Tom Bihn Convertible Packing Cube/Backpack Review

In January I reviewed Tom Bihn’s Aeronaut and a gazillion and one little packing cubes, pockets and organizer pouches. As you may have gathered from the review, I was very keen on the packing cubes. Over the last year I’ve used these accessories, in many combinations on every trip I’ve done. I also use them to corral cables in my desk drawer.

Mobile Edge Women’s Express Laptop Backpack Review

I mentioned to Julie a few weeks ago that I’ve been looking for the perfect laptop backpack. Since I started my new job, I’ve been
using the Ice Red Drift messenger bag. Even though it’s
not a laptop bag, it worked pretty well, seeing as my Dell XPS M1330 came with a very nice sleeve. I also really liked this bag. Its
one major problem is that it’s a messenger bag. I sometimes have to make the mile and half trek home from work by foot (mostly when
I lose track of time and miss my last bus home), and a shoulder bag eventually starts to hurt my back and shoulder from the
unbalanced weight. I already have a couple laptop backpacks, but neither were exactly what I want.

Mountainsmith Day Lumbar Pack

As I read Julie’s review of the Timbuk2 messenger bag, I couldn’t help but think of my own choice in gear-hauling. The ‘2’ is a fine bag and the design possibilities are unlimited. I looked at such bags while I was shopping for a new hauler. I knew I didn’t want just a backpack or rucksack; they get tangled on furniture as you walk by and they are too big for everyday carry. I need room for a book, a sweater and a water bottle, not a sleeping bag and a tent.

Tom Bihn Aeronaut, Packing Cubes and Organizer Pouches

Last October I received a pile of cases and accessories from Tom Bihn. Over the years I’d reviewed several Tom Bihn products, all bought with my own hard earned cash – no review samples. Tom Bihn’s products are very good value I think, but a little expensive. When reviewing a case that represents days of toil in your day job, even the most tolerant of reviewers is likely to be a little more harsh. Tom Bihn’s stuff has always come out shining – not perfect, but always well worth the money.

Samsill Microsoft Summit Laptop Backpack

If you saw the Ladies Madison Laptop Tote review, you knew there was a second review coming your way. Samsill graciously sent the tote and the Microsoft Summit Laptop Backpack for my use. For the last 3 months, everyone in the house has used the backpack. My husband and I tried it in multiple environments. He used it at school and for work. I used it to consolidate my purse, diaper bag, and independent contractor equipment into one bag. We split the time using the bag and carried it everywhere we went. Want to know how the Summit Laptop Backpack held up over these months? Keep reading the review!

Saddleback Leather Company Briefcase Review

I love leather gear bags. Not the froo-froo kind though. I’m talking about the more rugged style of leather bags. The kind that Indiana Jones might appreciate if he was a real person. The kind of bag that might be able to tell stories if it could talk. The kind of bag that isn’t made on an assembly line, but in a more personal setting. Bags from the Saddleback Leather Company of Texas fit this criteria and according to owner Dave Munson, these are the kind of bags that your grandkids will fight over when you’re dead. Sounds good enough to me, let’s take a closer look…

Spire Torq Backpack

Cory at Spire USA contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their latest product: The Torq – a laptop backpack. Although I currently use a backpack bag for all my camera gear – the Crumpler Karachi Outpost backpack – and I only have one back, I thought I would give it a try. What could it hurt (aside from my back)?

Crumpler Karachi Outpost Backpack

Sometime back in May or June I decided to try a different approach for my photography business. Rather than the traditional portrait stuff, I decided to see if I could make a nickel selling action shots. So far my little endeavor ( seems to be paying off pretty well. Anyway, getting round to the point, …

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Bumbakpaks Urbanomic Hamptons Bag

You’ve got to love a bag from a company named Bumbakpaks. Come on, it’s just fun to say. Bumbakpaks, bumbakpaks, bumbakpaks. Ok, now that I have that out of my system, I can tell you about their Urbanomic Hamptons Chocotango bag which the company refers to as a messenger bag. But to me it looks …

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The Buzz Sling Bag by Tom Bihn Review

Product Requirements: Daily gear that needs a bag, a smaller sized laptop (up to 11.5″ x 9.5″ x 1.5″ / 290 x 240 x 38mm) One of my favorite gear bag manufacturers is Tom Bihn. This unpretentious and friendly company has a past record for producing some of the best looking, hardest working and longest …

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Spire Volt XL Backpack Review

Introduction About a month ago I received a Volt XL backpack from Cory Barnes at Spire USA. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Spire manufactures a range of backpacks, courier-type bags and protective cases. The Volt is not the first Spire product that I’ve tested; a few years ago I bought one of the first of Spire’s …

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BooqPaq3 Laptop Backpack Review

As you can imagine, Julie and I see all sorts of laptop and gear bags in all sorts of styles and flavors. Obviously, some of them are better than others. Some of them have redeeming features but they aren’t quite ready for prime-time, and some…well some are so bad that we send e-mails back and …

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Colorado Special Ops Sling Bag Review

Here’s the bag’s description printed on its tag: Durable Moisture Resistant Fabric Large Storage Compartment Cell Phone Pocket Audio Pocket and Portal Key Clip Zippered Accessory Pocket The Colorado Special Ops Sling Bag has a padded zippered pocket that rests against your back or side. It’s fairly thin, but I use it to hold my …

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