The ballistic nylon look is extremely dated, but that aside, the Skooba Superbungee Strap looks like it could save those who carry overweighted laptop bags a compressed disc or two. Gearlog tried one of the $26 bungee-filled straps on their laptop bag and couldn't have been happier:
In my informal tests, in which I stuffed various bags with way too much stuff, I found the Superbungee Strap to be very comfortable, putting minimal strain on my shoulder. It also stayed in place, so I didn't have to worry about the bag moving around during my commute, which consists of two subways and lots of stair-climbing. I tried the Strap out with a few of my own bags, including a duffel bag that has caused me lots of back and shoulder discomfort in the past, and could literally feel the improvement.
Now just to get other manufacturers to incorporate this design into their bags, obviating the need to pay $26 for $5 worth of materials.