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.

A new tech-oriented backpack from Mission Workshop

With innovative, modern designs and bomb-proof construction, Mission workshop gets a lot of well-deserved love from cyclists and bag enthusiasts around the world. While most of their designs are geared (pardon the pun) towards multi-purpose use, I’m particularly excited about their newest release because it’s designed specifically for the tech-heavy user. 

Bellroy Duo Totepack review

Hailing from Australia, the folks at Bellroy have built a reputation for their sophisticated, minimalist wallet & accessory designs. This fall, they’re introducing their first work bags and backpacks. We’ve got our hands on the Duo Totepack, and it’s a beauty. Let’s check it out!

The VW Microbus is (officially) coming back!

After years of rumors and speculation, it’s now official: Volkswagen has announced that the Microbus is coming back! While the new edition clearly pays homage to the funky style of the original icon, it’s a completely new and award-winning design that emphasizes versatility and the latest in integrated technologies. It will also be an all-electric …

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Harness the power of the Dark Side to vacuum your living room!

I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of dust bunnies under my couch cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced…  Just in time for holiday shopping, Samsung brings us their POWERbot robot vacuum in a limited edition Star Wars theme! Available in either a Darth Vader or Stormtrooper design, the …

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Bellroy introduces a sharp looking set of cases for Google Pixel products

I’m a big fan of the refined & sophisticated style that Bellroy brings to their carry designs. I’m currently testing one of their new bag designs for an upcoming review, and it’s fantastic. If you’re a user of Pixel products, their new collaboration with Google is well worth a look. The Pixel 2 case is …

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Alpine Division 2017 McKenzie Backpack review: Quality on a budget

A simple, well-designed backpack can be a thing of beauty. When we reviewed the Alpine Division McKenzie backpack in 2016, we liked it quite a bit. The new 2017 edition is even better, with improvements to the design and materials that enhance the usability and durability of this simple, functional backpack. There are also ducks. …

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The Pocket Shot Jr. Slingshot review

You’re familiar with the classic slingshot design, right? Well, the gang at Pocket Shot has tossed that out the window, reimagining the slingshot concept with a completely new form factor. We’ve got the mini-sized version of their product, the Pocket Shot Jr., for testing. I also recruited a pair of teenagers to help with testing. …

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SOLO New York Crosby Backpack review

You’re probably familiar with SOLO New York bags, manufacturers of wallet-friendly carry gear typically found in the “bags ‘n accessories”  section of your local big-box electronics or office supply retailer. For this review, I’m testing the Crosby Backpack, targeted at the professional business user.  Yes, the Crosby is a budget bag. But you know what? …

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Tom Bihn Stowaway and accessories review

Tom Bihn is a legend in the carry community with a reputation for creating well-designed, impeccably constructed bags and accessories. The Stowaway is the latest creation in the Tom Bihn lineup. It’s designed as a feature-rich, compact personal carry-on that will fit under an airline seat while giving you plenty of room for your stuff. …

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Archeer Portable Bluetooth Speaker review

There are lots of cheap Bluetooth speakers out there that get the job done. Style does matter, however, and there are times when you also want something that also looks good. If that’s your thing, the Archeer Portable Bluetooth Speaker is worth your consideration. Not only does it look good, but it performs really well …

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Tsumbay Car Mount, HUD Simulating Design Car Phone Holder review

Sometimes you find a product that fulfills a simple need and does so very well. The Tsumbay Car Mount is one of those products. It has one mission: to mount your smartphone as a heads-up display, so that use your favorite navigation app in a way that promotes safer driving. It’s a simple gadget, but …

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