Pocket bulge is an epidemic that continues to grow as new gadgets are introduced into the marketplace (minds out of the gutter now, folks – come on). BlackBerry devices, digital cameras, iPods – all are culprits of taking away valuable pocket space from our chilled hands and coinage. Proporta’s done their best to solve this issue with the Gadget Bag, providing portable protection for all of your gadgets – leaving your pocket’s emptier than ever before.
The team over at Proporta were nice enough to send us a Gadget Bag to have a sit-down with, and, well, the results are a double-edged sword. Check out our review of Proporta’s Gadget Bag after the jump.
I’ll just let it out right now – this is a man-purse. I half-expected my iPod to be replaced with lipstick when I looked to remove it, but thankfully, the tunes were still playing and my lips remained plain and chapped. Digressions aside, the Gadget Bag from Proporta is a pretty solid product – three compartments (one for larger devices and two smaller ones), all are connected with zippers and made out of “hard-wearing Cordura” material with soft lining inside – and each provides great protection for your valuables.
After sifting through the zippers and velcro, the options that this bag provides become apparent. You can carry the whole bag with all of your gadgets on your person, or split it up taking one of the smaller pouches just for your iPod, or the bigger one on it’s own that could probably hold one of the smaller Vaio laptops. The larger compartment has a small detachable pouch on the inside (suggested use: the
Proporta Travel Survival Kit – otherwise, makes for a great iPod holder).
There’s a few “cable management systems” in place (where your headphones and such feed through), and Proporta did a great job of hiding them away behind the pouches. It’s great not having to be scared that one false-zipped move could end your connection. The zippers move along smoothly – the only hitch coming when trying to reattach the detachable compartments. With gangly fingers, it was a bit trying to get them back on, but patience and persistence prevailed after a small struggle.
I need to come back to the whole “purse” thing for a second. Once you slap that optional strap onto the bag, there’s no denying it – you’ve got a murse (better known as the “man-purse”) on your hands. If you’re comfortable with your masculinity, by all means, strut around with this and keep your gadgets safe and secure. Otherwise, you might feel slightly awkward carrying it around. It actually made me feel dainty when I was walking around in public – I felt like I should be grabbing kleenex out to wipe my (fictional) kid’s nose.
This really is a smart way to transport your devices, though. It holds a BlackBerry (no matter what model) with no problem, same with the iPod, as well as an average-sized digital camera. This would be great for members of the press to tote around their gadgets and a notepad. Just try not to giggle too hard when you catch your own reflection. Proporta’s Gadget Bag is available from their official site for $47.95 USD.