Bob Patterson

I am writing this review on a train while heading into the City of Philadelphia for a business meeting. I also happen to be listening to one of my favorite podcasts on my new favorite headphones: the Syllable D300L Wireless Bluetooth Earphones. I’ve been using these for a month, and I am a big fan… Read More

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            Topo Designs, makers of unique outdoor gear and apparel, has collaborated with Opinel, the venerable French knife makers, to bring us a new collaborative project. It’s a limited-edition version of the classic Opinel knife, combined with a sheath custom-made by Topo Designs for the collaboration. How cool is that? Let me tell you about… Read More

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An electric kettle is a really useful appliance to have around the kitchen. The AICOK Electric Kettle not only promises some new design & safety features but gives you a set of 6 preset temperatures for more refined control of your hot water for teas and coffees (in addition to a boil). How does it… Read More

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The company name does induce (intentional) giggles, but NutSac Bags has been designing some pretty solid man bags & satchels for a while now. While previous designs emphasized minimalist carry (up to an iPad Pro), the latest design is designed for daily business carry with more room and more features for hauling your office on… Read More

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Among travel & carry enthusiasts Tom Bihn is a legend, producing some of the best bags & accessories in the business from their shop located in Seattle, WA. But one thing that Tom Bihn is not known for is rushing things to market. He takes his time, only releasing new products and material choices when… Read More

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There's something magical about charcoal grilling, especially during the long days of summer. You just can't replicate that taste on a gas grill. Since 2013 BBQ Dragon has been bringing new innovations to the charcoal grilling market, and I have one of their latest gadgets on the back patio for testing. It's the Chimney of… Read More

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Saddleback Leather has built a reputation based on distinctive, durable leather bags and accessories that invoke the spirit of adventure. Saddleback has steadily introduced new styles and designs since their inception, but 2016 brought us a new material choice in the Mountainback product line: waxed canvas. I've spent a month testing the Mountainback Front Pocket Gear Bag… Read More

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Whipping Post creates leather bags and accessories that focus on classic, rugged designs and quality craftsmanship. Arriving just in time for summer, the Scout backpack looks like a perfect solution for road trips, plane rides, and long hikes. At 15" by 15.5" by 4.5", it just the right size for day trips or stowing under your airline… Read More

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Let's talk about hybrid/convertible work bags for a minute. Are you a briefcase, messenger, or backpack person? What if you didn't have to choose? I like the flexibility of convertible bags, but finding one that is both functional and business appropriate has been a challenge. After two months of testing, I think I've found it… Read More

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Here at Bob's house, we're awash in technology. Between computers and gadgets, we probably have 15-20 different Wi-Fi enabled devices. But I'm not a gearhead. I don't like spending hours tinkering with network settings to keep everything up and running. When our current Wi-Fi router started to drag, I was offered an opportunity to test… Read More

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OtterBox, makers of super-durable phone and tablet cases, is entering a new product category with the Venture camping cooler and Elevation drink tumblers. It looks like they're bringing some next-level design thinking to the game in addition to the rugged durability OtterBox is known for.  The standard features on the Venture cooler series look pretty solid. Three… Read More

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Most of us need to stay connected to their iPhones when we exercise. You shouldn't take calls and texts on the gym floor (except in emergencies), but music and workout apps are essential to many of our fitness regimens. The Wonderful Things Factory (WTFactory for short) has designed an iPhone case that's a unique alternative… Read More

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This Is Ground is known for leather carry accessories that are handmade in Los Angeles, California. The new Connoisseur collection introduces updated designs wrapped in a new series of luxurious Italian leathers. This Is Ground's product line offers a unique take on refined small-carry items and modular folios that can be customized based on your… Read More

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Outdoor party season is fast approaching, folks! At my house, that means it's time to fire up the grill, dust off the patio furniture, put the drinks on ice, and fire up the tunes. To help in the music department I'm testing the Tronsmart Element T2, an outdoor water-resistant Bluetooth speaker, to see how its… Read More

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Last week, Google announced the introduction of YouTube TV in the Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay areas as an alternative to traditional cable television subscriptions. But is it a game changer that will enable you to finally cut the cord on cable TV? Let's take a look at what we know… Read More

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