A reader writes . . .
Like many, I got tired of having so much banging around in various pockets. Tired of stuff falling out when I leaned over. Tired of not having what I needed, of not having things to help me fritter away some time when I got stuck somewhere.
Now, I always have a paperback, a cam, a pad, a pipe (and aromatic tobacco that makes my man purse smell great), a flask, hanky, shades, SAK, duct-tape, zipties…oh, man, life is sweet!
I find I need satchels of at least two sizes. OK, I commonly use FIVE—the biggest is a hockey bag and I can live out of that (did for a winter once as a ski bum).
My latest common set-up is to toss my man purse INTO a bigger satchel for a day’s worth of action—the manpurse doesn’t hold books or enough food and water but it does have everything else already in it.
I fell hard over the edge when I went I went to a Renaissance Fest a couple years ago. All those pouches and holsters and the smell of leather from all those booths selling leather stuff, just drove me nuts. I had to get me a pouch and some leather stuff. The muzzleloader re-enactors have it almost as good with their “possibles bags.”
Renaissance festivals . . . pipes . . . leather sniffing . . . man bags inside man bags . . . re-enactors. Where does this guy come from?
Williamston, Michigan, it turns out. His name is Jeff Potter, and he’s the proprietor of an extensive outdoor- and independent-culture website named (shockingly) Out Your Backdoor.
Potter sells his own line of outdoorsy recycled and rebranded man purses on the site, including what he calls the “World’s Only 3-Way Bag,” a Swedish military shoulder bag repurposed so it can also fit on a bicycle.