Drive By :: BO Gear Spare Camel

Self-confessed ‘backpack nerd’, Andrew W, drops in for a guest post… I need a decent backpack. As a dad with two very small kids, I am the proverbial camel of the family, carrying loads of random kids’ gear whenever we head out the door. On top of that, living and studying in Japan means getting around on a bike and public transport a lot, so I need a large bag for a laptop and books, and possibly groceries when I

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Road Tests :: DEFY BAGS Recon Messenger

It’s here, the Road Test review of the DEFY BAGS Recon Messenger (“Recon Wide” on their site), priced at $322 (Carryology readers, check at the bottom for a code good for 10% off anything on the Defy Bags site).  Before we dive in, lets talk about Chris Tag and Defy Bags. “My name is Chris Tag. I’m a Chicago art director who grew up in Dayton, Ohio. From as long ago as I can remember, Dayton was a proud industrial

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Interview :: One Bag One World

Carryologists always want the simplest solution to carrying better. But it’s not always that easy, especially when we’re talking about travel. We’ve all been there: pre-trip, looking at our spinner with both hands on our hips as it brims with Ts and jeans and you say to yourself “but I need all of this, just in case…”  That’s where Frank Brown comes in. The editor-in-chief of One Bag, One World, a website dedicated to keeping it simple, and more precisely – One Bag Travel.  Frank

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Bag Collectors :: JP Guilbert

Our Bag Collectors series celebrates those individuals who take their appreciation of bags to the next level. In the spotlight is JP Guilbert: Skateboarder, Snowboarder, Cyclist, Photographer, Filmer, Artist, Collector, Music lover, Cigar Aficionado – and a carry enthusiast who has built up one seriously enviable collection… What was the very first piece in your collection? The first piece that I can remember is a Madrid Skateboards skateboard bag.  It’s a sack to put your skateboard and gear in.  It has

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ONA Hamilton Rolling Camera Bag and Duffle :: Review

Will Hartl is a freelance photographer whose photography experience extends across a range of countries and niches. Get a close-up of his thoughts on the ONA Hamilton Rolling Camera Bag and Duffle in the guest post below… Who doesn’t like nice bags? Universally and culturally nice bags are ‘a thing’. Be it backpacks, work messengers, carry-on, check in, hand bag, tote bag, camera bag. We, as consumers, know what we like and premium bags are a constant. Photographers as consumers are a funny

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True Utility Connect Everyday Carry Bag :: Drive By

When it comes to packing, I favor the everything-in-its-place approach. Zip pockets, slip pockets, clips, loops…I love having options to stash smaller items. So when the opportunity arose to test out the True Utility Connect Everyday Carry Bag, I jumped at it. Multiple stash points and compartments? Sign me up. The bag is part of True Utility’s Connect range and comes in black and green color options (as you’ll see from the photos, I went with the black option). Who It Suits Someone

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The Best Gym Bags for Every Type of Exerciser

Historically, gym bags have been horrible, generic and saggy excuses for carry – but there’s been a shift in the past few years. Gym rats and fitness fanatics have been asking for more, and brands have delivered with some exciting offerings. But before we dive deeper, let’s talk context: what makes an awesome gym or exercise bag? Here are a few useful considerations to think about. Suitable Organization The amount of organization you need will depend on what you use the

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The Best Backpacks for One-Bag Travel

Travel varies for all of us. Some of us dart back and forth across the globe in short bursts for business. Others seek out adventure and travel far and wide for months or even years on end. Some of us do a little of both. But when churning over that one-bag travel backpack to be your companion, five key considerations always spring up. Weight The lighter a bag is, the less strain there is on your body. You won’t tire

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Drive By :: Triple Aught Design Dispatch Bag

Outdoor enthusiast Trevor Knoll has no shortage of experience putting bags through their paces, so when it came to testing Triple Aught Design’s Dispatch Bag, we knew he was the man for the job… – “13 Liters of American Badassness” MOLLE webbing, 1000D Cordura, padded laptop compartment, loads of pockets, and made in America, what more could one want in a messenger bag? All of these features come standard on the Dispatch Bag from Triple Aught Design. The search for

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The Carry-Minded EMT

It’s 2pm on an overcast day. My partner and I are parked in front of Starbucks. Our ears perk up as the dispatcher announces our call sign over the radio: “3308?” We reply and the dispatcher starts reading us a 911 call. “3308 Traffic Collision at [censored location], passenger ejected from vehicle.”I flip on the lights and sirens, pull into traffic, and stomp on the pedal. The diesel engine roars as the tail pipe pushes out a cloud of soot.

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