Travel Gear

Michael W. on December 23rd, 2013

8gb $179, 16gb (recommended) $199  In August 2011, Google announced its bid to acquire Motorola; the acquisition was motivated by two considerations: Obtaining Motorola’s vast patent war-chest, to have bargaining chips against Apple since Apple had gone suit-happy against various Android phone makers for copy-catting the iPhone (note that, ironically, Apple never sued Google itself […]

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Michael W. on December 16th, 2013

The Amazing HP 7 Model 1800 “Mesquite” Tablet: Intel powered, Wal-Mart (!) exclusive Not great, but pretty darn good. Email, social networking, Skyping, Google HangOuts, and watching videos are a breeze. Music player is awesome!  Did I mention $99?? This is a guest post from our friend and longtime Practical Hacks reader and contributor, Michael […]

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Perfect for obsessive-compulsives, Genius Pack is a new luggage brand that takes packing and organization to a new level: (If you’re viewing this in a reader, here’s a direct link to the video: Features: Laundry Compression Technologyâ„¢ Enabled Toiletry Kit Included Organizational Compartments 22″ Upright: Maximum Carry On Allowance Note that certain features (see […]

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My 3-1-1 liquids bag (above front) and “non-liquids” (razor, toothbrush, deodorant, floss, etc.) are always packed and ready to go.  The two Tom Bihn bags I use are always handy on one of the shelves in our master closet; I’ll select whatever travel bag I want to use for a particular trip, and toss these […]

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Kevin on December 12th, 2012

What to make of Red Oxx?  In a competitive landscape where your average $49 department store bag includes a velvet lined compartment for your Prius keys, a waterproof slot for your latte spoon, and a solar powered panini pocket, in barges Red Oxx:  “Here’s a bag.  It’s gonna outlast your sorry ass.  Put your crap […]

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Kevin on October 22nd, 2012

Devotees of lightweight, one bag travel received some good news from Tom Bihn this week:  the firm is rolling out several popular bags (Aeronaut, Tri-Star, Synapse, and others) featuring a new ultralight 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop exterior material.  Two thirds lighter than the 1050 denier ballistic nylon Bihn typically employs on travel bag exteriors, the […]

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Kevin on October 8th, 2012

While I work on a full review of the Red Oxx Sky Train, I thought you might enjoy seeing it alongside the venerable Air Boss.  I’d always assumed the two bags were basically identical in size, but it’s clear that the Sky Train is smaller: Other immediate differences include rain flaps on all key zippers: […]

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