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.

Edge of Belgravia Stingray frying pan review

REVIEW – The award-winning designers at Edge of Belgravia are at it again. But this time we’re not looking at knives… we’re looking at cookware! The Stingray nonstick pan is kicking off a new kickstarter campaign this week. I got a pre-launch sample to see if it’s more than just sharp looks. How did it …

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The new Timbuk2 Especial series is made for weathering the storm

NEWS – Rain can be a drag if the wet gets into your gear, but Timbuk2 has you covered. The Especial Messenger was introduced a few years ago for the hardcore bike commuter, and 2019 brings us some new designs to protect your stuff from gnarly weather forecasts. We’ve got three new bags in the …

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Bellroy launches a new luxury leather line, and boy does it look good.

NEWS – When Bellroy goes in on a new product line, they don’t mess around. They started with small carry products that earned a reputation for excellence. When they stepped into bag design, I was blown away innovative designs and build quality. And now Bellroy is exploring leather with the same attention to design and …

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New styles to brighten up your day from the Topo Designs Spring Collection!

NEWS – It’s time to freshen up your gear for the warm weather, and Topo Designs is here to help! They’ve got some new bag design including a lightweight travel pack and a messenger bag (shown in the picture). You’ll find new apparel options for both men & women like shorts, tops, and jackets in …

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MeetIDEA Mechanical Spider and Bluetooth Speaker review

REVIEW – Our Future Robot Overlords have chosen to favor you with this delightful little mechanical horror from MeetIDEA. It’s a robot spider that has a Bluetooth speaker. It’s also an educational toy that can be assembled and disassembled, perfect training for the kiddies in preparation for our dystopian future. Hopefully, the Robot Overlords come …

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Fuse Side Kick Collapsible Laptop Charger Winder quick review

REVIEW – Kickstarter alert! The makers of the Side Winder are at it again, this time with a cable winder that attaches right to your power brick. The Fuse Side Kick is collapsible, compact, and keeps your cable nice and tidy. And if you act fast, you can get in on the Kickstarter before it …

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This Drawstring Leather Backpack may be Saddleback Leather’s simplest (and lightest) design yet!

NEWS – It looks like Saddleback Leather is rolling out a whole new set of backpack designs this month! We just saw the launch of the new Squared Backpack (which you can now pre-order), now joined by the Drawstring Leather Backpack. This particular bag looks to be as simple and practical as it gets in …

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Tom Bihn Shadow Guide Backpack and Accessories review

REVIEW – A few years ago Tom Bihn introduced us to the Guide’s Pack, which was heavy on heritage-inspired looks and loaded with features for the outdoor wanderer. This week we’re looking at the Shadow Guide, which you can think of as it’s city-dwelling cousin. It’s just as rugged and functional, but a bit more …

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Saddleback Leather Boot Leather iPhone Case review

REVIEW – A warm leather hug for your iPhone. That’s what I’m testing this week with Saddleback Leather’s latest phone case design. Forget about plastics, silicone, or rubberized bits… this is 100% leather, and each one is made by hand. To the review! What is it? The name says it all. It’s a handmade leather …

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Saddleback Leather drops a redesigned, lighter version of the Tank Backpack

NEWS – The original backpack by Saddleback Leather earned the nickname “The Tank” due to it’s beefy and nearly indestructible construction. A “Squared” version of the design was later released that introduced some streamlining, but still was pretty weighty. I have stalked this bag for years but was always concerned about the 8 pounds plus …

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Keysmart Urban 21 Commuter Backpack review

REVIEW – They thought of everything. That was my first impression when I started testing the Keysmart Urban 21 Commuter Backpack. If your daily carry involves a lot of travel and tech, this bag has just about every feature you could ask for wrapped up in a slick looking contemporary package. There’s a whole lot …

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Phiaton Curve BT 120 NC Earphones review

REVIEW – Last month we announced the launch of Phiaton’s new active noise cancelling earphones. First impressions were great, and I’ve been testing them ever since in my quest for the perfect earphones for the gym. What have we learned? To the review! What is it? It’s a neckband style pair of Bluetooth earphones that …

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