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booq says their new Taipan shock backpack is shockingly good looking

on Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Laptops and Gear, News

booq has a new backpack that they think is perfect for professionals.  The Taipan shock bag is made of 1680D tri-weave polyester exterior fabric with a water-repellent coating; the embossed red interior fabric makes it easier to find items stored inside.  The bag is loaded with pockets and storage compartments:  large main compartment with document storage; separate,Read More…

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ChiqueFabrique makes beautiful leather cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and other smart phones

on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

I’m in love with the embossed red leather iPhone pouch and cross-body phone pouch from ChiqueFabrique.  This Etsy shop, which ships worldwide from Gilbert, Arizona, makes beautiful, simple phone cases and bags.  The cross-body phone pouch (top and bottom left) measures 8″ X 5″, so it should fit even the biggest phones, including the iPhone 6Read More…

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Gear bags and accessories for the college student

on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

This post is brought to you by eBay. All opinions are 100% mine. My daughter started college this year, and we’ve discovered the type of backpack she used in high school isn’t working for her new environment.  In high school, she needed a giant bag to carry a ton of books.  She also had aRead More…

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Phorce Pro is a 3 way convertible bag that holds and charges your gear

on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The Phorce Pro is a briefcase that converts into a backpack or messenger bag. That in itself is not unique; we’ve seen numerous bags that have this ability to convert from one form to another. What sets the Phorce Pro apart from those bags is that it has a built in rechargeable 26,000 mAH lithium-ionRead More…

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This backpack holds an already assembled emergency preparedness kit

on Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Gear, News

The Catastrophe Backpack from Herrington is equipped to help you withstand a disaster or to help you assist in recovery efforts.  It has 14 pockets and sleeves that come loaded with a lot of gear:  poncho; thermal blanket; respirator mask; personal hygiene and medical first aid kits; signal mirror and whistle; compass and magnifying glass;Read More…

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Veto Pro Pac introduces new smaller sized Model MC tool bag

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News

Veto Pro Pac, makers of some of the most rugged tool bags in existence, have just added a brand new bag to their line up. It’s the Model MC and it claims to live up to the old saying that good things come in small packages. This tool bag has all the features Veto fans haveRead More…

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This purse and wallet are doubly theft-proof

on Friday, August 29th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

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.Read More…

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Loyal Stricklin Ruck Sack is so gorgeous (and expensive) that you might be afraid to use it

on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News

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 ofRead More…

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WaterField Designs introduces the new VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Laptops and Gear, News

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 gearRead More…

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The Bolstr is smaller than a gear bag but bigger than a holster

on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Crowdfunded, News

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 thoseRead More…

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

on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

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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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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Modern Industry Link backpack is simple & streamlined

on Friday, July 18th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News

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, theseRead More…

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Carry your MacBook, iPad, and other essential gear in this sleeve from Cargo Works

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

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 aRead More…

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WaterField Designs celebrates America’s birthday with their new Franklin Tote

on Monday, June 30th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News

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″ andRead More…

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This slim backpack can hold a 17″ laptop

on Monday, June 16th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Laptops and Gear, News

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 upRead More…

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

on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

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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This Timbuk2 messenger has a cool surprise inside

on Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear

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 NapoleonRead More…

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This isn’t your grandmother’s fanny pack

on Friday, May 30th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News

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 purseRead More…

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RUNNUR – a shoulder bag for your gear minus the bag

on Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Gear, News

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 haveRead More…

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WaterField Designs takes the wraps off their new Outback Duffel bags

on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

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
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

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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Colonel Littleton leather in tuxedo black…

on Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News

I was dancing around the Net and decided to swing by the Colonel Littleton website to see if he had designed any new leather creations lately. I was surprised (and a bit shocked) to see that he is now handcrafting many of his classic designs in black leather with brown trim. Some of the products that caughtRead More…

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Keep a spare gear bag in your gear bag

on Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News

Because there are limits to the number of carry-on bags when you travel by plane, do you ever find yourself taking a bag big enough to hold what you need to carry on that’s way too bag for daily use once you get to where you’re going?  Or maybe you pick up too much documentationRead More…

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Are you getting one of the newly-updated MacBook Airs? You’ll need this case.

on Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Laptops and Gear, News

Apple announced the release of the MacBook Airs, and Waterfield announced the perfect case for the 13″ MacBook Air.  Their Outback Solo MacBook Air Case is perfect for carrying the Air, its charger, your phone, wallet, and keys – everything you need for your day without loading yourself down.  The Outback Solo is made of waxedRead More…