Roadwired Skooba Superbungee Strap Reviewed (Verdict: Eases Bag Strain)

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. Hands (Shoulders?) On: Roadwired Skooba Superbungee Strap []
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6 Responses to Roadwired Skooba Superbungee Strap Reviewed (Verdict: Eases Bag Strain)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tom Bihn bags are cool, but as far as I can see, they use neoprene (wetsuit material) for the “stretchiness” in their straps. I have never seen a Bihn bag (or any other (and I have looked at and owned a *lot* o’ bags) that uses a bungee system like this.

    I also checked out the Skooba strap on, and the comments from people who actually bought them are very positive.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tom Bihn does has been putting bungee straps on his bags for a while methinks.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have a similar design and as the previous poster has said I hate it. My laptop bag is large and usually quite heavy with all the junk I carry around and that combined with the elastic material makes it very bouncy and extremely annoying.

    May be this one has something different or may be it works better for lighter bags.

  4. Skep says:

    My expensive laptop bag came with a similar strap. I can’t say that I like it. When the bag is loaded it is heavy and the elasticity of the strap causes the bag to bounce while I walk which I find more annoying than a regular strap. I really hope other bag makers don’t go this route. Padded, sure. “Bungee?” Please no.

  5. Skooba Design says:

    Joel and BoingBoing, thanks so much for taking a look at our strap. As many BoingBoing readers know, one of the things we appreciate most about good, honest postings like this is that we get to hear what people like and don’t like, and we take that very seriously. Many user comments have found their way into new products and updates of our line, so please know that we are truly listening, and we do ‘walk the walk.’

    Apologies in advance for the crazy-long posting, but I do want to just address a couple of things you mentioned–not at all to sound defensive or argue with your opinions–but just to give you our perspective as a manufacturer (for what it’s worth ;)):

    1. Ballistic nylon–I can see where you might find the look dated, but the bottom line is that ounce-for-ounce it is still the toughest, most durable textile money can buy (and among the most expensive, which goes to point #2). So though there are certainly many more “interesting looking” materials (and we use many of them where appropriate in our line), when it comes to applications like this, where strength and serious travel durability are top priorities, we tend to stick with the proven winner. But we are always on the lookout for the new and the different, and your point is sincerely well taken.

    2. Price–it would be great if we could make the product less expensively, but the honest-to-goodness reality is that the materials (especially the bungee which is custom-made for us for color, diameter and density/stretch–to eliminate the bouncing effect that one of your readers rightfully mentioned–and the air-filled pads on the bottom) are more expensive than you might think, as is the labor to make it properly. We could use cheaper materials, eliminate the air cells, and take some manufacturing shortcuts, and probably come up with a pretty nice strap for less, but that is, if you will, not what we are about. Not to sound too advertorial, but we really do put our best stuff out there (and guarantee it accordingly), so it does mean that a strap like this is going to cost a bit more than some others. But so far everyone who has written to us has said “it’s worth every penny.” I hope that helps.

    Finally, know that we have a significant amount of design time, testing and tweaking, as well as the investment of a patent pending, on this little product, so overall there is much more to it than just slapping together a shoulder strap. I guess my point at the end of the day comes down to one of my favorite expressions: “I’d rather explain the price than apologize for the quality.”

    Again, sincere thanks for the comments–all well taken–and I hope my explanations are at least a little bit helpful and reassuring. We want all the feedback we can get.

    Michael Hess
    Skooba Design

  6. Brian Carnell says:

    I have a *ton* of RoadWired gear and am generally a very satisfied customer, but I was disappointed with the Skooba strap. I definitely prefer the Op/Tech style neoprene straps…they do a much better job of distributing weight, albeit with the issues mentioned above about the accompanying movement which has never been an issue with me, but which some people do not like.

    Personally, if your laptop bag is so heavy that the bungee straps on the Skooba strap would make a difference, you should really switch to a wheeled case or a backpack.

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