For years, I’ve been on a search for the ultimate daily use bag. I bought backpacks made for carrying electronics, messenger bags, and even a few camera bags hoping to find one that I could keep my laptop, notepad, pens, flip cam, and other essentials in. Unfortunately, in the world of bags for men it’s either a disappointment or a glorified purse.
About a year ago, I finally decided to purchase the Bag of Holding. The first thing I noticed about it when browsing on the site was the 20-sided die logo on the front along with that extremely familiar name known to D&D players around the world. At low price point, it could be considered a bargain in a market where budget laptop bags with barely enough room for a miniature mouse can cost twice as much.
The Bag of Holding in the gaming world is an enchanted bag capable of holding items that far exceed the size possible in regular bags in addition to providing some weight reduction properties. In this sense, this bag is a miserable failure, as it can get quite heavy just like any other container when loaded down with gear.
Storage capacity is where it did exceed my expectations. The Bag of Holding has an extremely generous amount of room inside, even though the bag itself doesn’t appear very big from the outside. It certainly takes up more room than a typical laptop bag, but it doesn’t have the bulk and hassle of a backpack. It’s somewhere in-between, like a messenger bag on steroids.
The thick canvas material and heavy duty hardware has stood the test of time. Over a year of abuse including being weighed down with multiple notebook computers, tablets, notepads, cables, etc. and it doesn’t really show any signs of use beyond an occasional need for a wash. The seams are surprisingly sturdy and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a loose thread anywhere since the day I took it out of the box.
One drawback I found is the strap isn’t detachable. This can be very annoying, especially when you want to throw it in the washing machine without risking the strap getting caught up in things. The strap material is thick and wide, however, giving your shoulder a lot of support even without a shoulder pad.
Over all, if you’re looking for a bag that can hold just about anything and not appear to be a “purse,” this is certainly a brilliant product to consider. It’s durable, spacious, and light even though its design does skimp in areas where cheap bags often try to make up for shortcomings with frills. In a sense, the Bag of Holding knows it’s awesome and it doesn’t need a detachable strap or extra shoulder support to prove it.
Get your own Bag of Holding here!