Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pros:

  • Solid construction
  • Built-in laptop slot with padding
  • Shoulder bag or brief case form factor makes it more versatile

Cons:

  • Tight on space and tight pockets; good for your laptop and a few small things
  • Terralinq tag is sharp to the touch
  • Not compatible (not enough space) with Booq’s laptop sleeves

The Mamba Catch Laptop bag comes in two sizes: small, which holds a 13-inch laptop or large, which holds up to a 15-inch laptop. The bag itself can probably best be described as a messenger bag meets laptop brief case. Inside is a separate padded pocket to protect your laptop and a variety of pockets for pens, some papers and other fiddly items that you might need to tote along with your laptop, such as an AC plug.

The outside of the bag is finished in Booq’s ballistic nylon. It’s water replant and smooth to the touch. There are a set of outside pockets, that while small, could fit a few USB cords or a pair of sunglasses sans case. There is a built-in handle for those looking for the more brief case approach as well as a shoulder strap for longer journeys, which can be stored out of the way in that back pocket or tucked away inside the pass through slip used for mounting the bag on to a pullman’s handle.

As I’ve experienced with all Booq bags, the construction is solid and should stand up to the test of time.  They’ve included a Terralinq id tag in the event that the bag is lost and some honest citizen stumbles across your goods. Watch your hands though, as it’s easy to catch your knuckles on the sharply cut metal tag, which resulted, for me at least, in a small cut.

Don’t expect to carry around books as well as your laptop. This bag is tight on space, which is further reflected by its almost useless main outside pocket found on the front of the bag. The same applies for the side pockets.

The design of the bag calls for a curved pocket that unzips to expose the inside, allowing you to easily access your laptop or other items from above without obstruction. A caveat to this design is that the zipper is a bit difficult to close and takes some minimal wrestling to insure everything is secure.  The picture above reflects the available pockets, but doesn’t convey how tight space becomes once a laptop is inserted directly behind it in the padded pocket.

While not the most versatile of bags, Booq’s Mamba Catch protects and transports your laptop in a grace and style that other bag bag manufacturers should strive for. But, for those of you looking to totes books and other large items I suggest you take a dance else where.

The Mamba Catch L can be purchased from an Amazon retailer for $145.99.










Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."