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Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack Review

Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack Review

At this point in the relatively lengthy history of SlashGear reviewing backpacks, we've gotten to the point where we're fairly sure we've seen nearly every iteration. What caught my eye with the Manfrotto backpack (SKU MB MA-BP-R) "Advanced camera and laptop backpack w/ Rear Access" was its design - especially in its ability to conceal its contents with a back-facing bit of access. When I travel, I often end up going to heavily populated areas where pickpockets run rampant. This backpack, made for your camera, laptop, and tablet, has a feature that, by definition, blocks access to its contents.

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North Face’s Access Pack is the convertible of gear backpacks

North Face’s Access Pack is the convertible of gear backpacks

North Face's Access Pack, a backpack shown off back in January and again today, is now available to order. The Access Pack is unlike most other backpacks, featuring an enclosure that pops open with the push of a button, making it easy to stow and access your everyday gear. The design is far more convenient than ordinary zippered backpacks, making it a simple matter to pop it open, grab what you need, and close it up again.

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Lifepack gear bag has built-in locking cable, solar charger

Lifepack gear bag has built-in locking cable, solar charger

Many people work on the go, whether for their company or as a freelancer hopping from one gig to another. That means packing a lot of expensive equipment up into a single bag and taking it into the great outdoors…where it is vulnerable to thieves. Enter Lifepack, a new backpack aimed at on-the-go individuals; it features an integrated locking cable for securing the bag, and a solar charger for keeping devices juiced up.

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Speck MightyPack Plus Review: Mighty indeed

Speck MightyPack Plus Review: Mighty indeed

I'm the kind of guy that's much happier carrying around a backpack, rather than a typical laptop bag. Not only do I find them more comfortable, they typically have more storage space. For a couple of weeks, I've been testing out Speck's MightyPack Plus, and using it to lug around my various gadgets.

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National Geographic Mediterranean Medium Sling Bag Review

National Geographic Mediterranean Medium Sling Bag Review

This month we've been working with the Mediterranean Medium Sling Bag (NG MC4550) from National Geographic and Manfrotto. This bag is one of a collection of heavy-duty bags made for devices. The bag we've got here is made for your camera, your laptop, and all your tiny bits and pieces. Compartments on top of compartments combined with a smart set of colors making for a masterful sling without a doubt.

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The Everyday Messenger by Peak Design hands-on

The Everyday Messenger by Peak Design hands-on

It’s no small achievement being the most successful bag on Kickstarter, so the Everyday Messenger by Peak Design has a lot to live up to. With over 7,000 backers pledging $1,940,093 at time of writing - well over the initial goal of $100,000 it’s clear the bag has struck a chord, with myself included. This has been my busiest travel year and damn, I could have used this bag.

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Moshi Urbana review; a modern take on the classic briefcase

Moshi Urbana review; a modern take on the classic briefcase

Urbana. The name alone screams Moshi’s ‘briefcase’ is for the city-dwelling folks. The design suggests lawyers with ten-gallon hats won’t be buying this one, but the rest of us should take note. Not your typical briefcase, the Urbana brings refined sophistication to the busy urban professional; the ones who catch trains, hail cabs, and take day flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Lightweight, feature-rich, and downright cool, Urbana has a little something for everyone who needs to bring it all with them.

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Moshi Venturo review; a carry-all for the stylish

Moshi Venturo review; a carry-all for the stylish

If you’re traveling or just migrating through the city and need to tote your tech with you, options abound. One of the more versatile and stylish options, named Venturo, comes to use from Moshi. Though many think of Moshi as an Apple-only accessory maker, Venturo is one that doesn’t fill a specific OEM niche; it just wants to be your day-to-day tech bag. Well appointed, Venturo has its sights set on the urban professional who needs to catch the train to work, but has enough bells and whistles for all.

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HiSmart “urban bag” can snap pics, record audio and more

HiSmart “urban bag” can snap pics, record audio and more

We've seen smartglasses and smartwatches and smart homes and smart cars, and slowly we're seeing the rise of smart accessories -- things that aren't your primary daily devices, but that complement both them and your life in ways that make the technology a little more convenient or a little more useful. Smart bags are one such accessory, and HiSmart has changed up what we expect from them: it can take pictures, record audio, find your smartphone, transform its orientation, and more.

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MTS briefcase doubles as weapon-proof personal shield

MTS briefcase doubles as weapon-proof personal shield

You never know when you're going to need to unleash your inner Rambo, and having the right equipment on hand is probably essential to make sure it ends well. You could carry a metal shield around everywhere and claim it's a hipster umbrella, but if that's not quite subtle enough for your needs, there's the MTS briefcase, which looks like a good alternative. It's a briefcase during the 9 to 5, but when the time comes it transforms into a personal (nearly) weapons-proof shield.

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Brevitē camera backpack mixes form and function

Brevitē camera backpack mixes form and function

If you often tote a camera around with your laptop or other gear, you know the hassles that can arise -- you have to make sure everything you need not only fits, but fits safely, and though there are camera compartments available that can be put inside existing backpacks, they're not always the best fit. Enter Brevite, a backpack designed specifically for photographers looking to carry around their camera, lenses, laptop, and other gear, all the while retaining an attractive design.

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Phorce Pro: the world’s first “smart bag”

Phorce Pro: the world’s first “smart bag”

There’s a "Smart" for every kind of piece of equipment you own these days - why not a smart bag? Phorce Pro suggests that they’re the first to this market, bringing a bag that tells you how much battery life it’s carrying. The battery it carries also powers your devices - up to three of them at once.

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