I absolutely love traveling. There’s nothing better than packing up the car and getting out of town for a while. But traveling is even more fun when you have fancy accessories. Today we’ll be looking at my most recent fancy accessory – Amos Brand’s Oscar Travel Bag.
ABOUT AMOS BRAND
Amos is a new brand launched in March 2014 by Kyle Bardouche out of Colorado. Kyle’s goal was to make simple yet sophisticated items for men, and now has an extensive product line of bags, belts, wallets, and more. Amos (usually spelled Amōs if you want to get fancy with the Unicode) means “to carry” in ancient Hebrew. Their website boasts: “Amōs is for the modern nomad, adventurers, influencers, the style conscious, rookie travelers to seasoned travelers, and for those who appreciate a unique yet simple, clean design.”
Amos uses a beautiful combination of Merino wool felt and veg-tanned leather to construct the Oscar Travel Bag. The majority of the bag is made of soft wool, but the pieces that receive a lot of stress are constructed of leather. The zipper is edged with leather, and the corners are reinforced with leather as well. Inside, the bag is lined with wool and has a small zippered pouch as well as two elastic and leather slip pockets for small items. The rest of the bag is open to pack with whatever you’d like.
The removable strap is double-sided and comes with a shoulder pad for comfort. The strap is anchored into the wool with D-rings and leather loops. There’s an external zippered pouch for quick access.
A unique feature of this bag are the buckles on either end of the zipper. These can be unbuckled to make the bag larger if you need more packing space. Then you can buckle it right back up to keep the stylish shape of the bag.
At first, I was worried that this bag was going to fall apart or that the straps were going to pop right out of the felt. However, I think I underestimated the strength of merino wool felt, because I use this bag all the time and have never felt like I have to treat it any more delicately than a normal duffel bag. The corners are reinforced with leather. The wool is waterproof and surprisingly strong.
At 20″ x 10″ x 10″, this bag is plenty large for a long weekend trip. It has no trouble fitting in the overhead compartment on an airplane, and isn’t too awkward or bulky to carry around. The shoulder strap isn’t extraordinarily comfortable, but the two handles are large enough to hold on your forearm to relieve some of the weight.
The Oscar Travel Bag is absolutely beautiful. I can’t take it anywhere without people stopping me and asking about it. The merino wool felt is a very unique look for a weekender bag, and is surprisingly durable. I look forward to taking this bag on many, many more trips. At $495, this bag is worth it for the simple and sophisticated look. However, it’s on sale on their website for only $295, which is an amazing deal for such a high quality bag with unique design. Go check it out! They also have a matching backpack and dopp kit made of the same materials.