Bag of holding, Con-Survival Edition, Exclusive to Think Geek
I have been tempted by various editions of the Bag of Holding in the past and decided to take the plunge when I saw the Con-Survival Edition. I spotted while it planning for the years upcoming conventions. A bit of a premature purchase as my first is still a short way off, but I was over excited, threw caution to the wind and made the purchase. The cost including economy postage was roughly £35, the package came very quickly (six days) so would recommend economy postage unless you really can’t wait
My standard bag of choice is a smaller than average sized messenger bag. The Con-Survival Edition is an ideal size, compact but with a large storage capacity. Previous Bags of Holding have been larger, this version is a little smaller coming in at just under 11 inches wide and 12.5 inches high.
I have yet to use the Bag of Holding at a convention but have been using it through the last week due to my regular bag having a beer spilt over it and it now stinks. It’s proved to be comfortable and sturdy in use.
The storage space is a plus, I’ve mostly been using it to carry around a litre drink, sketch books and pencil case. To get an idea of convention usefulness I loaded it up with a simulated days worth of purchases. In the main compartment I fit a Graphic Novel (thickness of eight comics), large hard back book (412 pages), four DVDs, a sketch book and pencil case. There was still plenty of room left for food and snacks, so if like me you like to load up with a meal deal beforehand you will be fine for space. In the outside back pocket, I placed a couple of graphic novels, though the Velcro won’t be able to fasten, but this shouldn’t cause any problems.
The front pocket is another compartment that does provide storage but is also a fold out tablet compartment. This is a little bit gimmicky but could be useful on occasion. There is a front pocket with clear vinyl to allow a tablet to be kept and still used. The pocket folds outwards and is secured by straps either side, the vinyl is thin enough to still allow a tablet to used without removing it. The pocket is designed for a variety of table sizes so a standard sized Ipad fits but sits loosely. The vinyl isn’t tight so although the tablet can be used its less responsive due to creases and folds in the vinyl. I would have been better to have a size that held a tablet a little more snug. This feature could be useful for short bursts like checking maps or timetables. Though anything longer would prove a pain, with the user having to arch over to look at the tablet. It would probably be easier to just put a map or timetable in the pouch which is what I’m more likely to use it for.
Both compartments are filled with pockets of a variety of sizes to keep everything tidy and organised. There is a hole/pass through grommet to allow easier charging. I’m not sure how much use this will be as the idea sounds a bit of a faff but it’s good that the option is there.
Either side of the bag are a couple of drawstring pockets, the left one is sized to fit a 500ml bottle of pop with the drawstring at the top to tighten in place. The right hand pocket has a drawstring at both the top and bottom to double up for poster storage. A nice innovation, it won’t keep a poster protected but it’s better than being crushed in a bag with other bits and pieces.
The main swivel strap is a nice convenience in comparison to a regular fixed strap. The main strap has a smaller strip running along the top to allow the addition of pin badges. I don’t currently own any but will now most likely purchase some to spruce up the bag. I didn’t think a shoulder pad would make much difference but am pleasantly surprised by the added level of comfort. I’m not keen on the bright green trim on the shoulder pad, it looks cheap and a bit kiddie. It would have been better to go with black and green stitching like other parts of the bag. It is the same with the green straps on the fold down compartment although theses are less visible.
There is a handle on the top of the bag which I never realised I was missing out on with other bags. It’s repeatedly been an added convenience rather than just grabbing random bits of the bag to move it around over short distances.
The final feature is the front,the whole of the cover of the tablet compartment has a Velcro layer allowing anything Velcroed to be attached. The bag comes with a couple of Velcro vinyls giving an example of the toughness of the Velcro. If you can be bothered to Velcro up some patches they will be pretty well held in place. The only down side to this feature is having to attach Velcro to things. The top of the Velcro area has the bags logo and name. This is what initially perked my interest in the “Bag of Holding” such a great name and the ace D20 logo. A cool subtle geek reference that those in the know will get making it feel a little exclusive.
Overall a really great bag, this is a convenient and useful addition to the Convention goers arsenal. It’s full of additions that make life easier, they really have thought of everything needed in a bag. Regular messenger bags will need to up their game to compete. I’m very tempted to replace my day-to-day messenger with the larger bag of holding. Bag of Holding Con-Survival Edition, highly recommended!