Yurbuds Inspire 100/200/300 Sport Earphones

While we rarely review earphones and headphones that cost less than $100 — and never review non-Apple earphones or headphones less than $50 — our new Gear section now gives readers a chance to see some of these inexpensive options. JBL’s Yurbuds brand has introduced a series of new wired sport in-earphones, Inspire 100 ($20), Inspire 200 ($30), and Inspire 300 ($40). There’s also an Inspire 400 set, which we didn’t receive. All of the earphones come with earbuds featuring Yurbuds’ “TwistLock” technology, which the company claims makes the buds comfortable, sweatproof, and allow for ambient sound. They’re also “guaranteed never to fall out.” The Inspire series comes in a black-on-black or black-on-red color scheme.

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Hex Century Convertible Laptop Tote

Hex’s new Century Convertible Laptop Tote ($100) comes from the company’s Century Collection, which is characterized by its blue oil-waxed canvas twill with brown faux leather trim. Convertible Laptop Tote isn’t just a tote bag — an included shoulder strap and four metal loops allow it to be carried as a shoulder tote bag, a messenger bag, and even a backpack, using the loop on the back of the bag. The bag can carry up to a 15” MacBook Pro, with extra room and pockets for other accessories.

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$100 | Bags

Rickshaw Bagworks Sutro Backpack + Zero Messenger Bag

Rickshaw Bagworks has introduced a new custom fabric, Reflective Tweed, which the company has added to its bags in a new collection. We recently received new versions of the company’s Sutro Backpack ($279-$379) and Medium Zero Messenger Bag ($179-$259) featuring the fabric. Reflective Tweed is an American-made fabric on Rickshaw’s American-made bags — it’s made from polyester and 3M Scotchlite reflective yarn. Rickshaw raised more than $81,000 on Kickstarter to develop the fabric bags. Sutro costs $279 for the striped version of the pack and $379 for a solid version. The striped-solid difference also explains the pricing on the Medium Zero Messenger Bag; there’s also a Large, Small, and Mini Zero Messenger bag using the fabric, as well as a Hip Pack. Sutro Backpack can carry up to a 15” MacBook, while Medium Zero Messenger Bag — which can be bolstered with separate accessories including a laptop sleeve and zipper pocket — can easily handle a 13” MacBook.

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$179-$379 | Bags

Moleskine myCloud Briefcase, myCloud Smallpack + Vertical Device Bag

Moleskine, known mostly for its notebooks, has recently introduced a number of bags. We’ve received the myCloud Briefcase ($210), myCloud Smallpack ($150), and Vertical Device Bag ($115). Both myCloud Briefcase and myCloud Smallpack have luggage tags which connect to the company’s MyAnalogCloud game, which can be used to create a personalized luggage tag. The briefcase and Vertical Device Bag will accommodate a MacBook up to 15”, along with other accessories, while Smallpack can hold a 13” MacBook, plus other items. All of the bags feature a durable water-repellant exterior fabric. While myCloud Smallpack and Vertical Device Bag come in red or gray, myCloud Briefcase is only available in gray.

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$115-$210 | Bags

Griffin Ribbon Wristband, Shoe Pouch, Sleep Sport Band + Tracker Clip

We first saw Griffin’s new accessories for wearables at CES, and most of these products are now available. All of these products work with existing fitness trackers, enabling the trackers to be worn on different areas of the body while adding a bit of flair. Ribbon Wristband ($20) is a nylon ribbon which securely hides a Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One, or Sony SmartBand. Sleep Sport Band ($20) is compatible with six different trackers and is designed to be worn during sleep, Shoe Pouch ($15) allows a variety of trackers to be worn on a shoe, and Tracker Clip ($15) allows a Fitbit One or Fitbit Flex to be clipped onto an article of clothing.

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$15-$20 | Fitness

Booq Cobra squeeze

Booq’s Cobra squeeze ($195) is a new backpack with 13 separate compartments for your gear, including a MacBook up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro. The bag’s gray exterior is made of Bionic Yarn, a fabric that combines recycled plastics with cotton — it gives the weatherproof Cobra squeeze a smooth texture that can stand up to the elements. Most pockets inside are lined with polyester, though an extra cushion is also provided to protect a MacBook.

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$195 | Bags

PowerSkin PowerStand Boost

PowerSkin’s PowerStand Boost ($25) is a tiny 2600 mAh battery pack. PowerStand Boost has a small built-in rubber mat, which can be unrolled and used as a viewing stand for an iPhone. While we found it had no problems holding up an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus proved too big for the stand. PowerStand Boost’s battery capacity should also deliver a full charge to an iPhone 6. PowerSkin’s small cylindrical charger includes both a 1A USB output and 1A micro-USB input, and a very short micro-USB cable is included for charging.

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$25 | Batteries

Hex Convoy Collection

Hex recently introduced its Convoy Collection ($30-$130), a collection spanning a wide range of bags, cases, and wallets, all in a black-and-white striped pattern. We received the Convoy Convertible Backpack ($100), Convoy Laptop Tote ($80), and Convoy 13” Convertible Sleeve ($60) for further examination. Convertible Backpack is a traditional backpack which can accommodate a laptop up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro, and the bag’s front pocket is large enough to hold an iPad. Laptop Tote can also hold up to a 15” MacBook Pro and an iPad, while the 13” Convertible Sleeve fits up to a 13” MacBook Pro, as one might expect. Of course, all three bags feature additional storage space for an iPhone, cables, and other various accessories.

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$30-$130 | Bags
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