Do you have a lot of gadgets? Do they tend to float around at the bottom of the bag from high school you’re still using? You know, the nylon backpack with the Red Hot Chili Peppers patch? The one you drew a giant pot leaf on? If that’s the case, it sounds like you’re due for an upgrade that suits your new adult lifestyle, so here are our top choices for the coolest bags that will hold all your gear. Giant pot leaf drawing optional, though not necessarily recommended.
The OGIO Commuter would probably win the world cup for number of pockets and compartments, if such a thing existed. Not only does it have a laptop sleeve, it also has dedicated pockets sized perfectly for your iPad AND your iPad Mini, plus a quick-access front pocket that will hold your phone and wallet, plus pens and other loose items. In addition, the main compartment is spacious enough for books or a file folder, and there are all sorts of smaller bells and whistles such as hanging points for carabiners and water bottles. It may not be the most stylish bag we’ve ever seen, but what it lacks in the looks department it more than makes up for in usefulness. Seriously, if this was our size we would probably move into it.
Booq Boa Brief
If you’re looking for something a little more stylish and want to ditch the backpack look, the Booq Boa Brief is a super slick briefcase that won’t make you look like your dad. While it doesn’t sport a dedicated iPad-sized sleeve, there are plenty of pockets for you to stash all your gear, including a padded laptop compartment and a surprisingly large main compartment. Its exterior is made from something called “ballistic nylon” and it looks and feels pretty much indestructible. The shoulder strap is detachable, and you can slide the bag over the handle of your rolling suitcase for easy one-hand control of everything. It also comes with Booq’s Terralinq service, which allows you to register the bag on their website and possibly retrieve it in case of loss. As we said, not your dad’s briefcase.
If you like the design and features of the Boa Brief but are not ready to go the way of the briefcase, the Booq Nerve is a messenger bag that is up to all the same tricks as the Brief but looks a hell of a lot cooler. It has more pockets than you will ever need—we’re still not sure we’ve found them all—a reflective trim that makes you easy to spot in the dark (but magically stays unreflective otherwise) and an inventive magnetic clip that lets you adjust the strap tension simply by clipping on or off. As messenger bags go, this is pretty much as all-out as you can get, including in the style department. This is one slick bag.
Have you ever seen the inside of a woman’s shoulder bag? Have you waited impatiently while she tried to locate her keys among the gum wrappers and empty lip gloss containers? If you have, you know she deserves better, and by better we mean the OGIO Brooklyn. With a name like that you know it’s going to be hip, but it’s also surprisingly practical for its size, with an iPad sleeve and several (labeled!) compartments that will let her sort her stuff out nicely. You’ll never have to wait for her again. Plus, it’s really cute and will make her look like she’s always on her way to the yoga studio, and what could be sexier than that? Trust us on this one.