Posts Tagged ‘Backpack’
Seen here as an exercise in awkward product shots, this is a soon-to-be released Dreamcast controller backpack from Sega’s new brand SegaKawaii (literally ‘Sega cute/adorable’). Now listen: Power Stone and Power Stone 2 were two of the best fighting games ever made and if anybody disagrees you can take it up WITH MY FISTS. You’ll probably win, but I at least have to try — it’s an honor thing. The backpack comes out later this month for around $ 150, which, as far as backpacks go, is a little expensive. Still, it does have a see-through window where the memory card would go so people can see my little sister in there screaming to be let out. Dammit Becky, mom and dad didn’t buy you a plane ticket — do you want to go on vacation or not?
Hit the jump for a closeup in case you want to do your eye makeup like hers.
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UD Replicas, who have made a name for themselves creating motorcycle leathers that look like superhero costumes (plus storm troopers), is now taking pre-orders for this $ 300 Batman backpack to go along with their matching Batman outfit. Sure you could buy it without already owning the rest of the leathers, but it just won’t have the same effect. The effect with the whole getup? “Holy shit, we just got passed by f***ing Batman!” The effect just wearing the backpack? “Um….was that a goth ninja turtle riding a motorcycle?”
Hit the jump for a bunch more shots, none of which actually show what the backpack looks like worn over a t-shirt.
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The Ogio Renegade RSS backpack arrived in the mail last week — perfect timing for a business day trip I needed to make and a great test of this backpack’s capability. The bag soft launched in 2012, but they are just now getting review units out because, apparently, consumer demand has been quite high for this backpack.
How did it work for me? Great. I love it. But why?
The backpack has so many compartments, that you can realistically put every device you carry into a different place. This means that you can easily separate devices from each other (as well as device cords) so that when you want one specific device, you can access it without all the rest tumbling onto the floor — great for air travel.
Speaking of air travel, I put it to the test last week and the bag mostly fits under an airline seat (within regulation anyway). The very top could get stepped on by the person sitting next to you, but it didn’t happen to me.
The pack easily fit through security scanners.
The bag can have a slim profile on your back if it is not completely packed, but still has the ability to stretch out a bit too when you need maximum space. You could easily fit all your gadgets plus a change of clothes or two for short trips, which is nice.
It also has two crush-proof compartments (one large and one small) for laptop and sunglasses, respectively. The laptop sleeve is easily accessible and fits up to a 17” laptop and is actually suspended from the bottom of the bag so it never touches the ground when you set your bag down — hence the name RSS (Reactive Suspension System).
Ogio thoughtfully labeled each compartment with an icon representing what they recommend goes into it. You can, of course, put anything you want in any compartment, but it’s a nice touch to do some of the thinking for you.
I thought the backpack was pretty comfortable. It’s an electronics backpack so I wasn’t about to thru-hike with it.
It can have a slim profile, however for a smaller guy like me, it is still a full size backpack and can look a tad large — almost parachute-like. It’s a good thing I don’t rock out skin tight jeggings and a white belt that often or else this backpack could make my butt look HUGE.
But seriously, it’s just a trade off. If you really need to carry a bunch of stuff, this pack is perfect for it. If you are trying to have a minimalist setup, you might not need this much space.
The bag is $ 150. That’s a lot of money. What is different about it to justify the expense?
Besides the previously mentioned crush-proof, suspended containers (which seem to be the main differentiator) you are getting some pretty good customer service from Ogio. Their website and chat window were helpful. The representative I chatted with was quite knowledgeable about the products and was eager to help me understand the features and differences. It was a good experience, casual and helpful for decision making.
I also learned that, apparently, the review unit sent is not the 2013 model as that version will be out in a month or so and is not black but rather is more of a grey color.
- $ 150
- 19.5” x 14” x 8”
- 3.6 lbs
Straight from the product page at Ogio’s website.
THE BOTTOM LINE
As you can see from above, there are more good things about this pack than bad. Translation: this is an excellent full-sized backpack. Comfortable and appropriate for the person who has to tote a multitude of gadgets with them, for daily travel. Thumbs up!
More info at Ogio.com
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This is the $ 2,060 Eastpak Couch. It’s a little couch made out of knapsack material that has a lot of pockets for all your stuff. Like so lots of other things, I half prefer it and half think it’s stupidest thing ever made. I would certainly like it more if all the areas were removable though. That method when the deputies bust in you can easily simply get the one with the drugs and the one with the parachute and dive out a window. Just ensure that the one with the parachute is in fact the one with the parachute however. There’s absolutely nothing worse than discovering out your parachute is actually an extra covering when you’re currently mid-fall. Back me up, no one who’s alive to agree.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots featuring exactly what the sofa resembles IN BLACK. That’s right individuals– colour choices!
