- Neat-looking style and design
- Comfortable shoulder strap
- Puncture proof/waterproof
- Good for traveling light
- Flap extenders leave the top of the bag exposed a bit at the top when used
- Bag is not meant for holding numerous items/ heavy traveling
- Velcro strips in laptop compartment do not latch over properly
The Slappa KIKEN 18-inch laptop carrying bag has a different design and use than many other laptop bags. A total of four interchangeable face panels are available, which can be zippered on and off to change the style and even the functionality of the bag. The panels each come with their own creative design, but only one panel sports a different color than the rest–green and black–while the others are mostly black (save the white stitching on one). Slappa ensures that it is airport friendly, meaning that you can put it through an airport scanner without having to remove the notebook inside or worry that your system will be ruined by the scanner. The bag has seven pockets of varying sizes, two much larger pockets that nearly span the entire size of the bag, one main storage space, and a padded laptop compartment that fits up to a 17-inch laptop. It comes with both a handle and a removable shoulder strap.
Features and Specifications:
- Made of 1680D ballistic nylon
- Puncture proof/water resistant material
- Holds up to up to 17″ laptops
- Molded alloy clasps and zippers
- Seven pockets of differing sizes and two larger pockets
- One main storage space
- Full bag dimensions: 6″(D) x 19″(L/R)x 14″(H)
- Notebook compartment dimensions: 18″(L) x 13.75″(H) x 1.7″(D)
- Main storage compartment dimensions: 18″(L) x 13.75″(H) x 2″(D)
- Weight: 5 lbs
- MSRP: $119.99 on Slappa’s website
Build and Design
The developers at Slappa took almost two years to research and design this bag, taking into consideration what features are important to traveling consumers. After surveying more than 200 people, they figured a creative interchangeable design, amble storage space, quality material, a reasonable price, and airport readiness was the way to go.
The bag is made in part of 1680D ballistic nylon, similar to a flak jacket material that was worn by WWII airmen–which means it should provide puncture proof protection. To put this to the test, I tried to jab a knife through the outside of the bag and it didn’t give way or puncture, but the inside of it did–but only a bit. In that respect, many people won’t be jabbing sharp objects through the bag intentionally. Keeping this in mind, the tough material of the bag is of a higher standard than most bags on the market.
The carrying handle is made of the same tough ballistic nylon material as the rest of the outside of the bag.
Each interchangeable face panel has its own design, and all of them come with a rectangular hole at the top so the handle is still exposed and can be used without interference. To attach a panel you simply zip it onto the bag; underneath each there are two strips of Velcro. The olive green “Blast” face panel has a stylish, almost animalistic look about it and a small Slappa logo emblem is set in the bottom-right corner. The all-black “Jedi Mind Trix” face panel features an interweaving checkered style and has two Velcro straps with which you can affix a keyboard or similar device to it. The Black “Blast” face panel has the same design as the green panel, and is red underneath. The final “T-Pac Matrix” black face panel features the Slappa logo in the middle and has white stitching integrated into the design.
Opening the face panel flap reveals three large pockets, for quick access to electronics such as laptop adapters, cell phone chargers and the like. Unzipping the first side of the bag reveals the main storage space for larger items, as well as four pencil holders, one large pocket that spans almost the whole bag, and two smaller pockets.
The second side of the bag includes the 17-inch padded laptop compartment and a large second pocket that, again, spans almost the entire bag. Both sides of the bag are maroon red on the inside. There are two smaller pockets on the outer right and left sides of the bag, good for traveling, for quick access to those small needed accessories. The outer backside of the bag features a large padded black Slappa logo.
The only problem I have with this bag so far is the slight flimsy feel of the bag (but since it was made to be lightweight for comfort in travel and usage, this might be expected).