Guest post by Isa Tan
The subject line said â€śWant to review this bag?â€ť I figured why not and a few days later, the Crumpler Dry Red No 7 was in my hands.
My first impression: It looks bulky (itâ€™s meant for 15-inch laptops), and with an empty weight of 0.8kg, it is a bit on the heavy side. On the plus side, it does have a lot of storage space. Outside, itâ€™s got a zipper and clasp-sealed front pocket with an eight-compartment organizer and a key loop, and a zippered rear pocket. Inside, it has a cargo space, a padded, brushed sleeve with velcro clasp, and a zippered mesh pocket.
Day 1 I used it to lug around my 13â€ť laptop, which fit nicely into the padded sleeve, with room to spare. In addition, I was able to fit my Kindle, my wallet, several notebooks in the main compartment, and still had quite a lot of space available. The rear pocket housed another big notebook and several documents.
Day 2 I used it to carry around my 12â€ť netbook sideways, which gave me even more room to put in other things in the bag. This is great for me, especially when I travel, because with so much space available, the Crumpler Dry Red 7 can also double as a sort of overnight bag and accommodate a change of clothes and some toiletries.
Lots of space for tech and other stuff
The main compartmentâ€™s zipper open almost all the way down the sides, but having gussets in the bagâ€™s main interior space prevented my notebooks and other stuff from falling out, and that again is good for me because I tend to open the bag even when Iâ€™m carrying it on my shoulder.
On that note, the neoprene anti-slip shoulder pad on this Crumplerâ€™s detachable strap feels great on the shoulder, unlike the typical leathery material that I have in my other laptop bag which is uncomfortable and causes me to frequently shift the bag between by right and left shoulder.
In the front pocket, I docked my mouse, mobile phone, external hard drive, pens and other knick-knacks and again, there was still room to spare. But I did have a little trouble with the cover. It can only be zipped open two-thirds of the way, so it was a little difficult shoving my hard drive into the innermost pocket, especially if I leave the clasp in. Speaking of the clasp, I think the bag can do away with it without being any worse.
Another thing I liked: The Dink-Meâ„˘ sleeve, which allows me to slide the bag over the handle on my trolley suitcase, so I can just wheel it along and not have to lug it around on my shoulder. Thatâ€™s another thing Iâ€™m not able to do successfully with my other laptop bag, which strap I have to wrap around several times on the trolley handle for it to stay in place on top of my suitcase.
The Dry Red was inadvertently torture tested, when the bag fell from my desk to the floor (a carpeted one). After a quick and panicked inspection, I breathed a sigh of relief on seeing that my laptop and my Kindle werenâ€™t damaged. Still, itâ€™s not something Iâ€™d like to do again.For Php4,450, I think the Dry Red No 7 is priced a bit on the steep side; on the flip side, it carries a lifetime guarantee.The fact that the bag is red doesnâ€™t hurt either.
Availability: Crumpler Stores (The Fort, Trinoma and Robinsons Ermita)
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