I often need my laptop. But I hate carrying big bags so, as a compromise, I’ve always gone around with a Hedgren shoulder bag that happens to be a skin-tight fit for my netbook. It never fails: mall guards generally gasp when they realize I actually have a computer in that tiny bag.
Meanwhile, I’d see my sister bringing a huge bag everywhere, and I’d taunt her because of it.
In short, I’ve always been allergic to lugging a huge bag with me. So when I first held the Crumpler Dederang Heist in my hands, I felt the allergy thing kicking in. This is, after all, a bag that was designed to fit a 15” laptop, so my poor 10.1” Eee PC was destined to drown in it. Standing 11.4” high and and 15.75” wide, it’s what our reader Talkintech would call a “bayong bag” (how’s that for a shout-out, Bernie?).
No way would I stick with it.
Or so I thought.
Going big time
You know what? After I got this bag, I haven’t used my Hedgren in ages. And I don’t miss it at all. This Crumpler rocks because it’s just so spacious. It’s as if I’ve just traded up from a studio condo to a two-storey house, and it will be tough for me to go back to my tiny ways without feeling a tad deprived.
(As I write this, one song comes to mind: “Bulilit, bulilit sanay sa masikip…”)
With the Dederang, you get one capacious main compartment that is partitioned into a sleeve area, where you can securely drop your laptop, and a utility area for files, folders, books and what have you. Here you’ll also find four really deep pockets for your accessories and doodads. This main compartment is zipped up with Crumpler’s trademarked zipper. It’s a seamless heavy-duty zipper that, when zipped, is as flush as a Ziploc seal. Nice.
There’s also another zipper compartment for your frequently accessed items such as your wallet or your phone. Or at least that’s the idea. In practice, the level of effort required to access this compartment is just the same as that for the main compartment. No biggie, really, just that I fail to see what makes this a “quick access” compartment. My idea of a quick-access pouch is something that is located midway down a bag’s exoskeleton, possibly held together by Velcro or a mag-lock.
Here’s why it’s an issue for me: unzipping the big quick access compartment while the bag’s pinned under your arm can be quite an effort. Taking out your wallet at a stall can lead to some serious fumbling. It doesn’t have to be that way, Crumpler. Give me a side-mounted pouch anytime. Still, as an extra compartment, it’s pretty useful.
Built for keeps
Construction-wise, hey it’s a Crumpler. You can’t ask for more. Materials and build quality are topnotch. This is the kind of bag that’s built for a lifetime of use. Have to run to your car through a hard rainfall? Fear not, this bag can take it and keep everything secure.
It’s darn comfortable too. Neoprene padding means the strap won’t feel like a mandolin slicing down on your skin. You can load this up and you can keep going where other bags would already have worn you down. The shoulder strap is detachable. Without it, the bag can almost pass off for a serious business attaché.
Everything’s big here
I’m missing out on something though. Pen holders. Yeah, those little loops for you to latch your pens onto. This bag has none of those. Yes every single pocket is capacious enough to hold an entire collection of pens, but I still want my pens where I could easily see them, rather than go fishing for them.
I also wouldn’t mind having a smaller zippered compartment or two, just so I have the confidence that my smaller stuff aren’t bouncing about and getting lost inside this cavernous bag.
All in all though, I love this bag. Yes, I know I’m using a “briefcase” as a tote, but that’s my standard use case. And yes, my Eee PC may look puny inside it, but that just gives me even more space to put in ever more stuff. Big notebooks, little notebooks, file folders, a sketch pad, you name it. I’ve gone over to the dark side, carrying lots of things with me anywhere I go.
In short, I’ve turned into my sister. Lord help me.
Crumpler Dederang Heist
SRP Php 5,450
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