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.

AUKEY Omnia Mini 20W USB C charger review

REVIEW – We’re always looking for chargers, right? Especially with all those new USB C compatible gadgets coming out! The AUKEY Omnia Mini 20W USB C Charger fits the bill perfectly and does it well in a tight little package as you can see from the pic above. To the review! What is it? It’s …

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Amazfit Band 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review

REVIEW – The Amazfit Band 5 Smartwatch is a wellness-oriented solution that provides 24 hour monitoring of your biometrics for overall health… even when you sleep! This thing is chock full of features, (including typical smartphone stuff) and I’ll try to cover as many of them as I can. Let’s get busy! What is it? …

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Coumi wireless active noise canceling earbuds review

REVIEW – The Coumi Wireless Earbuds are intended for active lifestyles. A rugged design, snug fit, and IPX7 waterproofing (along with active noise canceling) check all the right boxes. How do they work when you’re doing the work? Fire up the music and podcasts. To the review! What is it? They’re wireless earbuds that come …

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Trakke wants to add some Whisky to your carry with their new collection!

NEWS – Trakke gets a lot of well-deserved love in the everyday carry world. Specializing in waxed canvas products, this Scottish bag maker has a reputation for award-winning designs, handmade quality, and superb craftsmanship. Their latest collection pays homage to another Scottish treasure: Whisky. Trakke has always been about clean functional designs that showcase a …

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Saddleback Leather introduces a big, beautiful leather cover for your big, beautiful notebook

NEWS – Saddleback Leather keeps the new goodies coming faster than I can keep up with them! We’ve seen new style big and small backpacks, a new briefcase, and even a phone stand in recent weeks. The latest addition is in the small carry category, specifically a large version of their leather notebook covers . …

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The Bento Bag by Rickshaw Bagworks: your essential EDC, personalized

NEWS – Sometimes you just don’t need a big ol’ bag for all of your stuff. That’s where the Bento Bag from Rickshaw Bagworks comes in. This tight little design is all about maximizing the space for your EDC with modular compartmentalization. If you’re an artist, a carry minimalist, or you just carry more stuff …

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Calling all adventurers! Customize your character miniatures at Hero Forge… and now you can add color!

NEWS – This one is for my fellow role playing game aficionados out there (I’m a Dungeons and Dragons guy myself). You may already know about how you can use Hero Forge to create completely custom miniatures that they’ll print for you in a variety of materials. But they recently upgraded their service, and now …

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Saddleback Leather’s new bag is ready for your next case with special introductory pricing if you act fast!

NEWS – Saddleback Leather just introduced a big, beautiful leather monster. Meet the Barrister’s Briefcase, Saddleback’s biggest (and most expensive) briefcase yet. The Barrister’s Briefcase is a seriously professional package for those that carry their whole office wherever they go. The Gladstone-style clamshell opening gives you wide-open access to the contents and stays open when …

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NutSac goes premium with a new all-leather sathchel

NEWS – Name-induced giggles aside, the folks at Nutsac have a reputation for building beautiful & functional EDC bags that are 100% sourced and manufactured in the USA. High quality leather components have always been a part of the brand, but their latest release is their first foray into premium all-leather goodness. Behold the Jones …

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Artisan Revere Paring Knife review

REVIEW – Friends, the last pepper from my summer garden is about to be sacrificed. We’re testing Artisan Revere’s new Paring Knife, a companion to their superb Chef’s Knife that I reviewed last year. Oh sweet pepper… we barely knew ye. To the review! What is it? It’s a paring knife hand made in the …

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Get a boxing coach in your living room with the Move It Swift Smart Boxing Gloves!

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Move It Fitness makes app-enabled exercise devices including the Move It Smart Punching Bag that I reviewed in June of last year. Their latest product quite literally puts the training technology in your hands. The Move It Swift Smart Boxing Gloves start with a well-designed pair of sturdy boxing gloves, made with …

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SKL Resistance Bands Exercise Set review

REVIEW – Being stuck in quarantine doesn’t mean that you can’t work out! The SKL Resistance Bands Exercise Set provides a full compliment of gear in addition to the bands that enable you to get a full workout in your home or apartment. They also provide a variety of resistance levels that will meet your …

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Rocketbook Panda Planner review

REVIEW – Get yourself together! I’ve reviewed the Rocketbook before, and I’m a big fan of the way it integrates traditional note taking with cloud-based document management and distribution. In this review I’m looking at a new product from the Rocketbook folks that leverages the Panda Planner system to help you manage both your personal …

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Wotancraft PILOT Camera Messenger Bag review

REVIEW – Vintage style combined with superb functionality. That’s what Wotancraft is all about, and I’m seeing plenty of both in the Pilot Camera Messenger Bag. This little guy is a solid multitasker that will appeal to both photographer and the daily carry crowd without compromises. It looks good, too! We’ve got a lot of …

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