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Currently, you’re likely used to Twelve South, the Mac-minded accessory maker that prides itself on remaining small. Well, three years after the very first of its very first product, the BackPack, it’s fine-tuning the rack accessory in three ways that’ll make you smile. If you’ll remember, the BackPack started its life as an attachable storage rack for the iMac and Apple Display, which sat discretely behind the unit. Now, not only can the BackPack 2 be attached in a forward-facing way, but it even provides integrated cable television management and vertical support pegs to properly hold equipment such as the MacBook Air and upright difficult drives. In all, the BackPack 2 will certainly accommodate up to 3.5 pounds of gear, and it’s readily available now for $ 34.99. If you would certainly like to obtain familiarized with the redesign, just check the gallery below.
Gallery: Twelve South BackPack 2Filed under
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TwelveSouth Reworks The BackPack, Now Adds A Handy Shelf To Either Side Of An iMac Or Cinema Display
The original TwelveSouth BackPack was remarkably ingenious. And now it ’ s also better.
Designed solely for iMacs and Apple Displays, the BackPack brings an easy shelve to the display without the use of screws or adhesive. Utilizing versatile brackets, the BackPack can easily mount on the front or back of the unit, bring a good rack to hold an iPhone, external disk drive, or your Troll Doll collection.
However now, with the brand-new design, the BackPack can easily additionally hold a MacBook Air, iPad or Airport thanks to new vertical support pegs. Each peg is covered in soft silicon and because the BackPack can support 3.5 lbs, it ought to hold nearly anything you would prefer around your iMac.
TwelveSouth also brought a straightforward cable management answer in the kind of side-mounted rails. This ought to keep the cable televisions nice and tidy.
The new variation ships today however costs a touch more than the original with a rate of $ 34.99. But seriously, $ 35 is a small cost to pay for an useful shelf and less clutter.
First of all, let me say that the Dry Case Waterproof Backpack is designed for use in outdoor environments with the main goal of keeping things in the inner compartment dry. Clearly, all the marketing pictures at DryCase.com, show people using the bag in wet, outdoorsy places (on a canoe, on a boat, etc), and with that in mind the biggest question is “does it actually work?” I put it through the ringer. Here are the results:
In short, it performs quite well. It survived my rigorous, jackass-eque tests and it pretty much passed with flying colors because nothing inside got wet.
Some moisture (forgive me for calling it condensation in the video) did collect behind the shoulder strap shield but never permeated the actual inside of the bag. This makes me wonder if mildew could be a long-term possibility if not promptly and properly dried out. Other than that this bag is the real deal!
But can you use it for everyday office life and travel too? This is a pretty serious backpack and that’s just the thing…it may be a little too serious for office life. Whether or not you want to tote your daily gear in this bag around the city or through airports will depend on who you are, where you live and what your needs are.
When I am evaluating a backpack for office life/travel, I’m always torn between wanting things that can sometimes be mutually exclusive. I want total protection but I also want flexibility. I want style but I also want comfort.
For example, do I really want to head out for a sportcoat-clad commute wearing a bag that would look more at home being worn while wading through a stream at the base of Grand Teton? At the same time, when I’m traveling and standing in the rain trying to hail a cab and the water pouring off my floundering umbrella is landing directly on my bag, I want everything inside to stay dry. A first world problem to have indeed.
Protection versus flexibility. Style versus comfort. The Dry Case Waterproof Backpack is almost the great bridge between these bifurcate needs. Almost, but not quite. Ultimately though, it works well, so tradeoffs just have to be balanced against preference.
As noted, the bag seals up tightly to be waterproof. You roll the lengthy top down and snap it together with on-board latches. In doing so, additional air is captured inside and this can lead to a “puffy” pack (which could actually come in handy if you drop your pack off the side of a boat). However in a day-to-day scenario, excess air in the pack could look silly.
To alleviate this issue, the Dry Case Waterproof Backpack has a smart little air valve at the bottom that lets you squeegee out any captured air, once you have the pack all sealed up. In this way, you can really get the pack down to a slim profile…almost like a vacuum seal. An interesting concept.
