The supposed ho-hum Tiger year for “Dragons” is drawing to a close and the incoming Rabbit year is supposed to bestow upon our breed a “positive star that will bring new wealth.” From several online sites with Chinese Horoscopes, some even claim that Dragons are given powers to ward off or negate negative vibes and/or bad luck (I picture this in my mind as some “rare item” from RPGs LOL). Can’t wait for February 3 to come so I can fearlessly say, BRING IT ON, 2011!
Crumpler, a popular Australian manufacturer of colourful and very functional bags, celebrates Chinese New Year with the release of the Chinese New Year Limited Edition Rabbit Collection. Everything’s in bright red on the outside and encrusted with a limited release gold woven Crumpler badge detail. The inner lining has an origami tonal print and, upon close inspection, in the very midst of those triangles, is the “rabbit motif.”
What Crumpler had me try out is the Hillman Hunter. Currently, I have around 5 sports bags, any one of which can accommodate my wall-climbing gear, a padded camera bag for my trusty DSLR, compact flashes, and lenses, a backpack for corporate, a messenger bag that changes color with a flip and flop, two luggages for travel, and, just recently, I got the Musichead: a jacket that conveniently turns into a sling bag.
What sets the Hillman Hunter apart from all my other bags is its size: not too big but ample in space versus, let’s say, just having stuff inside my jean pockets while hand carrying most others (trivia: if I could pocket my stuff, I usually go to work without a bag). Since it’s by Crumpler, a proud new owner of the Hillman Hunter will definitely feel that every detail incorporated in the bag has been well thought of and functional. The workmanship, top notch. Mine had no loose thread anywhere and the materials (the strap, velcro, compression straps with snap-on locks, safety reflector) all feel solid and sturdy. It has a non-abrasive surface that won’t damage clothes on friction. Unlike other Crumpler messenger or laptop bag models, with its size being a limiting factor as to its weight and possible contents, the Hillman Hunter doesn’t require a padded shoulder strap.
For the outer material, a little research at the Crumpler website for the Hillman Hunter gave me this:
“the bag features a super strength water resistant 900D outer, 150 Rip-stop lining, flamed polypropylene webbing, triple. strength S-Bend webbing attachment, injection moulded velcro and bonded nylon thread with bar tack stitching on all stress points.”
They had me at polypropylene. LOL. I probably wouldn’t use it as a DSLR camera bag alternate only because it does not have a padded inner lining to protect the gear. Crumpler has camera bags built for this particular purpose and the Hillman Hunter’s not one of ‘em.
From work, I tried stuffing it with my thick Zara hoodie, several containers of vitamins, my noise-cancelling headphones (cans), and the papers I got from the photography exhibit inside Glorietta. It looked just right. Also tried sliding in my mobile phone inside every one of the 4 inner pockets. Nice. The reflector strip near the base of the bag breaks the monochrome, adding to the bag’s character. Some guys may feel a bit off with the flashy red color of the CNY Hillman Hunter, though. The playful, trendy, fashion forward individuals, however, wouldn’t have a hard time getting away with carrying this head turner of a “murse” (heard from Billycoy to connote “man purse,” meh! LOL).
The Hillman Hunter is being sold locally for P3,850 from authorized Crumpler Branches (note that while I was doing research on the bag, I saw that this retails for AUD 145, some PHP 6,230~, converted, per the Crumpler website).
Below are photos of the other Crumpler Chinese New Year Limited Edition Rabbit Collection items for your reference.
SRP of the Crumpler Chinese New Year Limited Edition Rabbit Collection items:
The Squid (foldable drawstring backpack) – P 1,450
The Freckle (mobile phone case) – P 1,200
The Rabbit Charm (key chain/charm) – P 395
The Hilllman Hunter (mid-sized messenger bag) – P 3,850
The Goldschlagers Carpet (laptop envelope) – P 2,250
The Herbas (great for iPads) – P 2,450
The Headaitch (tote bag) – P 2,950
Crumpler Store, Bonifacio High Street
Crumpler Store, Trinoma Mall
Crumpler Store, SM Megamall
Crumpler Store, Robinsons Manila