This ThinkGeek exclusive is the follow-up to their Bag of Holding messenger bag which is a bit larger and bulkier than this one. Don’t go thinking this is a little handbag, though, because it’s still pretty large and might be better described as a tote. It’s got 15 pockets, and yes I counted to make sure there really were that many. Here’s how it all breaks down.
- 1 Padded tablet sleeve with zipper closure: 13″ wide x 9.5″ tall
- 2 Large compartments: 14: wide x 9.5″ tall x 2″ deep
- 2 Outer front pockets with magnetic flap closures: 4″ wide x 5″ tall x 1.5″ deep
- 2 Document pockets, front and back,, with magnetic snap closures: 14″ wide x 8″ high
- 2 Zippered compartments,1 inside each document pocket:: 5″ square
- 2 Water bottle pockets: 4″ wide x 6″ high x 2″ deep
- 3 Slip pockets, front inside lining: 5″ wide x 6″ tall, 3.5″ wide x 6″ tall, 2″ wide x 6″ tall
- 1 Zippered compartment, back inside lining: 6″ wide x 6″ tall
I was impressed not just with the utility of the Handbag of Holding, but with the quality of its components. It’s made of sturdy, 12 gauge grey canvas that feels like it’ll take a beating without coming apart at the seams. There’s a baseboard set into the bottom to help it stay square and four little metal feet so you don’t have to worry about setting it down and ruining the bottom.
Add to that metal closures and connectors including the loops that hold the 1.5″ wide top handles to the bag. Those handles are even 10″ long so they’ll work as easily holding the bag with your hands as they will looped over your shoulder, even over a bulky coat. An adjustable detachable shoulder strap turns the handbag into a messenger style bag that you can sling across your body.
There are also some nice accents that make the bag fun and dare I say pretty. The interior is lined in light lavender and “Handbag of Holding” is embroidered on the front in silver thread right beneath a chrome d20 logo. And you know how expensive bags have a tag with their name dangling from one strap? This bag has one, too. It’s about the size of a business card with a leather back and a chrome front with an engraved logo.
The tag, which is removable, screams geek if you really look at it, but otherwise it’s going to fly under the radar of the less observant. It’s a good-looking, sturdy, and very utilitarian bag that will as easily hold all of the stuff you take with you every day as it will all of your gaming stuff on a Saturday night with your friends.
Now that you know how cool the Handbag of Holding is, I bet you want one of your own. You can pick a Handbag of Holding from ThinkGeek for $49.99 or head over to my Total Fan Girl blog to enter to win your very own Handbag of Holding so you can carry your stuff in geektastic style. Good luck!