Bob Patterson

I'm a digital marketer and an illustrator with a passion for user experience. I constantly dabble in gadgets and technology, with a particular interest in bags & EDC products, cooking, and creative tools. I'm also an old school punk rock guy and a rabid fan of sci-fi and fantasy genres... I have the Yoda tattoo to prove it.

Wolf Gourmet Precision Electric Griddle review

REVIEW – Step into Bob’s test kitchen! We’re testing the Wolf Precision Electric Griddle, a premium-level appliance that does all the griddly things. Grilling, searing, sauteeing, steaming… pick your method! Read on for more, my friends. Tonight we feast! To the review! Hardware specs 17″ by 17.63″ by 8″ 21 pounds 12″ by 17″ cooking …

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The new Saddleback Leather backpack design has a big mouth (or two) to carry all of the things!

NEWS – So this is an exciting bit of news if you’re a fan of leather products, especially Saddleback Leather products. They’ve been teasing this one recently, and now the Big Mouth Leather Backpack is available for purchase! Why is it a big deal? It’s all about that classic Gladstone-style closure system. As opposed to …

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Sensate Meditation Device review

REVIEW – What the heck is Bob up to? Finding his inner balance, that’s what! We’re testing the Sensate meditation device, which claims that it’s combination of proprietary “near infrasonic” technology and immersive soundscapes help reduce anxiety, improve physical well-being, and promote calm. Does it work? Let’s find out! What is it? It’s a device …

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ANKOMN 2-in-1 Smart Coffee Measuring Scoop review

REVIEW – Coffee is life, and I love a good coffee gadget! I’m testing the ANKOMN 2-in-1 Smart Coffee Measuring Scoop, a clever little accessory that makes my morning routine *just* a bit easier. Plus it matches my new favorite mug! Hey! Ho! Let’s go… to the review! What is it? It’s a coffee scoop …

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Marlondo Leather Mousepad and Cord Keepers review

REVIEW – Here’s a little something to add some class to your workspace! I got my hands on some accessories from Marlondo Leather that I’ve been using for the past month as part of my work-from-home setup. Lovely full grain leather that’s super functional to boot! To the review! What is it? The mousepad is, …

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ChargeHub PowerStation 360 10-Device Surge Protector Power Strip review

REVIEW – With work from home becoming the new normal, my wife has established base camp in our dining room for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, the ChargeHub PowerStation 360 arrived just in time! This power strip & surge protector uses a unique wheel design that provides plenty of ports for all of her gear. Shelter …

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Bag makers are switching things up to help with the Coronavirus crisis

NEWS – I don’t need to tell you that things are tough right now. Some of our favorite bag makers have been not only adapting to the difficult times, but they’re also doing what they can to help out the community at-large during this crisis. Defy Bags is a small Chicago-based shop that specializes in …

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Crossrope Weighted Jump Ropes review

REVIEW – Yup. That’s me… jumping rope for the first time in 30 years! The Crossrope is a jump rope system that combines excellent design, different levels of weighted ropes, and a fantastic app to satisfy experienced jumpers and newbies like me. How does it work? Let’s jump into the review! What is it? It’s …

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The Bellroy Apex backpack is some next level design thinking

NEWS – Our friends at Bellroy are constantly pushing the envelope in bag design. Their latest creation, the Apex Backpack, looks absolutely brilliant. It’s got that’s tightly composed, upscale profile we see in all of Bellroy’s bags. And then you open it up to this: How cool is that? This design is all about accessibility, …

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PowerDot 2.0 Smart Muscle Stimulator review

REVIEW – Electric muscle stimulator (EMS) devices make a lot of promises about helping your performance, improving recovery, and eliminating aches and pains. For this review, I’m putting the PowerDot 2.0 Smart Muscle Stimulator to the test. Let’s see how this fancy technology works. To the review! What is it? It’s a device that uses …

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Timbuk2 Lane Commuter Backpack review

REVIEW – No wet laptops! That’s what Timbuk2 is promising this season, and I’ve got several bags from their new lineup to check out. Today we’re looking at the Lane Commuter Backpack, a smaller daypack built for style and protection from the elements. To the review! What is it? It’s a slim daypack built for …

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