The Booq Boa Nerve Graphite is a spacious and extremely robust messenger/laptop style bag. I know this is 100% a triathlon and sports review site, but I’ve been so impressed with the workings of this bag I just had to give it a review. You see… I’m doing a fair bit of travelling around for work plus TriedOnline and always need to have my trusty MacBook close to hand. In fact, since the advent of TriedOnline I think my laptop has become just as sacred as my treasured triathlon bike. Think of the files, photographs and backups as the miles travelled and accrued on my bike (i.e irreplaceable). In short, I’m very protective of my laptop and won’t just place it in any old bag!
Step up the Booq Boa Nerve Graphite.
Features – Booq Boa Nerve Graphite Review
The Booq Boa Nerve Graphite is constructed of heavy-duty black nylon with a plush white interior. To the outside it’s water-repellent featuring reflective piping and additional reflective strips to the buckles and strap. The design cleverly makes it both stylish and sufficiently business-like to allow for a wide array of uses from general briefcase right through to designer cycle wear. With many bags moving away from the traditional laptop style bag, the Booq succeeds in defining itself as an everyday accessory with computer protection as standard. I like this look a lot as I don’t particularly want to advertise that I’m charting my valuable laptop around full-time.
The shape and size is quite deceptive in the way that main flap presents the full frontal aspect of the bag. This element is sufficiently large to maintain the look of the bag even when loaded to full capacity. That capacity is ample giving enough space in the main compartment to easily hold a laptop and all other everyday items you may need. It would even house enough items for an overnight stay including running shoes, if necessary. For me it often accommodates laptop, camera, chargers, note pads and assorted gadgets, whilst also leaving room anything else I might pick up en-route.
The interior contains one large expandable compartment with a number of internal pockets both open and zipped. Additional pockets appear to the sides and also to the front and rear. Within the front pocket you’ll find a row of neoprene pen holders and also a removable key ring. On the far exterior there’s two front and rear zipped pockets which can be accessed without opening the main flap at all. This is great for quick access and equally useful when cycling (i.e for a bike lock etc).
The main flap can be secured via two wide velcro strips and then double secured by plastic clip buckles. For general use I feel more than satisfied with just the velcro (it won’t open on its own) but when I’ve travelled on London’s Underground I’ve been grateful for the additional buckles knowing that there’s no way this bag could be opened on the go.
The laptop also gets its own secure compartment (see below).
At the very back of the main compartment (i.e. the section that would be closest to your body when worn as a shoulder bag) the Booq Graphite features a separate padded (sort of faux fur) sleeve large enough to house most 15 inch laptops.
Here you can see that it accommodates my MacBook keeping it separate and protected from the remaining contents of the bag. I particularly like this feature and it’s one that’s kept me using this the Booq Graphite on a daily basis. When wearing the bag the laptop becomes the item closest to your body and, therefore, most likely the last area to make contact with the ground in the event of a fall or drop. It also allows for access direct to the laptop without having to rearrange or rummage between your other items.
Comfort & Strap
The strap also incorporates some clever features. Not only does the Booq Graphite come supplied with two protective pads for cushioning the impact between bag and shoulder you can also set two strap lengths in one by making use of a unique magnetic buckle. The strap is best described as ‘seatbelt’ material making it all but impossible to penetrate or tear. Despite this resilience, the strap can be shortened in seconds by the magnetic clip (pictured) should you ever need a closer fit for more crowded situations and/or added security. I use this option when I want to keep the weight on my shoulder but also clasp the entire bag under one arm.
A further detachable strap is supplied as standard to enable the additional security of a waist tie. I’ve used this additional strap to keep the Booq Graphite close to my torso when cycling. If there is only one minor quibble with the Booq it’s that the briefcase style (top) handle is just a simple loop without any padding. This can prove a tiny bit uncomfortable when carrying by hand not is not a major issue as it’s 99% worn as an over the shoulder bag.
Aside from the clever and secure functions, I also really like the look of the Booq Graphite. I’ve used it in many casual and professional situations with it even accompanying me to 2 new job interviews in full-on business (think legal) scenarios. I’m confident wearing it and have had a few people enquire where to get one. There’s a few quirky features too which help maintain that unique and trendy feel.
The Booq Boa Nerve Graphite is a really sturdy option if you need a decent sized messenger bag to house a laptop together with additional items. It passes off very well as both a stylish and business-like bag with adequate functionality and security to justify its price tag of £130. I cannot fault it in terms of design and feel confident that is up to the primary purpose of protecting my laptop in almost any travel situation. For that, and that I like its looks, I’m trusting it for everyday use.
I want my reviews to be as independent as possible. On that basis, I thought a link to Amazon would provide the most impartial method of you looking at other user comments should you be considering a purchase. You can also find it direct on Booq’s website