Is the Crumpler Laptop Bag an improvement over my old faithful? What about all of my current and future accessories? Does the laptop padding have any substance to it? What is a Quick Flick buckle? How easily does the padded strap work? I am a person who loves the extra large bag to hold all of my STUFF, and as you will see in this review, I mean lots of Stuff. I take my laptop bag everywhere I might have an opportunity to use it, kinda like a security blanket.
According to the Crumpler website, The Part and Parcel bag is, "…the ultimate messenger style 15' laptop satchel, with 'kitchen sink' features yield. Sacrifices a little interior space for the extra protection afforded by full padded protection for your expensive IT goodies whilst on the go. Very 'suit'-able but still street ably acceptable looks-wise." Let's take a detailed look, and evaluate the claim.
This Laptop bag is 17.7 x 13.8 x 5.9 inches and has a great look, with a truly tough, water resistant 1000D Nylon shell
I sprayed the outer shell with water and found out that water resistance does not does not mean waterproof. ?
Note the adjustable main strap w/ Quick Flick TM buckle above. The Quick Flick is a buckle that allows you to adjust the length of the shoulder strap within seconds.
My 15' HP 4325 laptop fits snugly into its own fully padded pocket that is 13 x 10.6 x 1.6 inches. Crumpler has done a great job of making sure that a laptop fits securely.Note the roomy 420D Rip stop Nylon lining. Inside is an immense amount of room; I have a tendency to put too much stuff inside of them.When you first open the Crumpler Bag, you begin to see all of the storage possibilities.The external gusseted zipper pocket has six pockets to hold your pens, mouse, mobile speakers, and so on.Hey, I told you I didn't know when to stop putting stuff inside the bag! Not pictured about is what I had in the meshed compartment, and believe it or not, there was room for more!
Have you been to the Crumpler website? If not, it's a must see! Once you do figure out all the buttons, you can find products details, locations of their stores, both email and land addresses, plus contact phone numbers. In the future, I would hope to see at least SOME information about warranties, rather than all those weird animals. I'd like some more documentation provided with the bag to explain more about the features and what the various pockets are designed to hold.
BUGS AND WISHES
Although there is a plethora of pockets, I can't seem to reasonably limit how much to fit inside my bag. I think that the meshed pocket on the inside of the outer flap is a good size, but, it might be more useful with dividers. It could also use instructions for both the padded adjustable strap and all of the pockets inside of the bag. An idea would be to include business-sized cards, with pictures on them, and put them inside the different pockets suggesting what might best go inside that pocket.
This bag can be purchased direct from Crumpler for $145.00. There are four colors to choose from.
- Plenty of pockets
- Water resistant outer shell
- Rip Stop lining
- Great adjustable strap with Quick Flick Buckle
- Padded laptop compartment offers great protection
- Perhaps too many pockets
- The meshed compartment needs dividers
- Needs better instructions on pocket layout
Crumpler referred to the bag as a "kitchen sink" – and I now know why. Next time I go camping, forget the sleeping bag, I'm bringing my Part and Parcel laptop case. Just kidding. Seriously though, this case provides ample protection for laptops, all while looking great. Some guidance would be appreciated as to what all the pockets are for, but that minor gripe aside, I reccomend this product.