Booq Boa Flow M

8 February, 2011 by Dave Bullard
AAA

Booq Boa Flow M

Powermove, compnow.com

Pros 

DLSR compartment; top-quality design and build

Cons 

Could do with wheels and second camera pocket

$279

Reviews

There’s really no such thing as the perfect bag – it can’t be all things to all people. My needs, for example, are a backpack with laptop compartment, a roomy space for travelling needs such as books and jumpers, somewhere for documents, business cards and the like, somewhere to stow a water bottle and, not least, space for a DSLR camera.

If I stopped before that last item, I’d be laughing with the range of options available. But throw a DSLR into the mix and you’re generally stymied.
Booq, however, has come up with the Boa Flow, a laptop backpack built with creative professionals in mind. It comes in M and XL sizes – the former will accommodate all MacBooks up to the 17in Pro, while the latter is built more for bulkier 17in PC laptops.

It has a well-padded laptop compartment, a roomy main space with lots of pockets and sleeves, a spacious front pocket for odds and ends, plus neoprene side tubes big enough to carry a water
bottle each.

But the really clever bit comes in the form of a padded pocket at the bottom front. It’s made to carry a DSLR or pair of headphones with safety and easy access. This really makes the bag an all-rounder.

The Boa flow is very well made, with top-quality materials and construction, including a water-repellent ballistic nylon exterior. It’s very comfy, too.

Australian Macworld’s buying advice. The Booq Boa Flow is a very, very good bag. The only things that would make it perfect, in my view, would be roller capability – two wheels and a telescoping handle – and a third padded compartment for a second lens or flash. Available from Computers Now (www.compnow.com.au) and Rushfaster (www.rushfaster.com.au). C

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