Bags and Cases

Ridgeline Bino Case

As part of the new performance driven Pack range for Ridgeline I also designed and developed a new Bino Case with an adjustable harness system. Working closely with one of their New Zealand ambassadors this soon became a complete customisable system with removable Molle pouches for Range Finders and Ammo.

Sea to Summit Nomad Duffle Range

The rugged outdoor duffle market had long been dominated by The North Face. Sea to Summit contacted me to design a duffle range that would out perform the current offerings in every way. This ended up as a very successful collaboration between myself and the Perth based design team. The reviews speak for themselves, ‘We are confident that the Sea to Summit Duffel is the best on the market…it displaces the first winner of our Editors’ Choice award, breaking seven years of precedent.’ Outdoor Gear Lab. ‘The Sea to Summit 65-liter duffel was clearly the best, getting top marks in all but one category I looked at. It’s the duffel I think people should buy.’ Outside Magazine.

Moray Dive Bag

Mike Smith is a nationally renown spearfisherman and freediving instructor who has also developed a large range of freediving products under his Moray brand. After I attended one of his freediving courses he approached me to develop a world class Dive Bag designed to meet the specific needs of Freedivers and Spearfishermen. The Moray Dive Bag features welded seams, a welded pocket and welded handle attachments, it is sized specifically for long freediving fins and is built strong enough to carry all gear including heavy weight belts.

Ventura Motorcycle Packs

Ventura is a small New Zealand brand that has a big reputation in the world of Motorcycle luggage and accessories and has now become one of my longest term clients. Since we first began working together in 2010 I have developed Seat Bags, Tank Bags, Panniers and a range of Bags that fit Venturas unique frame systems. Working primarily with factories in Vietnam and China I develop working prototypes in my workroom which enables us to send samples, patterns and detailed specifications ensuring more efficient development once we are ready to engage with the factories.

Roost Laptop Stand

The Roost Laptop Stand was a pioneering product, super lightweight with a unique collapsing system this product changed the way digital nomads worked on their laptops. The inventor contacted me to develop a complementary carry case. Bike Case

Having travelled to Europe with my road bike to follow ‘Le Tour’ I decided there had to be a lighter solution for travelling with a bike that also provided the same level of protection as a heavy (10–15 kg) hard plastic case. Basing my bike case on the same principles used to ship expensive electronic items I developed what I believe is the lightest (5.7 kg) wheeled bike case offering genuine crush and compression protection for a road bike.

This innovative design featured a custom-cut polystyrene core to isolate and protect the frame. A second level of multilayered foam blocks safely encased the wheels. This foam core protecting the frame and wheels is then protected by polypropylene plastic. The bike, foam, and plastic shell are all fully encased in a super rugged 1000D nylon fabric cover that includes six reinforced padded handles and corner wheels for easy transfers.

The following products were designed by Andy Milne Design and developed and produced in conjunction with Cactus Equipment in their Christchurch factory.


This incredibly innovative product required a carrying system capable of protecting and comfortably supporting the 10kg YikeBike ( the weight of 4-5 laptops). After working through several different options and user scenarios, a simple bag solution was deemed to be the best option and included a well-padded removable shoulder strap. The innovative two-part shoulder strap was designed to distribute the load as comfortably as possible over one shoulder. Making the shoulder strap padding in two parts provided better load distribution and allowed it to curve more naturally over the shoulder without any bunching of the padding. The shoulder strap can be used either with the bag or directly attached to the YikeBike.


Surveylab, a Wellington based company at the forefront of global positioning system -laser technology development, required a protective sewn case for their new GPS data collection device. The Ike 1000 is a compact, handheld GPS data capture and personal digital assistant device designed for professional field use. The fitted case I developed, with its range of different ports and openings challenged the limit of what is possible to sew from heavy-duty canvas!

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