Golf Travel Bags - BagBoy T-10 vs. Ogio Straight Jacket

I was looking for a new travel bag/case for my golf clubs a while ago. I have a small Travalite case, but I was looking for something bigger and I'm not crazy about how the lock mechanism works on the Travalite.

I'd narrowed the choice between an Ogio Strait Jacket and the BagBoy T-10. Both were going for about $70 on eBay at the time I was looking. I tried to find them in brick and mortar stores, but wasn't able to check either of them out in person.

I followed auctions for both types of bags on eBay and decided I would go with whichever one I could snipe at a better price.

Bad Move. I ended up with the Bagboy T-10 along with a lot of buyer's remorse. The T-10 is big. And heavy. I thought the protective hard shell on top would be a great feature, but it turns out to be a pain. I only use this thing maybe twice a year and keep it in the garage for the rest of the time, but since the Bagboy has a lot of hard, structural parts to it, it takes up a lot of storage space. I really should have gone with the soft-sided Ogio.

But the worst part about the T-10 is when actually traveling. It's very cumbersome and heavy and is really tough to navigate in a crowded airport line. And it takes up more space than it should in a rental car trunk. The hard shell top and the hard base make it really hard to pack a trunk efficiently.

True, there's a lot of space and pockets to fit your shoes, clothes, and everything else in it, but I found myself trying to pack things into my other bags just to keep the Bagboy at a managable weight. On the last golf trip I was on, the T-10 dwarfed everyone else's travel bags and its heft made it difficult for some of the smaller people on the trip to manage.

No question, if I have the chance again I go with the Ogio Straight Jacket over the Bagboy T-10.

Posted on Tue, 2 Aug 2005 14:22 by Seni Sangrujee (2155 day(s) old)

Buying a Laptop Bag

I was perusing my logs last night and it was interesting to see how people stumble upon my blog. It made me want to experiment and see what would happen if I do less navel-gazing here and blog about stuff that might actually be interesting to someone else.

So, in that vein, I thought I'd start posting the notes that I keep when I'm researching buying crap. I often scour forums and review sites for even trivial purchases, and while I often end up with just a collection of links, getting this indexed in the search engines might save someone some time if they're in a similar situation down the road.

We've recently added another laptop to our house, a Dell Inspiron 700m, and we're going to need a new bag/case for it. I just went through this a few months ago, so it's still relatively fresh in my mind. I was torn between getting a backpack or a messenger bag, but I ended up with neither. I wanted something that didn't scream "steal this computer" on the subway, so I went with a Sumdex laptop sleeve from eBay that I could just use with my existing bags.

Here are some sites that I found useful when shopping for a notebook bag/case...


  • Sumdex - sleeves, not very sleek, but cheap and good padding
  • Shinza ZeroShock - better looking sleeves, but pricier. might be tough to find in US.
  • Spire - cool bags that come with a protective sleeve
  • booq - very slick bags, but pricey
  • timbuk2 - lots of choices and colors
  • Brenthaven - functional, conservative, look sturdy
  • Boblbee - serious hard-shell cases for taking your laptop to the jungle. I'd consider these if I had a nice laptop, but I prefer to buy disposable, sub $1,000 Dells whenever there's a nice coupon code
  • Manhattan Portage - meh
  • Ogio
  • genpi.com - Retailer with nice selection
  • RoadWired - another retailer with a nice selection
  • eBags - huge selection

Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2005 14:13 by Seni Sangrujee (2167 day(s) old)

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