About Us

We’re John Biggs, Patrick Kansa, and Victor Marks, and you might recognize us from our prior (and still going strong) team-up over at WristWatchReview. While we still love our watches, we’re also super into tech, gear, gadgets, and all sorts of other fun stuff. Hence, Knapsack.

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, and 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 what 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 steal 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 backpacks for a long trip, or stuff that takes a place of honor on our desks at work or 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 here to 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.

Knapsack is about stuff we love and love to use and carry. Our goal is to be your friend as we explore tech from all angles and tell you the coolest things we’ve seen.

When we started WristWatchReview we wanted to be an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand exploration of a complex environment. Now, as tech becomes more ubiquitous we thought it would be fun to expand into gadgets, gear, mobile, and gaming. We will bring the same no-nonsense attitude to this space we also know well.

And we promise always to tell you the truth. Thanks for coming along for the ride!