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I am a big fan of laptop/gear bags, and I'm always searching for a bag that not only will protect my equipment from everyday bumps, but also hold everything that I like to carry with me.  I was very happy when Julie was kind enough to assign me the Checkthrough Security Brief by Skooba Design. [...]

Posted in: Bags, Laptops and Gear, Reviews
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Kenton Sorenson designs simple, elegant leather goods in his Wisconsin studio.  His pieces are made from salt-cured, vegetable-tanned leathers from "unbranded male cattle hides raised by American ranchers - a type less than 1% of all available hides."  Each piece is "cut, oiled, conditioned with beeswax, and hand stitched using a heavy thread prior to [...]

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STM Vertical Medium Laptop Bag 1

STM, an Australian company that makes very nice bags, has been featured here before. This time, I get to review one of their full-sized laptop bags- the medium-sized, vertical shoulder bag. It's a great looking bag and I could not wait to try it out! When I look for a bag, I want something that [...]

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When you are going through airport security, what's the most important thing?  I mean, aside from making sure your socks don't have holes in them, that is.  You want to get through it fast, right?  And it sure is a hassle having to remove your laptop from its bag and then put it back in [...]

Posted in: Laptops and Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
skooba-messenger2

As soon as I opened the Skooba box I fell in love with the color of my bag! I know that sounds like a girl thing but let's face it-I'm a girl! If you want something that sounds like a guy thing, how about my 80 year old father who said- "It has lots of [...]

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All the gear I can fit in this bag!

As you all know, I have been searching for the ultimate gear bag for years.  I posted a glowing review of the Duluth Traders Fire Hose Field Bag just a few weeks ago, and that was the best bag I had seen.  I bought an Asus eeePC 900HA (one of the last available 9” netbooks) [...]

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saddlebackleather-pouch-1

My reviews of Saddleback Leather Company bags have proved to be very popular on The Gadgeteer.com. Many of our readers who have gone on to purchase their products have written back to let us know that they have been more than happy with them. Today I wanted to do a quick review of one of [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, Gear, Reviews
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Do you have problems with your laptop and gear bags holding up to all of the every day wear and tear that you subject them to? The Saddleback Leather Company makes gear bags that are super rugged and are built to last a lifetime. To back that up, they offer a 100 year warranty on [...]

Posted in: Gear
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It's no secret that I'm not a girly girl. Give me some old jeans, a tshirt and a pair of sneakers and I'm perfectly comfy. Same goes for my gear bags. I don't want a froo-froo bag with flowers or Hello Kitty on it. I like like simple unassuming bags that don't look too shiny [...]

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I remember as a kid traveling with my parents (aka, back in the day) when there was no security at the airport or during college being able to say goodbye to my girlfriend at the gate. But sadly those days are forever gone.... Today, we have painfully long lines to get through security where you [...]

Posted in: Laptops and Gear, Travel Gear

For the past seven years, I've been using the same messenger bag as a laptop bag. I got it for free at a conference, and by the end of those seven years, it looked like they should have paid me to take it. So, when the opportunity arose to review the re-designed version of the Tom Bihn Empire Builder bag, I jumped at the chance.

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My Dell laptop backpack has seen better days. There are several places where the material has frayed and it seems like it gets worse with each passing day. That is why I jumped at the opportunity to review a new bag.

Mobile Edge has put together a line of Alienware branded bags. This review covers the Mobile Edge Alienware Odyssey Messenger Bag. Although my current bag is a backpack, I actually prefer the messenger style of bag in terms of look, accessibility and comfort.

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Anyone else out there ever had a secret fantasy about wanting to be like Indiana Jones?
Come on, I can't be the only one. I remember the original movie and falling in love with the
character. Traveling to exotic locations, searching for treasures, yeah, that's me in a nutshell!
Ok, not quite... But I do live in Indiana and... ok, the similarity ends there. Or it did till now.
Now I am one step closer to fulfilling that fantasy because I have an Explorer's Satchel from
Saddleback Leather Company.

Posted in: Bags, Gear, Reviews

Mobile Edge carries a nice selection of gear and laptop bags for both men and women. They recently sent me their Mini Messenger, which I've been using for a few days now to see how well it performs as an everyday bag for this gadgeteer. Let's see how it stood up...

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Last October I received a pile of cases and accessories from Tom Bihn. Over the years I’d reviewed several Tom Bihn products, all bought with my own hard earned cash - no review samples. Tom Bihn’s products are very good value I think, but a little expensive. When reviewing a case that represents days of toil in your day job, even the most tolerant of reviewers is likely to be a little more harsh. Tom Bihn’s stuff has always come out shining - not perfect, but always well worth the money.

Posted in: Gear, Travel Gear

Back in 2002 I wrote my first ever gear review for The Gadgeteer. I reviewed the Tom Bihn Empire Builder after buying it as protection for my Titanium G4 Powerbook. I was really happy with the case, and still am.

Posted in: Gear, Laptops and Gear

Messenger bags are my favorite style of gear bag to carry. I like them best because they usually have one large compartment that I can dump all kinds of gear into. I also like that they are typically designed to sit flat on the floor or desk, instead of flopping over. if you're looking for a messenger bag that has ample storage, but with a small price tag, you might want to check into the Drift messenger bag from Ice Red Designs. I had reviewed their UNI cargo tote bag a few months ago, and found it to be a good value for the money. Let's see if their messenger bag is a good buy too.

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Looking for an inexpensive bag for your laptop that is geared towards women and doesn't really look like a laptop bag? How about the Ice Red UNI Cargo Laptop Tote bag.

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I am regularly out in the middle of nowhere for work or camping with the family. Being the tech-toy junkie that I am, I bring a wide range of devices with me wherever I go. The Maxpedition COLOSSUS Versipack is an ideal bag for consolidating and protecting them in the wild. The COLOSSUS is the largest bag in the Versipack series.

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I love leather gear bags. Not the froo-froo kind though. I'm talking about the more rugged style of leather bags. The kind that Indiana Jones might appreciate if he was a real person. The kind of bag that might be able to tell stories if it could talk. The kind of bag that isn't made on an assembly line, but in a more personal setting. Bags from the Saddleback Leather Company of Texas fit this criteria and according to owner Dave Munson, these are the kind of bags that your grandkids will fight over when you're dead. Sounds good enough to me, let's take a closer look...

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