I'm not a "cheap stuff" sorta guy. When I buy a bag or travel accessory, I want to make sure the design and manufacturing folks have thought things out. I don't want the sort of industrial garbage in which innovation is measured by how much the company can save by removing features or using inferior material while maintaining the same price. Sometimes they even have the unmitigated gall to claim that the (new and improved!) hobbled product is better or safer because of it (think about that 6 inch cord on your toaster, for example).
So when a small company appears on my radar claiming real innovation, I'm happy to look into it and share.
You see, sometimes the product you've been waiting for all your life has been waiting for you to find it. Like the red thing in the picture.
My last laptop spent 5 years traveling with me in airplanes. It's felt the weight of those enormous bags people carry on successfully despite the regulations and countless signs indicating they must be checked. It's been jostled around in bad weather and during not-so-soft landings. As a result, the screen is a matrix of keyboard scratches and indentations.
When I remember, I've tried to cover the keyboard with the ugly plastic piece they put in there when they shipped the thing. Early in the game, that got left in a hotel. Then I used paper.
But I've found an elegant solution. You can't miss it in the picture. It's the ultrasuede Laptop Keyboard Cover by Tom Bihn in the only color it comes in, cayenne. You'd have to be blind to leave it in a hotel room.
If you travel and like luxury, you'll want one of these, even if you can't afford the Lapa Palace Hotel. The laptop cover will run you 9 bucks--or six Euro, less than a coffee at an outdoor cafe in Piazza San Marco in Venice.
Check out Bihn's Laptop Keyboard Cover. He's sent some other travel bags we'll be testing out over the next few weeks, too.