I thought I would write up a little review for my new messenger bag, better known as The Bag of Holding. I had been looking for a simple looking, large capacity messenger bag for some time and found this little gem on Think Geek. Let’s get on with it.
The style of the bag is impressive for me. Now a day’s most bags you can buy are flashy and look to be made out of cheap material. Not The Bag of Holding. A solid charcoal colored canvas bag with one rubber patch depicting the iconic D20 die and the name, The Bag of Holding, written next to it. The zippers are black and look fine, although I would have liked to have seen some sturdier looking ones. Mind you they haven’t broke or anything, they just don’t look like hardcore zippers. The size of the bag is larger than normal but doesn’t look to bulky.
First off this bag can fit a lot of things. The term ‘Bag of Holding’ is in reference to a magical container in the game of Dungeons and Dragons that could hold far more then it looked. Of course this bag is not magical. Although it can hold a ton of stuff, the weight is still very much an issue. This isn’t a draw back to the bag just something I had to learn the hard way when trying to take everything I owned around with me. Here are the official dimensions of the bag, straight from the website.
o Main Padded Laptop Compartment: 16″ x 13.5″ x 3″
o Huge second compartment: 16″ x 13.5″ x 3″
o Third compartment: 13″ x 10″ x 1″
o Fourth Velcro compartment: 12″ x 7″ x 1″
o Front zipper pocket: 13″ x 5″
o Rear Document pocket: 16″ x 10″
Yes that’s a lot of damn pockets. Yes I use them all. There is a small pocket in the front with a few little pouches built in. A larger one behind that which fits a stack of comic books nicely, the humongous pocket behind that which includes a small pouch inside. There is a pocket on the outer flap that covers up the other pockets, the cushioned laptop pocket on the outside of the flap, and finally a skinny pocket on the back. This thing holds everything you could possibly need and more. The only two problems I have is with the laptop pocket and the small utility pocket in the front. The laptop bag has plenty of padding but lacks on the bottom. This is easily fixed by putting a small towel a the bottom but it’s something that should have been thought out a bit better. The front utility pocket’s pouches are painfully small. You won’t be putting much in them.
I love this bag. Its honestly the greatest messenger bag I’ve ever owned. I take the bus a lot to and from work and this works out perfectly.
· Good looking design
· Massive Geek Cred
· Zippers could be a bit thicker
· Needs extra padding at bottom of laptop pocket
· Front utility pockets are near useless due to small size
This bag honestly would have gotten a OMGWTF if it weren’t for the laptop pocket’s padding and the zippers. I could care less about the front pocket having small pouches to be honest. If you looking for a new messenger bag to use on a daily basis this very well might suit you needs. Head over to the Think Geek website to check it out.
*Images courtesy of Think Geek