Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Proporta Universal Holster
As I mentioned before I left, I took the Proporta Universal Holster on holiday with me. Its two main functions were (a) as a belt-pouch for passports, Palm (with flight details) and mobile phone while in transit, and (b) as a safe, sand-free place tucked away inside my rucksack, for digital camera, phone and money on the beach. Despite the presence of a keyring, I found it was not very good for car keys. When flying, I found I could easily undo my belt and slip it off in the queue for security, so that it went through the x-ray scanner much like the handbag it replaces.
I have not been able to take a photo to show this, but the case rides quite high on your belt, which makes it perfectly comfortable when sitting. It is made of black nylon throughout, which is tough, cheap and slightly water-resistant. It is not, however, particularly smart: more backpack and jeans than briefcase and polished shoes.
Overall, this case is excellent value for money. I don't imagine myself using it every day as a 'gentleman's handbag', but it will have many, many uses, especially when travelling or cycling. If you sometimes find yourself having too much to carry to fit in your pockets, but not enough to justify a backpack or shoulder bag, then you need a Proporta Universal Holster.
And in case you are wondering where I went on holiday: Switzerland. It may be landlocked, but they still have good beaches:
Following The Gadgeteer, PalmAddicts is now publishing photos of reader's 'workspace'. Since I happened to tidy my office yesterday (something I do exactly 3 times a year), I thought I would take a photo for your delectation. It is not very interesting:
You can see my T|E in a E&B Slipper Case. Two paperweights (a piece of Salisbury Cathedral and a lump of fool's gold) whose primary purpose is to hold open books; a multi-card reader, my eMac; a Brando Syndicator cable which I can use with either the T|E or the card reader, and my Conran designed insulated 'french-press' coffee mug.