With a flip of the flap, the new Skooba Skin converts from a sleek, padded laptop sleeve to a handled carry bag, or vice-versa. The latest introduction from Skooba/RoadWired, the Skooba Skin is designed to protect a computer while carried inside another bag or suitcase, or to be used on its own for meetings, classes or other times when the laptop alone is all that needs to be carried.
At first glance, the Skooba Skin is a study in minimalist design – in its sleeve configuration it looks something like a padded, rounded envelope – and the manufacturer says that simplicity and “purity” were key goals in the development of the product. In fact, there is not a zipper, buckle, rivet, clip, or hardware of any kind to be found on the bag. Instead, a unique, patent-pending flap configuration makes the Skooba Skin as versatile as it is understated. Once the laptop is slid into its protective interior, the mirror-image flaps overlap one another like folded hands – one inside the case and one out – and the outer flap fastens in place with a simple, concealed Velcro tab to close the sleeve. Switching to “tote mode” is as simple as pulling the flaps straight up and mating them together, where matching, contoured cutaways line up to form the carrying handle. When not in use as a laptop transporter, the Skooba Skin works well as a slim briefcase for files and papers, or even as a trade show bag that can be used to collect literature, then folded up and packed in a suitcase or shipped home.
Skooba Skin is available in 3 sizes, to accommodate virtually any laptop, and 7 fabric/color combinations: black ballistic with blue lining, olive ballistic with red lining, metallic silver with orange lining, blue ultrasuede with blue lining, brown corduroy with teal lining, red/black rally stripe ripstop with gray lining, and pink vinyl with black lining. Suggested retail prices range from $29.95 to $39.95. For more information or to find a retailer, visit: www.skoobabags.com