Hey, we never said our favorite things were practical. This week, Darren tells us why his $125 shoulder bag was worth it, while Jason defends his decision to purchase an 82-inch 3DTV at 2AM (no he wasn't drunk -- we don't think, anyway). Rounding things out, Jon doesn't generally like super-sized phones, but he can't help but enjoy the Galaxy Note II. Read on to find out why.
ColcaSac Jack Bauer shoulder bag
I was a ColcaSac fan before, but now I'm bordering on being an evangelist. After picking up a couple of cases for my wife's gear, I was able to test out something a little larger -- the Jack Bauer shoulder bag. Yeah, shoulder bags come a dime a dozen these days, but ColcaSac does an outstanding job of differentiating itself. It's all about the exterior materials as well as the craftsmanship.
The entire thing is composed of un-dyed hemp canvas, which -- if you haven't seen it -- is quite the looker. You'll catch plenty of eyes with it hung around your person, but not in the "please steal me" kind of way. It's as soft and flexible as a bag could be, making it quite capable of doubling as a pillow (while empty) on a long flight. I found the compartments to be just large enough; any more, and you'd probably lose things. At 15.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall, it's quite capable of carrying around your average laptop and / or tablet, and while aesthetics are obviously a matter of perception, I've fallen quite seriously for the design.