Review: Booq Boa Nerve Graphite Messenger Bag
Booq are an American brand that are best known for their high-end laptop bags. They're a small family run company, and specialise in bags for the professional; namely, those who like style and function in equal measure.
The Booq Boa Nerve messenger bag is the company's foray into a product that could specifically be used by the cycling market (although I regularly use a messenger bag off the bike, too). It will safely house a 15" Laptop or 17" Macbook, as well as all that you're likely to need on the day-to-day office run.
From the moment you unpack the Boa Nerve Graphite, it oozes quality and style. The nylon outer looks and feels hardwearing and water-repellent. The rubberised base of the bag provides extra protection from spray and ground water, and gives a water resistant layer to protect the contents. Inside, a luxurious herringbone fabric gives a soft touch and feel, whilst the heavily padded laptop compartment, with its fleecy lining, will keep things safe and scratch-free.
Just underneath the lid, there's a wide, zippered compartment that is perfect for valuables; it contains neoprene sleeves for pens and wallets, and an integrated clip for your keys. Then, inside the main compartment of the bag, there are smaller sleeve pockets for items like chargers and notepads, and of course the main padded laptop sleeve.
This is an obsessive organiser's delight, and there's no wasted time faffing around looking for items, when they're all safely housed in a specific place.
Other neat features worth noting, include things like the subtle reflective trim throughout, and the fact that a bottom zipper on the A4 external sleeve pocket allows you to open it up and use it as a trolley handle attachment. I also like the Terralinq ID idea, which allows you to register your Booq bag on their site, and then individuals can quickly contact you if you happen to misplace it.
Overall, this is a great bag. It's not as big as some of the other messenger bags that I have reviewed on the blog, but it's certainly one of the best made and quite definitely one of the most stylish. It's the ideal size for day-to-day commuting, and allows you to safely house your valuables and essentials in easy-to-reach places. A great companion for Life In The Saddle.
View the Booq range at Booq.co.uk (Link)
|The long sleeve pocket on the lid is ideal for a pump and easy to grab items|
|The back sleeve pocket can house your favourite cycling magazine|
|The fleecy lined laptop compartment is luxurious and provides great protection|
|The cream herringbone fabric interior is soft, and also makes searching for items easier than with a dark interior|
|This front compartment is ideal for valuables|
|The magnetic strap allows the bag to be used as a satchel or a messenger bag|
|This is the buckle in the messenger bag "tight strap" mode|
|An easily removed stabiliser strap is also provided|
|The strap is reversible, so you can wear the bag on either shoulder|
|The Booq Boa Nerve oozes quality|