It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Booq, but you may remember our reviews of the Mamba Shift and Boa Squeeze. The identifying characteristics of Booq bags are a slick exterior and pocket-packed interior, and the new Catch doesn’t disappoint there. It’s a messenger/shoulder bag with a bit of structure to it so it doesn’t collapse when empty. Personally I like my bags to be as big as the stuff in them, but this way is legit too.
Like other Mamba bags, the Catch really opens up when you unzip it. They love to line everything with pockets and mesh catches of different sizes — it’s great if you’re a gadget fiend or blogger like me and are always wrangling multiple cords, drives, and so on. Of course, there’s such a thing as too many pockets, but you’ll have to discover your own limits there. It’s got a laptop pocket, which will fit up to a 13″ or 15″ lappy.
The Catch is different from other messenger bags, though (they say), because it maintains its shape even when empty — but it’s not stiff like a briefcase. I don’t know, exactly. We’ll get our hands on one and give you the full report.
Alas, another identifying characteristic of Booq is a rather high price. $130 for the 13″ version and $150 for the 15″. They’ll be on sale starting tomorrow, I believe.