Lifting the front flap reveals a white strip of Velcro parallel to the top inner edge. The front of the inner bag has three parallel Velcro strips, which run perpendicular to the front flap one. A zippered front pocket is found just above these Velcro strips. This pocket is the length of the front of the bag and can store numerous smaller items such as phones, chargers, pencils, etc.
On the sides of the main compartment are two narrow pockets.
Looking at the main compartment of the Jack Bauer Shoulder Bag we see some wool like material that is actually a 100% recycled polyester fleece lining which you would swear came off a sheep’s back. This lining keeps the users contents from getting scratched while also providing protection from shocks or bumps.
A smaller zipper pocket with the stitched ColcaSac logo is found along the back of the bag. Towards the front are two small open pockets. The main compartment is one large open space with no dividers to separate one’s laptop from the rest of the contents.
The bottom of the bag is padded with a soft cushiony material.
Overall the bag is solidly constructed with a classic appearance that does not scream tech bag.
For testing I carried around my MacBook Air along with my iPad, Canon S95 camera and some other papers and items. Everything fit easily in the bag. The strap was wide and comfortable around my shoulders or slung across my chest – messenger bag style. The lack of a top zipper made me nervous about the contents sliding out but the Velcro on the front stayed closed until I was ready to access the contents.
One thing I noticed is that the bag was rather “floppy”, meaning the bag needed its contents to keep its form. My personal preference is that my laptop bags keep their elongated form. For instance when the laptop came out the bag would become oval shaped reminiscent of a pocket book.
For those who are environmentally conscious and appreciate a well-made shoulder bag, then the ColcaSac Jack Bauer model is an excellent choice. While it is on the expensive side, the good news is for the next few days ColcaSac is running a Back to School special bringing the price down by 20% along with free shipping. The bag is well constructed and will protect the user’s electronic devices from harm.
Personally I like the Jack Bauer Shoulder Bag but I did have a few personal preference issues with the bag’s “floppiness”, absence of a main compartment divider and the lack of a zipper closure for the main compartment. Still I will be carrying around this bag like its namesake Jack Bauer, just without the violence.
+Made from environmentally friendly materials
+Holds up to 17” laptops
-Lack of closure for main compartment such as zipper
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