Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase Review

Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase, Black $149+

http://topodesigns.com/collection/mountain-briefcase/




Picture Credit: Topo Designs: http://topodesigns.com/collection/mountain-briefcase/

 

The search for my perfect ‘work bag’ was a long one. I tried it all, but nothing worked, until I found out about the Designs Mountain Briefcase.  This bag looks and performs great when I’m wearing a suit for work, and it rises to the challenges when I take it for a romp in the woods.

 

The bag is small and slim (11″h x 16″w x 4.5″d) but really well designed so it carries what you need and carries it well.  It comes with a strap for a messenger bag type carry, but the main feature is the two shoulder straps tucked away in their own pocket.  Pull them out and attach them, and now you have a small backpack for when you got to be nimble and handsfree. A tough Cordura outside will protect your stuff, and the bright yellow interior (with laptop sleeve and pockets) will keep everything neat and accessible. Spring for the sternum strap ($12 extra) and you’ll be able to carry the load a bit easier.




Pros: Versatile, work to weekend with the same bag, tough, great design, Made in the USA.

 

Cons: Becuase of the extra lash tabs and tough design, its easy to pack more weight than the bag was intended to carry.  Keep your load focused and get the sternum strap and everything will be great.


Where to wear: The woods, office, weekend away.  On your back, in your hand, or across your shoulder.

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foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 

On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 

Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

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roadhawg1:

Civil War Front Line in Nashville
A photograph of Nashville, Tennessee Federal Front Lines. It was created in 1864 by Barnard, George N., 1819-1902.
The photo illustrates the War in the West. These photographs are of Hood before Nashville. Continuing his policy of the offensive at any cost, Gen. John B. Hood brought his reduced army before the defenses of Nashville, where it was overthrown by Gen. George H. Thomas on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date borne on this photograph is correct, it was taken in the course of the battle.

roadhawg1:

Civil War Front Line in Nashville

A photograph of Nashville, Tennessee Federal Front Lines. It was created in 1864 by Barnard, George N., 1819-1902.

The photo illustrates the War in the West. These photographs are of Hood before Nashville. Continuing his policy of the offensive at any cost, Gen. John B. Hood brought his reduced army before the defenses of Nashville, where it was overthrown by Gen. George H. Thomas on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date borne on this photograph is correct, it was taken in the course of the battle.

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Need, Use or Love

peterkearns:

I’ve been selling most of my personal possessions, keeping only the items that I absolutely need, use or love. I find that with each departing object, whether the item be a sweater that I never wore, a book I never read, or a flashlight I never used, I feel a sense of joy and new found freedom. The feeling is inspiring but frightening at the same time.

Fully support this. The lady and I try to do this on a constant basis. Having a5 month old and family and friends continually giving us stuff makes it hard, but you still got to cull that stuff. They won’t hate you.