Finding the right bag to haul your life from studio to studio is quite possibly more difficult than locating the Holy Grail. However, I believe I’ve finally solved the quest; after carrying the Gruv Gear Club Bag ($149), a backpack designed for people whose work focuses on technology, for two and a half months now, I simply love it.
There are a few things that set this bag apart from all others. First, its large Glove Box compartment easily transports a pair of studio headphones, either in a carry bag or by hanging from the Glove Box’s overhead clip (which can alternately be used to carry sunglasses). The space is secure from other sections of the bag, so there is no danger of the headphones being damaged in transport.
I find myself flying on a regular basis, too, and the ScanFly system makes TSA security lines a breeze. The ScanFly system begins with the Sliiv (sold separately), a padded, breathable mesh sleeve available in 11-, 13- and 15-inch sizes designed to protect a tablet or laptop inside the Club Bag. The Sliiv attaches to the Club Bag via a pair of Scan- Fly tethers. When you get to the security line, instead of having to remove your laptop from the bag, you simply unzip the tech compartment, flip out the Sliiv and send it down the x-ray belt, leaving your computer or tablet attached to the Club Bag. It works wonderfully and I’ve even had TSA agents comment on how impressed they are with the bag.
The Club Bag has large cargo pockets on both sides that are perfect for power cables, chargers, iPods or car keys, as well as two large compartments, of which both can be accessed by either side of the bag. I use the large pockets to carry hard drives, a small audio interface and even a small toiletry kit. All three of the large spaces are separated by Velcro- attached, removable soft shelves that can be setup to accommodate specific gear-carrying needs.
The Gruv Gear Club Bag backpack is comfortable to carry even with significant weight, and the bottom of the bag has a rubber-like, waterproof bottom - lining, adding even more protection. Anyone in search of the perfect gig bag should give Gruv Gear’s Club Bag backpack a serious look.