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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…


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…


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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Naneu UrbanGear U60 Camera Backpack review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews

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 ProRead More…


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…


GORUCK Shadow Rucks and Shadow Pockets

on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, 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…


Booq Boa Shift Laptop Backpack review

on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear

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…


This stormtrooper can carry your burdens

on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Kid Gadgets, News

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…


Everki Atlas checkpoint friendly laptop adaptable business backpack review

on Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews

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…


Blue Flame “The Pack” review

on Saturday, December 21st, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews

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…


Case Logic SLR Camera Backpack review

on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews

The Case Logic SLR Camera Backpack from Case Logic aims to provide a roomy and safe place for your SLR (digital or otherwise) camera, and (based on the insides) enough lenses to shoot a wedding, football game, and several other events. You’ll likely be able to squeeze in a digital video recorder and a few point-and-shootsRead More…


“Simple, functional, beautiful” packs and gear by Topo Designs

on Saturday, September 7th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, News

While doing a search for a sternum strap to attach to a backpack, I happened upon a company selling some adventurous-looking gear.  As a group of folks who have a love of life in the Great Outdoors (their logo even represents an unfolding topographical map), Topo Designs strives to create products that are simple, functiona,lRead More…


Upcycled from cycle tubes: Alchemy Goods

on Sunday, September 1st, 2013

It’s good to be environmentally conscious.  We have been granted stewardship of this planet, and it’s the only one we’ve got.  One way to preserve our resources is by taking the “one person’s trash is another’s treasure” approach, like Alchemy Goods does.  Taking their cue from the alchemists of old who sought to turn leadRead More…


Veto Pro Pac announces the Tech Pac backpack tool bag

on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, News

You’ll be able to carry your toolbox on your back with the new Tech Pac backpack from Veto Pro Pac. This is a very rugged bag that has been designed to last with a weatherproof body, base and pockets. Speaking of pockets, the Tech Pac has them… a lot of them. It features 47 interiorRead More…


Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Backpack review

on Friday, August 9th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews

We’re all in search of the perfect gear bag, right?  Well, maybe not all of us, but a lot of us.  Keen to this quest, Tom Bihn has been designing and manufacturing (in the USA) several growing lines of products for gear-hauling, travel, organization, and other similar needs since 1972.  Tom Bihn recently up-sized itsRead More…

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Show your red, white, and blue with the Fusion USA backpack

on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Posted in: Bags, News

Looking for that unique way to show your USA pride? Want that item to be functional as well as fashionable? Do you like to be a trend setter? If you answered yes to all of these, and have €199 (approximately $259.44), the Fluoa Fusion USA backpack is just what you are looking for. This aerodynamic leatherRead More…


iSafe Bags Urban Crew Backpack with built-in Alarm Review

on Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews

Most of us have alarms to make us feel protected in our house, our cars, and we have seen or heard them in public places, such as a mall or store. What about the times that you are walking in a new area that is unfamiliar?  Or have a child that is walking to andRead More…

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The Daypack from Heimplanet is a convertible carrier

on Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

Need a versatile bag to carry your odds and ends to work or even on an outdoor adventure? The Daypack from Heimplanet might provide the solution you are looking for. The Daypack can be converted from a backpack to messenger-style bag by stowing the backpack strap inside a zippered compartment on the back of theRead More…


The Boreas Gear Erawan Travel Duffle mini-review

on Monday, April 1st, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews

Occasionally, members of the Gadgeteer Team receive products out of the blue, sent by eager PR people proud of their product(s), hopeful that we will take a look at them and comment on and/or review them on the website. Many times it is the umpteenth smartphone case or something just as lack-luster, but occasionally it is fromRead More…

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The Solid Gray Backpack – A backpack even a Storm Trooper would wear

on Monday, March 4th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

I may be the only one, but I love gadgets and gear that look like they could have been used in my favorite “Sci Fi” movies.  The Solid Gray Backpack is one of those products, and I’m  thinking of Star Wars. Made from polypropene block copolymer, the backpack measures 19.7 X 12.6 X 7.9 inchesRead More…


“Carry an Education” in a Stone + Cloth bag

on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, News

When Matthew Clough, the founder of Stone + Cloth, realized the man who guided his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro earned only $1-$2 per day, he knew Benson didn’t earn enough to send his children to school.  Matthew realized how lucky he was to have been born with the privileges he had, and he wanted to do somethingRead More…


Everki Versa Premium Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack review

on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews

Because I am a doddering, forgetful fool, I finally realized that to avoid forgetting any item or its accessory, I need to carry everything with me. And I mean everything. iPhones, iPods, iPad, earphones and headphones (I AM a reviewer, after all) and all the junk that has to go with this stuff. It canRead More…


SLAPPA Velocity SPYDER PRO laptop backpack, Green Manalishi padded 15.4″ sleeve, and Damask black padded 10″ sleeve review

on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

This review covers three bags from SLAPPA – the Velocity SPYDER PRO 15.4″ laptop backpack, the Manalishi 15.4″ laptop sleeve, and the Damask 10″ sleeve. They are a representative sample of the wide range of styles and sizes SLAPPA offers. The 15.4″ sleeve isn’t too distinctive, but the other two show SLAPPA’s focus on unique stylingRead More…


Nomadic Wise-Walker CB-01 backpack review

on Saturday, November 10th, 2012
Posted in: Bags, Reviews

“A place for everything and everything in its place” – Samuel Smiles, Isabella Beeton, Benjamin Franklin? Isn’t coincidence a funny thing?  My wife had to go on a work trip for a few weeks and asked if we had a small backpack she could use while she was away.  Now I’m a messenger sort ofRead More…


Saddleback Leather Company is going soft with their new Simple Backpack

on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Posted in: Bags, News

We’ve reviewed quite a few Saddleback Leather Company bags over the years. Known for their durability and last forever construction, Saddleback bags have never been considered soft and comfy. At least till now. Their new Simple Backpack features lighter weight softer leather and is currently available in a 14″ size with a 17″ size availableRead More…