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Tom Bihn launches Aeronaut 30 Carry-On Bag, Night Flight Travel Duffle and more

on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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.Read More…

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Record your travel adventures with the new Moleskine Voyageur notebook

on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

I always like to take my journal with me when I go on vacations so I can go back later and read about the things I’ve seen and done. I usually print out a Google map with the trip route and stops and glue it to the page that starts the trip. I also glueRead More…

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You won’t need to ride the rails with the HOBOROLL

on Friday, July 18th, 2014

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 tendRead More…

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MBI HF flashlight review

on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

  I would think it is fair to say that we have done our fair share of flashlight reviews at The Gadgeteer. We get them in all shapes and sizes, so for me to do a review on one it has to be unique or have an unexpected feature. The MBI HF from Match BoxRead More…

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Ogden Made Junction City Messenger Bag review

on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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.Read More…

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Toys, cosmetics, tools – they’re all in the bag!

on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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 keepRead More…

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The CalypsoTag luggage tag tells you when it’s ready to be picked up

on Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear

The CalypsoTag luggage tag pairs your smart phone with Bluetooth 4.0 (iPhone 4s and newer, both generations of the iPad mini, iPad 3rd gen and newer, and iPod Touch 5th generation, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4) running the app with the CalypsoTag attached to your luggage.  It uses technology built by Chipolo that alerts theRead More…

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This scooter will let you travel 500 miles on $1 worth of “fuel”

on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

If I lived in a large city with crazy traffic, and insane parking space rentals, I’d seriously look into buying an alternative vehicle like the e-Scooter from EcoReco. This is an eco-friendly electric scooter with a quiet motor that outputs zero exhaust and no CO2 emissions. The scooter’s high-capacity Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) rechargeable batteryRead More…

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WaterField Designs takes the wraps off their new Outback Duffel bags

on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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 DuffelRead More…

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Anti-Theft cross-body gear bag for women

on Monday, May 12th, 2014

This cross-body bag from Travelon is big enough, and has a padded pocket for, an iPad or similarly-sized tablet, plus it has room for your other daily gear.  This main compartment locks, to make it harder for a pickpocket to quickly grab things out of your bag.  The Anti-Theft Signature Cross-Body Bag has other featuresRead More…

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RCE External Battery Carbon Fiber Edition review

on Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Portable battery packs are hitting their stride nowadays, with so many great options available to you that it will surely make your head spin.  I have reviewed many of them here on the Gadgeteer, and I still use most of them.  But I am always in search of better batteries… bigger capacity, faster charging, smallerRead More…

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The perfect travel accessory for the frequent flier

on Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

The worst thing about travel these days is waiting through the security check line in airports.  What if you could breeze through a special check-in line, keep your shoes and belt on, and not have to empty out your carry-on and laptop?  What if it only cost you $85 for five years of this specialRead More…

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It may not have a name, but this compact cutlery set has many uses

on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear

You might think you’re prepared for the zombie apocalypse or economic meltdown that sends the world into chaos, but are you prepared for office lunch? I mean, you have your plate, your cup, and your glass, but we are not heathens – we do not eat with our hands. So what’s a well prepared officeRead More…

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Quivvers Big Rig review

on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

When we’re out and about, most Gadgeteers carry a few things: smartphone, wallet, keys, tablet. Maybe a tin of mints. Oh, sure, if we’re gone for the day, we’ll have a bag of other stuff including power adapters, charging cables and batteries, energy bars, and enough EDC stuff to survive a moon landing. But whenRead More…

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Seatback mount for planes, trains, and buses

on Monday, April 21st, 2014

I’ve seen tray-top stands to hold your mobile devices during flights, but they always seemed a little dangerous to me.  Because they weren’t tied down in any way, it seemed that your mobile device could go flying in case of turbulence.  The cradle of the Skyview Seatback Mount for Mobile Devices holds mobile smart phones, tablets,Read More…

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Aero-Tray allows you to maximize airplane tray table space

on Friday, April 18th, 2014

Traveling by airplane can be great for getting to your destination quicker than by car. I enjoy almost every aspect of air travel except for one – cramped seating space. I always feel like a sardine that has been crammed into a metal tin. It’s tolerable when all I want to do is play aRead More…

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Pad & Quill Field Bag review

on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Pad & Quill have been creating handmade tech-accessories with old-world craftsmanship for many years now. Kari and Brian (Mr. and Mrs. PQ) pride themselves on not creating “cheap, mass produced crap” but incredibly well constructed items they would be proud to give their “discriminating” friends and family…and thankfully the rest of us as well. Recently, theyRead More…

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Brando Key Chain Lightning Charger review

on Saturday, April 5th, 2014

“On the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again” oh yes Willie Nelson has it right. I have been hitting the open road or friendly skies more frequently these days, so I have been outfitting myself with tools that I may need while away from my home. One tool both meRead More…

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Trip report: 2014 New York Times Travel Show

on Monday, March 31st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Travel Gear

Fellow gadgeteer and friend since college, Jackie Cheng and I recently went to The New York Times Travel Show here in New York City. We are both fans of traveling and see the sights, so we figured let’s check out the show and see what exhibits were on display.  We were also super excited toRead More…

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SCOTTeVEST debuts three new hoodies, including limited edition Knowmatic

on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Hoodies are all the rage these days, a standard of casual clothing just about everywhere. SCOTTeVEST has its own spin on this wardrobe staple, recently debuting three new products: The Hoodie-Cotton, The Hoodie-Microfiber, and the limited-edition Knowmatic Hoodie (pictured here), a collaboration with designer jeffstaple. While SCOTTeVEST previously had its Ultimate Hoodie Microfleece, these threeRead More…

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Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter is simple, compact, colorful

on Friday, March 14th, 2014

I do a fair amount of business travel, which typically includes a few overseas trips every year. I’m constantly on the lookout for items that will help me reduce the size and weight of what I drag through airports, on and off planes and into and out of hotels. One of the items I haveRead More…

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ChargerLeash review

on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

It’s happened to me several times: I charge my device in a hotel room, disconnect in the morning to move to a different seat or go down for breakfast, come back, pack and leave, and abandon my cable under the nightstand. Now that we have multiple devices to charge, the likelihood that we’re going toRead More…

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SCOTTeVEST SeV Revolution Plus jacket review

on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

I have always wanted to try a SCOTTeVEST article of clothing for myself. Julie has reviewed many of their creations over the years.  Jackets, vests, pants, etc…all designed to inconspicuously carry your gear with you, giving each article its own space to ride along in.  I finally get my chance, SCOTTeVEST sent me their SeV Revolution PlusRead More…

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Give your device some hold while on the road with the Kanex Foldable iDevice stand

on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

We live in an ever-increasing mobile society, so I am always looking for items to help me function on the road. One item in particular is a decent portable stand for my iPad or iPhone. I have reviewed one stand here that is my current travel buddy, but it’s kind of big and bulky. Recently,Read 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…