Several years after the iPhone's launch, iPhone and iPad cases still aren't quite "a dime a dozen," and Pad and Quill shows why that's not such a bad thing. In the past, they've made attractive cases for iDevices that resemble leather pocketbooks or even Moleskine notebooks, and they recently sent a series of videos demonstrating how they've expanded their product line to encompass new bags and satchels designed to complement their iPhone and iPad cases.
Until recently, my ideal bag was big enough for my laptop, iPad, iPhone, chargers and cables, plus a sweatshirt, a sandwich--anything I could shove inside. And the more space I had, the more I shoved.
So what changed? I had a kid. Now when I leave the house I’ve got not only my laptop bag, but also a baby strapped into a bulky car seat, plus his giant diaper bag. When I got desperate to shave some of that weight, my own oversized bag had to go.
If Saddleback’s Classic Briefcase Thin wrote a book it would be How to Win Friends & Influence People. Everywhere we go with it, this bag inspires conversation. People just want to look at it, feel it, know what the beautiful leather is all about. Even after several months, we’re still ogling it. It’s beautiful, yes. But it’s not perfect for everyone.
This week, we take a look back at the very best of 2011. Whether you're looking for a gift for someone with an iOS device, or even a MacBook, we've got you covered. Read on for 2011's best case scenarios.
I kinda have a thing for bags. I know exactly what I want from them, but it’s so hard to find one that does everything a gadget-hauling nerd like me could wish for. But if I ever get to design my own backpack someday, it’s going to look an awful lot like the Powerbag.
Forget the dog -- bag is man's best friend. Every day, we carry a bag on our backs or hanging off our shoulders to and from work, school, the gym, the yoga studio, or even a friend's house. Bags have to be big enough to carry the essentials and compact enough that you can squeeze by a crowd of standing passengers on the train or bus ride home; they need to be comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time, and easy to clean if they get into a scuffle with dirt on the ground or a fresh wad of gum on the seat next to you; and they need to be able to lug around your precious computers and gadgets without the worry that something will break on the way home.
Your DSLR shoots luscious pictures…so why do you dread taking it with you? Blame your camera bag. Chances are, it’s bulky, boxy, and not all that comfortable to carry. That explains why the Domke F-3X won me over so completely when I recently used it to schlep my gear while shooting in the misty hills of Iceland and the rainy streets of Sweden. The bag’s waterproof coating quickly emerged as a priceless feature, but over time, what I dug most is how comfortable it is to wear for prolonged periods, even when loaded to the gills. Its stylish, super-cool looks also just smoke the boxy chunkiness of most other DSLR bags out there.
Earlier today, we got to take a rare tour of the Timbuk2 bag factory here in San Francisco, as part of the SFMade week. The company, known for its durable, high quality and completely customizable bike messenger bags, has an at-home production line to make manufacturing orders as efficient as possible.
The Saddleback Leather bag is 7.5lbs (completely empty) and costs $555 (completely emptying your wallet). We gave it a 3/5 in our review; SOLID is the only fitting score for a bag of this size.
So how are you supposed to get your hands on this fine piece of meat/leather? We’d suggest some sort of abnormal-feat-of-strength contest just to make sure our winner’s qualified to carry the behemoth baggage, but since that’s not practical (and we’d get jealous) we’ll resort to the all too familiar “leave a comment below” strategy.