Messenger bag

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Are you always on the lookout for the the perfect iPad carrying bag, like me? Something that is not so small that I can't put my accessories in but not so big that I feel like I am toting a suitcase around. The Kato tablet + netbook mini-messenger from Hazard 4 may just fit that [...]

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avallone-city-messenger

Avallone says their sophisticated City Messenger bags are for men, but I don't see why women wouldn't like them, too.  These bags are certainly not the distressed leather bags often marketed for men.  They are made of Italian Nappa leather with cow suede accents and silver-colored metal hardware.  The bag measures 13.5" X 10" X [...]

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Serbag 1

From the days of high school, through community college, til the end of college and when  I got my first real job after graduating college, I was an avid fan of the backpack. Not too much these days though... At my current job,  a backpack just doesn't feel professional enough for me.  Who am I kidding? [...]

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levenger-staff-bag

If you're looking for a sturdy gear bag with the quality Levenger is famous for, but you want to spend under $50, you're in luck this week.  The Staff Bag is made of durable, gray, washed canvas with black glove leather trim and nickel hardware.  It measures 13.15" wide x 4 .15" deep x 11.75" [...]

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rickshaw-halozero

Messenger bags are my favorite style of gear bags. I carry one every day and am constantly on the look out for new brands and new ideas to make this style of bag even better than it already is. Enter the HALO ZERO, a Kickstarter project by the HALO Belt Company in collaboration with Rickshaw Bags. "We wanted to design [...]

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seagull-5

Messenger bags are my favorite style of gear bag. I have enjoyed carrying a Timbuk2 Laptop messenger bag for years. Even though I love it, I often think of ways I would improve it if given the chance. Because of that fact I'm always on the look out for other bags that tick all the [...]

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slappa-transit-13

My favorite type of gear bag is the messenger style bag. I like the shape, the fact that it can sit upright instead of flopping over like some bags, and that it can hold a lot of stuff. So, what's better than a messenger bag? A messenger bag that has interchangeable flaps so you don't [...]

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altego-channel-stitched-ruby-slipcase-1

If you don't need a laptop bag that's big enough to live out of, you could just use a simple laptop sleeve.  If you'd like a smaller laptop bag that still has some room for your phone, an external drive, cables, chargers, and just a few other things, you might like the 15" Laptop Slipcase [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Laptops and Gear, Reviews
timbuk2-shark-messenger-bag

It's August, and Timbuk2 is bringing back their limited-edition Shark Messenger Bag again.  This messenger bag has a waterproof, 100% polyurethane faux leather exterior that looks a bit like shark skin.  The exterior is gray with an iridescent "glow".  The interior is lined with waterproof TPU that's been printed with a shark design.  The bag [...]

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Mattt

After finding BOGear and Haul, both Australian made bag manufacturers, here's another one. :)  mattt bags is based in central Melbourne, Victoria, and they make a range of backpacks, shoulderbags, and sleeves that are all handmade locally. The bags are made from sustainable materials, and there's quite a range of different prints that you can get [...]

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Hate having to take your messenger off just to take your jacket off? Acronym is a German-based company who makes a pretty funky range of technical bags, pants and jackets.  The E-J23 shown above allows you to remove your jacket without taking your messenger bag off. Other jackets  are "a hybrid of vintage Japanese kimono and modern [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear
travelon-anti-theft-messenger

The Anti-Theft React Messenger Bag from Travelon has a padded section to hold a laptop, an organizer panel with room for a tablet, pens, and phone, and still has room for some papers, clothing, or other personal items inside.  There's a zippered pocket on the front flap, a grab handle, and a shoulder strap.  The [...]

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BOGear Final Bind

Made in Australia, Made in the USA, Made in the UK. It's getting harder and harder to find products with these labels on them these days with outsourcing offshore so prevalent due to cheaper labour costs in, particularly, South East Asian countries. It's always nice to find a product that's still made locally, employs local people, [...]

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Bogbag

I love finding gear that's still designed and manufactured in Australian, as so much of it has been outsourced overseas. Brisbane Outdoor Gear (BOGear) from Queensland's line-up certainly fits that criteria.  They're made out of local materials where available and using reclaimed materials such as PVC billboards, and they even try to use recycled products for the patterns used in [...]

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Haul Foreman – Rubbery Bag

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Australian Company Haul specialises in making bags, cases and accessories from recycled products like billboard vinyl and number plates.  Their Foreman is made from recycled truck tyres, seat belt webbing and recycled denim.  Capable of taking a 15" laptop and A4 folders, the bag is 38 x31x12 cm.  The rubber is not affected by water or weather [...]

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Bagjack NXL

When I think messenger bags, Berlin isn't the first city in the world that comes to mind but  Bagjack has been locally producing handmade messenger bags and accessories since 1993. Their 20 litre capacity Messenger NXL (Next Level) is a versatile bag that can be used as a messenger, a briefcase or a backpack (without [...]

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RickshawCommuter2.0_01

Of late, I've had the opportunity to add a few chapters to my continuing saga for the "perfect" gear bag (for me at least), the most recent being an evaluation of the Tom Bihn Cadet.  Being mainly a messenger bag fan(atic), I'd been wondering if there was one out there that could supplant my venerable [...]

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Timbuk2 2012 Update

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I know there's a few Timbuk2 fanatics out there in Gadgeteer land, so here's a quick update of some of the more gadget worthy additions to the Timbuk2 range just released. The revised  D-Lux Laptop Messenger Bondage 2012 has been upgraded  with their new crater superior foam protection with twice the ventiliation. They've also introduced [...]

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rickshawbagworks-moleskinefolio_01

The topic of journaling has come up now and again here at The Gadgeteer, and has been popular of late.  I've been journaling daily for over a year now, and my media of choice is old school: a classic Moleskine notebook and pen.  I typically just toss my Moleskine into my messenger bag so that [...]

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stm-velo

New from STM is their Velo laptop messenger bag.  Packed with lots of organizational features, yet spacious enough to just toss stuff in.  The Velo could be a solid daily commute bag for your laptop, tablet, accessories, jacket, shoes, hat, raincoat, keys, journal, pens, water bottle, lunch, manicure set...  OK, maybe it won't hold ALL [...]

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