Crumpler is probably best known for their whimsically-named vibrantly-colored trendy bags. Ideal for students, these, however, may not be a perfect fit in the corporate world. Enter their newest offering, the Nhil Heist.
The Nhil Heist is a laptop briefcase-inspired backpack that tones down the funkiness a notch, but certainly doesn’t hold back in terms of quality and features some Crumpler ingenuity along the way.
Width: 31 cm / 12.2 inches Pockets/Compartments
Height: 43 cm / 16.9 inches Inside: 1x padded laptop sleeve (up to 17-inch), 4x side pockets
Depth: 12 cm / 4.7 inches Outside: 1x side pocket, 1x top pocket
Volume: 17 L kg / 1037 cu”
Empty Weight: 0.85 kg / 1.87 lbs Philippine SRP: Php6,650.00
One size, fits many
Despite its slim profile, this is one spacious bag. Here’s a rundown of the items I crammed into it:
1. Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter, power cord
2. Canon Ixy 600 with carrying case
3. HP Mini 210 power adaptor, power cord
4. 2G iPod Touch with Belkin crystal hard case
5. Apple 15-inch Macbook Pro
6. 5 bottles of 1L Del Monte Fit ‘n Right
7. HP Mini 210 netbook
8. Nokia C3 mobile phone
The biggest surprise here is its expandable main compartment. With all its other pockets packed, I still managed to squeeze in a total of 5 1L bottles of Del Monte Fit ‘n Right (4 standing, 1 lying on its side) into it. Of course, normally I wouldn’t be mixing bottle drinks with my beloved gadgets in one bag, but this extreme example should prove my point that the Nhil Heist’s got plenty of room to store all your gadget goodies and then some.
The other top hidden pocket that’s adjacent to the main compartment is also big enough to accommodate a laptop/netbook up to 10-inches in size. The side pocket, for its part, can fit in a cellphone with room to spare for a wallet, portable hard drive or other similarly sized devices.
It’s no Ninja Turtle backpack, but it’s definitely not lacking in terms of storage capacity either.
Being Different Counts
Designed back-to-front, this isn’t your typical laptop backpack. Traditionally, the laptop sleeve would be the nearest compartment to your back. With the Nhil Heist, it’s now the farthest. The strap design is also new here. Instead of being fastened to the back of the bag, it stretches from the front to your shoulders. It may look awkward when worn, but this novel design is actually a good deterrent for would-be pickpockets as the straps block off access to the top-mounted zippers.
Speaking of zippers, that’s another notable feature of the Nhil Heist. They’re water resistant. As the old adage goes, a structure is only as strong as its weakest link. In most water resistant bags, that’s usually the zipper. Crumpler equipped the Nhil Heist with water resistant zippers so that it’s just as weather proof as the rest of its body.
The side pocket, meanwhile, provides users with easy access to frequently used items without having to remove the Nhil Heist once it’s already on your back.
It’s great, but….
As good as the new front-to-back design is, it does, however, take some getting used to. Because of the new design, the bag actually now rests on your mide-section to lower back as opposed to being hunched to the back of your rib cage. Once worn properly, however, it’s actually quite a joy to use.
A more serious point of concern though is the outermost location of the laptop sleeve. Yes, it’s padded, but padding can only provide so much protection. If it were located closest to your back, whatever items you store in the main compartment can certainly help insulate your mobile computer from damage when something hits you from the back.
I also wished it were available in a variety of colors instead of just black, but that’s just a matter of personal preference.
The Nhil Hesit may not be as much of a head-turner as Crumpler’s other offerings, but this bag’s definitely worth checking out especially if you’re more after functionality rather than styling. It’s very roomy, and is well built for all weather conditions.
Its steep retail price though is its biggest turn off, but hey, whoever said quality comes cheap?
You must be logged in to post a comment.