I have long admired the exquisite leather offerings by Oberon Design; their embossed journal covers, Kindle and iPad cases, and their smartphone sleeves are handcrafted, gorgeous, functional and protective. Even so, I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical when I read that they were going to offer a laptop bag. Plenty of other high-end accessory companies have triedRead more
It’s been a while since Tom Bihn released the original Synapse backpack. I liked it very much except that it does tend to look a little silly on a big guy like me, and sometimes it’s just a bit too small to hold the things I want to bring along. Apparently I am not the only one who has saidRead more
Last summer I was on a train going down to Washington, and as I was getting off at my destination, the person in front of me was carrying a backpack that caught my eye. It had an unusual shape, was rather refined, and it looked great. I got close enough to see that it was a booq backpack. When
If there is one lament I have heard my wife utter again and again in our technology filled house throughout the years, it is not about how everyone is on their devices too much … it is ‘those cords’! And while things have improved with wireless mice, headsets, smaller chargers, micro-USB for many devices and so on, there are stillRead more
In the last few years we have seen reports of violence on college, high school and even grade school campuses. The Virginia Tech and Newtown shootings aren’t necessarily a confirmation of increasing crime on school campuses, but they certainly serve as reminders that we can’t always be with our kids to protect them. While the iSafe Urban Crew backpack will
When I got myself an iPad, I quickly acquired a Tom Bihn Ristretto should bag in which to carry it. I love my Tom Bihn bag; it’s got a nice padded place for my pad, lots of pockets, a well-designed strap, and plenty of other accouterments. But as much as I like it, it has some things about it whichRead more
I love all of my Tom Bihn bags for multiple reasons. From the Aeronaut to the Synapse, they are all high quality bags and each one of them still looks like brand new — even with repeated trips over the years I have owned them. Plus every bag is made right here in the United States! You can’t say
Chrome Industries won me over with the Chrome Niko Camera Pack backpack. The pack looks great, is built like a tank and is comfortable to carry for extended periods of time. (Read the review.) Now the company has announced a host of new products including the Sotnik Duffel, Sentinel Backpack and the Kliper Laptop Shuttle. Each is builtRead more
A few weeks ago we looked at the HEX Cabana Messenger Bag. (Read the review.) It offered an unusual pocket for accessing your iPad on the go, and it mixed purposeful gear transportation with casual style. It was a nice bag that, while not my style, I could see many others enjoy using. (Keep an eye out forRead more
Before CES 2013 I reviewed the Pelican ProGear S100 Elite Backpack. It is a serious backpack for people who need serious protection for their laptop, tablet and assorted gear in the go. Now the company has released their Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera backpack. The Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera Backpack features the same basic designRead more
We’ve looked at a lot of messenger bags over the years but we have never seen one quite like the HEX Cabana Messenger Bag. The HEX Cabana Messenger Bag looks like a simple cloth messenger bag made from a striped cloth that offers interest without overwhelming the eye. It is a simple cloth messenger bag made from a stripedRead more
I received a review sample of the Chrome Niko Camera Pack backpack a few weeks ago, andI’ve been using it on and off since them. I loved the fact that the backpack came with a handwritten note that encouraged me to “be hard on the bag”. Always one to take direction well (okay not really) I have been doing justRead more
While visiting with Spigen SGP during CES 2013, their Coated Backpack caught my eye. We’ve reviewed — and been impressed by — cases and screen protectors from Spigen SGP, but we had not previously encountered any of their larger offerings. They were kind enough to hand me one of the backpacks on the spot, and I used it the nextRead more
During CES, Judie and I had a chance to spend some quality time with Timbuk2 checking out all of their 2013 offerings. We were there for quite a while since there was quite a bit to see. Check out the extensive gallery for a look.
Among the most interesting current products are a laptop messenger and laptop backpack that
Time is ticking down to the Big Present-giving Holiday, and unless you’ve finished your shopping, you’re probably getting close to panic time. So in the spirit of trying to help you all out, your friends here at Gear Diary bring you news of various sales and other holiday-related shopping tips, which hopefully help you get through the madness. Like this
I’m a fan of messenger-style gear bags. I find them to be comfortable, flexible and, well, I like the way they look. My appreciation of messenger bags extends to camera bags as well. And when a camera messenger bag can easily convert into a standard gear messenger, I’m interested.
Think Tank Photos new CityWalker is just that kind of messenger
We reviewed Skooba Design’s Skooba Tablet Messenger V3 and their Skooba Design Laptop Weekender V.3 . Both are well designed and well constructed ways to carry and protect your gear on the go. Now Skooba has added yet another item to their growing V.3 line. This time out we are taking a look at the new Skooba Photo:Tablet Traveler V.3Read more
So okay, one problem with backpacks is that they’re typically soft. Which is fine–preferable in fact to my mind–when you’re carrying a bunch of stuff that is resistant to squishing, scratching, and abuse. Textbooks, say. But nowadays, we’re all carting around laptops and tables, right? And you don’t necessarily want your laptop (or tablet!) to get that kind of abuse.
Back in June, I did a video post on how I created a Skooba Design “Go Pack”. I took one of the company’s Cable Stables and strategically loaded it with all the cables and accessories I need with me on the go. It continues to serve me well but, believe it on not, it can be a bit tooRead more
Judie reviewed the Waterfield Indy bag for the iPad when it was first released. (Read the review.) I then stole it from her and, ever since, it has been my favorite bag when I want to travel light. I like how thin and light it is and, with Raiders being my all time favorite movie, it kinda sorta
One of the worst things about selling my 11″ MacBook air after I traded up to the 15″ MacBook ProR was the fact that I could no longer use the Waterfield CitySlicker for 11″ MBA I had reviewed. When “ordering” the review sample I had designed a “loaded” version with a handle and D-rings. It was light. It was protective.Read more
Although (hopefully) my technogypsy travelin’ days are in my rear-view mirror (so to speak), that doesn’t mean that I’m immune to the allure of nice tech bags. I have definitely found in my three friggin’ plus years of constant travel that having a good bag and your gear nicely stowed makes a huge, huge amount of difference in everything rom
Another of Lowepro’s more unusual camera bags is the Passport Sling. The Passport Sling doesn’t look like a camera bag… but it is. Here’s a video look followed by some additional details.
We designed the modern Passport Sling to be a bit unconventional and REALLY useful. It offers freedom for your every move, protection for your camera, plus
Skooba Design was Gear Diary’s first advertiser back when Judie first launched the site. They were also the first company to become a Newsletter Underwriter.
We tell you that in the interest of full disclosure, but what’s more important is that we really love AND use their stuff. Most recently, we were both taken by the new Skooba Design LaptopRead more