An occasional look at products the travel industry insists we need.
WHAT: Multipurpose carrier for camera, wallet and other valuables.
AIMED AT: Travelers who want to lighten their daily load.
HOW MUCH: $19.99 for the black case.
BUT DOES IT WORK? Most of us look like coat racks when we travel: camera bag (or two) slung around our shoulder, wallet secured to our waist, passport and secret stash of cash dangling from our neck. It's amazing that we don't topple over from all the weight -- or snag on a tree limb. To free up body parts, Norazza's tri-fold Ape Case rolls all of a traveler's carrying needs into one compact accessory. The main padded pouch holds a small camera (digital or other), but is also one-third of a fold-out wallet that can carry everything from rupees to plane tickets. The multi-pocketed wallet with passport holder opens like a triptych, and since it has its own entryway, you can dig for your valuables without removing the case (or camera) from your neck or belt loop. All packed up, the bag was as light as an evening purse, and we felt as if we had shed 30 pounds of baggage.
-- Andrea Sachs
Norazza Ape Case is available through the company, 716-677-4662, www.norazza.com.