Tom Bihn Brain Bag - laptop bag and accessories
Posted by: Rchiilleea on: 31.05.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
As soon as you place your laptop inside the Monolith it looks at home, the bag fits like a glove and the laptop slides in effortlessly, once you cover it completely it is almost like you are ready to go without the rucksack (you could use it this way). Now lets place it in the bag.
Remember these clips we saw inside the compartment earlier? Well this is were there use comes in, you just place the Monolith inside the bag and over the clips as above, this holds it inside the rucksack securely so there is not any movement at all.
The Soft cell is a different case though and has no securing hooks to place on the clips, although once inside the bag there was actually not much movement involved, I would personally go for the monolith bag out of the two. Which reminds me of a point I wanted to make…
Space!!!! This bag has tons of it at the picture above proves that, I managed to fit 2 laptops, the snake charmer bag, a Laptop pad (cooler) and the Freudian Slip (document holder) all inside with no problems and that was without using any of the front pockets!! I have to see an impressive feat.
On the carrying side of the bag there are a total of four straps and I am glad to see it, with the extra this bag can carry to most they are needed especially on a long journey. The bag straps felt comfortable and not once did I suffer any discomfort. Let us move on and put the bag through our drop test shall we?
Here is a quote about our drop test
“Here at Xtreme we decided to go one further and do the bag of sugar drop test. Sound weird well let me explain, take a sugar bag its filled quite tight with 1kg gram of sugar, the average weight of laptop is about 7lbs, so that’s 3 bags of sugar we will use, these will be taped together and placed in the base of the bags laptop compartment. We will then drop the bag from 6ft, sound a bit unorthodox doesn’t it? Well if the bag does its job the sugar bags should come out the same with no indentations, if it doesn’t protect it there will be indents in the sugar bag. We will do this until we don’t find a dent in the sugar bag and then tell you the safe height. A bit of a strange way to test, but rather the sugar than my £500/$799 laptop wouldn’t you agree?”
The Pukuma K2 bag we looked at recently managed a safe dropping distance of 4ft before we spotted any dents in the sugar bags but this well it was a whole 5.2 that is 1ft more than the K2, but I must say this package has a big advantage as the laptop is stored in a bag within a bag so it should give some kind of extra protection. I have to say though with the Soft cell used instead of the monolith the results were on par with the K2 bag. Still a good tough solid and slightly cheaper option with the soft cell but as I said earlier I prefer the Monolith inner bag.
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