First thing I did when it arrived: I emptied out my pockets and satchel pouches and put my EDC into this suave, all-grown-up version of a Trapper Keeper.
There are more compartments than I have been able to use this first week of owning it, but I think that is sort of the point here: maximum versatility.
Here it is from the front. You can see at the left that it’s got a collapsable carry handle, and a front pocket for a phone or notebook that you want to regularly reference.
The construction is careful:
The logo on the back is subtle and done well:
Here’s a closer look at some of the lines and zippers:
It’s got a pretty slim profile. It measures 8 x 11 inches and weighs 1.4 pounds—not light, but pretty compact for all it does. It’s easy to throw into a satchel or carry around on its own.
So far there are two things I find wanting:
- There are tons of loops for pens or cords, but most of them are too big for just one pen or pencil to securely stay put.
- There are lots of little pockets (and the mesh insert pictured above is awesome), but just one big pocket for an iPad or larger notebook. One more large pocket would help.
However, the “modular case” is “built to solve the needs of those that carry tech and other small gear,” so perhaps it’s best conceived as one part tech Dopp kit, one part notebook/writing utensil holder.
Where it really excels is in its versatility in helping the user stay organized… plus it looks and feels really good. The outer material is “100% Bovine Leather, sourced from Italy, Germany, and South America.” (I’ll try to find out more about the kind of leather and follow up in a future post.) UPDATE: The leather pictured above (“Rhum”) comes from South America. And it’s full grain!
The Mod Tablet 5 isn’t cheap: $385. In that sense I’d consider it a luxury item.
It’s been a lot of fun to use this first week—I’ll post more after further use. The color of the Mod shown above is “Rhum,” a beautiful, dark, rich brown.
You can read more about it and find purchase information here.