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I al­ways over­pack when I travel. Half the stuff I bring on rides never even makes it out of the bag. But I’m com­forted by the fact that I can pack a third bot­tle of booze if nec­es­sary (you never know who you’ll have to en­ter­tain). The Henty Copi­lot bag is some­thing big enough—and smart enough—to al­low my hoard­ing habits.

Af­ter a visit to Henty’s web­site (henty.cc), I no­ticed the Copi­lot’s selling point is its abil­ity to pack a suit in the gar­ment bag. Now, I’m pretty sure I won’t use it for that pur­pose, but if I wanted to, I could (are you start­ing to un­der­stand my pack-rat af­flic­tion?).

Henty was founded as a re­sult of a seem­ingly sim­ple prob­lem: how to trans­port busi­ness cloth­ing to and from the of­fice and have it ready to wear on ar­rival. With noth­ing on the mar­ket that met this need, Jeremy Grey de­signed and made a pro­to­type to solve the prob­lem. When it worked, he and child­hood friend Jon Gourlay joined forces, and in 2012, they started Henty. The re­sult: the Wing­man, a mul­tipur­pose suit and gar­ment bag, which can now be found car­ry­ing wardrobes all over the globe. To­day, Henty is based in the co-founders’ home state of Tas­ma­nia, Aus­tralia. The team is fo­cused on cre­at­ing in­no­va­tive prod­ucts based on their “carry clever” ethos. Its fo­cus is sim­ple: to take

qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, cre­ate clever prod­ucts, and make peo­ple’s lives eas­ier. I saw the Henty bag as a very ca­pa­ble mo­tor­cy­cle trans­port bag; it’s a smart prod­uct for those on the go.

The Copi­lot is a durable mul­tipur­pose bag made from waxed can­vas, based on Henty’s pop­u­lar Com­muter range. Op­ti­mized for airplane travel, the Copi­lot fea­tures a larger in­ner tube stuff sack that al­lows you to max­i­mize lug­gage space on a week­end away or a two- to three-day busi­ness trip on the bike. It’s also pretty light and easy to han­dle for long bouts in the sad­dle. The Copi­lot also fea­tures a large ex­ter­nal pocket for be­long­ings such as charg­ers, keys, and ac­ces­sories; a re­mov­able 13-inch lap­top pouch; a padded ad­justable shoul­der strap with alu­minum buckle; and a sta­bi­liza­tion strap per­fect for mo­tor­cy­clists. I es­pe­cially like the fact that the ex­te­rior fea­tures a water­proof rain cover that pre­vents your good­ies from get­ting wet, and the re­flec­tive pip­ing around the bag’s perime­ter is also a nice touch. The Copi­lot is avail­able in khaki, olive, blue, and, of course, black. Mea­sur­ing in at 12.78 x 8.94 x 0.95 inches, the Copi­lot is eas­ily por­ta­ble but still large enough to fit a ton of gear.

I’ve used the Copi­lot on sev­eral oc­ca­sions for dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios, such as mo­tor­cy­cle camp­ing trips where I’ve lit­er­ally folded a sleep­ing bag in the wardrobe area and all the fix­ings for a good night’s sleep in the duf­fel. I’ve rocked it on overnighters on the Sportster. I’ve taken it on sev­eral airplane travel trips just be­cause I’ve got­ten so used to its com­part­ments— I’m a crea­ture of habit. I’ve even used it for pack­ing my work equip­ment for shoots (13-inch Macbook Air, ex­ter­nal drives, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 16/35 2.8L and 70/200 2.8L lenses, batteries, charg­ers, even my mono­pod for video); the Copi­lot balks at the chal­lenge and still leaves plenty of room for my vices.

The Copi­lot is a great mul­tipur­pose bag that al­lows me to pack all the things I need, and es­pe­cially the things I don’t need, which for me, is a very good thing. HB

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