We use the best long-lasting, durable materials we can find to make your bags and cases.
FULL GRAIN LEATHER
No skimping. We use full grain, natural leather. It's the toughest part of the hide with the tightest grain. It's also the most expensive. We choose the "distressed" kind, the one that bears the marks of the cow, so you know it's real. But, after a few years and a few more scratches, it develops a patina that's unique to you.
The ballistic nylon is super rugged and durable; the same material that bullet-proof vests are made of.
We use a custom-made, 1680 denier ballistic nylon that's abrasion- and water-resistant with colorfastness that withstands prolonged sun exposure. It's not stiff, and looks new even after decades of use.
We worked with our supplier to get it just right so it feels luxurious and fresh after years of use.
We use heavy-duty 15-oz. waxed canvas. It has a naturally rugged, distressed look and can be re-waxed to freshen it up.
The canvas comes from a reputable mill that has produced these waxed fabrics since 1930. It comes coated with a special original wax that won't require much cleaning. Stains can be wiped off with a damp cloth.
The high-performance X-Pac® textile is durable, waterproof, and lightweight. Developed by an industry-leading manufacturer of advanced, high-quality sailcloth, the X-Pac® fabric withstands various environmental and physical forces. We're exploring this new material in our Sandbox series of Limited Edition productions.
This high-performance textile is made by weaving together two yarn-dyed nylon threads in a unique basketweave creating a vibrant pattern with undertones. It's a classy look that works well in both professional and casual settings. We use this material in our Sleeves , Nintendo Switch cases, and AirPods Max cases.
For our Packable Bags, we combined Taslan — a modern, high-tech woven fabric that feels good and substantial — with a tricot mesh for structure, and added a water-resistant coating. This durable, lightweight textile can be folded very small or stuffed in a pocket and still look presentable. Feel it with our Packable Bags Collection
We go to great lengths to find buckles that ensure security and also has a bit of fun to it. We use an authentic heavy-duty paragliding buckle that can hold your body weight and releases quickly.
MAGNETIC FIDLOCK BUCKLE
For lighter loads, we use a highly-secure fidlock buckle that's easy to open, if you know how it's done. Two magnets also make it very easy to close.
CUSTOM-MADE, HI-PERFORMANCE SNAP HOOKS
After years of selling bags, we knew the kind of performance we required. We designed these industrial-grade snap hooks and had it customized to our specifications. They swivel easily to accommodate body movements, making it easier and more comfortable to carry a bag. Feel the difference when used with our Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap.
We use this convenient Fidlock Magnetic Quick-Release Buckle for our Hip Sling Bags. The magnets quickly find each other for a secure closure, and it's difficult for strangers to pry it open if they didn't know how.
We've been using this eye-popping, golden rod-colored nylon liner since our first bags in 1998. We've found the color to be quite helpful in improving the visibility of the interior of backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, etc.
CASHMERE-LIKE FUZZY LINER
We use a very soft liner for our Sleeves to keep your device protected and cushions the sleek metal from accidental bumps and dings. Put your hand inside one of the Dash Sleeves, and you'll be impressed with the heavenly-soft feel inside.
We use thick neoprene as a liner in our custom-fit SleeveCases, gaming cases, and other gear cases. It helps absorb shock and its smoothness is ideal for slipping a naked laptop into and out of a tight-fitting case.
STRAPS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Suspreme Suspension Strap helps lighten heavy loads. Stretchy on one side using 4mm textured neoprene, the other side has a rubbery grip to keep it from sliding off your shoulders. You can feel the difference the heavier your load is.
Straps with cam-locks lets you adjust the bag while it's on your body. You avoid having to repeatedly take off/ put on your bag just to get the proper length. It's a small detail that comes in very handy when you're in a hurry.
To keep the Sling centered on your back for more stability, the strap pivots according to your movement. This prevents the bag from sliding back and forth on your back. Feel the difference in the Sutter Tech Sling.
When we developed the Hip Sling bag, we realized that the straps presented a challenge — it was not one size fits all. So we designed two sizes so the bag sits on your body comfortably when worn as a sling or a hip bag.
It's a small detail, but one that will immensely make your bike ride more comfortable. The Cycling Strap keeps your messenger bag on your back as you ride so that it doesn't fall in front of you. Ideal for the Essential Messenger Laptop Bag and Vitesse Messenger Bag.
If you know someone who has the Original Game Boy, then the perfect gift is a stylish, custom-made case. Choose one made with full-grain leather, or one made from high-performance X-Pac® textile. You'll get compliments for clever gifting.
You can't go anywhere without your phone these days, but sometimes there's no pocket to stash it in. That's when a small iPhone Pouch or Crossbody comes in handy. You can also stash your keys, wallet, AirPods, etc.
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