Three Degrees of Getting Goods to Review

Lewis N ClarkYou are probably familiar with the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game, but it always amuses me when similar events occur in my life. Here is an example.

Our friend, Beth Howard aka The Pie Lady, forwarded an e-mail to me where she was offered a sample backpack and duffel bag via The Grommet website group to use and review. She went on to point out I am in a better position to be getting these offers due to our extensive travels.

Thinking about this, I wrote a note to Mike Lovett at The Grommet. Quite honestly, I have been a Grommet newsletter subscriber for more than several years and really believe in their mission. Mike was kind enough to write back, stating he would ask LCI Brands to send me the Lewis N Clark ultra-lightweight backpack and duffel.

As it so happens, I have purchased a vast number of Lewis N Clark travel products over the years, so I had great confidence the products would be worthy of using and reviewing in an honest manner.

Ashley Atkinson-Leon at LCI Brands had to send them twice. The first shipment via post went MIA. Upon learning we were leaving for 4+ months, she generously re-shipped these items using UPS. These almost went MIA also as UPS could not find our apartment, though I had left a sticker next to the bell. They arrived two days before we left; talk about a narrow window. It was a pleasant surprise to find one of each product: a duffel bag and a backpack.

The maxim “Good things come in small packages” is definitely true in this case. Both products fit into their own individual bag that is no larger than a healthy sized orange. As the attachment states, these are ultra-lightweight (both were about 9 ounces in shipping), they pack into their own pouch, which in turn transforms into a nifty little carry all bag when not used for storage. Its drawstring closure with a cord attaching it to the inside of the backpack or duffel, is a great little storage place to keep ready needed items like lip protector or tissues.

Tomorrow, I will use the backpack for a test run and report back. It is so light, it should be healthier for my back than the bag I generally use for my camera, lens, tissues, keys, phone and the list goes on.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.