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News, reviews and articles about bags (laptop bags, messenger bags, shoulder bags, backpacks, pouches and more).

CUBEPACKS | Packing Cubes That Transform Into Packs – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Packing cubes are some of my most vital travel gear—they allow me to pack a lot more than without them.  But sometimes I think it would be nice to have a smaller day pack to use once I get to my destination, rather than hauling me travel backpack around.  Cubepacks bridge that …

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Check out the Thirteener, Saddleback Leather’s thinnest briefcase yet!

NEWS – Spring is bringing all sorts of new designs from Saddleback Leather! Meet the Thirteener, which looks like their leanest & meanest briefcase design yet! This design takes some of the best elements of previous Saddleback briefcase designs, presented in a tightly streamlined package. Measuring in at 14.25″ by 10″ by 2.5″ and 4 …

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Silca Seat Roll Grande Americano review

REVIEW – If you’re a cyclist, chances are you’ve heard of Silca. They’re known around the world for their bicycle pumps which they’ve been making for over 100 years. They also make amazing tools and accessories that all have an attention to detail that would be hard to call anything other than obsessive. My first …

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SERK Duo-entry Drawstring Backpack review

REVIEW — Everyone’s seen those nylon drawstring bags that look like a modern replacement for a hobo’s bindlestiff. Usually they’re just cheap, single-compartment sacks used to tote a change of clothes, but Rever Brand offers an evolution on that design with their SERK Drawstring Backpack. Read on to see how it stacks up. What is …

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Mobile Edge Alienware Vindicator 2.0 Backpack and Neoprene Sleeve review

REVIEW – Buying a new laptop is a big deal for me, as it is for most people. I spend months doing research, reading reviews, and trying out laptops in stores. Once I finally settle on my choice, it’s a good bet that I’ve spent a lot of time AND money on that pick, so …

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Minaal Day Bag and Carry-on 2.0 Bag are ideal for EDC or one-bag travel

NEWS – I’m a big fan of bags designed for one-bag travel, and also of bags designed for EDC.  However, while a single bag designed for both purposes may sound good in theory, most often it does not work well in practice.  Minaal understands that, so they offer both their very functional Day Bag for …

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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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WaterField Designs has a new sling pouch that you’ll want for those light EDC days

NEWS – Earlier this week Waterfield Designs introduced their latest bag, the Sutter Sling Pouch. If that sounds a little familiar, that’s because Smythe reviewed the Sutter Tech Sling earlier this year. Although the Sutter Sling Pouch shares a similar design aesthetic with the Tech Sling, the Sling Pouch has been designed as a minimalist …

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Cannae Optio Sling bag review

REVIEW – We’ve all noted the trend toward thinner devices and, thus, smaller, sleeker bags. My (current) favorite style is an over-the-shoulder sling bag. These allow for quick-on, quick-off, and easy sling-around access while wearing. The current model I am testing is from a company called Cannae, their Optio Sling bag. Note: Photos may be …

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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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North St. Bags Scout 15L Duffle and Dopp Kit review

REVIEW – Back in June 2018, I had the opportunity to review the North St. Bags Scout 21 VX Duffle and I was pretty impressed with its water resistance and durability.  North St. Bags recently did an update to their Scout Duffle designs and when they offered to let us try one out, of course …

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