Due to the nature of our work, finding a bag that fits everything we usually need and staying stylish seem like an impossible task. On top of all that, durability is of utmost importance.
There are very few brands out there though that are able to strike that balance. One of them is Peak Design, a brand known for professional-grade camera accessories, including bags that can neatly fit a camera or two.
Josh has long been looking for a backpack that’s structured but also sleek enough for him to take anywhere: big events, client meetings, and airports. The Everyday Backpack is a good match, especially since it comes in all black. He also loves that wearing it makes him easily identifiable as a techie. One thing he would have loved though is a little bit more expandability, so he can pack an extra set of clothes during long-haul flights, or a monitor for solo coverage.
As for Chay, she regularly switches between totes from her own bag brand and sturdy, sometimes ugly backpacks depending on the occasion or the destination. A bag like the Everyday Tote can be both and more. While she loves how durable this tote is, a more elegant material and shape would have been a better choice for her style.
Josh: Red alert
I recently got these statement sneakers that Chay did not approve of because I rarely have items in my wardrobe in bold colors. But that’s precisely why I got them — not only do they come in one of my favorite colors, they also go well with anything and everything I wear. They’re the easiest way to change up how I look on the daily.
Chay: Dress it down
This is probably what I look like on a regular work day: with my hair in a messy bun and a pair of slip-on sandals I can easily wear when we have to quickly shoot some clips outside. On longer days I carry a backpack to house my laptop, camera, tripod, and video head that thankfully the Everyday Tote can handle.
Josh: Fly high
I probably spend more time in airports and planes now than I do in my own apartment. There are a few instances where I go from airport straight to a series of meetings that require me to look a bit more put-together than usual. The all-black Everyday Backpack is sleek enough to impress at a meeting and has sufficient compartments to fit some essentials: laptop, camera, cables, extra lens, and the phones I’m reviewing.
Chay: Packed light
I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing jeans regardless of how versatile they are; they’re uncomfortable and they rarely fit my body type well. But it’s forgivable during short flights, especially when I have to pack light. I’d rather be in jeans on the plane than fold them small and tight to fit my bag.
In videos and in real life, I wear the same basic tees that come in different shades of three colors: blue, black, and gray. Thinking of what to wear on a daily basis isn’t something I have a lot of time for.
Chay: Wrap it up
Dresses are always my go-to whenever I feel lazy putting together an outfit. The problem is a lot of my existing dresses border on business casual and are too warm for the tropical weather. I got a few of these wrap dresses recently that have a very summer-y vibe that a pair of white sneakers and heavy duty-looking tote won’t ruin.
PH3 wireless headphones is a wearable Filipino pride
A limited-edition offering that gives back
Electronics manufacturer H-Audio has been providing quality products to its market when it comes to audio solutions. While they have a select lineup of offerings, it caters to different types of users.
What we have here is the PH3 that screams Filipino pride as soon as you put it on. Read on and find out if it performs as good as it looks.
It has a straightforward design
Three stars and a sun on each earcup
Solid build quality
Clasps comfortably on the head
Comfortable ear cups
What I personally like about the PH3 when it comes to design is how it has a minimalistic kind of approach with just the three stars, sun, and stripes of red and blue. Apart from these Philippine flag-inspired colors, everything else is white. Sure, it might require extra effort to keep it clean, but it’s just something that works aesthetically.
Build quality feels durable and not flimsy which is what I look for next to sound quality. This is made possible by using stainless steel for the headband support and hard plastic for the rest — making it light, but tough.
It has a nice fit around the ears and wearing it for extended periods of time was still comfortable thanks to its memory foam earmuffs. I’ve used it a couple of times while running on the treadmill and the earcups remained snug and in place.
When it comes to sound quality, let’s get to the point — the PH3 delivers. It’s got warm and distinct mids, decent highs, and impressive lows. The overall sound is what you’d expect of closed-back headphones and leans on the muffled side of the sound spectrum.
One thing I noticed, though, is that sound leaks a little to the outside world so you might want to keep that in mind when you’re in an elevator with other people or something.
Connection via Bluetooth was easy and automatically pairs to the phone each time the headphones is turned on. That alone is a big check for me.
