We just received these back packs from Altadena Works in the last week. They are a small company based in California and everything is made in the USA.
They main bag is made out of a high quality duck canvas while the straps are military nylon webbing. The leather on the base of the bags is a custom chromexcel from the famous Horween Tannery in Chicago. There are two styles, the teardrop and an old school daypack rucksack.
The Teardrop opens at the top with an additional diagonal zip opening front pocket. The front pocket is suitable for small essentials that you want easy access to while the main compartment is sizable for a day trip or commuting to work. It is large enough to take a 15.5" laptop. There are also a couple of side pockets for keys, water bottles and the like. There is also a leather pull handle at the top of the pack. The duck canvas exterior is water repellent and the internal seams are finished with binding tape. All zips are YKK.
The daypack has a top opening and a good size for traveling light for short trips or just a day out.The top flap contains a small zip pocket on the exterior suitable for storing small ready to hand gadgets like phones, books etc. The main compartment is large enough to accommodate a 17" laptop and a decent amount of gear. There is also a leather pull handle at the top of the pack. The duck canvas exterior is water repellent and the internal seams are finished with binding tape. All zips are YKK.
Below are two new special make ups that we have added from Alden this Spring.
The first is the Plain Toe Blucher made up in natural Chromexcel with a reverse split welt, off white stitching antique midsole and waxed outer sole. The natural Chromexcel gives the shoe a great casual feel and breaks all formalness of the style. The waxed outer sole is something off an alden trade mark giving were appropriate and gives the sole more natural flexability. I have seen other producers wax their soles but I am of the impression that it is a bit of an Alden thing.
The second special is the based on the Alden 405 work boot or Indy boot as it has become known due to Harrison Ford and the Indiana Jones movies. The finish on this boot is milkshake suede and also comes with a reverse split welt, midsole and off white stitching on the upper and on the welt. The out sole is natural plantation crepe with a leather toe piece inserted at the front. The comfort and ease of wear with this boot is incredible.
I really miss a morning espresso when away camping. Fortunately this problem has now been solved due to this new coffee "machine" i received from my wife. Comes in a kit bag which is suitable for picnics but there is a smaller case which slips easily into your ruck-sack for nights away. I used it last week-end when away camping and it makes a great espresso .
Cycling is one of my favourite hobbies and I have had many great trips to Italy to watch the Giro and cycle the high mountain passes of the Italian Alps and the Dolomites. Though the Tour de France is a great race and the most famous in cycling there is something special about the Giro. It is intimate and so Italian, where as the tour though France has a more global feel about it now. At the Giro it is all a bit crazy. For instance, once the main contenders, Maglia Rosa and the Italian heros have passed the tifosi start to descend in the middle of the race so as to cycle home the two/ three mountain passes to their respective villages before night fall.
I am always looking out for books on the Giro D'italia and have found and collected a few down the years but unfortunately they are usually in Italian. Therefore I am relegated to looking at the pictures and second guessing the odd sentence. I was really pleased to come across this book last week on the Rapha web site. Maglia Rosa - Triumph and tragedy at the Giro D'Italia by Herbie Sykes. Just received my copy the other day and very pleased.
Since We first came across Raleigh Denim I have always been taken by the small artisan and independent feel of the company. The fact that they work closely with the famous Cone Mills, use white oak denim and have that semi hand made feel makes them even more appealing.Though they have tweaked the back pocket a bit they still have the look and feel that a classic five pocket should have. Below are some photos from a pair of Raleigh Denims that I started wearing about a month ago. Looking forward to giving them their first wash some time in the Autumn and will post up some more photos then. I have also added a small video I came across on the internet regarding Raleigh. Enjoy, Michael.