June!)
Tri-Star in Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian
Little Swift in Navy/Navy
Super Ego in Black/Navy/Cayenne
Swift in Navy/Steel
Checkpoint Flyer in Black/Navy (13″, 15″, and 17″ sizes only)
Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy
We’ve received shipment of our new custom 1050d ballistic nylon color: Navy. A rich, deeply hued blue, Navy is the result of months of back-and-forth with our fabric mill, ensuring the color met our exacting standards. We’ll introduce various bags for pre-order in Navy tomorrow (there may even be a few photos of actual bags to show you) but wanted to give you a sneak peak at the new color today.
More about our custom-produced fabrics:
We use only the best quality 1050 denier ballistic nylon. It’s made in the U.S.A and finished (dyed and coated) to our specifications. This cloth is available off-the-shelf in Black, but because there’s virtually no domestic demand for colors, colors other than black are made only to order. The minimum quantity we need to have dyed (a “dye lot”) is relatively quite large, especially for a small company like ours that enjoys offering a wide variety of colors. Currently, that’s over 21 different colors and fabrics, and we plan to add more.
Candi, Irma, and Tom inspect our new Navy fabric.
The high-tenacity nylon yarns from which 1050d ballistic nylon are woven can be very difficult to dye, compared to, for example, the standard nylon typically found in imported 1680 “ballistic”. (One of our fabric mills tested our 1050d ballistic nylon against the 1680 stuff; see the results of that test here.) We’ve had to reject more than a few batches of 1050d because it was streaky, too soft, or simply not the exact color we envisioned. And because we can’t just run down to the corner fabric store and pick up a roll in some stock color, we’ve decided not to announce new colors until we actually have them in-house and they’ve met our strict standards.
We’re very impressed with the quality of our new 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy and plan to share more photos with you over the next weeks as various bags become available in the new fabric.
New, Ships Now: Handle Loop
New, Ships Now: RFID Blocking Passport Pouch
Our new RFID Blocking Passport Pouch is designed to carry and protect your passport or other sensitive documents while traveling. With an exterior of light-weight, cut-resistant Dyneema/nylon ripstop fabric and an interior lining of special metalized fabric, the Passport Pouch will effectively block detection or reading of RFID chips. $25. Available for order now and ships within one business day. In colors Steel, Ultraviolet, and Iberian.
Updates to the Brain Bag (and Smart Alec and Synapse)
We’ve added a heavy-duty clip to the front of the Brain Bag, just under the top-most zippered pouch. It’s a handy spot to clip a water bottle, umbrella or even an insulated coffee mug. Because it has a low profile, it’s not in the way when you’re not using it.
We’ve also added a hydration tube clip to all three backpacks: the Brain Bag, the Smart Alec and the Synapse. If you use any of these bags for hiking or cycling, you’ll appreciate the ability to keep the business end of your hydration system conveniently attached to the shoulder strap. It works with most of the popular hydration sacks and fits tubes up to 3/8″ or 10mm. It attaches to the vertical sternum strap adjustment strap on the shoulder straps, and is easily removable if you don’t need it, or if you just want to move it to the opposite strap.
A Lifefactory bottle in Graphite clipped to the front of the Brain Bag.
Update on Ultraviolet Accessories
Dyneema/nylon Organizer Pouches in Ultraviolet are now in-stock. Also available are colors Steel, Solar, and Iberian.
And our Seattle factory crew is working on Yarn Stuff Sacks in all colors, including Ultraviolet. Some backorders have already shipped, and more will ship next week.