Ladies, we kindly request that you refrain from reading this article.
Men, we’ve written about the this dilemma before.
You know the problem. We’re carrying more stuff than ever.
Back in the day, a guy could get through the day with little more than an ignition key, a five dollar bill, and a pocket comb.
But these days, most of us have a phone. Sometimes it’s even a smart one. (Dumb phones are getting harder to find.)
We also have a tablet, an iPad or whatever, for those times we want a screen large enough to actually read.
What about books? Yes, a few of us die hards still read those “dead tree” editions. Say what you will about paper – it does the job and the batteries never quit.
Of course we may have a laptop computer – for those times we want an actual keyboard for actual typing.
Of course I can’t read anything without my prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Stripped of these crucial items, my world is little more than a colorful blur.
And hand sanitizer? Sorry, but I never leave the house without an industrial sized bottle of that stuff. Some say it kills Ebola. While I don’t know about that claim, no one ever died from killing too many germs. Make fun of me if you like; maybe I’ll send flowers when you’re in the hospital with Ebola.
While we’re at it, don’t forget the camera, or the power drill, or the can of Boeshield T-9, or the roll of duct tape. Yes, I’ve been known to travel with duct tape.
Of course there are the truck keys. Remember the old days when a key ring held a couple of keys? My key ring now contains enough metal to forge a boat anchor.
And by the way – where is my wallet, and why do I spend 30% of my waking hours looking for it? I had it in my hands just a few minutes ago…
But I digress. My point is that we carry a lot of STUFF. Usually we have more stuff than we have pockets.
So we need.. bags.
I’m not talking about paper or plastic. I’m talking about long lasting bags that are made of manly materials.
Yes, our challenge is to acquire manly bags. I don’t want to carry anything that looks like it might be sold in the perfume section of the store.
Sure, there may be a few metrosexuals among us who choose to carry murses as they sip their chai lattes on their way to getting their pedicures – not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Vive la différence, but I’d prefer a more manly bag.
And by the way, I despise the term “murse.” It’s almost as bad as “selfie.”
So what qualifies as a manly bag? Well, you can’t get much more manly than military canvas bags. These bags would look right at home in a M*A*S*H unit.
If you carry but a few items, consider something small like an Ammo Bag. It’s been designed for hauling ammunition, so it’s compact. Just don’t expect to cram a laptop inside.
If you want a LARGE military canvas bag, go for the Jack Bag, a Vintage Classic Messenger Bag.
This is a full-sized canvas bag with acres of storage space.
The style is a classic messenger.
Yes – it’s manly.
The fabric is military canvas, and it’s available in manly shades of khaki, denim, black, or olive green.
The central storage compartment is quite large, and will easily swallow an iPad or laptop computer. You can fit power tools in there. Maybe a small refrigerator.
(Note from the Editor: the author’s last statement was a bit of exaggeration. This bag will not house a refrigerator.)
There are four large side pockets that will handle cameras, phones, or whatever accessories you like.
There’s even a small zippered inner pocket for small items like keys or batteries.
The strap is adjustable and made of sturdy canvas.
The top flap is secured by velcro, making for quick and easy access.
I don’t have many complaints about this bag. It would be nice to have a zipper across the top, but that would impede access to the stuff.
And men, please don’t tell your wives about it – we’re trying to keep these bags out of the hands of the ladies.