The Brooks Islington Rucksack

14 Jan 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Saddles, Bags, Etc.

Brooks is showing at the world renowned Bread and Butter fashion trade fair in Berlin next week. And as the thoughts of the excited personnel chosen to represent the company there turn slowly to the task of packing their bags, they find themselves immediately tossed on the horns of a treacle-sticky dilemma.

Which bag to pack?

The problem is, this year Brooks is introducing some new bags, each one more tastefully functional than the next. And all of them would be perfectly suited to hosting a toothbrush and a couple of nice shirts for a trip like this.

But let’s say you’re Ted.

Ted’s going to be bringing a laptop with him for starters, and don’t forget Bread and Butter goes over three days, so he’ll need storage space for about seventeen pairs of trousers. But even if he’s smart with his trouser choice, that means at least six pairs of shoes.

Now, imagine Bregan has told Ted in advance that he’s booked them in for a few sets of tennis on Saturday evening. He’s not going to show up in Berlin to hit balls against the European PR without his favourite racquet, is he? So that’s got to go somewhere too. Plus his whites. And tennis pumps.

Let’s also not forget that Ted, like any clued-in visitor to Berlin, will be making his way around the German capital by bicycle, weather permitting.

Clearly, Ted needs the Brooks Islington, and fortunately for him, the lucky devil probably already has it.

The Islington has been put together with similar materials to those used for the Hampstead Holdall, which we had a look at earlier in the week. It’s a bona fide big rucksack in terms of volume, but boasts such levels of adjustability on all sides that if travelling light, it will remain tight and snug to the rider’s back.

When the straps are crossed as shown above, a level of comfort previously considered unreachable is attained by the wearer, releasing the attention to matters of locomotion instead.

The roll top expands to yours needs, and the drawstring internal liner ensures your belongings will be safe from the elements.

The colour scheme, as you can see, is understatedly worn-in, and there are no immediate plans for special editions in pink.

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  1. David Bolles 
    Posted 5:01 pm
    14 Jan 2011

    Nice GeekHouse bike!

  2. Quest SAINT Jacobs 
    Posted 7:56 pm
    14 Jan 2011

    Nice bag w/ great material and the perfect size. #dope

  3. The Brooks Islington Backpack « 
    Posted 11:30 pm
    14 Jan 2011

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  4. Brooks Islington Rucksack | Hypebeast 
    Posted 7:50 am
    15 Jan 2011

    [...] Brooks has been active in their pre-Bread & Butter tradeshow run up as they’ve showcased various new and upcoming products. The Islington Rucksack is another non-saddle style from the respected bike label which deserves to be highlighted. Embodying Brooks’ classic aesthetics and design with a similar theme to the Hampstead Holdall, the bag is based on an adjustable rolltop design. Categories: Style Tags: Accessories, Backpacks, Bags, Brooks Tweet blog comments powered by Disqus /* [...]

  5. The Brooks Islington Backpack | 
    Posted 7:57 am
    15 Jan 2011

    [...] part of their soon to launch new bag collection, Brooks presents the Islington backpack. The backpack comes with a nice worn-in effect on the upper and has [...]

    Posted 5:09 pm
    15 Jan 2011

    This is an amazing bag. If someone from Brooks can please email me when the bag drops so I can purchase a bag. Thank you great job by BROOKS.

  7. Brooks Islington Rucksack 
    Posted 6:38 pm
    15 Jan 2011

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  8. tbattley 
    Posted 2:36 pm
    18 Jan 2011

    Gorgeous bag!
    Not required to ride the idiot-hipster fixed-gear ride as part of the deal, I hope…

  9. Calico bags 
    Posted 11:02 am
    29 Apr 2011

    The Islington Rucksack is another non-saddle style from the respected bike label which deserves to be highlighted.

  10. BREGAN 
    Posted 9:59 am
    2 May 2011

    Which city?

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    Posted 5:40 pm
    9 Jun 2011

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  12. Backpack 
    Posted 11:26 am
    18 Jul 2011

    This Backpacks is rocking and superb or design.