While riding my bike to work this morning I was caught by the fuzz. Ok, it was neither as painful as it sounds or as serious. The local police and road safety campaign were out again asking cyclists to complete a short questionnaire about our cycling habits and as a reward you receive the bright and shiny rucksack you see above, free! As I cycle every day I applaud this effort as anything that helps drivers see me is a bonus.
It’s a nicely made bag, very visible with reflective stripes, has a couple of sizable internal pockets and a couple of decent sized external pockets that have elestic straps inside but open mesh lower parts which is the only downside – though I’m not complaining as it was, as I say, free.
As I sat down, about to put the bag under my desk Nick, one of our window fitters, walked by “ok, we know you’ve got a new bag, stop playing with it,” he said. “But it’s new and shiny,” I replied, “and free.”
When it’s a generic neoprene pouch being sold specifically as a “Neoprene iPhone Case” but is useful for so much more.
The pouch isn’t in any way iPhone specific (I bought it to stow a mobile mouse in my messenger bag) but is still marketed as such. It’s a very good pouch though, by the way, for all you fellow bag collectors out there. Really nice colour, well padded, velcro closure and available at 99p stores for just 99p, surprisingly. (Tip – my local store has Fabulous Bakin’ Boys Lemon Cupcakes – box of 8 for 99p so grab some of those too).
The way it’s sold though is part of an interesting trend. Products that are non-specific being sold as “for iPhone” including cases, car mounts, headphones, cleaning cloths. Presumably this targeting happens because of iPhone being a very well-known brand name but it becomes self-perpetuating whereby people see all the accessories specifically for iPhone and decide that maybe they should get an iPhone rather than one of those other phones because of all the accessories.
Something to ponder in a later post I think.
Ok, here and now I admit that I have a thing about portable storage. There, I’ve said it.
I have over the years needed bags for carrying my lunch to work, computers, cameras and clothes but also many smaller bags and pouches to keep things organised and safe when in other bags or drawers. Often though I’ve had a couple of bags before I’ve found The One for a particular task. Sometimes I’ll get a new bag simply because I’m bored with the colour or style of the old one, or it’s becoming a bit tatty.
I do insist on quality of materials and construction and what does get my attention are good features such as good internal storage and maybe some innovative pocket or pouch like the little slide-out memory card holder on my Lowepro compact camera and SLR holster cases. The bag also has to look good too, colourful if possible.
The thing is though that I am patient and I generally only buy a new bag when I can get a good deal on it. Like today’s new bag. A local camping shop is closing down unfortunately but they were selling off lots of Lowepro Terraclime camera pouches for a couple of quid each. I have a use for one so I added it to my collection and an excellent bag it is too. Good looking, colourful and made from quality, sturdy, recycled materials and featuring a retainer that slides into a loop to hold it closed along with being designed so that the top opening folds over to close it fully and keep the elements out it’s a really nicely made bag. The interior has a soft lining and pockets for memory cards and the like.
Now to find somewhere to store it.