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MIXBAG modular shoulder bag review

on Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Bags for this and bags for that. I have specialized bags and cases for almost all of my daily use items. The problem with all these bags and cases is that they lack versatility. While some have the ability to carry other item besides the items it was designed for, there is usually no easyRead More…

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Vaja Cases Small Messenger Bag for iPad mini and 7″ tablets review

on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The iPad mini is small enough that I can take it anywhere I go.  My mini with Retina display fits inside some of my everyday carry bags, but not all of them.  When I’m carrying one of my smaller bags and want to take my mini along, I have to make a decision:  do IRead More…

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GORUCK Shadow Rucks and Shadow Pockets

on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

GORUCK makes well-designed and nearly bomb-proof backpacks and other accessories. However, one of the loudest complaints about the products is the price. Fair enough. But I am a big proponent of “you get what you pay for” and GORUCK is a prime example of that. My GORUCK GR1 backpack has been hands-down the most high-quality,Read More…

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Fine leather cases from Tusting for Levenger

on Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

We feature a lot of leather cases at The Gadgeteer.  Some of them are rustic, some of them are more polished.  These heirloom-quality cases from Tusting  are made in England by Tusting of Buckinghamshire, creator of fine leather goods since 1875, are of the “more polished” variety.  Levenger says “these rich Tusting leathers mellow with age,Read More…

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Everyday survival is a zip with the Gerber GDC selection

on Saturday, March 8th, 2014

I’m guessing that a lot of our readers have some sort of EDC (Every Day Carry) setup that they carry about with them for those just in case moments. The folks at Gerber (the knife a survival tool company, not the baby food maker) have embraced the concept of EDC with their own line ofRead More…

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booq Python mirrorless keeps a tight squeeze on your camera and gear

on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Photographers with mirrorless cameras need a secure way to carry their camera and all its accessories. Enter the new booq Python mirrorless camera bag. It’s a compact top loading shoulder bag that comfortably holds either a mirrorless camera with a large lens or a compact DSLR with a small lens. Due to booq’s durable water-repellentRead More…

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Booq Boa Shift Laptop Backpack review

on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

My wife told me I had to get rid of it.  I have used this one backpack for every family vacation for the past 10 years and more trips than I can recall.  Half the zippers don’t work anymore, and there are holes in several of the pockets.  But it was my go-to bag, withRead More…

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This stormtrooper can carry your burdens

on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

If you know a kid who’s a Star Wars fan, you might want to consider this Storm Trooper Backpack (their spelling) for the next gift-giving occasion.  This is 26″ tall, has adjustable shoulder straps, and it unzips on the back. Based on the photo, I don’t think it has a lot of capacity, so itRead More…

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Ladies, forget about backup batteries, the Everpurse is all you need

on Saturday, February 15th, 2014

We covered the Everpurse iPhone charging purse back in 2012 when it was a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. Now the folks at Grand St. have teamed up with Everpurse and the designers of New York based Stitch Collective to create a new version of the handbag which offers a built in Lightning charger dock thatRead More…

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Keep your phone with you with this crossbody bag

on Friday, February 14th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

We haven’t had a landline for years, and I rely exclusively on my cell phone.  I need to keep it with me so I don’t have to run around like a crazy person, trying to find it before the caller hangs up, but most of my clothes don’t have pockets.  I’ve tried various bags overRead More…

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WaterField Designs gets rough with their new messenger bag

on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

WaterField Designs has just introduced the Rough Rider Leather Messenger Bag. It’s a gorgeous distressed leather bag that is available in one size: 15″ x 10.5″ x 3.5″ and with a choice of six different accent colors: black, copper, pine, green, flame and pearl. The Rough Rider easily holds a 13 inch laptop and featuresRead More…

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Turn a wallet into a purse with the Wallet Wand

on Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Boys, you can skip this one, it’s just for the girls. Girls, you know that carrying around a heavy purse when all you really need is your wallet, can be a pain – literally. The Wallet Wand is just the magic you need to lighten the load without breaking the bank. Take your existing checkbookRead More…

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Perfect Choice canvas messenger fits a laptop and your tablet

on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

These Perfect Choice Canvas 14″ Laptop & Tablet Messenger bags have room for all your gear.  There’s a padded laptop compartment that fits laptops up to 14″.  An interior slip pocket holds a 10″ tablet, and there are other compartments for the rest of your gear.  It’s made of durable canvas that has been waxedRead More…

