Slappa KIKEN Laptop Shoulder Bag Field Test and Conclusion

March 28, 2011 by Amber Riippa Reads (14,094)

In Use
My 17-inch HP laptop fit comfortably into the padded laptop compartment of the bag, but the two small Velcro strips didn’t line up precisely (when latched how they were fit to latch) so the flap wasn’t secured properly. It seems like this is somewhat of a design flaw—the Velcro strips should have been longer to allow for it to close properly. The actual padding is sufficient enough—it’s tough and thick, and would do well in an airport setting.

The large pocket on the same side is big enough to hold about three textbooks, and then some. I was able to stuff three medium-sized textbooks in there as well as portable laptop speakers. Since the bag is made out of that tough nylon, the material is somewhat stretchable. The bag closed on this side without a problem—but when flipped over to the other side the main storage space had a large indentation from where the books were placed on the aforementioned side; something that will prevent someone from placing too many things into either side. Slappa also included flaps at the top to allow for quick scan access at airports, but when utilized the contents of the bag are exposed at the top where the flap closes. 

The small inside pockets are great for any number of small accessories, and there are plenty of them, so the average consumer will be happy with the quantity provided. The only complaint I have is that there could be more than just two pockets on the outside for quick access purposes. Slappa could have added a pocket or two to the outer backside, but probably figured it wouldn’t jive right with the overall style.

The extendable shoulder strap is very comfortable in use even after chocking the bag full. There is a moveable piece where the strap lies on your shoulder about five inches in length with “Slappa” stitched onto the top. It is heavily padded with the same nylon as the bag. The shoulder strap is removable and it clasps onto the bag. The clasps themselves are very large and durable.

Conclusion
The design of the Slappa KIKEN bag is very “retro” and frankly, it has a really cool look. It’s also neat that all four flaps can be interchanged; meaning the style won’t likely get old for a long while.

At first glance, it seems like the bag would be able to hold numerous things for traveling, but the separate two-zippered compartment design works against itself. If you chock one side too full, this will affect the other side—so you won’t be able to place as much on either side.

Although Slappa made the bag so consumers can make it through the quick x-ray scanners in airports without needing to remove their laptop inside, there is a downside to it. Using the flaps (in an airport or in other situations) leaves the top of the bag exposed, if even for a short while.

So, while this bag is not designed for the heavy traveler, it is good for those of you who do not travel heavy. The shoulder strap is extremely comfortable, the design is great, and the padded laptop compartment is tough and reassuring.

Pros:

  • Neat-looking style and design
  • Comfortable shoulder strap
  • Puncture proof/waterproof
  • Good for traveling light

Cons:

  • Flap extenders leave the top of the bag exposed a bit at the top when used
  • Bag is not meant for heavy travelers
  • Velcro strips in laptop compartment do not latch over properly


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