Fashionable Backpacks from iSkin at #CES

iSkin was getting their fashion on at CES this year. The buzz wasn't about any of their cases or skins, but their stylish new bags and backpacks. Definitely some new design ideas were on display, and whether you like or hate the new Q.West collection, you have to admit it's different.

I took some product shots of the iPhone/iPod cases while in the booth, but must admit most of our time was eaten up getting the skinny on the new Q.West collection surrounding the booth.

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The Sling is something I might rather use to keep a bottle of wine chilled, than put an iPad in it. The rep had a little trouble inserting it while on the mannequin. I think a narrower tablet would fit more readily, as the bag seemed a little tight for the iPad. It also includes a front pouch for iPhone or similar device. It's done in a semi-gloss, micro-fine nylon that would look great on the slopes or back at the ski lodge.

The Shelby is more of a traditional backpack, with a bunch of zippered and hidden compartments. Like the Sling, comes in assorted colors and the same micro-fine nylon construction should keep your stuff relatively protected and dry.

If you need a stylish iPad wrapper for the boardroom, the Memo is a smart-looking leather sleeve that provides resilient hi-tech protection. The inside is lined with a dust-removing microfiber.

Finally, the Razor Back looks to me like an iPad (or netbook, etc.) sleeping bag. It is done in high-gloss nylon with puffy pouches covering the back. If you are into DJ-hip, fashion statements for your gear, then this is probably the bag for you. It comes only in shiny black.

You can see more iSkin cases and accessories here at their web site.

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the and blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at or e-mail him at