Reader Jonathan Coupe writes in to tell us about the fifth-generation Bail Out Bag from tactical-gear and watch supplier County Comm:
They’re shaped like a small courier bag, with the addition of really well-thought-out outside pockets. The bag’s charms are those pockets, it’s toughness and comfort — they’re designed for cops.
The bailout bag measures approximately 14 by 10 by 6 inches, which makes it not quite big enough for a full-size laptop or clipboard, says Mr. Coupe. It comes in olive drab, black, desert sage, and coyote brown. The $40 price tag looks nice too.
The inside is lined with a Velcro-like “loop” fabric, which means anything you stick in there with the other half of the Velcro pair is going to stay in place. That’s a very nice feature. One reviewer (of a slightly earlier model, Mr. Coupe informs us) suggests taking advantage of this by hooking tactical-gear style compartments to the lining — if eleven pockets for specific gadgets like pagers, digital cameras, index cards, and handheld organizers on the exterior just aren’t enough for you.
Mr. Coupe’s favorite feature, he says, is
probably the two end pockets — these can carry a thermos or mineral water bottle without risking coffee or water leaking onto a subnotebook, but when they’re not needed can be pulled tight against the sides by lanyards. They’re good for carrying the sort of anorak that folds into a pouch, too.
So is this bailout bag just a basic nylon satchel festooned with compartments and tactical-gear-style pockets as if it were Andy Ihnatko’s lower torso? (“FULL SIZE GLOCK FITS IN THE HIDDEN POCKET JUST FINE” reports one illustration on the County Comm site.)
It’s not quite that geeky, reports Mr. Coupe:
The black bag I have looks much nicer in real life than they do in the photos in the links above — less “CHIPs” and more Matrix. The construction quality is phenomenal — zippers and studs are extra tough but very smooth working and a heavy “military” sound to their operation — making you feel so un-girly, even though you’re carrying a handbag.
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- Bail Out Bag, Generation 5 [County Comm]
- The County Comm Bailout Bag (review) [Convergence]
- Gadget-worn pockets: The law-enforcement solution [The Satchel Pages]