June 21st is Father’s Day. Let that sink in for a moment; we are already halfway through 2020. While it may seem like this has been the longest year ever, there are still six more months just waiting to spring their surprises on us — which is all the more reason to take a minute, slow down, and celebrate the fathers in our lives.
You might remember my review of Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack from 2018, in which I called it “The one bag to rule them all.” In 2019, somehow, Peak Design found a way to improve on an almost perfect backpack with their second version of the Everyday Backpack. Available in 20L and 30L sizes, you can get yours starting at $259.95.
When I saw that Keysmart had expanded its portfolio to include laptop bags, I was intrigued. And while it might seem like an unusual move for a company that made its name by offering a modern take on the traditional key ring, once I got one of their Keysmart Urban Portfolio Briefcases for review, it made perfect sense.
We’re here at CES 2020 doing everything we can to bring Gear Diary readers updates on all the exciting new and improved products we’re seeing. But it takes more than just being armed with a phone and a computer to survive the week. Here’s how we’re staying awake, staying healthy, and staying connected!
WaterField does a fantastic job with their products and I am always amazed at the number of new offerings they release each year. As if on cue, they started the year with a brand new product — the Mezzo Laptop Backpack — and a great deal for those who jump in early. It looks great, and I’m seriously tempted!
Being someone who’s never truly found the perfect bag, I always find myself looking for a bag that doesn’t think too much of itself, one that will fit into every situation. I’ve had people throw out various names of overpriced backpacks that either have little to no storage, very little organization or put so much of an emphasis on being stylish that they end up being ugly.
Prior to using the Solo Elite Backpack, I was lugging around AER’s Gym Duffle 2 Bag. And while it is a pretty nice bag aesthetically, the majority of the time I don’t need that much bag. If you’re looking for a more manageable bag that will suit all of your needs, here’s why you should consider Solo’s Elite Backpack.
Mother’s Day is coming, and we have a great selection of items for mom that go well beyond the typical flowers, plants, and chocolates. So if you are looking for something different, check out these techy yet thoughtful gifts!
A few weeks ago, Tejas wrote about the Stealth Labs Speaker Backpack that’s currently on Indiegogo. At the time, I thought a backpack with a built-in speaker could be an interesting idea, but only if it were executed properly. After being sent a pre-release model to try out, I’ve decided that this backpack, for what it is, is nearly perfect.
Consolidation has always been all the rage in the tech industry. Why carry many things when you carry one that does it all? In this vein, Stealth Labs is launching a speaker backpack that they claim doesn’t compromise on either the backpack or the speaker part of the equation.
If you’ve just been tossing your laptop, tablet and charging cables in your backpack without thinking, stop now and check out Native Union’s STOW Collection, a solution to protecting and properly organizing your tech.
A few weeks before we headed to CES, Solo NY reached out and asked if we were interested in reviewing their Unbound backpack. Since there’s no better torture test than a week lugging gear around Las Vegas, it came with me every step of my trip, and impressed me deeply with the amount of gear it held without being bulky.
When I was a kid father had a large utilitarian leather briefcase that opened like a clamshell. It wasn’t much to look at but it certainly got the job done. The Wellington & Cromwell Hatch Briefcase takes that classic design to new heights. Made from beautiful leather, it has an elegant look that’s certain to add to your professional appearance.
As a huge fan of Incase’s ICON backpacks, I’ve always wanted them to release a messenger bag. It looks like my request has been answered as the company has released their ICON Sling Pack. We were sent a unit to review; let’s dive in.
While school is already in full swing, it’s never too late to add some school gadgets and supplies to your shopping list. The Fall 2018 semester is all about sleek, advanced technology that makes it easier and more intuitive to learn and grasp challenging academic topics.
I split my time between writing freelance, playing music, and helping my entrepreneur wife run her makerspace. So as you can imagine, I’m on the go a lot. I visit a steady rotation of local cafes, bookstores, and libraries — laptop and smartphone in hand so I can do my work, stay in contact with clients, and work on music.
Mission Workshop is known for all of their great ages, from messengers to traditional backpacks, but if you’re into carrying a lot of things, or if you are heavy into photography but looking for a great bag, you should check out the Rhake Waterproof bag. Upon first look, you can tell it’s not your traditional camera bag. For one, it’s not super bulky like the competition which is something I truly enjoy the most about the bag. Instead of opting…
Every now and then I’ll get a text from Raina that says “Cool. Get and review please?” That’s how we got the CleverPet that Nava continues to love. (Read the review.) And it is what happened with the Wolffepack Escape backpack. Its “expetoSYSTEM” is a “patented orbital trapeze technology [that] frees the bag [allowing it to] swing around.” It’s ingenious.
When you hear the phrase “douche bag”, your mind might automatically conjure up the slang definition of “an obnoxious, offensive, or disgusting person.” Set that aside for now, okay? For this review, Douchebags is a Norwegian brand of smarter travel gear, and the Douchebags Base 15L Daypack is one of the nicest and most stylish backpacks I’ve yet tried.
If you’re looking for some last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day, instead of that last bad card sitting on the shelf, you should consider Moshi. With everything from battery packs, Bluetooth headphones to my Mom’s favorite Aria Tote, Moshi’s products are a great alternative for that Hallmark card and flowers you typically get the special lady in your life.
Incase’s backpack are highly touted as some of the best bags on the market today. One of their highest selling backpacks happens to be the larger ICON backpack we reviewed a few months ago. So when the company announced they would be making a Woolenex version of the popular bag, I had to get my hands on one.