Review: Greenroom136 Bootstrap

Malaysian manufacturer Greenroom136 has been in the urban carry game since 2011 making some really hardwearing 1000D backpacks, messengers, and travel accessories. While they’ve been busy refining their style over the last six years, my first hands-on experience with the brand was just recently when I got to test drive one of their small Bootstrap bags.

The Bootstrap is a classic and clean city messenger dialed for the active urban lifestyle. It’s worked well for me while running errands, working between meetings at the coffee shop, and while on the go—this has really proven to be a functional EDC messenger bag. Continue reading “Review: Greenroom136 Bootstrap”

The Bug-Out Bag: What to Include and How to Get Started

Originally posted on Carryology.

Whether you worry about an earthquake, tsunami, extended power outage, or civil unrest, there are plenty of reasons to have a go-bag ready to get you through the uncertainty of the next 72 hours.  There are two huge geologic threats in the PNW that could disrupt my routine at any given moment: Mt Rainier and the New Meridian Fault.  Three if we begin to think about the massive infrastructure failures that could develop in the aftermath of either.  Long story short, it’s worthwhile to think about what you’re going to do in the event that you need to take care of yourself.  Continue reading “The Bug-Out Bag: What to Include and How to Get Started”

Brand Spotlight: Kovacs Company

Title image by Geo Jenkins

Anthony Kovacs fires up the heater in his studio. “Sorry about the cold,” he says as I zip up my puffy. Pittsburgh in the winter can be brutal—especially in this building: a cold, hollow warehouse that used to house an electrical switch manufacturing plant, tucked next to the Ohio River just down the street from the correction center. But for Kovacs, this is a sanctuary. Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: Kovacs Company”

Fanny Packs that Don’t Suck: Urban

Title Image by Ben Filio Photography

This has been a long time coming. Smaller. Lighter. Less. Minimalistic. In a culture where more has always been more: we’re ready to down size.

Phone. Keys. Wallet–Urban essentials et al. Here are three bags you can be proud to hang off your rump. Or wear as a satchel.  Whatever.  You’ll rock it when you’re ready.  Continue reading “Fanny Packs that Don’t Suck: Urban”

Review: Urban Armor Gear Composite Cases

Urban Armor Gear caught wind of our Buying Guide: Gifts Under $50 and decided to send over a case for a review.  It’s a pretty impressive little package.

I’ve always been a tough love kinda guy.  I take care of my things, but I expect them to perform.  My phone is no exception, so I pick my cases with great care and the UAG Composite has lived up to my standards. Continue reading “Review: Urban Armor Gear Composite Cases”