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It dawned on me recently that I almost never go anywhere without my laptop and all its associated gear. I’m like a jockey (a very large jockey): I basically have to weigh in with my 15-pound saddle. I take it to the bookstore, the coffee shop, to our favorite local pub that has free wifi, on trips, and anywhere I know I’ll be able to do some work. And boy, does my back pay the price.
A few months ago, back and shoulder pains sent me searching for an ergonomic replacement for my bulky Synergy Laptop Bag by Wenger. After reading dozens of reviews, I settled on the medium bbp bag, an innovative hybrid messenger bag which rides low and feels about half as heavy as a traditional laptop backpack.
It has a lot of cool features:
Low center of gravity makes it very comfortable.
The straps can be reconfigured to work like a traditional over-the-shoulder messenger bag, or as a backpack-style 2-strap bag. I always use mine in the 2-strap mode, even when throwing it over one shoulder to walk short distances. Wearing it over 2 shoulders is much easier on your back and I recommend keeping it in backpack mode. When you wear it as a backpack, it sits on your bottom, which is a little disconcerting at first, but is actually quite comfortable thanks to the big, cushy pads on the bag (and my butt). I’m 5’7″, and I find the length of the straps perfect. It feels very different than a regular bag– it almost pulls you to a more upright position because of the weight distribution.
Good arrangement of pockets.
I carry my keys in the solid side pocket (easy to reach without taking the bag off my back), a water bottle in the side mesh pocket, 4 pens in pen holders, my blackberry USB cable in the small vertical zippered pocket, personal stuff in the smallest zippered outer pocket, a Wacom Bamboo and Moleskine pocket sketchbook in the large zippered pocket, and my cables, digital camera, portable drive, papers and books in the big main compartment. There’s also a small zippered pocket inside the main compartment, where I keep my thumb drive and a couple of microfiber cloths to clean the screen. There are also two velcro loops underneath the main flap, intended for a rolled-up newspaper (how quaint) or an umbrella, but I never use that because I don’t read paper newspapers and I don’t walk around in the rain.
Airport-friendly outer zippered pocket for the laptop.
Unlike traditional messenger bags that require you to lift the flap to access the laptop, the bbp laptop compartment is actually behind the flap, secured with its own waterproof zipper. This is very handy when taking your laptop out to go through security checks. The pocket will fit a 15″ laptop (my 15″ Macbook Pro fits snugly), and also comes with some velcroed spacers if you have a smaller laptop. The compartment has plenty of padding and is covered with a soft cloth.
There’s also a zipper on the bottom of the bag which will allow you to slide your bag over a suitcase handle.
I really love this bag, and I think you will too. To win the Lime Medium Tango Flow bag pictured above, leave a comment below by March 1, 2009. (You can leave more than 1 comment, but I will only count 1 entry per person.)
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Congratulations, Angela! I’ll be sending you your bag this week. Thanks to everyone else for participating, and if you still would like to purchase any bag in the BBP line, be sure to use the discount code above for 15% off.