Reviews & hands-on

  • Online 3 out of 5

    Brenthaven Expandable Trek backpack review

    By 3 March 2009

    Many laptop cases suffer from the problem of being too small if you want to carry anything more than your laptop and the immediate essentials. Perhaps in answer to this the Brenthaven Expandable Trek backpack, giving a larger capacity than most with the...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    OverBoard Adventure Trolley Backpack review

    By 26 February 2009

    We’ve been impressed with some of OverBoard’s kit in the past, offering practical waterproofing baggage solutions. The trolley backpack is something of a departure from your traditional outdoors adventure-y type bag or rucksack and moves into the...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Brenthaven Sling II laptop bag review

    By 16 February 2009

    The world has moved a long way, with notebooks being more popular than ever. Once you’d be expected to carry your lappie in a boring briefcase-esque bag, but this is no longer the case. Brenthaven’s Sling models typify this move to accommodate a younger,...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Targus Multiplier Backpack review

    By 3 September 2008

    Targus is best known for its wide range of corporate notebook cases but recently it’s been trying to address a younger market with a number of designs that move away from black and business-like. This backpack is a two-tone silver and grey bag with...

  • Sports Fitness 4 out of 5

    OverBoard Carbon Backpack review

    By 13 August 2008

    If you spend your leisure, or professional, time jumping in and out of canoes or boats, you’ll know what it feels like to have your baggage drenched, either by an unplanned dunking or from lively ocean spray. OverBoard, as you would guess from the name,...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Eastpak Floyd rucksack review

    By 18 July 2008

    Notebooks have increasingly become mainstream and are no longer the preserve of the travelling businessman. With this in mind, Eastpak has put together a range of notebook backpacks aimed at the urban mainstream. The Floyd is a backpack that comes in...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Crumpler The Belly L rucksack review

    By 20 June 2008

    Most notebooks ship with a carry case of some sort but they tend to be a little cheap and basic so it pays to invest in something a little sturdier. Crumpler is one of the more unconventional but desirable brands out there with a range that covers all...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Dicota BacPac Element rucksack review

    By 13 May 2008

    Dicota has close to 400 different bag styles to choose from and its latest Actives range is aimed at those who need to take their notebook in to extreme conditions. Made from tough nylon and available in a range of colours, this rucksack is intended for...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Dicota BacPac Xtreme Rucksack review

    By 21 March 2008

    With most notebook carry cases made for the urban commute, the Xtreme aims to offer the regular traveller a little more, both in space, as well as rugged design. As the name suggests, the Xtreme is built for rugged use as well as extremes of weather....

  • Sports Fitness 4 out of 5

    Asics Gel-Noosa Tri shoes review

    By 23 September 2006

    The Asics Gel-Noosa Tri is a triathlon shoe through and through. For those that don’t know, Noosa, on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, hosts a race each year. This race, and the Great Barrier Reef, inspired the funky colours for the shoes. Triathletes...

  • Sports Fitness 3.5 out of 5

    Blacks Vertigo rucksack review

    By 4 September 2006

    If you're not ready to show the world that you're carrying a very expensive laptop, then a rucksack is the way to go. There are of course plenty of rucksacks out there from a number of different manufacturers to suit most needs. Blacks solution, the Blacks...

  • Sports Fitness 3.5 out of 5

    Philips QC5170 DIY Hair Clippers review

    By 29 July 2006

    Philips believe they has solved the age old problem of shaving your own hair with the creation the DIY hair clippers. The trick, it says, is that the head rotates through 180 degrees so you can literarily cut your hair as if you were combing it. Sound...

  • Sports Fitness 4.5 out of 5

    Merrell Waterpro Ultra-Sport shoes review

    By 29 July 2006

    Merrell have long been adorning the feet of trendy clubbers and outdoors people alike. Merrell’s new Waterpro Ultra-Sport is firmly aimed at those with a penchant for watersports. We go wet and wild to test them out. Coming from Merrell, the first thing...

  • Sports Fitness 4 out of 5

    Cyclaire Inflator pump review

    By 15 July 2006

    Having created the Cyclaire bicycle pump, the company behind the innovative pump that sees you pulling air rather than pushing it, has moved on to bigger and better things, mainly the creation of a pump that will allow you to blow up anything else in...

  • Sports Fitness 4 out of 5

    Merrell Chameleon II Leather walking shoes review

    By 9 July 2006

    With the summer now fully upon us, what better excuse than some decent weather to head for the hills and do some walking. Merrell, long-time maker of walking and trail shoes thinks its latest offering, the Merrell Chameleon II Leather, are the answer...