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Waterfield Design Sling

on Friday, May 4th, 2007
Posted in: Gear

For the past 8 months, my everyday gear bag of choice has been a custom Bagaboo messenger bag. That bag ended a long personal quest for the perfect bag… That is until I saw Waterfield Design’s latest creation, the Sling. Actually, I didn’t really pay much attention to the Sling when I first saw it show up on Waterfield’s site. Then they contacted me to ask if I would like to review it. I said sure, but still was not totally excited about it. Then it arrived and my mind instantly changed.

Victorinox Travel Companion 2-Way Carry Horizontal Tote

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Monday, March 12th, 2007
Posted in: Gear

Ah… bags. Yes, it’s an addiction. Got a million of them in the attic, many gathering dust. I buy them, use them, find something better and then move on. My requirements for a gadget bag are simple: lots of pockets and/or compartments, have rough dimensions of 10-12 inches long, 7-8 inches tall and 4-6 inches deep. The CityWalker and Europa Field bags are both excellent examples of the kind of bag I love. I use the Europa to tote my Fujitsu P1510D laptop to work every day, but for my travels this year I decided on a new bag. A beautiful, black and compartmentalized bag from Victorinox called the Travel Companion Horizontal Tote.

Abbi New York Jade Laptop / Messenger Bag

on Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Posted in: Gear, Laptops and Gear

Canvas, Cordura, Leather, Silk?

No, there is nothing wrong with your RSS feed, you are reading a review on silk gear bag. Yes, it is indeed possible to have a practical bag made of silk.

Tom Bihn Cafe Bag

on Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
Posted in: Gear

Whoo hoo, it’s time for another gear bag review! Yay! Yes, there really is cause for excitement this time. Why? Because I think that I’ve finally found my around-town / out-for-lunch gear bag! I’ve been searching for the perfect small bag that I can stow inside my everyday bag (right now that is a custom Bagaboo messenger bag) and then take with me when I go to lunch. My criteria has been a bag to carry my wallet, phone, a pen, sunglasses and a few other things as necessary. My quest has brought me to the Tom Bihn Cafe Bag.

Vaja 15″ Messenger Bag

on Thursday, October 26th, 2006
Posted in: Gear

At least once or twice throughout the years, I have mentioned to John Hindaly of Vaja that it would be fantastic if they would consider adding a line of gear bags. All this time, I’ve been waiting patiently for them to create one of their masterpieces… I’m happy to say that my (and your) wait is now over. Vaja has just announced 3 new gear bags. A 15″ wide messenger, a 15″ vertical messenger and a slim messenger bag. They sent me the 15″ vertical messenger bag tonight. I’m honored that Vaja chose The Gadgeteer as the first review site that they’ve sent a sample to!

Zitteli Z Messenger Bag

on Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
Posted in: Gear, Laptops and Gear

You guys probably know by now that I’ve turned into a messenger bag junkie. It’s not like I need to be admitted into a 12 step program for this addiction, but I can’t help but want to try every mess bag that I can get my hands on. The latest one in my possession is the Z Messenger from Zitteli.

Ellington Leather Europa Field Bag

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Thursday, September 7th, 2006
Posted in: Gear

Women seem to be able to wear men’s clothing without catching any flak about it, but men…just try on that blouse and see what happens. Ouch. This is true as well of bags…women can walk around with a briefcase, and kiss other women, and nothing could be seen as further from normal. Let a man walk around with a women’s purse, though…and we won’t even continue the parallel metaphor, and you could wind up being beaten up and left to die on the pavement.

Tom Bihn Imago Bag and Accessories

on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
Posted in: Gear

The concept of Yin and Yang has been around for centuries. A simple
definition would be that “Yin and Yang” is a term used to describe
interdependent opposites, such as male and female, light and dark,
or hot and cold. The Tom Bihn Imago marks the first time I have
seen this principle of complimentary opposites used to describe a
messenger bag…well, one that didn’t have the well known black and
white symbol plastered to its front, anyway. And yet, there is a
very good reason for the company to have chosen Yin and Yang to
describe their new bags.

Tom Bihn Aeronaut Maximum Carry On Bag & Accessories

on Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
Posted in: Gear

When Darcy, the VP of Marketing at Tom Bihn, wrote asking if I
would like to take a look at their new Aeronaut Maximum Carry On
Bag, her offer couldn’t have come at a better time. My family was
in the process of getting ready for our California vacation, and I
was in the midst of a bag quandary. I was planning on bringing the
usual heavy load of travel electronics, along with a Fuji laptop
and my new (and as yet mostly unconfigured) DualCor cPC. As I
started gathering all of my gear together, it was quickly becoming
obvious that my regular bag was not going to comfortably handle the
oversized load.

Bagaboo Messenger Bags

on Monday, August 14th, 2006
Posted in: Gear

My daily gear bag for the past 9 months has been a Timbuk2 messenger bag that I designed using their Bag in a Box kit. This is the bag that actually turned me on to messenger style bags in the first place. Even though I’ve been happy with the Timbuk2 for quite a while now, I still find that I’m always on the lookout for one that has more pockets, better features, materials etc. Guess what? The Timbuk2 is going bye-bye because I recently discovered Bagaboo Bags.

