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Brooks introduce new backpack and revamp range

There's a brand new Pickwick backpack, some redesigns, and updated colour options...

Brooks are introducing a brand new backpack for 2013 and have redesigned many other products in their range. Here are some of the highlights…

The new Pickwick Backpack (main pic and above), made in Italy from water-resistant cotton and Brooks leather, will be available from December. It features two pockets that you can access while wearing the bag.

The bottom one is separate from the main compartment, the idea being that you can store your lock in there and have it easily reachable. The Pickwick will be priced at £180.

The Hampstead Holdall, which can be worn in a number of ways on and off the bike, has had a few minor changes for 2013, including an improved closing mechanism and a larger outer pocket. It’s still made from water-resistant cotton and Brooks leather, and is priced at £280.

The Islington Rucksack (£265) has been updated too and looks very different. Rather than a flap to cover the top, the body of the bag folds over and it’s secured by a new closing mechanism.

Brooks’ most popular bag, the Barbican Shoulder Bag (£230), returns in a couple of new colourways: moss with brown leather, and sand with cream leather.

The hard leather version of the Barbican (£300) comes in a natural leather version as well as black.

And if you really want to shell out, the Barbican Leather Luxury Limited Edition, which has been available for a few months. It’s made in Italy from ultra-soft leather and every bag has a unique inner pocket. The downside is that it’ll cost you £518.

The Brixton Tote and Shoulder Bag (£195) will also be available in the same two new colour options as the Barbican: moss with brown leather, and sand with cream leather.

The Eton Leather Satchel (£295), which is a redesign of a Brooks patent dating back to 1910, comes in a new colour option too. Previously it was just available in black but now there’s a cream coloured version as well. Shoulder straps allow you to wear it on your back while riding and there’s a handle for carrying it like a briefcase when you’re off the bike.

For more details on Brooks go to or their distributor Extra.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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