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Booq Python Toploader Gadget Bag

 

When I first become a citizen of the digital world, I began to accumulate baggage. Little by little my pocket PC started to have a lot of companions in the form of chargers, cables, batteries, memory cards, speakers, and more. It was way too much stuff to cram into my pockets, but I couldn't live without it.

The only solution was to find some sort of gadget bag to accommodate the accessories. One plus was that I eliminated my wallet and transferred all my credit cards, business cards, and such to the gadget bag, which my wife referred to as my "man purse".

At first, I admit, I was like a woman buying purses to match every occasion or outfit. But, in my case, I was merely trying to find a solution that would give me enough room for my gadgets and keep them safe and organized for easy access. It's not as easy as it may seem. I've gone through a lot of bags at some expense. Now I have a whole closet full of them.

I was delighted to receive a Python Toploader from Booq to review. It's actually a camera bag, but I've learned that they are often the best choice because photographers have the same problem with extra paraphernalia to carry.

This handsome bag is made of black nylon with a waterproof coating. It measures approximately 10.5 inches high by 8.5 inches wide and angles inward toward the front to a width of 3.25 inches so it is sort truncated triangle in shape.

It has a comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap and a sturdy, padded carrying handle on top, which I appreciate.

Now let's talk about compartments. There is a large zippered compartment on the that extends to the bottom of the bag. This is where you are supposed to store your SLR camera and lenses. There is a Velcro separator the firmly attached and forms two compartments. This central area is extremely well padded.

On the upper level of the large compartment are two elastic bands, one on each side divided in half forming form pockets that appear to be meant to hold CF memory cards.

On the lid is a pocket that extends the width of the lid for storage of flat items. Here is where the registration number of the bag resides, but more about that in a moment.

The back of the bag has a large pocket that goes to the bottom of the bag for more storage of small items. I would sorry that they would fall out though because it has no closure, so you would have to be careful what you in there.

There are two more zippered pockets and either side of the bag. The zippers open the entire top and one side of the compartment. On the left side, the pocket has a nice key holder that you can hook your key to with a quick snap release at the push of a button. There is also an elastic pocket running the width of the pocket that is about three inches deep for holding more items.

The right pocket has three elastic pockets running the width of the pocket. Two of the pockets are about the size of a CF card, and the one in front is a single pocket about three inches deep.

Booq makes high quality bags and cases for almost any purpose and occasion. I would be proud to take this bag to the queen's ball. However, for my purposes, it may make a better camera bag than a gadget bag because I would prefer more pockets. But, after all, it was designed as a camera bag in the first place.

Booq offers a unique service that impressed me. Remember I mentioned the registration plate inside the lid of the bag? You can go online to www.terralinq.com to register your bag. If it is lost and reported, the bag can be traced back to you.

One could be yours for $89.95. To see it and/or buy it, go here:  http://bit.ly/OeAXa6.

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