Articles by Greg Alston









Zavor Noir Skillet Set Review: A Quality Set of 10″ and 12″ Cast Aluminum Skillets with an Interesting Feature

Over the past few years, I’ve embraced how therapeutic cooking can actually be. I’ve also learned that while you can cook well with any tools, quality skillets make for quality meals. The Zavor Noir Skillet Set includes a set of cast aluminum 10″ and 12″ skillets that are good enough that you can finally throw out that skillet (you, know, the one with the flaking Teflon?) that you were gifted years ago!



Rockport Total Motion Sport Mudguard Sneaker Review: Step Out in Comfort and Style

When you think about Rockport, you might think of them as old-fashioned “Dad shoes.” But the company truly has so much more variety and style than that! One of my personal favorites happens to be the Rockport Total Motion Sport Mudguard Sneaker. Historically, my sneakers have been some variant of black or grey, which tends to be boring after a while. If you’re also a black or grey type, you’ll be happy to know Rockport has those colors in their Total Motion Sport Mudguard sneaker, but I opted for them in “Dress Blues,” which actually have four shades of blue…



Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Pro Business Webcam Review & Giveaway: An Essential Work from Home Accessory

Many of us have had the luxury of working from home over the past year which means many of us have been suffering through countless hours of Zoom and Webex conference calls. Historically, built-in webcams are terrible and such low-quality, no one can tell you’re rocking your PJs on the call. But with the Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Pro Business Webcam, you might want to shower and dress up, because you’ll come through crisp and clear! Be sure to enter our Work from Home Giveaway at the end of this review!




OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock Review: A 14-Port Do-All Solution for Working from Home

When I first began working from home, one of the biggest issues I had was that there were too many peripherals needed for my workflow and not enough ports. Then I had the opportunity to check out the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. Ever since I received it, it’s been the ideal approach to connecting my external monitors and hard drives, creating an “office-like experience” all from the comfort of my home.  The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is compatible with Mac or Windows, but I’ve exclusively used it for my MacBook Pro and two external monitors for this review. Before having…



Brydge Vertical Dock Review: A Versatile MacBook Stand That De-Clutters Your Workspace

To make my already cluttered standing desk a bit neater, I wanted to invest in a docking station that could sit behind my monitors, out of sight, out of mind. But it also needed to be functional and work with my existing setup. That’s how I landed on the Brydge Vertical Dock for the MacBook Pro. There’s a lot to love, but there are also a few things to consider before purchasing. In my opinion, Brydge has never made a bad accessory. I’ve used a Brydge iPad case for years, and other members of the Gear Diary team have good…


Tom Bihn Le Grand Derriere Review: It’s Not a Man Purse, It’s a Carrier for My Essentials

I’ve reviewed many bags over the years, but Tom Bihn’s minimalist approach while also looking “adult” has always struck me as stunning. So when I had the opportunity to check out the Tom Bihn Le Grand Derriere bag, it was a no-brainer.  The Tom Bihn Le Grand Derriere, or LGD for short, is a reissue of a hip bag designed early in the ’90s. Over the past few years, you may have seen people using messenger bags or shoulder bags to carry their items with them on a day-to-day basis. Many people might take one look at the LGD and consider…


Strava Subscription Review: Get More Insight on Your Workouts

A Strava subscription has been a great way to keep me motivated during my journey of getting back in shape. 2020 was rough; I was working out regularly but wasn’t eating well. Unfortunately, it’s true that you can’t outrun a terrible diet. So paired with a proper eating regimen, Strava’s been my go-to tracking app for getting to a better me.