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Alright, so I carry a man-bag. So what? You wanna fight about it? Anyway, my old bag was wearing out. The zipper was coming apart at the seam, every pocket had a hole at the bottom, and it was starting to smell like shit from all the spilled OJ, long trips to MGC and E3 (yes, I’ve had it that long), and it looked like it had been run through a garbage disposal. A bag is somewhat of a necessity for my day job as it allows me to carry my lunch, iPhone, paperwork, and whatever else I need for the day. So yes, although it is a heartbeat away from a purse, Daddy needs a man-bag.
I was looking around for a suitable replacement when I remembered some ads for TRKFLD I saw in Giant Robot Magazine. I remembered the bags looking cool, functional, and durable. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember the name of the company, but I did remember their slogan: “We Make Bags.” Simple and apparently quite effective as a quick Google search found their website. They list nearly twenty bags on their online store, and yes, a handful of them are purses. (Fuck you). I started at the top and worked my way down until I found the Tara. It looked manly enough and its description indicated that it has a padded interior for carrying laptops. Perfect. Plus, the guy in the picture is flexing his muscles; that’s totally manly, right? So I ordered it and waited for it to show up in the mail, which it did five days later. Here’s a shot:
Upon opening the box, I was immediately impressed by not only the bag, but also the package. It was sealed in a sort of giant zip-lock bag with the TRKFLD logo on the front. The bag itself is made out of incredibly durable Sunbrella material, and everything was just as advertised. The inside pouch fits my laptop perfectly, and there are plenty of other compartments for gadgets and necessities.
Included with the bag were the typical things like the invoice, catalogs, a sticker, etc. But they also included a free copy of two.one.five magazine. Very cool.
Even cooler was the personal touch added to the packing slip. Check it out:
How cool is that?
So there you have it. I’m embracing my man-bag. Who’s with me? I know Hilden is, but I need a little more credibility than that.