Trabasack – a review

For nearly 2 weeks now, I’ve been using the Trabasack – a bag designed for laptops. I was given a free bag on the grounds that I review it on my blog, so here I am, reviewing it!

The Trabasack is a hybrid between a messenger bag and a backpack. This is because the straps are adjustable. You get two clip-on straps in the bag. There are five different ways you can clip them on, by my count. I prefer mine in a portrait messenger bag style.

One of the main features of the Trabasack is that it also functions as a portable desk tray. One side of the bag has a hard surface to rest your laptop on and the other has a compartment filled with a removable bean bag. It’s a cool feature – but it’s not the sort of thing I’d use on a regular basis. That said, if I was going out camping or to the park, I can see myself using it a fair bit – if not as a lap tray, as something to raise my laptop off the ground to prevent it getting dirty! Whilst I may find the primary use rare, it has a secondary benefit. It also works as a shock absorber, padding the laptop and protecting it from damage. Most people still use mechanical hard drives, so shock from a drop can easily cause loss of data and a broken hard drive.

One of my only concerns about the bag is that it isn’t very deep and there’s only really one compartment. It’s the perfect side in terms of laptop space – my 13” MacBook Air fits very well, but I’d not like to pack my iPad with it as well, because I’d be concerned about scratches on either device.

Overall though, the Trabasack is a very nice piece of kit. It’s better than your average laptop slip case as it’s got the adjustable straps and padding. It’s very well made, with good materials. At £34.95, some may find it a little pricey, but I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a slip case with extras for your laptop.

You can find more information about the Trabasack at

One Response to “Trabasack – a review”

  1. Duncan August 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Thank you Rhys, much appreciated. We have got a bigger model coming soon with more pockets and compartments etc. It will be called the Trabasack Max, should be available in October. Anyone interested in the Max, please leave your details here

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