Hands-on with Lander's rugged Timp Messenger Bag and Cascade Powerbank | Lander

Growing up and living in Colorado my entire life has taught me one very important lesson -- the value of ruggedly-built gear that can hold up to temperature extremes, bright sunlight, and the occasional drop onto rocks or into cold mountain streams. Lander is a rather new accessory manufacturer that is located in our neighbor state of Utah, so they "get" the need for Apple fans in the Rocky Mountain West and elsewhere to have gear that stands up to the worst Mother Nature can dish out. Today we're looking at two new products: the Timp Messenger Bag ($99.99) and Cascade Powerbank ($34.99 - $69.99 depending on capacity). If you're a supporter of Apple World Today, check out the bottom of the post for instructions on how to enter to win these two products -- and if you're not, make a pledge today and you'll be eligible to enter the giveaway.

Timp Messenger Bag

Now here's a messenger bag that I would have been proud to carry my gear in during last week's spring blizzard! The bag comes in one color -- black -- and has a coated rip-stop material on the front that's not only weather-resistant, but won't tear if you drag it against a bare tree limb. The Timp Messenger Bag has a 20 liter capacity, includes haul handles on all four sides for easy pickup, and has a shoulder strap for comfortable carrying.

The Timp Messenger Bag also has reflective Illumaweave tape in two strategic locations, making it easy to find the bag in the dark by just aiming a flashlight (or iPhone flash) at it in the right direction. Each of the zippers is weatherproofed and has easy-to-find red zipper pulls on it. Inside the bag, there are a number of interior sleeves and pockets for organization of your stuff, whether you're carrying the bag on a hike or just heading to work on... Read more