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I can work anywhere, as long as I have my laptop computer. Sure, with cloud access I can manage pretty well with just a smartphone - and even better with a tablet - but the laptop still makes it much easier to work and store or access everything I need. Therefore, I rarely travel very [...]

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travelon-anti-theft-convertible-hobo-and-wallet-2

Travelon, as you can guess from the name, makes great bags for traveling - around town or around the world.  This particular wallet and bag combination is perfect for protecting your valuables and your personal data as you go about your daily travels.  The Travelon Anti-Theft Convertible Hobo with RFID Blocking Wallet are made of 100% polyester. [...]

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loyalstricklin1

I don't even like backpacks, but the Ruck Sack from Loyal Stricklin is so lovely to look at that I can picture myself hiking picturesque trails with it strapped on my back. These bags are handmade in a studio which is located in an historic train depot in Alabama. The ruck sack is made of [...]

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vertigo-2-0-laptop-bag-2

Actually, it's not just a laptop bag, because the VertiGo 2.0 is available in three sizes: small holds an iPad Air and similar tablets; medium holds a 13" Mac laptop; and large holds a 15" Mac laptop.  The VertiGo 2.0 is the "ideal business and traveling companion that can hold a surprising amount of gear [...]

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bolster-bag-for-men-2

Men seem to like to carry lots of stuff in their pockets, and sometimes they have too much stuff and need a bag.  But many men have aversions to bags that are much smaller than a laptop bag or to bags that don't look like they can be carried into war.  Sometimes neither of those [...]

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waterfield franklin tote 02

Here at the-gadgeteer, we are equal parts gadget and bag fans.  Some of the best bags come from WaterField Designs, makers of some of the niftiest tech totes around.  Today we look at their new Franklin Tote. All pictures can be clicked for a larger image. The Franklin Tote is an open-top leather and nylon [...]

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tombihn-aeronaut30nightflight

Tom Bihn, maker of travel bags and accessories that are designed smart and built strong in the USA, recently released several new items. First, the Aeronaut 30 Carry-on Travel Bag ($270, upper image). This is the little brother to the original Aeronaut 45 (as it has been renamed), and the numbers indicate their approximate volume in liters. [...]

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HOBOROLL

Being in the travel business, I seem to find myself on the road more and more. Packing for long trips is fairly easy: I pull out the large suitcase, pack it up, and go. Packing for a short day trips or even short tours on my longer travels can be a real hassle. I tend [...]

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modernindustry-linkbackpack

To me the best backpack designs are simple and streamlined, like the Link backpack from Modern Industry.  Its slim, rectangular shape allows vertical stacking of contents to keep the load close to the wearer's body, while its lay-flat zipper design opens wide for easy loading and unloading of its 21 L capacity. (In fact, these [...]

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cargo-works-macbook-module-sleeve-2

If you're like me, you travel with a plethora of Apple products, but you'd like to travel with that gear in the smallest bag possible.  The MacBook Module Sleeve from Cargo Works can carry a MacBook Pro (with or without Retina display), your iPad, and iPhone, and still have room for a charger or a [...]

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Posted in: Bags, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Laptops and Gear, News
waterfield-franklin-tote

In honor of our country's 238th birthday, WaterField Designs has just announced their new Franklin Tote, a leather shoulder bag made here in the good old USA. The tote is made of full-grain leather that has been naturally-tanned in one of the few remaining US tanneries. The bag is 14.5" x 13" x 4.75" and [...]

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cocoon-slim-xl-backpack-2

My husband has the original SLIM backpack that holds up to a 15" MacBook that he used for both his personal 11" MacBook Air and his 15" MacBook Pro from work.  The new version, the SLIM XL 17" Backpack from Cocoon Innovations is just as sleek and organized as his smaller bag, but it holds up [...]

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OgdenBag 11

I must admit. I really like having a bag. Whether a backpack, messenger bag, or sling bag. In high school I used three different backpacks in a school year. I own two large travel skate backpacks, both the same brand and model. I couldn't choose between the color designs so I bought both of them. [...]

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lay-n-go-bags-2

Lay-n-Go manufactures "innovative organizational solutions for life, play, and travel."  These bags have drawstrings that pull the bag closed into a ball shape, so they can be carried along with your or used as a storage bag.  They come in various sizes that are small enough to hold your cosmetics or grooming supplies to keep [...]

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timbuk2-dolores-chiller

The Dolores Chiller Messenger 2014 is the latest of Timbuk2's cooler bags.  Each year the bag's colors are inspired by a different beer; this year's yellow, black, and silver scheme is inspired by Japan's Sapporo beer.  The bag has a TPU lining for "easy cleaning and keeping the elements out".  It has the standard Napoleon [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear
waterfield-duffle-4

We just returned from a week long road trip that started in Indiana and included stops in Asheville, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina and Greensboro, North Carolina. This was the longest driving vacation that we've ever done. For luggage we ended up taking the Biaggi bag that I reviewed last year along with the new Outback Duffel bag from [...]

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intrepid-bag-lillium-purse-2

Last fall, Julie wrote about a Kickstarter for some Intrepid Bags.  The project was funded, and the products are available for purchase now at their website.  One of their gear bags is called the Lillium, which they say is a "European styled hands-free belt, cross body, and side purse".  It's made of extra-thick, top-grain purse [...]

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36) Full bag with tripod

I love photography.  There is seldom a moment when I am not at work and there isn't a camera in my hand.  Like all photographers, I go through camera bags like crazy.  What works for one application somehow doesn't seem to work for another.  I have used such camera bags as the Billingham Hadley Pro [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews
runnur-1

I'm getting ready to go on a vacation / road trip and you know what that means when you're a gadgeteer... It means it's time to figure out what gear to bring on the trip. Which computer to bring, tablet, notebooks, cameras, and of course, which bag to carry it all in. I already have [...]

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wf-duffle-2

I always get excited when an email comes into my inbox that has a title that starts with "WaterField Designs announces..." because I know I'm going to see a great looking new leather bag that I'll want to try out. That was the case this morning when I learned about WaterField's latest US made Outback Duffel [...]

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