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.

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, …

The Bellroy Apex backpack is some next level design thinking Read More

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 …

PowerDot 2.0 Smart Muscle Stimulator review Read More

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 …

Timbuk2 Lane Commuter Backpack review Read More

The Topo Designs Rover Pack, All Grown Up

NEWS – Topo Designs has around since 2008, making supremely functional bags & accessories with a distinctive outdoorsey vibe. The Commuter Briefcase (which I reviewed here) is still in my regular work rotation, as is their iconic Rover Pack… which is now the subject of a full lineup based on the original design. The original …

The Topo Designs Rover Pack, All Grown Up Read More

FEED ME! Saddleback Leather introduces the Big Mouth Leather Duffle Bag to consume all of your things!

NEWS – Remember doctor’s bags? Those old-school leather beasties with the big opening? I have my dad’s bag from years ago, and Saddleback Leather has brought back that wide-mouthed design in a series of bags over the past couple of years. Today they announced the introduction of the Big Mouth Duffle to add to the …

FEED ME! Saddleback Leather introduces the Big Mouth Leather Duffle Bag to consume all of your things! Read More

T2 Iso-Trainer workout equipment review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – So you want to get fit, eh? The T2 Iso-Trainer is a product that sets some high expectations as a single total body fitness solution. It’s based on isokinetic training principles where you provide the resistance, but it also combines elements of resistance bands and suspension trainers for a complete workout in …

T2 Iso-Trainer workout equipment review Read More

ThinkNoo Nutrient-Enhanced Coffee review

REVIEW – Unlock your coffee’s potential! That’s the mission of ThinkNoo with their line of instant coffees, which are enhanced with nutrients to give you energy and focus without the caffeine jitters. Do they deliver the goods? Let’s drink! What is it? They are instant coffee drinks that are nutrient enhanced to provide all-day energy …

ThinkNoo Nutrient-Enhanced Coffee review Read More

Tom Bihn’s new Icon Messenger is for carrying all of your essential things

NEWS – You may have missed this one over the holidays, but Tom Bihn released a whole bunch of new stuff in December. I’m particularly interested in the Icon Messenger, which is Tom Bihn’s first all-new messenger-style design in quite a while. With a 7.2 liter capacity, the Icon is a shoulder/crossbody bag sized up …

Tom Bihn’s new Icon Messenger is for carrying all of your essential things Read More

ZAVOR Duo Pressure Cooker review

REVIEW – The holidays mean lots of cooking at Bob’s house, and I’ve got a new toy to play with! I’m been putting the ZAVOR Duo Pressure Cooker to the test for weeknight meals, parties, and family gatherings over the past month. How does it handle the daily culinary adventures? Bring your fork and spoon. …

ZAVOR Duo Pressure Cooker review Read More

Moshi QuickDuo Car Charger review

  REVIEW – Can you ever really have enough charging ports in your car? The Moshi QuikDuo Car Charger adds a USB-C and USB-A port in one adaptor that pops into your auxiliary power outlet. Simple and effective. Let’s check it out! What is it? It’s a USB-C and USB-A charger for your car. Hardware …

Moshi QuickDuo Car Charger review Read More