The booq Shadow is the only product we’ve reviewed where we felt that they just wrapped a bag around a laptop compartment. The laptop storage area is large and has an annoying velcro strap to secure the laptop. Unlike the Incase Black Reform Case, the booq Shadow will work with any larger than average laptop.
Honestly, this is probably the worst bag we’ve reviewed. When we started this review, it looked like booq still sold this bag but as of release time, the booq Shadow doesn’t exist on booq’s website anymore.
The booq Shadow is made from 1680 Denier ballistic nylon which will provide you with years of protection against abrasions and tearing. With this material, the booq Shadow is going to slide around on your body.
The booq Shadow has one color, black and offers decent water resistance as there are no zippers that are exposed directly to rain.
Storage capacity is my biggest issue with the booq Shadow as it’s difficult to carry anything else other than the laptop. The taper of the bag means that anything longer than a sheet of paper won’t fit well in the bag.
When it comes to using the bag, the second most annoying feature was the handle at the top of the flap. It seems clever to hide the handle at the top of the case but this results in the bag being very awkward to carry.
The most annoying thing about booq Shadow is the “custom” latch hardware. Seriously, quick release buckles and velcro work incredibly well. The “custom” latch hardware is either too annoying to remove or comes off by itself.
The thinner strap on the booq Shadow doesn’t provide as much comfort as other straps and the smooth 1680 Denier material allows the bag to slide around a bit too much.