Archive for the 'utility' Category

Why I will never buy another wallet

April 7, 2008

I will never buy another wallet. I have found a way to have a new wallet every month or so for pennies. The second story is that I keep my wallet in my front pocket and never lose it or leave it anywhere. It looks like this:

My duct tape wallet

This wallet is a duct tape strap that holds my money and cards together in one bundle. It is very minimalist and the wallet itself takes up almost no space in my pocket. I take the subway everyday to work and I have easy access to my Metrocard. It costs pennies to make and only takes a few minutes. I have found this to be my wallet of choice and cannot find anything better. Believe me I’ve looked. I look so much that my wife is afraid to buy a wallet for me knowing that it must perform better than my duct tape wallet.
Because it is so minimal I must keep it clutter free and always take care of any receipts that end up in it.

All I did was tape two pieces of duct tape to each other leaving a little sticky exposed at each end. Then I wrap it around my essential cards and adhere the sticky ends. Done.

AnnushKa – Courier Bag

September 5, 2007


This handmade courier bag is washable and looks great with anything (for those of you who like to match your bags). My definition of practical doesn’t include matching. In some cases making a bag match would be less practical because you might have to change your outfit for the day or change your bag. In my male frame of mind this is not practical. But for you bag-matching types a bag that matches anything is quite practical.

This is a great basic 1 pocket bag that would work great as a woman’s purse or a manbag.

$30 [product page]

Thanks Anna!

Henk – not a suitcase

September 1, 2007


Practicality by definition is something easy and logical. Henk is that in everyway except in price. This non-suitcase goes for $28,000 USD. Yep that’s not a typo, twenty-eight thousand dollars. Obviously for the ultra rich. So if you love practical bags this one is really that except for the price, and for that much it better butter my bread and change my baby’s diapers. Well maybe it won’t change diapers but it was designed for sitting on it if need be.

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Overboard Dry Tube Bag

August 17, 2007

overboard dry tube bag

I love these kind of bags. This dry tube can be used for anything. But really shines when it comes to keeping your stuff dry. To seal these kinds of bags, you roll the top closed and then it is fastened to keep the rolled part in place. It holds about 20L so you could easily pack for the weekend or more depending on your requirements.

Made from heavy duty 420D nylon-coated tarpauline, has welded seams, and some convenient handles.

This video is of a smaller version of the same bag.

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product page £19.99

De-Accumulation Bag

August 14, 2007

Speaking of clutter… (via Get Rich Slowly)

Raised by a packrat, Stuff drove me crazy. Until a few years ago, this was the solution: keep a bag of “de-accumulation” and fill it as full as possible every week. Give it to charity once a month. All four bags.

photo by sindesign

Zugster's new bag – The Walkabout

August 3, 2007


I love the custom handmade designs of Zugster bags. The waiting list to get one is long. If I was willing to wait until January, I might pick one up. He says:

This is my idea of a bag for walking around a city, rather than biking. It came out of wanting to have a bag to use on vacation which I could wear lower down than one of my messenger bags, and which would be easier to get my camera in and out of.

This bag starts at $125 and goes up with each custom option you add.

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Stronghold Bag – Protects your documents

July 30, 2007

Paraben Stronghold Bag
The US is issuing “electronic passports”. Which basically means that they have an RFID chip embedded in them.

(An RFID chip is basically tiny electronic chip that can be “read” by an RFID reader by merely being near the chip.)
The fear is that anyone who knows what they are doing can improvise their own “reader” and read your RFID chip from your bag or pocket without you knowing. The idea behind this bag is to block your RFID chip from any radio frequencies that might be quietly scanning your pockets for information.

$20 from Paraben Forensics [product page]

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Adaptable Payload Sandbag – by Oakley

February 6, 2007

AP Sangbag by Oakley

$110 from Oakley. Not bad. I’d like to give it a try. I like the Military Olive better than the other colors. It holds a laptop. Lots of straps everywhere. It looks cool. I’ve never used a “sling” before but this looks the most appealing of all those I’ve seen.

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Laundry Bag = Timbuk2 Duffel Bag

September 27, 2006

Timbuk2 Duffle
I recieved one of those marketing emails from Timbuk2. It was advertising their Duffel Bag as a laundry bag. Not a bad idea. They even listed the quantity of clothes you could carry. In the Large Duffel ($100) it is advertised that you can carry:

12 tees

4 pairs of jeans

2 hoodies

a roll of quarters

6-pack of pbr

Cheesy Poofs & Peanut Butter Cups

or 244 socks

I’m really curious as to the testing of these bags. Were the cheesy poofs crushed? Why not a King Size Snickers? Perhaps if Timbuk2 sent me a duffel, I could verify.

I guarantee I could fit more in the Small Duffel ($60) than they could, this is all they could manage:

3 tees

2pairs of jeans

1 hoodie

handfull of quarters

a book


77 socks

Probably the coolest feature is this:

An internal compression strap helps squeeze the contents to assist zipping the bag shut.

That’s perfect for squeezing extra laundry in there. They also have a Medium size for $80.

By the way you can spell duffel as duffle too.

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Thule Go Box: Organize the stuff in your car

September 13, 2006

Thule Go Box

While some may not say this is a “bag”, it is. It’s a bag for the trunk of your car. Keep all that junk in the back from sloshing around on your roadtrip.

My grandma was a true roadtripper. Constantly on the road, she would come to visit and her trunk was always packed to the max. She even kept her sewing machine and Bosch mixer in the back of her car at all times. She was only at her home a couple months of the year, the rest of the time was spent driving to see relatives, friends, the countryside. Too bad this wasn’t invented then. It would be the perfect size to carry grandmotherly nessecities into the relatives house for a week. This box is the ultimate orgainizer for your trunk. It features:

  • waterproof bottom to keep spilled milk from messing up your trunk, or to keep the contents of the box dry, whichever you choose
  • its collapsable so if you don’t have anything to put in it, it doesn’t take up much space
  • handy dandy handles for hauling all the picnic stuff from the house to the car
  • smaller pockets for keys, children, small items you want to keep in the trunk
  • no skid rubber pads to keep your stuff from playing “corners”
  • 24″ x 14″ x 12″ is big enough for a sewing machine

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