Published on May 21st, 2013 | by Greg0
Carry In Style With Pombos And Charbonize
Business professional heading out? What are you taking with you? Because if you’re heading to the gym or the cafe, then you probably want to grab a few things but don’t want the heft of a backpack or a messenger bag. And if you’ve got an iPad and use it even occasionally in the office or for work, then you’d best have it look the part with a nice-looking case. We’ve got two stylish protective accessories today, and we’ll start with the bigger of the pair.
The Pombos Personal is distinctive, attractive, and the best “man purse” that we’ve yet seen. It’s a perfect gym or overnight bag, with enough space for a change of clothes and your towel, and it looks sleek without being ostentatious. Available in black, navy, and red as well as our pick, the grey, we loved the angular design and well-padded grab straps. There’s an external pocket, as well, for your valuables, and the zippers held up to some abuse over the past few weeks of use. Lightweight, at about a pound, it’s sure to grab the attention of the folks in the cubicle or treadmill or locker over. And while we wouldn’t suggest it for hiking or serious rain, it protected our gear from a light storm without an issue. At $60, it’s a solid buy for anyone who needs a daypack and wants something a little different. Available from TheStyleCube, along with many other interesting items.
The Charbonize Leather/Felt iPad Sleeve is equally distinctive- the dark color combination, stitching, and materials make for a strong-looking protective pouch. There aren’t any handles- nor any easy way to attach one- but this is for the executive who wants to send a message in the next business meeting. The statement is luxurious, but beyond the look and quality materials, we had some issues. For starters, the snaps didn’t work very well- they were, to put it plainly, a pain to use. The built-in extra pouch for headphones wasn’t all that useful with some of the ones we tried, and using it with this sleeve with a smart cover was awkward. Edge protection was decent, but there wasn’t a lot of padding, and it was a tight fit anyway. At this price ($90), you can find better, though they might not look this sharp.