Booq is renowned for its durable and well-made bags, and the Boa Nerve is the latest to come from the company. The bag is made purely of water- repellent nylon, which is great for carrying around expensive devices, but it does add a fair amount of bulk to the bag before you’ve even put anything in it. Although the adjustable magnetic strap is great for getting the Boa Nerve to your exact specification, the lack of padding on it can make it noticeably uncomfortable to wear for an extended period of time. The one noticeable feature on the exterior of the bag is the inclusion of reflective strips for cyclists. The eagle-eyed will also find that the entire border of the bag has a slight reflection to it as well.
Opening up the Boa Nerve reveals various compartments of all shapes and sizes. There’s one large pocket, which is the ideal size for a 15-inch MacBook, but the other smaller pockets can be used for other iOS devices. To make the product even more desirable for cyclists, there’s also a pocket where a U-Lock can be stored. We loved the addition of a unique tracking code, which can be used to find your bag if it’s misplaced. For a bag of its size, you can expect your devices to be moving around the compartments pretty freely.
However, with the Boa Nerve you’ll find each pocket softly lined and densely padded, making sure your devices will remain scratch free. Another gleaming feature of the Boa Nerve is the addition of high-quality zips to make sure each compartment is securely fastened, but by packing too much into a single compartment, you can soon find it being a real chore to fully close one.
The durable and waterproof build will be a pleasing aspect for many potential owners who require a more robust bag.
The cyclist-friendly features are great and there are plenty of compartments to store multiple devices. Its size is also its downfall however, as the bag just feels generally uncomfortable to wear for prolonged periods of times, and with the addition of a 15-inch MacBook safely packed in there, you’re looking at one heavy piece of kit on your back.