REVIEW – As new units which are thinner and lighter hit the market, all of a sudden carrying that messenger bag with a 3” thick laptop computer compartment doesn’t make lots of sense. And if you need to take alongside a charger, it’s not half the scale and weight of that behemoth you used to hold. In assist of this modification, Solo New York, a bag firm in New York Metropolis, has lately launched their Ludlow common pill sling bag. After nearly shopping for it a number of occasions on-line, we have been provided one for evaluation, and I jumped on the probability.
Solo New York has been featured fairly a bit right here at The Gadgeteer. They make lots of completely different types of baggage, and they’re consistently including new designs to match the rapidly altering world of smaller, thinner units that we stock. The earlier objects I reviewed have been all of top of the range and design, so let’s see if their new Ludlow Sling bag continues the development or breaks it.
A vertically oriented shoulder bag with an built-in adjustable shoulder strap, designed for skinny laptops or tablets.
Ludlow pill bag with strap specs
From firm literature
- Absolutely Padded compartment for iPad/tablets as much as 12.9” or laptops as much as 12”
- Scratch-resistant liner
- Entrance zip-down organizer part
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Physique measurement: 13″ x 9.5″ x 2.5″
- Weight: 0.8 lbs
Design and options
The very first thing I seen concerning the Ludlow pill bag with strap is the thinness. It’s completely sized for my 12.9” iPad to slip into the protecting slot, so long as there is no such thing as a case on it. However the slot in entrance of that one holds the iPad Professional with the Magic Keyboard like a glove. It’s nonetheless properly cushioned, (aside from the very backside) and meaning I may also carry one other iPad or a Kindle for studying. The zipper is fabric-covered for gentle climate safety and slides properly with out a lot effort. It has a single slider, and the zipper goes down about 3” on all sides of the bag.
On the entrance are two compartments, with the identical sort of zipper, however they solely go 2.5” down on every finish. The highest one measures .75” deep, 9-ish inches throughout, and a bit greater than 4” down. There’s about an inch of area between it and the subsequent pocket, which can be .75” x 9”, and is 7.5” deep.
The highest one is lined with a fleecy lining, so will shield glasses or telephones from getting scratched. It’s fairly robust on hoop-and-loop tabs for those who toss a cable in there with a cable-keeper. (That is the voice of expertise.)
The decrease pocket has a number of card slots that may maintain bank cards, entry playing cards, metro playing cards, or one hand of taking part in playing cards. There’s additionally a pocket behind them that may maintain a pockets for those who’re not George Costanza. There are additionally three pen silos, however you could possibly use them for penlights, make-up brushes, grease pencils, or thermometers. You do you. (They don’t seem to be fairly deep sufficient to insert an Apple Pencil and nonetheless zip closed, nonetheless.)
The strap is 1.5” woven material – not fairly seatbelt grade, however very delicate with no seams or snags. It could actually broaden to about 60”, and is sewn in at each ends. A branded nylon tri-glide simply enables you to modify to get it over your head for cross-body carry or cinch up for those who depart the heavy coat at your desk whereas working out for lunch.
One obvious gap for my use is the shortage of a seize deal with. I’ve reviewed so many baggage the place this straightforward addition would assist customers it simply makes me loopy. As I watched the product video on the web site, I seen how the presenter stooped right down to get the strap over his shoulder. Wouldn’t it have been nice to only seize it by a deal with after which sling it over your shoulder?
The material of the bag is a fine-grained polyester that tends to disregard scratches and dust. (Though Jack has been sleeping on it by my desk for a number of weeks, it doesn’t even present his hair. I want a wardrobe produced from these things!) It’s good sufficient that you simply’d not really feel dressed down pulling your laptop computer/iPad out of it for a presentation in nearly any boardroom.
Eager to see simply how nicely this bag may maintain a big load, I put in what I might usually tackle a enterprise journey (aside from my garments and such!): My principal 12.9” iPad Professional with its Magic Keyboard, a ten.5” iPad in a Zagg keyboard case, my pockets (extra on this later!), my iPhone 11 Professional Max, a ten,000 mAh Simply Cell GumSlim battery pack, a face masks, a display cleansing material, 2 cables for the units, my Huge Concept Design Ti Arto EDC pen and my bag of “By no means wanna want it, all the time wanna have it” stuff. (This can be a phrase from Chase Reeves.)
The primary photograph (above) reveals all these things contained in the Ludlow. The one under reveals the objects packed into the 2 entrance pockets. The final photograph within the sequence reveals every thing that was packed inside. It’s fairly a little bit of stuff for a slim bag, however my on a regular basis load is far much less.
Having sufficient room for the principle stuff you want throughout the day, with out room for the issues you could possibly probably want, means this bag is rarely over-stuffed. You’ll be able to toss in your display(s) of alternative, a charger or battery financial institution, cable, and adapters, for those who plan on presenting. These days, you’ll additionally want a masks, hand sanitizer, and a tin of mints. Perhaps a granola bar. However your 32 oz. water bottle and your Keg ‘o’ Espresso shouldn’t be gonna match.
(OK, right here’s the pockets story promised above. I by no means put my pockets in a bag, however I did for this evaluation. Whereas taking pictures the photographs above, it got here to be time for a gathering I’ve with mates at an area place to talk about devices and have dinner. When the time got here to pay, I reached into my pockets pocket to search out – nothing! My pockets was sitting at residence in my Photograph studio with the remainder of that gear! A good friend provided money to cowl me, however due to ApplePay, I used to be in a position to get out with out washing dishes! However I used to be a bit paranoid all the best way residence for the reason that po-po don’t take ApplePay!)
What I like
- Vertical orientation is safer for slender screens
- Quick access entrance pockets
- The strap is beneficiant for cross-body or single-shoulder carry, even over winter coats.
What I’d change
- No seize deal with?
- A seize deal with could be welcome…
- Perhaps even only a hanging loop?
I’ve lengthy felt that horizontal-oriented baggage are literally harmful to make use of with a pill or in the present day’s ultra-thin laptops. When you lean in opposition to somebody in a crowded bus or slip in opposition to a pole or such, your physique could trigger the system to be bent. I take into account a vertical orientation a lot most popular, as soon as the thickness of your units falls underneath .75″ or so. I’m excited to see vertical pill baggage taking off as a class.
Whereas I actually just like the Solo NY Ludlow common pill sling bag for its glorious measurement and organizational structure, the shortage of a seize deal with is such a trouble. Stepping into and out of a automotive, shifting round your property or workplace to get stuff you’ll want for the day – there are simply so many occasions having a hand grip would make this bag simpler to make use of. Even only a hanging loop could be good!
Solo is, nonetheless, preserving their finger on the heart beat of our world in the present day. Their places of work have a Zero-Plastic-bottle coverage, they use recycled bottles within the material of one in every of their traces of baggage, and they’re going to even plant a tree in a Nationwide Forest for those who’ll signal a pledge to not use plastic bottles for a month. That’s good to see in an organization, so I’ll let the haul loop slide. This time.
The place to purchase: Firm web site or Amazon
Supply: The pattern of this product was supplied by Solo.