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Keep your pocket gadgets organized with the Mini Kit (MK-7) Tactical Multicam Nylon Gear Pouch

on Friday, January 31st, 2014

So, you have the neat little gadgets and thingamabobs, the pocket tools and flashlights, the paracord and the FishBones, but where do you keep them? If you’re Eric Baur, a.k.a. the 20DollarBandit you keep all these items in your Mini Kit (MK-7), his current Kickstarter project. This 5.5″ x 5.5″ clam shell case is madeRead More…

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This gorgeous camera bag costs more than some cameras

on Friday, January 31st, 2014

But then again, it’s cheaper than some Billingham canvas camera bags…  The Roamographer Leather Camera Bag from HoldFast is utterly gorgeous.  It’s made in the United States from American Bison leather.  It’s big enough to use as a weekender bag with room to hold a couple of days of clothing.  Pop in the camera insert,Read More…

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Skooba Design needs your help naming their new line of bags

on Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

Skooba Design is giving their fans an exclusive sneak peek at one of their new collections that is being developed for a possible spring launch. These new bags are made entirely in the USA and appear to feature a more military style than some of their current offerings. Help them out by leaving your commentsRead More…

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Rickshaw Bagworks Commuter 2.1 Laptop Bag review

on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Carrying your gear to and from work or school every day requires a reliable bag. This is especially true if a laptop happens to be one of the items you carry. I’m partial to messenger style bags because they are roomy and casual. The problem is that they are not always the best type ofRead More…

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Go-to gear: bags, briefcases, and backpacks

on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Whether you have been a Gadgeteer reader for a while or have just started, you know that Julie has a section called “Julie’s Favorite Gear” that lists items that she uses. So today while I was looking at some of the items I use on a regular basis, I thought I would come up withRead More…

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Unit Portables bag system

on Monday, January 27th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

Unit Portables produces gear bags that are designed to be used individually or together.  In the left image, you see the Unit 01 laptop bag with Units 02 and 03 small pouches and a Unit 04 tablet bag.  (The right image is a closeup of the tablet bag.)  The laptop bag is available for 13″Read More…

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He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother – er, dog – Part Deux

on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

A couple of years ago, Timbuk2 introduced their Muttmover Backpack so you could take your dog with you.  They’ve updated the Muttmover recently, adding features that make it easier to get Fideau in and out of the carrier and to add some other useful features.  It’s made of tarpaulin-backed fabric for durability and has anRead More…

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This gorgeous La Fonction laptop bag is a portable workstation

on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

This is perhaps the most beautiful laptop bag I’ve seen.  If only it came in red!  The Item 01 bag from La Fonction is made of aniline-finished cow leather and is lined with a cotton/polyurethane Italian canvas.  It measures about 17″ X 14″ X 2.4″ and weighs 4.4 pounds.  It fits newer-generation laptops up toRead More…

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Carry your gear in this stylish, TSA-compliant bag from Mobile Edge

on Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

Mobile Edge announced a line of stylish, TSA-compliant bags for women at CES 2014.  These elegant ScanFast Herringbone Element Briefcases are designed to look great while carrying a laptop, tablet, and other gear.  The black-and-white herringbone fabric lends the bag an air of sophistication, and the black faux leather trim adds sturdiness.  The interior has aRead More…

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Tablet bag looks like a VW bus

on Monday, January 13th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

You can’t transport your friends around in this Volkswagen Bus, but you can give a small laptop or a tablet a ride inside.  The Brisa Licensed Volkswagen VW Bus Orange Messenger Bag Cross-body Purse is made of vegan-friendly materials, and it measures 10″ X 13.5″ X 4″ and has an adjustable strap (up to 54″).  It looksRead More…

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Everki Atlas checkpoint friendly laptop adaptable business backpack review

on Sunday, December 29th, 2013

There are a lot of laptop bags and packs out there, but not all of them can effectively organize and carry lots of gear in a streamlined, compact package.  As a long-time messenger bag user, I’ve not had much interest in backpacks until my business travel picked back up this past year, and lugging aRead More…

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Blue Flame “The Pack” review

on Saturday, December 21st, 2013

As our devices have shrunk in recent years, so, too, have carrying cases. Sling bags, messenger bags, and even the trusty backpack are slimmer, more focused on those slimmer devices, and more attuned to organization and ease of access, rather than capacity. Blue Flame, a fairly new entrant into the market place, has developed anRead More…