ECBC Poseidon Messenger Bag K7202 ReviewWesstron - February 27, 2013
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ECBC Poseidon Messenger Bag K7202 Introduction:
Laptops, tablets, and smart-phones play a very important role in our daily life. We carry them around and use them everywhere. These devices became thinner and lighter over the years and with portability comes the risk of drops, spills, and all sorts of accidents that usually happen when we least expect them. Some manufacturers saw the opportunity and for every device made there is a plethora of cases, armors, and protectors available. But some of us have more than one device to carry around; not counting the chargers, USB drives and all sorts of little gadgets that complement our portable electronics. Multi-compartment laptop bags are the answer! They usually offer good protection and an efficient way to organize our electronic gear for easy access on the go. But are they all made equal? Certainly not, the majority of you will answer to that. ECBC’s lineup of backpacks and messenger bags was introduced with that question in mind. The Southern California-based company offerings are made of high end materials with the main focus “on giving people a more functional, comfortable and stylish way of transporting their laptops, iPads, tablets and other essentials”.
Today I will be reviewing the POSEIDON Messenger Bag K7202; designed to fit laptops up to 13” screen size and made of highly abrasion resistant 1000d Kodra material with a 210d Double Diamond Ripstop lining. The bag is packed with cool features like the luggage handle pass through, a zip-away side bottle pocket, and water resistant YKK zippers. Let’s move to the closer look and features section and see if the POSEIDON Messenger BAG K7202 lives to its expectations of durability and comfort.
ECBC Poseidon Messenger Bag K7202 Closer Look:
The POSEIDON Messenger Bag K7202 is very light at only 1.8 lbs and feels nice to the touch. I received the blue version but it's also available in black and green. The pictures on the ECBC website also show a red and a white units. The body and base of the bag are made of 1000d Kodra abrasion resistant material with waterproof coating. The front of the bag has a very sober design with a water resistant YKK zipper across the top and a discreet ECBC logo on the bottom. The zipper gives access to a large compartment meant essentially for personal documents and includes a small fleece lined cell phone pocket. The back of the bag is nicely padded and breathable for improved comfort. The middle section is actually pass through and upon detaching a dissimulated Velcro piece a luggage handle can be fit through so your bag is secure during those marathons in between airport terminals!
The front is held securely in place with two large pieces of Velcro and two stealth buckle sets. When lifted it gives access to four compartments and a key set attachment. The first compartment consists of four pen or stylus pockets and a middle free access section. The next two compartments are not segmented and are held in place with the same high quality Velcro. The zipper equipped fourth compartment is not segmented either. Inside the bag you will find another large - non segmented - compartment, two medium sized pockets made of expandable mesh material, and the extra padded laptop compartment. This section is fleece lined to ensure protection against scratches. Tucked inside is the adjustable shoulder strap, roughly measuring four feet long when totally extended by two inch wide. The shoulder strap is equipped with a detachable/adjustable padded section measuring an impressive full foot! Extremely comfortable and very easy to adjust, no matter how you like to carry your bag.
On the left side is located a large heavy duty clip used to adjust the length of the shoulder strap and a small pocket made of an expandable mesh material. The right side sports an embroidered 'E' letter and a "Zip Away" water bottle pocket that can be expanded or hidden on demand. All the elements are of great craftsmanship and show the ECBC's high attention to detail.
I had my doubts about the effectiveness of the large clip used to adjust the length of the shoulder strap. After using the bag for a few days I came to realize that it's well thought out, and even with a fairly heavy load in the bag it held in place nicely. Another aspect of the attention to detail is the implementation of extra protection on the clip in case it gets undone by accident. If that happens, the shoulder strap gets locked towards the end of it's length and so avoiding an imminent drop. Another nice feature is the removable modular inset found at the bottom of the laptop compartment by default. Covered with a smooth microfiber fabric and equipped with Velcro on each side, this insert will make it possible for smaller laptops to fit firmly inside the POSEIDON Messenger Bag K7202. The modular inset can be removed easily to accommodate larger laptops up to 13" in size.
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