Back in 1999, before smartphones and when we carried cell phones and PDAs (like the PalmPilot), several companies were trying to come up with ways for us to carry all of our gadgets comfortably when we travelled about. One of the cleverest ways was pioneered by a website called eHolster, which produced a line of products collectively called…the eHolster! As you can imagine, the device they engineered was a shoulder holster similar to the ones seen in police and detective movies, only designed with holsters that carried electronic devices (their inventory covered holsters that fit all the major brands of cell phones and PDAs). The holsters were designed with a slimness that enabled them to be worn undetected under a suitcoat or jacket. Call it the James Bond look.
Then 9/11 happened, followed by Homeland Security and airport check-ins, and suddenly wearing a holster under your coat in public or going through airport security didn’t seem like such a smart or cool idea. I know – I had just purchased an eHolster. Oops.
eHolster continued to turn out their product, but at some point they decided to drastically scale back their product line. Introducing the e-Volve Gadget Shoulder Holster, a kind of hybrid between a shoulder holster and a sidebag. It still retains its cool spy shoulder-holster appeal, while enabling the wearer to carry his electronic devices, credit cards and other wallet-friendly items. Of course I now have one (even though in Florida I only get to use it three months of the year when it’s a bit nippy out), and it does its job admirably. Check out their site for this and other products, and hope that in the future they expand their lines – and maybe even bring back their signature eHolster.