The company says it has up to 20 hours of battery life. While I was not able to continuously use it, the headphones lasted me about five days with ANC off and mainly using it for music at the gym, walking around the neighborhood, or even just at home.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
H-Audio’s PH3 is a reliable pair of cans with minimal drawbacks. It might require extra care to keep it clean and sound leak at full volume might be an issue for a select few. Looking past those, however, you have a good set of headphones that not only performs well but also looks attractive with its touch of a local theme.
Additionally, its features like wireless connectivity and Active Noise Cancellation make operations easier and add to the overall music-listening experience.
Priced at PhP 7,480, proceeds will go to platforms to raise funds and help the underprivileged Filipino youth. The PH3 is available in select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches. For more list of stores carrying their products, visit their Facebook page.
Audio House is giving away freebies for Chinese New Year
Get a voucher or a standing fan for the new year
Chinese New Year is fast approaching once again. This year, Audio House is giving us more reasons to celebrate the festivities.
From January 18 to February 9, Audio House will give away SG$ 28 Ang Pow (red packet) vouchers or standing fan to every customer with no minimum purchase. Customers may use these vouchers to discount their next purchase.
Anyone is eligible to receive these freebies. For any successful friend referral, the customers receive an additional SG$ 1 to their vouchers. However, there’s a limit of 50 persons per referral.
In total, anyone can receive an SG$ 78 voucher eligible for any items in any Audio House store nationwide.
Here are the steps to receive the freebies:
- Register via Audio House’s website.
- A confirmation email with QR Code will be sent to the registered email address.
- Present the confirmation email with QR Code and ID at any Audio House showroom service counter to redeem either the ang pow voucher or the standing fan. Each can only redeem once.
The voucher is a great help for individuals gifting their loved ones with electronic items. With over 4,900 electronic items for sale, Audio House showcases major brands from all over the world. Plus, they give cashback in the form of vouchers on every item purchased. To learn more about Audio House, visit their website.
Asics Gel Nimbus 22 review: Exceptional trainer and runner
A well-rounded performance pair
The Asics Gel Nimbus 22 is the latest in Asics Gel Nimbus series of marathon running shoes. These sneakers are made for high mileage and are aimed for those looking for a great training and running pair.
To be clear, they’re not really “racing” shoes because they are not entirely built for speed. The Nimbus 22 is a neutral running shoe that applies to all levels of runners. This means anyone from starters who just run on weekends to anyone who goes on proper, long distance runs.
To quickly introduce the Gel Nimbus series, many Asics fans will tell you that this is the Gold Standard in a road-running shoe. Its comfort is almost second to none in the Asics line.
With every update, Asics has listened to consumer issues and fixed them. This gives the Gel Nimbus series quite a reputation in the running community.
The Nimbus 22 now offers better cushioning than its predecessor, the Gel Nimbus 21.
There’s the same FlyteFoam Propel midsole but there’s more of it this time around. There’s also the same gel cushioning in the heel which is soft and absorbs impact really well.
The shoe is still lightweight. It’s not light enough to be considered a true racing shoe, but it is enough to not feel heavy even after miles of running in a marathon. The men’s model weighs approximately 10.2oz or 290g, while the women’s weighs approximately 8oz or 235g.
In addition, the shoe maintains its stable ride thanks to the Asics signature Trusstic system under the arch. Of course, there’s a lot more that goes into this sneaker but I’ll talk about that later on. With the intro out of the way, let’s talk about design!
Breathable material, plenty of colorway options
The Gel Nimbus 22 is visually appealing. There’s a bunch of different colorways available and for the most part, the colors are not too bright or in your face.
I got the special limited edition Tata Mumbai Marathon colorway to check out — which makes sense because this sneaker is geared towards marathon runners as well. This colorway is a little loud but the usual colorways of the Nimbus 22 are actually quite nice, in case you’re into something more minimalistic.
Starting with the upper, the Nimbus 22 has a pretty breathable, lightweight material. This was especially appreciated in the hot 32-degree Celsius weather I was running in.
That being said, if you’re going to wear this in colder weather, you’ll probably want to wear thicker socks or just wait until your feet get warmed up on your run.
