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Timbuk2 Informant Camera Sling (Small)

June 21st, 2013 No comments

5 Stars
Timbuk2 Informant

Depending on how much you use your DSLR, you probably have more than one bag or case for it. If you want to carry several lenses, a tripod, multiple bodies, large flashes, and more, you probably have a large backpack, or perhaps the Timbuk2 Snoop messenger. But what about when you want to carry just a couple of lenses and a single body? Do you bring the large backpack with you? Probably not, right? The Timbuk2 Informant camera sling is a miniature camera messenger bag, complete with padded, customizable walls and a waterproof rain cover. Foregoing the typical camera bag appearance, it protects your gear in style without sacrificing function. It’s currently my preferred camera bag for everyday use.

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OGIO Rivet Messenger Shoulder Bag

June 2nd, 2012 5 comments

5 Stars
OGIO Rivet black

I have an affinity for bags of all shapes, sizes, and functions. For daily commute bags, I prefer a messenger-style bag that I can throw over my shoulder. My favorite bag at the moment happens to be an older OGIO bag called the Hip Hop. Looking through the 2012 lineup of OGIO bags, one of the bags that really stood out to me was the Rivet messenger bag.

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Travelpro Crew 8 20-inch Rollaboard

May 21st, 2012 No comments

4 stars

When my wife began traveling a lot for work, I originally bought her a carry-on bag from Eddie Bauer. During her flights, she noticed that the crew were mostly carrying bags made by Travelpro. When it was time to replace her Eddie Bauer bag, I got her a Travelpro Crew 22″ Rollaboard. She’s taken that bag on numerous domestic and international flights now for nearly 10 years and she swears by it. The Crew 8 is Travelpro’s current line of luggage made for business and frequent travelers and they’re still great bags.

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OGIO Squadron RSS Backpack

May 8th, 2012 No comments

5 Stars
OGIO Squadron RSS celebrity

Back in January, I took a week-long trip to Las Vegas for CES. I knew there was a lot of gear I wanted to bring, but wasn’t sure what bag I should use. I needed to be able to fit all my gadgets in a carry-on bag of some sort, but also needed something I could wear while walking the floor of the convention center. I decided to give the OGIO Squadron RSS backpack a go and it worked out well.

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Incase DSLR Sling Pack

April 24th, 2012 6 comments

4 stars

Incase DSLR Sling Pack

With the recent acquisition of a DSLR camera, the new iPad and the ever-decreasing need to have a laptop with me at all times, I was on the hunt for a new bag. I needed something that would allow me to carry my iPad, my Canon T3i, some headphones and a few random cables and accessories; nothing more, and definitely nothing less.

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OGIO Invader 26-inch Upright Luggage (Stealth)

February 28th, 2012 No comments

5 Stars

OGIO Invader 26-inch

OGIO makes some of the best bags in the world. Their golf bags are well-respected among PGA pros and amateurs alike. In my opinion, they also make some of the best luggage bags. I recently had the opportunity to use the OGIO Invader 26-inch upright luggage bag during a week-long trip and came away very impressed.
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Case Logic 13.3 Laptop Sleeve (LAPS-113)

March 1st, 2011 4 comments

5 Stars- techdad
Case Logic Sleeve LAPS-113 - front

Case Logic, Inc. has been around since 1984, which is probably right about the time I bought my first Case Logic case for my cassette tapes. Over the years, as they added items to their product line, so I added their products to my collection. As a sample, I believe I have owned at one point or another, Case Logic cassette cases, CD & DVD cases, CD player cases, Zip Drive cases, trunk organizers, and more. I’m looking around my home office and I can spot several of their products and I bet you do too. Case Logic’s 13.3 Laptop Sleeve (LAPS-113) is one of many sleeves that Case Logic makes and it just might be the perfect protective, no frills sleeve for your 13.3-inch or smaller laptop.

PROS

  • No nonsense, sleek design
  • 6mm EVA foam padding
  • Smooth gliding zipper
  • Protective lip prevents damage from zipper

CONS

  • Slight rubbery odor

I define my perfect laptop sleeve to be one that has no handles, pockets, zippers, or bulk. What I want out of a sleeve, is a relatively form-fitting sleeve that I can then toss into one of my other bags, like my Timbuk2 messenger bag or my JanSport backpack. The LAPS-113 hit each of my requirements perfectly, except for the inclusion of a zipper. Though, as you’ll soon see, the zipper turned out to be a neutral feature for me, not a negative one.

Case Logic Sleeve LAPS-113 - corner Case Logic Sleeve LAPS-113 - side Case Logic Sleeve LAPS-113 - botton corner

PROTECTION
First and foremost, the LAPS-113 will protect your laptop from scratches. The exterior and interior materials are made out of 100% polyester. What makes the LAPS-113 stand out from many similar sleeves is the fact that it actually has some worthwhile padding to protect your laptop from impact. It is surrounded by a 6mm layer of EVA foam which feels a lot like memory foam. This thin layer provides enough protection that I feel very comfortable with it in my aforementioned bags. The sides also have a woven webbing that provides a protective texture as well as making it look attractive. As I mentioned before, I did not like the idea of a zipper on a laptop sleeve because I fear scratching my laptop with it. Fortunately, the Case Logic LAPS-113 has a protective lip around the zipper teeth. Essentially, when you begin to zip the the sleeve shut, the protective lip folds down over the laptop so that it is protected from coming in contact with the zipper teeth.

Case Logic Sleeve LAPS-113 - macbook

USAGE & SIZE
The smooth gliding zipper runs across the entire top of the sleeve and about an inch down the sides. It is very easy to insert and remove my laptop from the LAPS-113. When inside my messenger bag, I can remove my laptop without having to remove the entire sleeve from the bag. The Case Logic LAPS-113 laptop sleeve is listed as a 13.3-inch appropriate sleeve. The internal dimensions are 13in x 9.1in x 1.1in and weighs just 6 ounces. The new 13-inch Macbook Pro is listed as 12.78in x 8.94in x 0.95in, so the sleeve should be perfect. However, I have a 12.1-inch Google Chrome Cr-48 notebook and that too fit amazingly well. As my readers probably know already, I LOVE Timbuk2 products but I think the LAPS-113 just usurped my Timbuk2 sleeve as the sleeve my Cr-48 will live in. All you game developers who got their free Cr-48 from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco might want to try the LAPS-113 for your brand new toy. To top it off, the LAPS-113 comes in three colors–black, red, and tannin (a sort of red wine, brown mixture). I also want to mention that the sleeve does give off a slight rubbery odor at first, but fades away after a few days. I know that some people are highly sensitive to smell so I just wanted to mention it for their sake.

Case Logic Sleeve LAPS-113 - red Case Logic Sleeve LAPS-113 - tannin

CONCLUSION
There are plenty of folks out there who want a sleeve that has enough padding for better impact protection. The Case Logic LAPS-113 is able to do that without adding significant bulk in a simple and attractive design. I recommend it for 13-inch Macbook Pro users and Google Chrome Cr-48 users alike.

Available from Amazon.com or Case Logic direct.

* Review sample courtesy of Case Logic, Inc.

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