Ducti High Voltage Messenger Bag

on Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
Posted in: Gear

Ok boys and girls, gather round because it’s time for another gear bag review! I am a total gear bag freak, so I never tire of trying new ones. The latest one to grace my shoulder is the Ducti High Voltage Messenger Bag. If you’ve not heard of Ducti, they are the same company that brought you the now famous duct tape wallets. The High Voltage Messenger Bag isn’t made of duct tape though, it’s a multi-pocketed canvas bag with an urban style.

Civilian Lab Business Class LT Harness System Bag

By: Sam Brewczynski
on Monday, May 15th, 2006
Posted in: Gear, Wallets

I have always loved pockets. At six, I swore off jeans as their pockets couldn’t hold the quantity of stuff that I wanted. Although I have since taken jeans back up, albeit after a decade long protest, I continue to be fascinated with ever better means of storage. Not long ago I stumbled upon the Read More…

Maxpedition Thermite Versipack Gear Bag

By: Kerry Woo
on Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous

Being a gadgeteer, we all know too well the dilemma of not having a third hand to carry the numerous gadgets we simply must not leave home without. Some of us barely get by not forgetting our wallet, glasses, watch and car keys. We must have our cell phone, iPod, PDA, all of the latest Read More…

Mobile Edge Geneva Tote Laptop Bag

on Friday, April 28th, 2006

If I were looking for a casual backpack or messenger-style laptop bag, the selection would seem endless. With a budget of $100 I could have my pick of fabrics, sizes, pocket types; a near endless sea of options. But if I needed a laptop bag that would look good when I was wearing high heels Read More…

MEDIUM Design Group Deployment Messenger Bag

on Friday, April 7th, 2006

It’s no secret that I love items with a slight militaristic flavor, and it is common knowledge that olive green is one of my favorite clothing colors. That’s why when it was offered, I was eager to review the perfectly colored and fabulously styled MEDIUM Design Group Deployment Messenger Bag. At first glance, the Deployment Read More…

Chums Sherpa Contoured Carry-All Bag

on Friday, February 24th, 2006
Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous

A couple of years ago I was flipping through one of the catalogs I regularly receive, and I saw a backpack that was made out of an Asian-motif silk brocade. The bag was pretty, feminine, had lots of pockets – and had it not actually been a diaper bag complete with changing pad, I might Read More…

Lowepro D-Res 240AW Gear Bag

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Friday, February 17th, 2006
Posted in: Gear

Yeah, yeah, another gear bag review. Well, every gadgeteer must also be a bagateer as well! How else do we carry those wondrous bits of technology around with us on a daily basis? I have gone through an amazing number of bags in the search for the perfect bag to take my gadgets storm-chasing with Read More…

Crumpler Status Belly Bag

on Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous

Not long ago, Julie and I were looking at the Crumpler site, each with a different bag in mind. In my ongoing search for the "end-all be-all hold-all" gearbag, I was looking for something with lots of pockets that could organize my stuff neatly on overnight or weekend trips. Julie was still caught up in Read More…

RoadWired Skooba Satchel

on Friday, December 16th, 2005
Posted in: Gear, Laptops and Gear

One of the first things that happened after walking into Seattle’s Edgewater Inn for Mobius 2005, was that I ran into Jason Dunn from Thoughts Media at the check-in desk. "Nice Skooba," he said as he pointed to the model he was wearing and then pointed to mine, "I bought the same one for my Read More…

Bumbakpaks Urbanomic Hamptons Bag

on Friday, November 11th, 2005
Posted in: Gear

You’ve got to love a bag from a company named Bumbakpaks. Come on, it’s just fun to say. Bumbakpaks, bumbakpaks, bumbakpaks. Ok, now that I have that out of my system, I can tell you about their Urbanomic Hamptons Chocotango bag which the company refers to as a messenger bag. But to me it looks Read More…

Timbuk2 City Guide Bag

on Friday, November 11th, 2005
Posted in: Gear

If you’re light on gear and in need of a medium sized bag to tote your stuff around town, the City Guide shoulder bag from Timbuk2 might be just the one for you. This 12 x 15.5 x 4.5 inch bag has an exterior which is constructed of ballistic nylon, and is available in 4 Read More…

Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack

on Thursday, November 10th, 2005
Posted in: Gear

A couple of days ago I reviewed the rugged Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack, which I have been using as my casual gearbag. Quite a few of our readers either wrote me personally or posted in the Fatboy’s forum saying that they had been looking for such a bag – but they needed one that was a Read More…

Chrome Citizen Messenger Bag

on Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
Posted in: Gear

Since reviewing the Timbuk2 Bag In A Box messenger bag, I’ve come to the conclusion that messenger bags are my gear bag style of choice these days. As such, I’ve been trying to find other brands to try out. Today I’m going to take a close look at the Citizen messenger bag from Chrome. Like Read More…

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack

on Monday, November 7th, 2005
Posted in: Gear

Have you ever noticed how certain styles may go in and out of vogue, but there are others that will always be popular because they are as versatile as they are good-looking? Take military inspired clothing for instance. Back in 1983, when I was a high school sophomore, one of my girlfriends had a sister Read More…

Timbuk2 Bag In A Box

on Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
Posted in: Gear

It doesn’t matter if you call it a gear bag, a carry all, a man purse, or a satchel; finding your perfect bag seems to be a personal quest without an end. I speak from experience as I’ve been on such a quest for the past 20 years or so. It always seems like the Read More…