By Lisa Johnston
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Portable storage accessories are combining fashionable styling with the increasing functionality and flexibility associated with "more product for the dollar."
No longer just made simply of leather-like coverings, bags are broadening their material base to include stronger more durable construction such as plastic, even metal.
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U-60, part of the UrbanGear line of bags from Naneu Pro, is designed to accommodate the serious photographer and videographer on the go. Constructed of water-resistant rip-stop 600 denier nylon and YKK zippers, the bag is styled to appeal to today's modern urban customer, said the company.
The U-60's main compartment can hold a digital SLR with up to a 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached, as well as two to three additional lenses and a flash.
Consumers who prefer media on the go without headphones are being offered a new family of Sound Cases made by Sakar International. These protective cases for MP3, CD and DVD players and laptops incorporate built-in speakers that “let the sound out of the bag” — literally. Special cases allow the music or other audio to play on bikes and car visors.
Abbi New York, a new maker of portable storage, mainly laptop bags and briefcases for women, is launching its spring 2006 abbi and darci collections.
The high-end abbi collection features bags made from luxurious genuine leather or silk brocade print, with suggested retails ranging from $129 to $350.
The more moderately priced, mass merchant darci collection features bags made from premium faux leather or brocade print, with suggested retails coming in under $100.
Functionality and style continue to hold down key roles in the design of portable storage bags for consumer electronics products.
With active people on the go no longer satisfied just with dark colors, one large pocket and a durable outer material, bag makers have responded with numerous extras.
Slappa Distribution is introducing its BulkHead Pro travel bag that can be separated into four individual “spacious” bags. Each compartment is padded to protect a laptop and electronic gear and has its own shoulder straps. The Slappa bag is made from water-resistant and Slappa's BuckBlast material.
Laserline is offering its SOL MP3 messenger bags that feature divided interior pockets, adjustable straps, padded linings and headphone cord slots.
The bags come in two sizes and have suggested retails of $14.99 and $19.99. Bags are made of poly/nylon fabric and feature “plenty” of pockets.
A large, horizontal messenger bag from Sumdex, part of the company's Altitude series, model HDN-272, offers a padded computer compartment sized for a 14.1-inch notebook.
Other features of the bag are ImpactGuard protection at the bottom of the computer compartment, a new extended-feature workstation-organizer section, ergonomic padded shoulder strap and top handle carry, high-tech finish hardware that includes snap-out key chain holder and leather handle wrapper and trim.