We each have our own little tricks for getting our clothes to the office in the best condition possible. Considering all the jostling your pack can do while run commuting, what goes in looking nice one minute, can come out looking terrible the next.
Kyle is a an iron-and-roller. Hall rolls-and-stows. I am an iron-and-folder. All those techniques work for us in our respective jobs, but sometimes, no matter how well they’re packed, your clothes might come out a little wrinkly, wonky, or looking like you just pulled them out of the dirty clothes pile before you put them on.
Closed and empty.
Eagle Creek makes fantastic travel gear. They have a unique four-step system that shows how best to pack for a trip and, of course, which of their products will be most useful for each step. The Pack-It Folder is part of their “packing solutions” category, and most useful to us as run commuters.
Construction is simple, consisting of 300-D poly weave materials, velcro closures, mesh, and a handle. There are five color options available, from black to red to zebra print.
When open. Hmm. Looks familiar…
I knew I’d seen it somewhere before!
This is a very simple and reasonable solution to keep your clothes wrinkle-free while transporting them in your pack (the Pack-It 15 – not the manta…)
That plastic card that you see inside the Pack-It doubles as folding instructions and a bag/clothing stiffener. The easy-to-follow guide makes your clothes look like they just came off the shelf at the Gap.
Saturday Night Live – when it was good. (David Spade, Adam Sandler, and Chris Farley as SNL’s “Gap Girls”)
You fold your shirt(s), fold your pants, add your underthings and socks, and then compress it altogether into a neat, little package that’s ready to slip into your run commuting pack. If you want to take two days worth of clothing, the Pack-It Folder 15 can handle that, too (holds up to 7 items).
Step 3. Note: you can leave the card inside the shirt to help it keep it’s shape.
Step 4. Done.
A one-day supply of clothing: Pants, dress shirt, undershirt, underthings, and socks.
The Pack-It folder 15 inside the Osprey Manta 20.
It worked amazingly well! My clothes were ready to go when I arrived and looked like they just came off the shelf.
The only thing I would have done differently is used a larger pack, like the Osprey Manta 25. It was a bit tough to fit my lunch inside on top of the Folder, but I do make a big lunch, so maybe it’s just me.
Thankfully, I keep my shoes at work, so those didn’t have to go in my pack on top of everything else (but a coworker recently saw my shoe collection, which I keep on a bookshelf, and stared at it admiringly?, saying she was going to come back and take a picture. Is there an office equivalent of a cat lady? That’s probably me.)
Recommended for run commuting?
Sizes: 15, 18, and 20
Lifetime – Defects in workmanship and materials.
5-Year – Functional damage.
Special thanks to Patrick H. and Soog for suggesting these cool pieces of gear!
Note: This gear was purchased for use by the author.