The Nimbus 22 allows for air-flow to keep your feet cool while on a run. Personally, it’s already a huge win for me, so the lightweight mesh material that makes up the upper, is definitely appreciated.
But remember, it is lightweight, so it probably won’t survive any encounters with thorn bushes or rogue sticks when you’re on a hike or running in a trail, so be careful in those scenarios.
Apart from that, the updated mesh upper has a sleeker new look with minimal overlays and has a soft but secure fit. The toe box is a little wide which I actually really liked, while the heel is noticeably structured and slightly narrow. I’ll talk more about fit later on.
Flexible and responsive cushioning
The most appealing feature of the Nimbus 22 is its sole unit. The Gel cushioning wraps around the rear of your foot, and does a great job at shock absorption. This makes running in these sneakers way more comfortable.
Underneath that sole unit that runs the full length of the midsole is the FlyteFoam which brings in the flexibility and responsiveness you feel on these sneakers.
Asics says this has an additional 2mm of the FlyteFoam Propel midsole foam compared to the Nimbus 21. This allows the sole to compress a bit more when your foot first hits the ground for improved softness.
The FlyteFoam Propel is Asics’s bounciest foam to date. While it doesn’t really have the same kind of pop energy return as Adidas’ Boost, it’s still really good and is perfect for everyday runs.
With the Gel cushioning, and FlyteFoam altogether, this just makes for a really comfortable running shoe with plenty of cushioning. This means you also have a lot of underfoot protection against rocks or other small objects that you might encounter. You just have a really plush step-in underfoot feel that maintains its softness throughout your stride.
Coming to the outsole, the Nimbus 22 has a lightweight Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) which reduces the overall level of wear and tea. I have to say, I really appreciate the tread here.
The Nimbus 22 has great traction even on wet roads and the depth of the tread isn’t too deep so it won’t pick up rocks on your run.
The updated outsole with an increased number of flex grooves allows for a smoother ride. I know threads on the outsole are not normally a topic we talk about, but hey, I was pretty impressed.
Lastly, there’s the Trusstic system found under the arch of the shoe. This thermoplastic piece provides stability, reduces weight, and helps extend the life of the shoe.
For women, this piece offers added support for forward motion. In the men’s model, this piece provides added support toward the inside of the arch. In addition, the 10mm offset helps prevent strain in the Achilles and calves.
All in all, the sole of the Asics Gel Nimbus 22 is pretty much the main reason why this is such a comfortable pair. I’m all for it.
True-to-size even or wide footers
In terms of fit, the Gel Nimbus 22 fits true-to-size, and I’m saying that as someone who has pretty wide feet. Although I always recommend you try them on in a store if you can, just to make sure.
It’s a secure but comfortable fit that isn’t too snug. It feels great while running which is something you’ll definitely notice and appreciate on your first run. I had no side-to-side movement or sliding in the shoe while running.
You can feel the comfort and responsiveness in each stride and there is enough room in the toe box area for your toes to feel secure but not too restricted.
Is this your SneakerMatch?
At the end of the day, the Asics Gel Nimbus 22 might just be my favorite running shoes right now. It’s a comfortable, very-well-cushioned run that you’ll love running in for miles. The cushioning is well-balanced and doesn’t feel heavy or dead underfoot. While the shoe is slightly heavier than racing shoes, the weight is well distributed throughout.
Asics has made small but appreciated updates with the Nimbus 22, especially with the thicker midsole which really adds to the whole responsiveness of the shoe. Even the updated upper is nice and soft which feels secure and adaptable at the same time.
I wore the Gel Nimbus 22 to the gym a couple of times, while lifting, running on a treadmill, and even running outdoors. I was really impressed with how comfortable these shoes were, and they didn’t lose any bounce in the two weeks I tried them out.
While it is priced on the higher side, it’s still kind of a steal when compared against other premium running sneakers. This makes it a truly great value for money pair.
The Asics Gel Nimbus 22 lives up to its reputation as a great premium neutral all-around running and training sneaker with even more comfort to boot. Definitely recommended. The Asics Gel Nimbus 22 is hands down my favorite running shoe at the moment.
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