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

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.

Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger Bag

Besides being functional, comfortable and practical, my perfect gear bag must also be unique.
You’ll never see me carrying the same bag that one of my friends has. I like being different (no comments!)
and having the ability to easily create a custom bag is very appealing to me. Over two years ago, I reviewed
Bag In A Box
option. I still have the bag that I created for that review. In the two years since
that review, they’ve added some new materials
and asked if I might like to take a second look. This time around, I decided to
create a custom laptop messenger bag. Let’s take a look…

Ice Red Drift Messenger Bag

Messenger bags are my favorite style of gear bag to carry. I like them best because they usually have one large compartment that I can dump all kinds of gear into. I also like that they are typically designed to sit flat on the floor or desk, instead of flopping over. if you’re looking for a messenger bag that has ample storage, but with a small price tag, you might want to check into the Drift messenger bag from Ice Red Designs. I had reviewed their UNI cargo tote bag a few months ago, and found it to be a good value for the money. Let’s see if their messenger bag is a good buy too.

Spire Endo Courier Laptop Bag

We’ve reviewed a couple Spire backpacks here on The Gadgeteer, the last one being their Torq backpack. Their latest offering is a courier laptop bag (messenger bag) that comes in three sizes: Viro (for laptops up to 14.1″), Endo (for laptops up to 15.4″) and the Mojo (for laptops up to 17″). Available in Cosmic Green, Midnight Blue and Stealth Black, I was sent the medium sized Endo bag in Midnight Blue.

Skooba Design DIY Skin

I’ve always been the kind of person that doesn’t want something if everyone else has one just like it. I like to be different ;o) As such, I tend to seek out companies that offer custom products. Skooba Design (formerly has a new product that allows YOU the ability to customize it. It’s their D.I.Y. Skin laptop sleeve / tote. Available in four sizes, this skin comes in a blank canvas version that you can decorate with paints, markers, needlework etc.

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…

Toffee Leather Sleeve

It seems the more people spend on electronics, the more they are willing to spend to keep them in tip-top shape. For example, The Gadgeteer has tons of reviews of Vaja cases for high-end Palm or HP devices, but I doubt you’ll find a Vaja case for a Palm Z22 or Zire. The same goes for laptops; there are definitely plenty of choices in cases for higher-end laptops, like Apple’s MacBook series or the Thinkpad, but I don’t think there are any for a $500 Dell or Everex. In this review, I’ll take a look at a minimalist sleeve for a MacBook, the Toffee.

Samsill Ladies Madison Laptop Tote

In June 2006, Samsill Corporation obtained an exclusive multi-year brand licensing agreement with Microsoft Corporation. Their task, as mentioned in their press release, is to “manufacture, market and sell a broad assortment of computer bags and business accessories leveraging the Microsoft brand.” To get the word out on their products, Samsill offered The Gadgeteer Team to review any of the new Microsoft Laptop Bags.

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)?