James° × Topo Designs: Utility Capsule

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When two of the popular EDC gear makers like Topo Designs and The James Brand join forces, it’s sure to draw attention. In this new collaboration, each company puts their best foot forward to bring what they do best to the table. Dubbed the Utility Capsule, this gear combo pairs an X-Pac VX21 nylon pouch by Topo Designs with The James Brand’s recent Redstone knife, boasting a semi-serrated drop-point blade in a matching color theme. Together, they offer users the ability to organize and expand their pocket space while carrying a practical, utility-oriented blade that doesn’t weigh you down.

With its lightweight VX21 fabric construction and 1 liter capacity, the Topo Designs Mini Shoulder Bag is a great way to carry small essentials outside of your pockets. It can also double as a small tech pouch for a phone or a compact camera. Both the primary top seam compartment and the front side storage feature water-resistant zippers and larger pull string knots for easy opening and closing when you’re on the move. There’s a clip-on attachment point for gear on the front panel and removable hook-and-loop straps at the back panel allow for attachment to a bigger bag. The bag can be worn crossbody or over the shoulder with the included removable strap.

The other component of the Utility Capsule is The James Brand’s Redstone EDC knife, featuring a gorgeous red-black colorway at the handle and blade. At just 1.8 oz this is a super lightweight everyday carry knife, but small size does not mean small function. Its 2.5″ drop-point blade features a serrated portion for cutting through rough material, and its Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel composition allows for excellent hardness while maintaining ease of sharpening when you need it. The black finish will also help the already rust-resistant blade from oxidizing in the field.

Blade deployment is easy with either hand thanks to the eyehole cut into the blade, and the handle features an ergonomic shape that makes for easy access to that opening mechanism in your hand. And when push comes to shove the slide-lock mechanism prevents the blade from closing on you during use. When you’re done the deep carry clip lets it disappear in your pockets.

Good things often come in small packages, and that’s definitely the case with the Utility Capsule from Topo Designs and The James Brand. If you’re looking to get your hands on a great lightweight combination of bag and knife this season, make sure to click the link below and secure a Utility Capsule for yourself before it sells out.

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