Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 11:00
First up in our Bag Month feature is a bag from a new entrant onto the notebook luggage scene. Slappa started out building luggage for DJs back in 2003 and I discovered them at Winter Music Conference in Miami a few years ago. Slappa started out making high-quality storage cases for CDs and has since branched out into notebook luggage.
Slappa’s Metro Pro Laptop Bag (US$70) is built from rainproof and puncture proof BuckBlast material and features a hide-away carry handle and strong zippers. The main compartment features an adjustable Velcro divider and it fits a 15-inch MacBook Pro nicely, so it will also fit a 13-inch MacBook as well.
The second half of the main compartment has enough space to store an AC adapter, some papers, a magazine and a few cables, but that’s it. The bag isn’t enormous but it’s adequately spacious for a 15-inch MacBook Pro and some accessories. The inside of the flap has a couple of small pockets for money and credit cards. The removable shoulder strap features Slappa’s E.Z. Clip system which allows you to easily adjust the strap length by simply clicking into a different clip.
The 3/4-inch padding inside the Metro Pro bag is sufficient but not tremendously so. It’s enough padding to protect your notebook from most day-to-day bumps but I’d prefer a little bit more on the bottom (although the molded rubber diamond grip feet help.)
The Slappa Metro Pro is a stylish and economical shoulder bag that I’d recommend to artists, architects and other scenesters that are concerned with looking good while carrying their notebook computer. Those that bash and flail their bags or need a ton of extra storage room should consider something larger and more rugged like Slappa’s Velocity Pro Spider or HardBody Pro.
Model: Metro Pro Laptop Bag
Dimensions: 15″ (w), 11″ (h), 4″ (d)
Weight: 2.6 lbs