Despite its definite outdoorsy stylings, I actually like how the bag looks. It’s fairly sporty and, as noted, can have a slim profile. The two-tone black and blue is pleasant enough. The shoulder straps are hearty and comfortable. There is also a belt strap which would be a bonus for walking distances.
Missing Compartments And Padding
Most notably, there is no laptop sleeve inside, nor are there additional inner compartments for cables etc — it’s just one big space inside (30 liters-worth according to the website). Probably more suited for filling with a bunch of clothes instead of cables and whatnot. Before I figured out the air valve trick, I noticed that my laptop was bouncing around inside a bit because of the lack of sleeve.
However, once I took all the air out I could essentially, vucuum-seal my laptop in place. Additionally, there is not any padding along the bottom. You’ll want to make sure you set it down gently if you are toting fragile items inside. Maybe just put a shirt of something soft across the bottom if you are prone to dropping your bag.
It’s Getting Hot In Here
Another thing to note is that this is a vinyl bag. While I didn’t experience it myself yet, I imagine it could get a little hot on your back if carried over a longer walk or bike ride. This is fine when camping or windsurfing, but might be uncomfortable showing up for a presentation with your back drenched in sweat.
The bag also doesn’t have a quick access sleeve for laptops. Indeed, this would negate the entire intention of the waterproofing scheme. The only reason I bring this up is because if you are traveling through airports, you would have to unravel the waterproof top to get your laptop out. It could take a bit longer than a backpack with quicker access compartments. Just something to consider.
- Keeps stuff completely dry
- Decent outdoorsy looking style
- Interesting air valve system.
- No laptop sleeve or other containment inside…just a single open space
- Vinyl — could be a sweaty carry
- No padding
- Could take a bit longer at an airport
The Bottom Line
Does the the bag smell like a new radial tire? Yes, a little. Will it keep the stuff inside dry? Totally. Is the bag great for camping? Absolutely. Can you use it for daily office life too? Yes, with a few concessions. I myself would use this for a daily pack because the waterproofing capability outweighs the other issues for me and I like how it looks. At $ 79.99, it’s on par with — or cheaper actually — than a lot of different bags out there.
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Considering the pain and loss she’s just endured, you may have a hard time convincing professional skier Elyse Saugstad that she’s a lucky woman, but it’s true. Saugstad was tackling Tunnel Creek in the Cascade Mountains with a group of other experienced backcountry skiers, when a large sheet of snow broke loose from the side of the mountain. Elyse and three others were sent hurtling 3,000 feet down the slope, sadly, only she survived the ordeal. Her almost miraculous escape was thanks in large part to the inflatable airbag system she wore. The safety gear has been available for sometime in Europe, but it only recently started making a splash here in the US. The large bladders filled with nitrogen helped keep her near the top of the avalanche, making it easier for her to breathe once the snow had settled and easier for rescuers to find her. Hit up the source link for an interview with Elyse Saugstad.
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Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.
I chose this bag because it’s a bit smaller than the other ones I tested this week and it could be good for a younger person or a svelte, slim lady/man about town. It is a fairly standard backpack but is nicely outfitted with a number of useful features including, but not limited to, a bottle opener, a side zipper to access your laptop, a bottle opener, and a bottle opener.
I’m starting to love bags with bottle openers.
Timbuk2 Swig Backpack
Dimensions: 12″ x 17” x 5”
Pockets: Three inside pockets, one for a laptop, one zippered outside pocket, another slip-in pocket.
Features: Bottle opener, side zipper for laptop access
MSRP: $ 89
Made of rip-stop nylon, the Swig is a handsome, weatherproof backpack that comes in multiple colors. At $ 89 it’s a bit pricey but it’s a solid bag and did I mention it had a bottle opener on it? It comes in multiple bold colors.
Who is it for?
This bag is for smaller folks, to be sure. It’s a smaller backpack, on par with your standard Jansport, but the quality is higher and you have more padding and features (see “bottle opener”, ibid.). A standard laptop will fit into the laptop cosy and it has some excellent expandability for overnight items. Rather than say it’s “for girls,” I’ll say it’s smaller than I’d like.
Do you want it?
At $ 89, the Swig is a mid- to high-end alternative to the high-end standard bookbag. However, Timbuk2 is known for quality so I’m loath not to recommend it to students on the run or folks who just want to carry a laptop and a few other things. If you’re a big, round fellow like me, this is a bit small. Otherwise, give it a go.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Bag Week 2011 reviews.