By Mike Riley on Thu, 03/21/2013
If you’re in the market for a bag to carry your decked out iPad tablet, you may find the right mix of qualities in Booq's Boa Courier 10 ($99.95) messenger bag.
Designed for iPads and other 10" tablets, the Booq Boa courier includes several unique features that set it apart in an increasingly crowded iPad-protective accessories market. Its tough weatherized exterior along with the nylon shoulder and cross straps are sure to keep your iPad safe and close to your side while on the go.
The bag has easily accessible YKK zippers and a removable key ring. It has enough pockets to secure items like power chargers, cables, styli, notepads and even a magazine or two. Watch the video below to see the Boa in action.
I was initially concerned about the absence of a waist strap when walking quickly, but the combination of the shoulder strap and cross strap did an even better job stabilizing the bag than I anticipated. It was secure without being restrictive.
Perhaps the most innovative addition to the Boa Courier compared to others in its class is its Terralinq serial tag. This high-tech lost and found tag only works if you register the bag first online. If an honest person finds your lost bag before you do, they can visit www.booqbags.com/terralinq to have Booq contact you with details about the bag's current whereabouts. The fact that the label is well weatherproofed and sewn directly into a visible flap inside the bag makes for smart vigilance. It also represents a higher degree of appreciation for the customer's business by extending a longer-term relationship beyond the point of sale.
Overall, I found the Booq Boa courier 10's features to be superior to more expensive competing courier bags. While I wasn't initially appreciative of the stiff exterior 1680D nylon material, I've discovered that this tough fabric shell repels water and other outdoor elements better than more expensive cloth or thinner nylon canvas bags. I also like the soft padded Nylex® interior pocket lining that protects my iPad's surface from getting scratched.
Product: Boa Courier 10
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars