Roadwired’s Podzilla Case

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INTRODUCTION

One of the things that drives
portable computing enthusiasts is the ability to “take it with
you.”  We like the idea that you can carry a lot of functionality
in a small amout of space.  That same focus is what drove
Roadwired to develop the Podzilla case.


WHAT’S HOT

The Podzilla is Roadwired’s larger
cousin of the already famous <a
href=”http://www.roadwired.com/store/product.cfm?productid=57″>Pod case.
Whereas the Pod is perfect for carrying a Pocket PC and all of the
associated accessories, the Podzilla will allow you to carry larger
personal electronics or cameras with their accessories or a number of
smaller items while allowing quick access to the items you need and
protecting the items you leave in the case.  The Podzilla sports
over 20 pockets, flaps, and holders all enclosed in strong,
water-repellent, Ballistic Nylon pack cloth.  Polyethelene sheets
and extra padding add additional protection for the main
compartment.  A shoulder strap and belt loops allow the case to be
carried as you prefer.


PRODUCT FEATURES

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The
Podzilla case is made of sturdy, water-repellant Ballistic Nylon on
the outside.
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The
back has a set of dual-height belt loops, backed with a
moisture-wicking mesh for “no-sweat” carrying.

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Inside,
there is a slot for holding an identification card and a padded main
compartment.  The main compartment is also protected by
polyethelene panels within the outer walls.

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The
case comes with an insert that allows you to divide the main
compartment as you choose.  The insert attaches to the inside
compartment walls with Velcro strips.
(The insert is removed and sitting above the case in this picture.)

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At
the front of the case is a large zippered pocket containing slots for
memory cards and holders for pens, pencils, or styli.

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The
flap of the front pocket has an additional webbing pocket for
additional accessories.  The top closes with a Velcro fastener.

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All
of the pockets have “wings” on the sides to prevent them from dropping
completely open and emptying contents onto the ground.

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The
left-side pocket has elastic holders for cards or cables and a
Velcro-fastened additional flap pocket.

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The
right-side pocket has bungee holders for accessories or cables, elastic
holders for cards, and a Velcro-fastened additional flap pocket.

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Both
of the side pockets also have a webbing pouch on the outside of the
pocket for additional items.  Above the pocket, you can also see
the loop for attaching the included shoulder strap.

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All
of the pockets have dual-pull, self-repairing zippers.

 


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OPTIONS


The
Podzilla comes in five different designer colors.  From left to
right, Black, Olive, Navy, Yellow, and Red.


FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

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face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The Interior of the
Podzilla case is 8 x 7.25 x 4 to 5 inches.  (The case is thinner
at the bottom than at the top.)


BUGS AND WISHES


The craftsmanship and quality of materials on the Podzilla is
excellent.  I could find no flaws in the fabric, seams, or
fasteners.  I also thought the overall design and placement of
features of the product was very well thought out.

<font
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have for Roadwired on the Podzilla is to put Velcro fasteners on the
belt loops on the back of the case.  When I took the Podzilla
hiking with me, I used a combination of the shoulder strap and belt
loops to support the case while keeping it relatively stationary to
me.  However, when I wanted to set the case down (or when I wanted
to flip it around for better vantage on the side pocket), I had to
partly remove my belt to do so.  Belt loops with Velcro would make
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PURCHASING


size=”2″>One of the best things about the Podzilla is that it costs
only $69.95.  Go into any camera store and price their offerings
and you will see that Podzilla is a feature-laden bargain in
comparison.  You can purchase the Podzilla <a
href=”http://www.mobileplanet.com/private/pocketnow/product.asp?pf%5Fid=MP289851&dept%5Fid=3733″ target=”_blank”>from
the pocketnow Store.


PROS


  • Over 20 compartments
    for various items


  • Belt loops and
    shoulder strap


  • Full padding and
    protective panels on the
    main compartment


  • Insert for
    splitting and reconfiguring main compartment


  • Straps, bungees, and
    flap pockets keep your items organized


  • Dual pulls on
    self-repairing zippers


CONS


  • Belt loops require
    undoing belt to remove

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Overall

 

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<a
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ratings mean?


OVERALL
IMPRESSION

Roadwired has done an excellent job
of creating a top-notch, protective, carrying bag.  The design and
quality of materials is outstanding.  The price is very
reasonable, especially considering the wealth of features.  You
could easily pay two to three times as much for a lesser bag… but
don’t.  If you want a larger-sized, protective case for your video
or still camera or other electronic gadgetry I would unreservedly
recommend Roadwired’s Podzilla.

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