I will admit it, most gadget carriers stink. This includes the legion of available backpacks meant to hold your laptop computers and other gear. Why are they bad? Well, aside from being really poor in quality, they are ergonomically and logically flawed most of the time. I'd love to think that every item meant to be worn or carried around goes through a series of ergonomics tests to ensure they work well and are comfortable. How false this is. Most of them make the problems they intend to cure even worse. A few examples? How about laptop bags with insufficient padding so that your computer is susceptible to damage when you put it on the floor. Or straps and a weight distribution that hurts your back unnecessarily. This basically includes ALL messenger bags meant to hold anything but light weight documents. So I've painted a pretty dismal picture. Is there hope? Of course. Which leads me to a my own personal concept of luxury backpacks - that being ones that look good, work well, and are comfortable. Leave the fine leather and luxury brand names to purses and wallets.
Brands like Booq
do their homework before releasing items into the market. It isn't that their products are perfect, but rather that when you uses them you genuinely feel that thought was put into their design and function. I've owned an assortment of their products, and am continually impressed by the experience. My newest Booq is the Boa Flow laptop computer carrying backpack
. It comes in a few sizes and I have the "M' (medium model). There is a larger model that will fit more stuff, but is mostly meant to house large sized (17 inch screen and a bit above) notebook computers. One this I really like about the Booq Boa Flow is that it is able to hold other stuff as well. Booq has designed in a bunch of other large and small pockets and cargo areas. Some of these are quite dedicated. Such as for cables, water bottles, umbrellas, cameras, and other items. Despite the medium size, I can carry my 15 inch notebook computer, a host of cables, some pens and other stationary, an iPad, a few magazines, umbrella, and some documents - all with comfortable room for more. The Boa Flow is even an improvement organizationally from their previous Python model. Materials wise Booq only uses fine ballistic nylon, sturdy zippers, and other quality materials. The designs of their stuff looks really cool as well. Not too dorky, but certainly futuristic enough to impress people. Plus, that black with orange trim is a great looking motif. Some of the materials are a bit scratchy, but don't really affect the wearing experience that much. This includes the orange mesh material on the back part of the bag. Again, that doesn't affect you unless you are wearing the bag without a shirt on.