Even though it's officially gift giving season, you might have your eyes on a few treats for yourself. The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it surely isn't the healthiest. If a new piece of gear or a shiny new gadget will help keep you motivated through the month of December, I say that's a small price to pay for health. Here are my picks to keep you warm, healthy, and stress-free during this hectic, holiday-filled month.
Not only does your wardrobe need updating for the Fall back-to-school shopping season, but your laptop could use a new home as well. Rather than toting your machine in a shoulder bag (that could wreak havoc on your neck and shoulders), why not consider a stylish backpack to store your laptop, books, and other essentials? Backpacks don't have to be ugly, you know. To prove it, I've found five that would totally pass the style test and will fit laptops of all sizes. Check them out here!
A couple of weeks ago FitSugar let me in on all the cool bags she spotted while visiting the Timbuk2 offices. Of course I was most excited to hear about the tech bags. While a good majority of Timbuk2's messenger bags and backpacks already come with built-in laptop sleeves, there are also bags designed especially for iPads, e-readers, and netbooks. The latest offering from the company is the Vert laptop sleeve ($20). It's made from extremely durable ballistic nylon fabric, is water resistant, and has a handy outside pocket to store items in. And like most of the company's tech bags, it's also on sale right now. Score!
I could not have asked for a better Bike to Work Day: San Francisco has brand new bike lanes, I scored a new bag, and it was perfect bicycle weather. Best of all it reminded me that I should be biking to work every day, not just a few times a week like I do now. I was also reminded of this when I toured the Timbuk2 offices last week. Not only does CEO Mike Wallenfels ride 38 miles to work, three times a week, he's celebrating National Bike Month by doing the commute every day this month. My three-mile, 20-minute commute seems more than manageable compared to the two and a half hours it takes Mike to leave his home in Novato, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and arrive at the Timbuk2 offices in San Francisco. Check out this (abridged!) video of Mike in action!
Being the bike enthusiast that I am, I was excited to check out the new Timbuk2 offices in San Francisco. Best known for its messenger bags, the Timbuk2 line has grown over the years to include backpacks, totes, and tech cases to suit the changing needs of its customers. While there I met the company's new CEO — by way of Mountain Hardware — Mike Wallenfels, previewed the Fall 2010 line, and got to see exactly how a custom bag gets made. Here's a small look at my day.
Happy Fourth of July from geeksugar! Before you make your way to a firework-and-hotdog-filled BBQ, check out some fun gadget accessories that celebrate this Independence Day in a major way.
With Fall around the corner, I can't help but think about adding some new pieces to my wardrobe, including a new laptop sleeve. As soon as I saw this Timbuk2 sleeve I realized it was a perfect fit. This oatmeal cotton canvas bag comes fully lined with corduroy for additional protection and includes custom hardware and a leather bottom for extra flair. Available in medium (fits 13.3" Macbooks), large (fits up to 14.2" laptops) and extra large (fits most 17" laptops) and costs $55. You know how I feel about it, now I want to know what you think? Leave your comments below!