It comes in one color – black. The insides are red. Its name, true to Crumpler lineage, is Pinnacle of Horror. For a messenger-type sling bag that fits a 13″ laptop, it’s unexpectedly comfortable. The contoured geometry and the absence of fuss are a twin blessing for the disorganized – there are no buttoned, velcro’d, or zippered pockets that bulge out like eyesores; no pockets likely to be housing candy wrappers and ticket stubs that ants will eventually find.
There’s more: black non-reflective water-resistant weave, black front strap to secure the contents, black shoulder strap with black shoulder padding – these all the more highlight the Crumpler logo, in a Zen-quiet way. Zip the top open to bask in red – anything inside is predominantly of this color – the exterior is a kind of black that catches your eye, as though the bag was trying to hide, stylishly, in plain sight.
The problem with black bags and cats at home is cat-shed clinging to the bag. This wouldn’t be a review without real-life trials. So I grabbed the nearest cat and rubbed him against the bag. When Oscar the cat stopped protesting, which coincided with the point when I let him go, I stared at the bag and Oscar’s black and white shedding – easy enough to pick out, even easier to rub off with a rug. Look at the picture below – not a single cat hair remains.
If you sling it on your right shoulder, with the strap coming down diagonally across your chest – the bag on your left side – the Pinnacle of Horror “contours” onto you. Strange. Strange is good. What happens is you naturally adjust the strap for a tight but comfortable length, so the load, when you’re standing up or walking, is closer to your center of gravity.
The bag becomes a part of you — slide it behind you if you need to use your hands, slide it up front for a more secure handling — excellent in case you need to sprint ahead of other pedestrians (and their pedestrian bags). Either way, it doesn’t look like a heavily padded laptop bag — a give-away for thieves. It’s likely to escape laptop-hunting eyes: your company-issued Acer laptop, or newly-bought second-hand Mac, is safe.
Slide the bag up front and you can reach into an ergonomically positioned zippered compartment on the bag’s left side (with the bag facing away from you) using your left hand. Instead of reaching down your pants or unzipping your non-Crumpler bag to check who texted you, you can do that without looking. Unzip, reach in, glance at your cell phone, zip back cell phone safely. All with one hand.
You might want to make sure that the strap has a just-right slack, in case you need to access another zippered compartment on the bag’s back side. If you have the Pinnacle of Horror slung over your shoulders and pulled up front, the strap slack is useful so you can access this other compartment. The slight difficulty with access is good for items that need to be secured, like your purse, or your iPad.
A portion of the bag’s top part folds to serve as a flap, which you secure with the front strap, an idea so simple you wonder why other bags have two straps side by side, when one will do. Apart from being able to house a laptop, there’s more room, enough for a single change of clothes, or gizmos and chargers, or books and magazines.
This is a bag I’d like to bring, even without anything inside, because it makes me look good. The mirror doesn’t lie. And I am a reliable interpreter of facts. Believe you me.
The Pinnacle of Horror sells at P4,950.00 at any Crumpler Concept Store and Digital Walker outlet near you.
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