Booq Mamba Catch Laptop Bag – Review
Made of sturdy 1680-denier ballistic nylon, with a water repellent exterior, the Booq Mamba Catch laptop bag features seven exterior and eight interior compartments, as well as a removable zipper pouch for small items.
It’s extremely well-padded (yet not at all bulky), offering ample protection for a laptop, yet within a streamlined, lightweight design. I also appreciated the well-padded strap that hung very comfortably and securely, and never cut into my shoulder.
Given the bag’s 15.75” exterior width, it was surprising that it was a bit of a struggle both inserting and removing my 13.75” Lenovo ThinkPad. (I found this particularly vexing at airport security – not a time when you want to be struggling to extract your laptop from its bag.)
The most protected interior compartment, where one would naturally want to put a computer, is 14” wide. However, the bag also appears to have been designed for slimmer laptops than the nearly 1.25”-thick ThinkPad. All the padding seemed to form a vacuum around the laptop making it a struggle to remove the computer.
When the bag holds a laptop, there’s really not a lot of room for much else besides flat, relatively thin items and a cord or cable or two. It’s quite a snug fit. It actually seems as though the various compartments also cut down on the space available for items.
The bag worked well with my roll aboard luggage; it’s easy to slide the roll aboard’s handle through the exterior zippered opening. (Just remember not to put anything besides the handle into that particular compartment when it’s unzipped.) It also has a Terralinq serial number to help you recover the bag if it’s lost.
The bag is clearly designed for those who want maximum, lightweight laptop protection, and who need to carry little else within it.
The Booq Mamba Catch laptop bag is available for $129.95 at www.amazon.com.