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For the Ladies: Burton Women’s Day Hiker

Posted by Jenny Lewis Categories: Accessories, Product Reviews

burtondayhikerLaptop.  .  Headphones.  Camera.  Phone.  Wallet.  Home keys.  Car keys.  Moleskine, writing implements, Bluetooth earpiece, DS, games, maybe a spiral notebook or two, possibly even a textbook.  And this is all supposed to go into a messenger bag and arrive unharmed and somewhat organized at my destination?

Faced with this issue while packing my regular carryon for a trip last month, I realized something had to change - I needed a better receptacle for all of my junk.  After shopping other messengers, slings, totes, and various other bag designs, the best solution was the Burton Women’s Day Hiker 12L.  This bag has some serious pockets - plenty of organized space for my phone, various pens and pencils, a fleece-lined pocket for my camera, a clip for my keys, even a separate pocket for my iPod with a cutout to run the headphone cord through.  There’s a shovel pocket on the inside of the bag that houses a 13” notebook (although it’s not the most protective pocket on Earth - a sleeve might be a good idea).  Two outside board straps make schlepping your sporting board of choice a breeze.  Most importantly, the shoulder straps - which are made for women - were comfortable while carrying a heavy load. 

The Burton Women’s Day Hiker 12L is available in six colors, including basic black, and retails for $49.95.  Just in case you guys get jealous, there’s a men’s version as well.


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The “Take Charge” Bag Organizes Your Gadgets

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Accessories, PC / Laptop

Take Charge Bag

If you’re a gadget geek, chances are you’re overrun with a seemingly endless amount of AC adapters (and wires, headphones, storage cards, wireless keyboards and gotta-have-it accessories). If you’re the type that needs all this when traveling, we suggest the aptly-named “Take Charge” bag, with compartments to keep all your chargers gadget swag in one convenient location. The tote measures 10 ½“L x 3”H x 4”H and is reasonably priced at $12 USD. If you’re looking at the accompanying photo and saying “Gee, I could’ve invented that myself,” you’re not alone, my friend.

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Tom Bihn ID Bag Review

Tom Bihn ID ReviewTom Bihn recently released an update to their mid-sized messenger bag, the ID. The updated ID has several notable improvements and makes for a great everyday bag for anyone with lots of stuff to cart around. Gear Live took it for a spin and compares it to the Imago which we recently reviewed. Click through for the full review.

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Tom Bihn Imago Bag Review

Posted by Sparky Categories: Wearables, Features, Product Reviews

Tom Bihn ImagoRecently Gear Live had the opportunity to review another model from the Seattle based bag artist and engineer - Tom Bihn. This time I was reviewing the Imago, a stylish shoulder bag designed for the on-the-go professional.

The Imago solves the problem of what to do when you have a big data-centric phone, camera, PDA (or even a small laptop), keys, cords, USB drives, and all the other bits of clutter that life necessitates and no place to put them.

Find out more about the Imago, and get detail impressions after the jump.

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Pacific Design Announces Ruckus Laptop Bags

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Wearables, PC / Laptop

Pacific Design RuckusPacific Design has introduced The Ruckus Laptop Bag Collection, an innovative line of laptop backpacks and messenger bags designed for urban, professional and student lifestyles.

The Ruckus Laptop Bag Collection merges fashion and function with its innovative, lightweight and slim design, coupled with laptop protection and multiple storage compartments to accommodate all of today’s communication and entertainment devices.  Both the Ruckus Laptop Backpack and the Ruckus Laptop Messenger Bag are up to 30 percent lighter than other similar laptop bags, super slim, constructed of water-resistant materials and loaded with thoughtful and functional organizational features. 

Features include an ergonomic shoulder strap structure, 360 degree laptop protection, dedicated media storage, an AC/cable zipper pouch, a protective iPod/MP3 pocket, a “seamless” water-resistant compartment, and a felt-lined luxury items pocket. Customers who register their Ruckus products at www.pacificdesign.com will receive a free removable cell phone/iPod pouch. Both Ruckus laptop bags come in striking color combinations including: olive/bold black /super yellow, rose white/granite gray/posey pink, bold black /slate gray/pearl gray, and coming in March 2007, slate gray/sand/tiger orange.

The Ruckus Laptop Bag Collection will be available at North American retailers including Sony Canada in November 2006 and Staples in January 2007. The Ruckus Laptop Backpack will retail for $69.95 and the Ruckus Laptop Messenger Bag will retail for $59.95.

Read More | Pacific Design

The Bleeding Edge 019: A Visit To Tom Bihn

In this episode, we take a visit to the Tom Bihn labs, where we get a first hand look into exactly what it takes to design and manufacture their awesome line of bags. We take a tour of their facility, and talk with Tom about concept, design, manufacturing, as well as a few stories about how they stress test their stuff. I mean, when a bag gets blown up in war over in Iraq, but your computer that was in the bag is protected perfectly, you know these things are good.


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The Bleeding Edge 019: A Visit To Tom Bihn

In this episode, we take a visit to the Tom Bihn labs, where we get a first hand look into exactly what it takes to design and manufacture their awesome line of bags. We take a tour of their facility, and talk with Tom about concept, design, manufacturing, as well as a few stories about how they stress test their stuff. I mean, when a bag gets blown up in war over in Iraq, but your computer that was in the bag is protected perfectly, you know these things are good.


Here’s how to get the show:
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Gear Live Podcast SurveyIMPORTANT: We are surveying the viewers of our show to see what it is that people like, and more importantly, what they don’t like. It is anonymous, and just takes a couple of minutes. If you have the time, we would appreciate it! As always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments.


Tom Bihn Brain Bag Review

Tom Bihn Brain Bag ReviewRecently we had the opportunity to review the Tom Bihn Monolith and Brain Bag. Today we are proud to present our thorough review and impressions of the Brain Bag - Tom Bihn’s carry all rough and tumble backpack. When you need to haul your your stuff in style, the Brain Bag is your friend. Check out after the jump for the full review.

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Tom Bihn Brain Cell Review

Brain Cell Review

Tom Bihn constructs some very unique and functional bags. We recently got the opportunity to try out a couple of them, and the results are in. The first bag we are going to talk about it the Brain Cell laptop bag. If you have a notebook, it is essential that you have a way to carry it while keeping it protected. How does the Brain Cell meet the challenge? Find out after the jump.

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Tom Bihn Interview

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Wearables, Features

Tom BihnTom Bihn sent us a couple of their bags to review, and also one to give away to one of our readers. While we haven’t yet completed reviewing the bags (they will be put to the test in a couple of weeks at E3), I can say that people have stopped me to ask where I got the bag on the streets. We were able to sit down with Tom to discuss a few aspects of the company and what makes their bags unique. The questions are actually from you guys, as we received a bunch of email when we were running the bag giveaway.

What are a few things about a Tom Bihn bag that sets it apart from another?

All of our bags are completely American made. We are very proud of that. They are very streamlined, with appealing aesthetics with highly functional designs. Looking at them, you will also see that we use bold colors in our materials. One of the nicer things, though, is that the bags are extremely durable. We had one customer actually complain to us that his bag, after seven years, has yet to wear itself out!

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