My kids get new backpacks every few years. They take them to school, beat them up, and in June – when the last school bell rings and they rush home – they dump the backpacks on the kitchen floor and roar into summer.

But something weird happens in the intervening days. The knapsacks, worn thin by use, gain a second life. Emptied of papers and books they become sleepover carriers, adventure packs, toy holders. My kids stuff them into overhead bins when we fly to see grandma and they drag them with us when we go on bike rides.

The backpacks live again, repurposed, at least for a while, to hold the things my kids love.

That’s the impetus behind Knapsack. The founders, me, Patrick, and Victor, saw room in the world for another gadget and gear blog. Why? Because we’ve come to learn what’s good and what deserves a spot in your knapsack. This site isn’t about speeds and feeds and it’s not about snarky commentary about bad products. It’s not a place to show off our knives, guns, and wallets. It’s not a shameless attempt to cage free stuff and grab advertising dollars (although we will run advertising.)

It’s a place to share the stuff we love, the stuff we’d stuff into our own backpacks for a long trip or stuff that takes a place of honor on our desks at work or at home.

We all have too much junk. We don’t want to add to your pile. We want to show you what’s good, what’s important, what’s useful.

So we made Knapsack. We’ll be posting news and commentary as well as reviews of gear we love. We don’t have an axe to grind, we aren’t hereto become influencers. We just want to share what we know.

Join us. Give your backpack new life and fill it with cool stuff that you know you’ll use as you walk the dusty trails of this wide world.

Adventure awaits. Thanks for reading.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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